I am a Sociolinguist focussing on the on the quantitative analysis of linguistic variation and change. I am especially interested in the relationship between children and language variation - both their acquisition of systemic variability, and their role in the propagation of change. My work combines real and apparent time approaches to track young speakers’ developmental shifts which I examine within the context of ongoing community trends.
My work also investigates the relationship between language and gender. Again, from a developmental perspective looking at the emergence of gendered patterns of variation between childhood and adolescence. I am also interested in the use of gendered speech patterns in adult language and how these develop into recognisable styles of speech or personae.
- English in Use (UG)
- Sex, Gender, and Language (UG/PG)
- Sociolinguistic Theory (PG)
- Research Methods in Sociolinguistics (PG)
- Language variation and change
- Child language
- Gender (particularly development of gendered language)
- Stance and style
Browse a publication list by Dr Sophie Holmes-Elliott.
Holmes-Elliott, S. (2020). Calibrate to innovate: community age vectors and the real time incrementation of language change. Language in Society.
Smith, J., and Holmes-Elliott, S. (2020). They never did nothing: negation and the sociolinguistic monitor. In T.K. Christensen, and J. Jensen (eds.), Explanations in Sociosyntax: Dialogue across Paradigms. Cambridge University Press.
Holmes-Elliott, S., and Turner, J. (2019). The emergence of gendered production between childhood and adolescence: A real time analysis of /s/ in Southern British English. Proceedings from the XVIV International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia
Holmes-Elliott, S., and Smith, J. (2018). Dressing down up north: DRESS-lowering and /l/ allophony in a Scottish dialect. Language Variation and Change 30(1), 23-50.
Holmes-Elliott, S., and Levon, E. (2017). The substance of style: Gender, social class and interactional stance in southeast England. Linguistics 55(5), 1045-1072.
Smith, J., and Holmes-Elliott, S. (2017). The unstoppable glottal: tracking rapid change in an iconic British variable. English Language and Linguistics 22(3), 323-355.
Holmes-Elliott, S. (2016). Ladies first? Adolescent peaks in a male-led change: TH-fronting in southeast England. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 22(2), Selected Papers from NWAV 44.
Holmes-Elliott, S. and Smith, J. (2015). DRESS-down: /e/-lowering in apparent time in a rural Scottish community. Proceedings from the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK.
Smith, R., Holmes-Elliott, S., Pettinato, P., and Knight, R. (2013). Cross accent intelligibility of speech in noise: Long-term familiarity and short-term familiarization. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 67(3), 590-608.
Levon, E., and Holmes-Elliott, S. (2013). East end boys and west end girls: /s/-fronting in southeast England. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 19(2), Selected Papers from NWAV 41.
Stuart-Smith, J., Smith, R., Rathke, T., Li Santi, F., and Holmes, S. (2011). Responding to accents after experiencing interactive or mediated speech. Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences, Hong Kong.