Kevin Watson's publications, talks, and conference presentations
Watson, K. (under contract, to appear 2011) English Sociophonetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Watson, K. (2007) Liverpool English. Journal of the International Phonetics Association, 37/3, 351-360.
Watson, K. (2006a) Lenition and segmental interaction: evidence from Liverpool English (and Spanish). Glossa, 1/1, 54-71.
Watson, K. (2006b) Phonological resistance and innovation in the North-West of England. English Today 22/2. 55-61
Watson, K. (in prep) Liverpool English, lenition and the sharing of subsegmental material.
Watson, K. (in prep) Phonetic variability in Liverpool English plosives: undershoot or fine-grained control?
Honeybone, P. & Watson, K. (in prep) Enregisterment and the sociolinguistics of Scouse spelling: exploring contemporary humorous localised dialect literature.
Watson, K. & Mattock, K. (in prep) The production and perception of the NURSE/SQUARE merger in Liverpool English
Hoper, R. & Watson, K. (in prep) 'We're over the water from them': language and identities on the Wirral peninsular
Harrison, S. & Watson, K. (in prep) Speaker recognition: a comparison of listener familiarity, sample quality & utterance content
Koller, V. & Watson, K. (in prep) 'Women's talk' and call success in the UK call centre.
Clark, L. & Watson, K. (in prep) A cognitive linguistic perspective on t-to-r in Northern English
Watson, K. (2009) Phonetics. In Culpeper, J., Katamba, F. Kerswill, P. Wodak, R. & McEnery, T. (eds.) English Language: Description, Variation and Context. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 12-29
Watson, K. (2009) Regional variation in English accents and dialects. In Culpeper, J., Katamba, F. Kerswill, P. Wodak, R. & McEnery, T. (eds.) English Language: Description, Variation and Context. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 337-357
Watson, K. (2008). Is Scouse getting Scouser? Exploring phonological change in contemporary Liverpool English. In Grant, A. & Grey C. (eds) The Mersey Sound: Liverpool's Language, People and Places. Liverpool: Open House Press, 215-241.
Watson, K. (2007) The Phonetics and Phonology of Plosive Lenition in Liverpool English. Unpublished PhD thesis, Edge Hill/Lancaster University.
Honeybone, P. & Watson, K. (2006) 'Phonemes, graphemes and phonics for Liverpool English'.
Watson, K. (2002). The realisation of final /t/ in Liverpool English. Durham Working Papers in Linguistics 8, 195-205
Conference papers and other talks
(2010) 'A Cognitive linguistics perspective on t-to-r in Northern English' [With Lynn Clark]
(2008) ‘Sociophonetics: more than the sum of its parts?’ Invited lecture at the special session Northern English and (socio)linguistic theory, Northern Englishes Workshop 3, Salford University.
(2008) ‘“What do you mean 'hair' doesn’t rhyme with 'her'?” Exploring the scouse of young Scousers’. Invited lecture at the Celebrating Scouse Conference, organised by Liverpool University.
(2007) ‘Exploring phonological change and language ideologies in England's north-west’ Invited talk at Salford University, 28 November.
(2007) 'Phonological variation in the north of England: examining the effects of geographical and social distance'. Invited talk at Liverpool Hope University, 6 November.
(2007) '"The invasion of the biggest pest since the cockroach, yes, the Scouser": Exploring language ideologies and relationships between regions in England's north-west.' Invited panel session the Regions and Regionalism in and Beyond Europe conference, 17th-19th September, Lancaster University (with Paul Kerswill).
(2007) ‘Continuing professional development for teachers of A Level English Language’ Invited talk at the LAGB Education Committee, King’s College London, 31 August.
(2007) 'Levelling or not?: exploring phonological variation in Liverpool and its hinterland'. Invited talk at the University of York, 3 May.
(2006) '"Write it how you say it": Examining phonological interference in children's spelling mistakes'. Invited talk at the UCLAN Linguistics Circle, University of Central Lancashire.
(2005) 'Phonetic variation from the bottom up: evidence from Liverpool English plosives' Invited talk at the Centre for Linguistic Research Seminar Series, University of Aberdeen.
(2004) 'Is Scouse getting scouser? The emergence of new phonological variables in Liverpool English'. Invited talk at the University of Roehampton English Language and Linguistics Research Seminars, November.
(2004) 'The (continuing) development of Scouse: language meets history, society and culture'. Invited talk at the Inaugural Conference of the Centre for Liverpool and Merseyside Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, January 2004. (With Patrick Honeybone)
Peer reviewed conference papers
(2010) t-to-r in British English: frequency, constructions and sociolinguistics. Paper to be presented at NWAV 39, November 2010, San Antonio, Texas.
(2010) Testing a phonological model with northern English t-to-r. Paper to be presented at the PAC Workshop on Models, Variation & Phonological Corpora, Sept 2010, Montpellier (with Lynn Clark)
(2010) Lax articulation or fine-grained control?: plosive lenition in Liverpool English. Paper presented at the 34th International LAUD Symposium on Cognitive Sociolinguistics, 15-18 March 2010, Landau, Germany.
(2009) Plosive lenition in Liverpool English: using a phonological corpus to compare the past with the present. Paper to be presented at the PAC Workshop on Models, Variation & Phonological Corpora, Sept 2009, Aix-en-Provence (with Kate Whisker)
(2009) 'The production and perception of NURSE and SQUARE in Wigan'. Paper presented at the UK Language Variation and Change conference, Sept 2009, Newcastle, UK. (with Angie Owen)
(2009) 'The effect of speakers’ geographical mobility on their production and perception of a phonological merger: evidence from NURSE and SQUARE in Liverpool English' Paper presented at the International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of London, June 2009. (with Karen Mattock, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University.)
(2009) 'The effect of Liverpool English speakers' geographical mobility & social networks on their production and perception of the NURSE/SQUARE merger.' Paper presented at the conference on Perception, Production & Attitude, University of Leuven, April 2009. (with Karen Mattock, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University).
(2007) 'Utterance-final debuccalisation in Liverpool English' Paper presented at the 6th UK Language Variation & Change Conference, 11-13 September,
(2007) 'Definite article reduction in northern
(2007) 'Dialect contact in the north-west of
(2006) 'Language & gender meets theoretical phonology: bridging the pedagogic gap?' Paper presented at the BAAL Special Interest Group on Issues in teaching Language, Gender and Sexuality in Further and Higher Education.
(2006) 'Speech and spelling: facilitation or interference?' Paper presented at the Sociolinguistic Symposium 16 (
(2006) 'A gestural account of Liverpool English lenition' Paper presented at the Northern Englishes Workshop 1 (NEW1),
(2005) 'Phonological convergence and divergence in the same British city' Paper presented at NWAV 34,
(2005) 'Phonological convergence and divergence in Liverpool English' Paper presented at the UK Language Variation and Change Conference 5,
(2005) 'Lenition and structured phonetic variability in Liverpool English' Paper presented at the first International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English. University of Edinburgh, June.
(2005) 'Lenition in Liverpool English: phonology meets cognitive sociolinguistics'. Paper presented at the Poznan Linguistics Meeting (PLM2005),
(2002) 'Liverpool English, visarga in pausa, and the phonetics-phonology divide'. Paper presented at the Toulouse Conference on English Phonology, University of Toulouse le Mirail.
(2001) 'The phonological potential of word-final /t/ in Liverpool English' . Paper presented at the Linguistics Association of Great Britain,
(2010) t-to-r in northern English: phonological variation, cognitive linguistics & corpus methods. Paper presented at the UCREL research group, Lancaster University, November 2010.
(2009) 'Research directions in the perception/sociolinguistics nexus.' Paper presented at the LAEL LVC Speech Perception workshop, March 2009.