Category Archives: US/UK English differences

Doctor-Directed Speech, and Me

My first memory of a sociophonetic experience that led to an actual research project was when I was about seventeen years old. I was seeing a new doctor in my hometown (Flagstaff, Arizona), and I was surprised to hear myself … Continue reading

Posted in US/UK English differences | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How does a 2-year-old remember a funny accent after many months?

This is for you, NWAV44! The biggest annual conference in variationist sociolinguistics, NWAV, is taking place right now in Toronto. There was a time in my life when I would’ve never missed an NWAV, but this is the second year in a … Continue reading

Posted in US/UK English differences | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

One year later: A native accent lost, a linguistic typology gained

My daughter is now 2 and 3/4 years old. This post is about what currently seem to be her three conceptual categories of language: unmarked, Spanish, and America. ‘Unmarked’ is just my way of referring to aspects of language she … Continue reading

Posted in US/UK English differences | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

After passing the Life in the UK test

‘Progress is not an illusion. It happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.’ — George Orwell The testing room was overheated. I walked out of the testing centre with sweaty palms, my winter coat slung over my arm. Soon enough … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, US/UK English differences | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What happens when two Americans adopt a wee Scot

In late March, my daughter came home. She was born west of Glasgow and lived her first year and a half of life there with a wonderful foster family, also from area. Since late March she’s spent the vast majority … Continue reading

Posted in US/UK English differences | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Chestnuts (etc.) Roasting On An Open Fire

There are some frequent topics of conversation at the weekly coffee hour in my department: shop talk, the weather, and food. A lot of us often talk about food we can’t get in Edinburgh. Or what used to be unavailable, … Continue reading

Posted in US/UK English differences | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Why Even Good Drivers Need Driving Lessons (in the UK)

Yesterday, I got my UK driving licence — on my first try (after 20 hours of lessons), and with only three minor faults, despite being a bundle of nerves and taking what felt like an hour just to parallel park. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, US/UK English differences | Tagged , , | 38 Comments