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Dr. Christopher Strelluf



Assistant Professor


Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Tel: 0247 652 4929
WebLink: Doing Things with Words

Research Interests

I am a sociolinguist, working primarily from variationist approaches. Most of my work has focused on describing dialects of English, and identifying changes in dialects resulting from a range of social and linguistic factors. More generally, I am interested in how people do things with language and how language does things to people. I welcome inquiries from qualified students who wish to pursue PhD projects in sociophonetics, dialectology, perceptual dialectology, and other areas of language variation and change.


I joined Warwick in 2017. I taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States from 2006 to 2017, working in subjects like linguistics, writing, rhetoric, and communication.


  • Strelluf, Christopher, Cardwell, Tasha, 2017. Surveying borders in a speech community. Dialectologia, View
  • Gordon, Matthew J., Strelluf, Christopher, 2016. Working the early shift : older inland northern speech and the beginnings of the northern cities shift. Journal of Linguistic Geography, 4 (01), pp. 31-46, View
  • Strelluf, Christopher, 2016. Overlap among back vowels before /l/ in Kansas City. Language Variation and Change, 28 (3), pp. 379-407, View
  • Strelluf, Christopher, 2015. 'The obligation of newspeople is not only to give the news accurately; it is also to say it correctly' : production and perception of broadcaster speech. Sociolinguistic Studies, 9 (4), pp. 467-491, View
Books and Chapters
  • Strelluf, Christopher, 2018. Speaking from the heartland : the Midland vowel system of Kansas City: Durham, NC, Duke University Press, View
  • Gordon, Matthew J., Strelluf, Christopher, 2017. Evidence of American regional dialects in early recordings. In: Hickey, Raymond; (ed.), Listening to the Past: Audio Records of Accents of English, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, View

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Speaking from the Heartland: the Midland Vowel System of Kansas City