Sarah Foxen



I am an AHRC-funded PhD student in Linguistics and am researching linguistic variation, language attitudes and perceptions of language in Francophone Belgium. I gained my BA in French at the University of Exeter and my MA in Linguistics at the University of York, for which I received a scholarship from the Philological Society.

My research interests lie in regional and social accent variation and in the way linguistic variation interacts and correlates with language attitudes and language perception.

Prior to commencing postgraduate research, I spent several years teaching languages in France, Spain and London. I'm passionate about learning, discovery, and sharing knowledge. As well as running workshops and using different forms of art to engage with various audiences, I've co-organised and led workshops on public engagement. During a recent fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), I researched and wrote a briefing for MPs and Peers on Forensic Language Analysis.  

My blog, New Brogues and Blisters, is a platform on which I share reflections on what I'm learning in both word and visual form. I also share knowledge and discoveries on Twitter: @SarahFoxen