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I have appeared as a language expert on various TV and radio broadcasts, discussing a variety of language-related stories from youth language, to punctuation, to new words in the dictionary.

Recent appearances include:

  • BBC Breakfast Television
  • BBC World Service (Why do we find some voices irritating? – available here)
  • BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Radio 5 Live
  • BBC Radio Manchester
  • BBC Radio Lancashire
  • BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester
  • BBC Radio Merseyside

I have written for The Conversation on various language-related topics such as language pedantry (which also appeared in The Independent), the banning of slang in schools, grime and youth language, the accent and subsequent discrimination of Angela Rayner MP, the reason why people sing in an American accent (with Erin Carrie), and the rights and wrongs of correcting rogue apostrophes.

I have also contributed to stories in various other media outlets including BBC magazine, Metro, and Manchester Evening News.