The core Manchester Voices team consists of three people:
Dr Rob Drummond (Project Lead)
Rob is a Reader in Sociolinguistics at Manchester Met, and Head of Youth Language at the university’s Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. He researches, teaches, and writes about the relationship between spoken language and identity. He publishes in this area, particularly in relation to the language of young people, but does other public-facing work in various additional areas around language and society. As well as running Manchester Voices, Rob also looks after the Accentism Project. More details about Rob here and on Twitter: @RobDrummond
Dr Sadie Ryan (Research Associate)
Sadie is a Research Associate in Linguistics at Manchester Met. Her PhD research focused on language use and identity among Polish teenagers in a Glasgow high school. Her research interests include sociolinguistic variation and its role in identity construction, migration, adolescence, linguistic discrimination, and the treatment of language in high school education. She produces a podcast, Accentricity, aiming to narrow the gap between academic knowledge about language and people’s everyday linguistic experiences. Twitter: @sadie_d_ryan / @accentricitypod
Dr Holly Dann (Research Associate)
Holly is a Research Associate in Linguistics at Manchester Met. She is a sociolinguist who researches sociophonetic variation and change, and has previously worked on Cornish English, exploring how associations with rurality may influence language change. More broadly, she is interested in combining speech perception and production methodologies to explore the social meaning of linguistic variation.