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Dr Melody Pattison

Dr Melody Pattison

Teacher

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

My research interests include language variation and change and dialectology. My PhD research (at the University of York) focuses on vowel change in the Achterhoeks dialect of the eastern Netherlands, as well as other Dutch speakers' perceptions of the dialect. I taught at the University of York in primarily sociolinguistic subjects for three years before coming to Cardiff University.

I received my Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma of Arts from the University of Melbourne in 2008 and 2010 respectively, before completing my Master of Applied Linguistics at Monash University in 2013. I began working on my PhD research (on variation and change in the vowels of Achterhoeks) at the University of York in 2014, where I also taught on first and second-year undergraduate modules. With my PhD near completion, I started at Cardiff University in 2018 to teach on the modules 'Sociolinguistics' and 'Language and Culture'.

Honours and awards

  • University of York Teaching Scholarship (2014)
  • University of York Overseas Scholarship (2014)
  • Monash University Dean's Recognition Award (2013)
  • Monash University Dean's Recognition Award (2012)
  • Monash University Dean's Recognition Award (2012)

Academic positions

  • 2018 - present: Teacher, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2017: Seminar tutor, University of York

Speaking engagements

My research has been presented at the following conferences:

The Achterhoeks [y] and [u] vowels: Variation and attitude judgments
· Poster presented at Sociolinguistics Circle, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, 31 March 2017.

Different realisations of /ɑ/ in Zelhem and Ruurlo
· Paper presented at CLUL-LingMe, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, 16 June 2016.

Suburban and rural variation between [y] and [u] in Achterhoeks
· Poster presented at GLAC 22, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 20-22 May 2016.

The /ɔ/ and /i/ vowels of Achterhoeks over a period of 35 years
· Poster presented at UKLVC 10, University of York, York, 1-3 September 2015.

I teach on the second year undergraduate modules 'Sociolinguistics' and 'Language and Culture'.