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Dr Jenny Amos

Lecturer in Linguistics


Dr Jenny Amos

School of Social Sciences and Humanities


English Staff

English at Suffolk

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 centered 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.


For the BA (Hons) English courses, Jenny teaches the following modules:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Language Development and Disorders
  • Structures of Spoken English
  • Dialects in Literature and Film
  • Education Research and Practice
  • Professional Writing Research and Practice
  • Researching Spoken English
  • Dissertation in English (contributor)

Research interests

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.

Selected conference papers

‘The Raising and Lowering of High Tides: An investigation of /ai/ and /au/ diphthong variation in Mersea Island English’, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia, Spain, 2016.

‘Joined up thinking about t/d deletion’, The Phonology of Contemporary English Conference with Dr Wyn Johnson, Montpellier University, France, 2014.

‘Sociophonology: Analysing the old with the new’, London Phonology Seminar, SOAS, University of London, 2014.

Bridging the Gap: Modelling the Socio-Phonological Interface’, Linguistics Association of Great Britain Annual Meeting, SOAS, University of London, 2013.