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Media and Public Engagement

I give public talks on Accent and Identity through Funzing. Recent and upcoming dates include:

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

Recent appearances include:

  • BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking (available here)
  • BBC Breakfast (BBC1 TV)
  • Victoria Derbyshire (BBC2 TV – short clip available here)
  • The Russell Brand show (Radio X – available here)
  • BBC World Service (Why do we find some voices irritating? – available here)
  • BBC World Service (When parents can’t keep up – available here)
  • BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Radio 5 Live
  • BBC Radio Manchester
  • Other regional BBC radio stations including: Lancashire, Merseyside, Newcastle, York, Cornwall, Leeds, London, Cumbria, Hull, Jersey.

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), the rights and wrongs of correcting rogue apostrophes, and accent and identity in The Archers.

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