hannah (dot) leach (at) sheffield (dot) ac (dot) uk
School of English, University of Sheffield, Jessop West Building, 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7RA


2018 — PhD Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Recipient of a Wolfson Scholarship for the Arts and Humanities from the Wolfson Foundation
2012 — MA Linguistics (with distinction) University of York
2010 — BA Linguistics and English Language, First Class Honours, Lancaster University


Leach, H., Watson, K. & Gnevsheva, K. 2016. Perceptual dialectology in northern England: Accent recognition, geographical proximity and cultural prominence. Journal of Sociolinguistics 20 (2) pp. 192-211

Leach, H. 2013 [book review] English accents and dialects: An introduction to social and regional varieties of English in the British Isles. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 43, pp 358-361

Conference presentations

— The making of local social meaning: /h/ variation in Stoke-on-Trent. 8th Northern Englishes Workshop, University of Newcastle (27th-28th March)
— Making it local: /h/ variation in Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery industry. Language, Place and Periphery, University of Copenhagen (18th-19th January)

— Phonetic variation and the particulars of the Potteries; UKLVC11, University of Cardiff (28th-30th August)
— Language variation and the local social relationships of The Potteries; ICLaVE9, University of Malaga (6th-9th June)

— Priv[i:t] (ɪ)s – the curious case of the (ɪ) vowel in Stoke-on-Trent; 7th Northern Englishes Workshop, University of Edinburgh (14th-15 April )

— Forced Alignment techniques in social meaning studies; ShefLingPGC2, University of Sheffield (5th-6th March)
— Forced Alignment techniques in social meaning studies; The study of sociolinguistic meaning in the era of ‘big data’: issues, questions and future directions, University of Sheffield (24th January)

— Proximity, cultural prominence and sociolinguistic salience in perceptual dialectology (with Dr Kevin Watson and Ksenia Gnevsheva); Language and Society, University of Waikato (24th-25th November) 
— Method(ology) in the madness: dialect, identity, phonetics and wanting to murder your own computer; MA Research Methods, University of Sheffield (7th October)

— Stoke-on-Trent: a case study investigating the ‘new working class’; UKLVC9, University of Sheffield [poster] (2nd-4th September)
— A region divided: accent and identity in Stoke-on-Trent (with Dr Chris Montgomery); i-Mean Language and Identity Conference, UWE (18th-20th April)

— The witch[i:z] watch [ɪt] – variable tense unstressed vowels in Stoke-on-Trent; Manchester Salford New Researchers Forum in Linguistics (2nd-3rd November)

Invited talks and public outreach

March 2018 — Miners, Zayn and Robbie Williams – dialect change over time; Parkside High School
March 2018 — Miners, tabs and Robbie Williams – dialect change over time; Nottingham High School
Sept 2017 —  Accents and judgements: why there is no wrong way to speak; The Mobile University, University of Sheffield
May 2016  — Miners, mugs and Monkeys – the Sheffield dialect; guest speaker, Woodland Heritage Festival
Feb 2016  — Miners, Monkeys and Robbie Williams – dialect change over time; City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
July 2015 — general speaker, Wolfson Scholars Symposium


— ELL110 Varieties of English, lecturer and seminar tutor, University of Sheffield (Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
— ELL217 Sociolinguistics, seminar tutor, University of Sheffield (Autumn 2014, Autumn 2017)
— ELL207 Phonetics, seminar tutor, University of Sheffield (Spring 2017, Autumn 2017)
— EGH607 Research Methods, guest speaker, University of Sheffield (Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017)
— Discover Arts and Humanities open day, English Language taster session for Y13 students (Nov 2015)
— ELAN1001 & ELAN 2001, visiting lecturer, DeMontford University (Spring 2014)

Writing and media experience

— Radio interviews, BBC Radio Stoke, Mark Forrest Show (BBC Radio)
— Contributor, History Matters
So Long As It’s Words language blog


— Conference chair, ShefLingPGC 2015 – 5th & 6th March 2015
— Co-ordinator, UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO), 2015, 2016
— Organiser, ShefLingPGC 2014 – 4th & 5th February 2014
— Organiser, Work in Progress (School of English postgraduate research seminars), Jan 2014-Jan 2015
— Proofreader, 101 Ceramic Highlights (Stoke-on-Trent museums, sponsored by The Headley Trust)


Present — Research Associate, Digital Humanities Institute, University of Sheffield

— Project Officer, Temporal Co-ordination in Communication project, Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication (University of York)
— Research Assistant: Scilly Voices (University of Sheffield)
— Research Assistant: Surrey Syncretism Database (University of Surrey/York)
2010-2011 — Editorial Assistant, Copywriter and Subeditor, publicservice.co.uk Ltd.
July 2009 — TEFL Teacher, Education First Language Travel
2005-2007 — No7 assistant/Operations assistant, Boots the Chemist