Kevin Watson

Associate ProfessorKevin Watson

Elsie Locke 205
Internal Phone: 94601

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

I am interested in the way language works, in how language is shaped by our social lives, and in how it can affect our thoughts and behaviour. My main research is in the area of sociolinguistics, which means I work to understand the complex relationships between society and language. Specifically, I use large databases of language, called corpora, and experimental methodologies to examine language production & perception and sound change. I have published on the accents of north-west England and New Zealand, and also on variation in learning English as a second language.

Recent Publications

  • Rashid S., Howard J., Cunningham U. and Watson K. (2020) Learner training in MALL: a Pakistani case study. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2020.1737076.
  • Villarreal D., Clark L., Hay J. and Watson K. (2020) From categories to gradience: Auto-coding sociophonetic variation with random forests. Laboratory Phonology 11(1) 6 http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/labphon.216.
  • Heyne M., Wang X., Derrick D., Dorreen K. and Watson KD. (2018) The articulation of /ɹ/ in New Zealand English. Journal of the International Phonetic Association Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025100318000324.
  • Le T., Cunningham UM. and Watson K. (2018) The relationship between willingness to communicate and social presence in an online English language course. The JALT CALL Journal 14(1): 43-59.
  • Rashid S., Cunningham U., Watson K. and Howard J. (2018) Revisiting the digital divide(s): Technology-enhanced English language practices at a university in Pakistan. Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics 1(2): 64-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.29140/ajal.v1n2.7.