Date: 16 March 2011

Venue: University of Sheffield, UK


Registration deadline: 17 February 2011

As sociophonetic research progresses into the twenty-first century, it has begun to emerge as a distinct research perspective with its own set of research questions and directions. This inevitably brings with it its own unique set of challenges and issues, both practical and theoretical in nature. One the one hand, the field is undergoing rapid developments in the use of innovative statistical modelling and new acoustic techniques. On the other hand, researchers are increasingly looking to social and critical theory in their attempt to ground descriptive linguistic analysis in a sophisticated model of human interaction and culture.

This workshop, hosted by the Centre for Linguistic Research at the University of Sheffield, provides a space for postgraduates and early career researchers to explore and discuss these new and exciting areas of sociophonetics and the relevance of recent developments to their own research. It will feature:

 -- Plenary talks by Professor Gerry Docherty and Dr Jane Stuart-Smith

-- Interactive session: Issues in doing sociophonetic research. This session will be a chance to gain advice on specific details, methodological issues and theoretical problems arising in your work from a sociophonetic audience.

-- Roundtable discussion: The future of sociophonetics. In this session we hope to draw together ideas emerging from the workshop and explore future themes and developments in the field, both from a technical and a theoretical point of view.

If you would like to participate please download and complete the registration form located here and email it to by 17 February 2011. You will be asked for some registration details, as well as a brief summary of your research. You will also have the opportunity to offer a contribution to the interactive session titled Issues in doing sociophonetic research. Example topics for discussion could include questions such as:

-- What is the best microphone for my purposes?

-- How do we best capture the dynamic nature of formant transitions?

-- How do I uncover the indexical properties of a particular variable?

-- How can we statistically model both individual and group variation?

The full programme for the day is located here.

Organising committee:

Sam Kirkham (University of Sheffield)

Claire Nance (University of Glasgow)