Publications and Presentations


Drummond, Rob (2018) Researching urban youth language and identity. Palgrave-Macmillan.

Clayton, Dan and Drummond, Rob (2018) Language diversity and world Englishes. CUP.

Journal articles and Book chapters

Drummond, Rob and Carrie, Erin (in preparation) ‘Regional identity and grime’.

Carrie, Erin and Drummond, Rob (in preparation) ‘Methods in community-oriented sociolinguistic research’.

Dray, Susan and Drummond, Rob  (forthcoming 2018) ‘Language variation-in-practice: variationist and ethnographic research methods in collaboration’, In Tustin, Karin (Ed) The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Ethnography. Routledge.

Drummond, Rob (2018) ‘Maybe it’s a grime [t]ing. TH-stopping in urban British youth’. Language in Society. [Available here – open access]

Drummond, Rob (2018) ‘The changing language of urban youth’. In Braber, Natalie & Sandra Jansen (Eds) Sociolinguistics in England. Palgrave Macmillan.

Drummond, Rob (2017) ‘(Mis)interpreting urban youth language: white kids sounding black? Journal of Youth Studies. [Author version here] [JYS version here]

Drummond, Rob and Schleef, Erik (2016) ‘Identity in variationist sociolinguistics’ In Preece, Sian (Ed) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity. Routledge.

Drummond, Rob (2015) ‘Non-native Northern English’ In Hickey, R. (Ed) Researching Northern Englishes. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins

Drummond, Rob (2014) ‘The role of orthography in (apparent) L2 dialect acquisition’. English Worldwide. 35, 3: 338-351.

Drummond, Rob (2013) ‘The Manchester Polish STRUT: Dialect Acquisition in a Second Language’. Journal of English Linguistics. 41, 1: 65-93. [pre-print copy here]

Drummond, Rob (2012). ‘Aspects of identity in a second language: ING variation in the speech of Polish migrants living in Manchester, UK.’ Language Variation and Change. 24:107-133.[download pdf here] [LVC online edition here]

Drummond, Rob (2011). ‘Glottal variation in /t/ in non-native English speech: patterns of acquisition.’ English Worldwide. 32, 3: 280-308 [download pdf here]

Newspaper/mainstream/A Level articles

Drummond, Rob (2017) ‘Style-shifting – The curious case of MLE and the interview candidates.’ English and Media Centre e-magazine, September, p62-64.

Drummond, Rob (2017) ‘Who do you think you’re apostrophising? The dark side of grammar pedantry’ The Conversation. 5th April. [Available online here]

Drummond, Rob and Carrie, Erin (2017) ‘Why so many singers sound American – but British grime artists are bucking the trend’ The Conversation/The Independent/The Daily Mail. 9th Feb [Available online here]

Drummond, Rob (2016) ‘Leave off, will you? Britain should celebrate ‘regional’ accents’. The Conversation. 1st Nov 2016. [Available online here]

Drummond, Rob (2016) ‘Mind your language’. Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees. 29th Sep 2016. [Available online here]

Drummond, Rob (2016) ‘Skepta, grime, and urban British youth language: a guide’. The Conversation. 21st Sep 2016. [Available online here]

Drummond, Rob (2016) ‘Slang shouldn’t be banned, it should be celebrated, innit’. The Conversation. 3rd May 2016. [Available online here]

Drummond, Rob (2016) ‘What grammar pedants and fashion victims have in common’. The Conversation/The Independent. 3rd March 2016. [Available online here]

Blog posts

Drummond, Rob (2015) ‘Thoughts on Lindsay Johns and Ghetto Grammar’ UrBEn-ID.

Drummond, Rob (2015) ‘Youth Slang in the official Scrabble word list’ UrBEn-ID.

Conference proceedings

Drummond, Rob (2010) ‘Speaking like the locals – the acquisition of two local variants in the spoken English of native Polish speakers living in Manchester’. In Dziubalska-Kolaczyk, K., Wrembel, M. and Kul, M. (eds) New Sounds 2010: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech. 106-112.

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks 

2017. ‘Urban youth language, ethnography and impact’. UKLVC11. 29th Aug – 1st Sep, Cardiff University. [download pdf here]

2017. (with Erin Carrie) ‘The Accent Van: Methods in community-oriented linguistics research. UKLVC11. 29th Aug – 1st Sep, Cardiff University.

2017. ‘Maybe it’s a Grime [t]ing: th-stopping and urban British youth.’ iMean 5 Conference 2017. 6-8th April, University of the West of England.

2017. ‘Utilising urban youth language research: helping teachers deal with things going wrong.’ iMean 5 Conference 2017. 6-8th April, University of the West of England.

2017. Keynote Speaker. ‘Urban Youth Language: the Grimy Side of Linguistics Research’. English and Media Centre emagazine Student Conference for A Level English Language. 28th Feb 2017. Friends House, Euston Rd, London

2016. ‘It’s a grime [t]ing: Exploring th-stopping in a challenging environment’Guest speaker seminar series, Queen Mary University London. 16th Nov.

2016. Plenary Speaker. ‘Linguistic research in a challenging environment: youth language and identity in urban Britain’. University of Huddersfield 2nd Annual Linguistics and Modern Languages Postgraduate Conference. 30th June.

2016. (with Erin Carrie) ‘Posh, artsy, rough, country and working-class: Perceptions of urban language varieties in Manchester’ Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, 15-18 Jun, University of Murcia.

2016. (with Susan Dray) ‘Becoming Jamal: the materials of ‘prestige’ amongst boys in a Pupil Referral Unit’ Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, 15-18 Jun, University of Murcia.

2015. ‘’Gimme dat ting’: Word initial th-stopping among urban British youth’. NWAV 44, Oct 22-25, University of Toronto. [download poster here]

2015. ‘Tales of the unpredictable: researching TH-stopping in urban British English’ UKLVC 10, 1-3 Sep, University of York. [download poster here]

2015. ‘(Mis)interpreting urban youth language’. Journal of youth studies conference 2015. 30th March – 1st April, University of Copenhagen.

2015. ‘Linguistic research in a challenging environment: youth language and identity in urban Britain’. 10th March. Linguistics Circle. Lancaster University.

2015. ‘Urban youth identity and language’. Humanities in Public Seminar Series. 2nd March, MMU

2015. ‘Linguistic research in a challenging environment: youth language and identity in urban Britain’. 25th Feb. SELLLS-CRiLLS Language & Linguistics Speaker Series 2014-15, Newcastle University.

2013. ‘Adolescent identity construction through Multicultural (Manchester) English’. UK Language Variation and Change conference 9 (UKLVC). 2nd-4th September, University of Sheffield.

2013. ‘Towards a Multicultural Urban British English’. 7th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE). 26th-28th June, HiST, Sør-Trøndelag University College, Norway.

2013. ‘Understanding Multicultural Manchester English: breaking down barriers for young people in Manchester’. Invited talk at MMU Centre for World Cultures and Languages Seminar Research Programme. Manchester Metropolitan University. 13th March.

2012. ‘The blue GOOSE and the yellow FLEECE: a study into vowel/colour associations’. British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP) Colloquium. 26th-28th March. Leeds University [download pdf here]

2012. ‘Dialect acquisition in a second language – towards a usage-based explanation of vowel variation’. Invited talk at Northumbria University Linguistics Seminar Series. Northumbria University. 27th February.

2011. ‘Dialect acquisition in a second language – towards a usage-based explanation of vowel variation’. The 8th UK Language Variation and Change Conference (UKLVC8). 12th-14th September. Edge Hill University

2011. ‘Explaining variation in the acquisition of a local vowel variant in bilingual Polish/English speakers living in Manchester’. Invited talk at the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice. 21st Feb. Bangor University.

2011. ‘Dialect acquisition in a second language – a usage-based explanation of vowel variation’. Invited talk at the Language in Context Research Group. 16th Feb. University of Edinburgh.

2010. ‘Poles in Manchester: social factors affecting the acquisition of local speech features’. Dialect and Social Change in Urban Diasporic Communities. 1st & 2nd July. Queen Mary, University of London.