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Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I have been at Cardiff University since January 2018.

I completed my PhD at the University of York in 2018. My research focused on vowel change in Achterhoeks, a regional Dutch dialect.


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

  • 2020 - present: Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2018 - 2020: Teacher, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2017: Seminar tutor, University of York

Speaking engagements

Variation and change in four vowels of Achterhoeks
· ICLaVE, Leeuwarden, 26-28 June 2019.

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

Variation in the Achterhoeks realisation of the Standard Dutch vowel /œy/
· CamPhon Seminar Series, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 1 November 2016.

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

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

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

Examining the /e/-/æ/ merger in the speech of Dutch migrants in Australia
· Monash University Seminar Series, Monash University, Melbourne, March 2014.


In the 2020-21 academic year I am teaching on How Language Works 1; Understanding CommunicationSound, Structure and MeaningSounds of SpeechStyle and Genre; and Developing English: History and Society.

In previous years I have also taught SociolinguisticsMedia DiscourseLanguage and CultureCurrent Issues in Sociolinguistics; and Critical Approaches to Discourse.

My main research interest is in the area of language variation and change.

Recent publications:

Pattison, M. (Forthcoming). Regional variation of HUIS in Achterhoeks. Taal en Tongval 72(2).

Pattison, M. (2017). Rural and non-rural variation between [y] and [u] in the Achterhoeks dialect. York Papers in Linguistics.

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