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Professor Jenny Cheshire FBA

Sociolinguistics; language change in multilingual urban centres, adolescent language, language & education, syntactic & discourse variation, syntax of spoken English.
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About this Fellow

Jenny Cheshire has been Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London since 1996, having previously been Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Fribourg and the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. She has a PhD from the University of Reading. She has also taught Linguistics at the University of Bath, the University of Reading, Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. In 2001 and 2008 she served on the RAE Linguistics panel and in 2014 on the REF Modern Languages and Linguistics panel. In 2003, 2006 and 2012 she was a member of the New Zealand PBRF Humanities and Law panel. Since 2014 she has been Editor-in-chief of the CUP journal Language in Society. She has co-directed ESRC, ANR and EU-funded research projects on language variation and change in the UK and, most recently, in Paris ( She works with school teachers to produce research-based resources for English language teaching ( and



Current post

  • Professor of Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London

Past Appointments

  • Professor of English Linguistics, University of Neuch√Ętel & University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 1991 - 1996
  • Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck College University of London, 1983 - 1991
  • Lecturer, University of Bath, 1980 - 1983
  • Lecturer, University of Reading, 1979 - 1980


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Professor Adam Ledgeway

The comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages; Italian and Romance dialectology; Latin; Italo-Greek; syntactic theory, linguistic change and language contact

Professor Paul Kerswill

Sociolinguistics; English, Norwegian; language and migration; new dialects; multicultural youth language; language and social structure; sociolinguistics of West Africa; language, media and public dissemination

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