Dr Cathleen Waters

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Lecturer (English Language)

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  • PhD (Toronto)
  • Fellow HEA




I'm a past convenor of the MA in English Language and Linguistics and have taught on both distance learning (DL) and campus-based (CB) modules, including:

  • EN7232/EN7732 English Language and Linguistic Research Methods
  • EN7003 Description of English
  • EN7004 Language in Society
  • EN7239 World Englishes

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Waters, C. and S.A. Tagliamonte. 2017. Is one innovation enough? Leaders, covariation, and language change. American Speech, 92(1), 23-40.

Waters, C. 2016. Practical strategies for elucidating discourse-pragmatic variation. In H. Pichler (ed.) Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change in English: New Methods and Insights. Cambridge University Press.

Waters, C. 2013. Transatlantic variation in English adverb placement. Language Variation and Change, 25 (2), 179–200, which is available here.


I examine variation and change in English (lexical, morphosyntactic and discourse-pragmatic), often with a focus on transatlantic variation. My work draws on the methodologies of (mainly variationist) sociolinguistics and historical (socio)linguistics.


DiPVaC: the discourse-pragmatic variation and change research network


I welcome postgraduate students (MA and PhD) interested in:

  • Language variation and change (lexical, morphosyntactic and discourse-pragmatic)
  • Quantitative sociolinguistics
  • English varieties / variation in English around the world
  • Learn more and apply for research degrees in English

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