Warren Maguire - Research
My research focusses on dialects of English and Scots in Britain and Ireland (especially those in north-east England, southern Scotland and Ulster) from synchronic and diachronic perspectives. I am particularly interested in:
  • The synchronic and diachronic phonologies of English and Scots from the Old English period to the present day
  • Dialects of English and Scots in Britain and Ireland, especially traditional varieties
  • The development of English in Ulster in the context of contact between English, Scots and Irish
  • My native English dialect of southwest Tyrone (which I have been recording for the last 20 years)
  • The phonological history of English in north-east England
  • The traditional Northumbrian dialect of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (see here)
  • The linguistic analysis of dialect in writing, especially dialect literature from Tyneside in the 19th century
  • Phonological mergers and their reversal, especially the 'NURSE-NORTH Merger' in Tyneside English and the 'MEAT-MATE Merger' in Mid-Ulster English
  • Lexical variation in dialects of English and Scots (including local names for terrestrial isopods)
The links below give further information (see also Publications and Presentations).