I am a sociolinguist and dialectologist. I completed the first account of the structure of Black Country dialect for my doctoral thesis. I continue to research variation in the West Midlands; I have examined phonological change over time in the region as well as the effect of increasing linguistic diversity on communicative practices in the city of Birmingham. At present I am working on change in the dialects of Herefordshire and Worcestershire; in particular, rhoticity loss and possible change in the realisation of the BATH and STRUT sets.
I am from the West Midlands, and I completed my undergraduate degree in German and English Language before going on to study at the University of Leeds. I have taught at universities across the Midlands and North of England for over 15 years. Before coming to Warwick I worked as a lecturer at Birmingham City University.
- Asprey, Esther, Tagg, Caroline, 2019. The pragmatic use of vocatives in private one-to-one digital communication. Internet Pragmatics, 2 (1), pp. 83-111
- Clark, Urszula, Asprey, Esther, 2013. West Midlands English : Birmingham and the Black Country.
- Asprey, Esther, 2008. The sociolinguistic stratification of a connected speech process ? the case of the T to R rule in the black country. Department of Linguistics and Phonetics
- Asprey, Esther, 2007. Investigating residual rhoticity in a non-rhotic accent. Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds