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Dr Jenny Amos


Dr Jenny Amos holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Essex, where she also completed both her BA Hons English Language and Linguistics, and MA Hons Sociolinguistics. Specialising in sociolinguistics and phonology, her research focuses on the modelling of language variation within theoretical linguistic frameworks. Over the years, Jenny has presented at a number of international conferences and much of her work is centred on the variation and historical development of dialects across East Anglia (building on work completed for her PhD thesis which focused on the changes in Mersea Island English, Essex). She is currently working on a number of projects relating to the analysis and documentation of East Anglian speech, as well as projects which aim to promote linguistic studies to younger students and the general public.

Jenny's main research interests include theoretical phonology (in particular Optimality Theory), Language/ Dialect Variation and Change, and Sociophonology. She would welcome enquiries about research projects relating to any of these areas.

A current and updated selection of Jenny's academic presentations and papers can be found here:

Modules taught:

Introduction to Linguistics; Critical Language Studies; Language Development and Disorders; Professional Writing Practice; English Education Practice; Researching Spoken Language; Dissertation in English.

Publications and papers:

Amos, J. (2011) 'A Sociophonological Analysis of Mersea Island English: An investigation of the diphthongs (au), (ai) and (oi).' PhD Thesis, University of Essex, UK. 

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Amos, J. (2013) 'Life on the Edge: A sociophonological analysis of diphthong variation and change.' Discussion Paper. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics, University of Essex, UK.

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