Rob DrummondI am a public-facing academic linguist and author based in Manchester UK, involved primarily in the relationship between spoken language and identity. I am Professor of Sociolinguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and a member of the Oracy Education Commission. I do a lot of language-related work with the media and with schools. My latest book, You’re All Talk: Why we are what we speak, was published by Scribe in 2023.

From May 2019 to January 2023 I was working on the Manchester Voices project – a series of studies exploring the accents, dialects and identities of people in Greater Manchester. The research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I also run the Accentism Project, with Dr Amanda Cole from the University of Essex. The project explores and shares stories of language-based discrimination, prejudice, and stereotyping.

Prior to Manchester Voices and Accentism, my main research revolved around youth language, working with young people in Pupil Referral Units. This became the UrBEn-ID project, funded by The Leverhulme Trust (2014-2016). I worked on this research with Dr Susan Dray.