Kat McCooey-Heap

Graduate Teaching Assistant & Doctoral Candidate in English Language

Department of English, History & Creative Writing

I joined Edge Hill University in September 2009, completing my BA (hons) English Language in 2012. I went on to study my Masters by Research (MRes) in English Language part-time whilst also working in special educational needs within the public sector. I began work as an Associate Tutor in the department of English, History and Creative Writing in January 2016, and was successful in securing a GTA/PhD research post which I began in September 2016.

My doctoral thesis project builds upon the research I completed throughout my MRes and is concerned with the construction and maintenance of linguistic identity on the Isle of Man. My current work focuses on the extent to which the Manx English dialect has levelled in terms of lexical and grammatical features, and the impact this may have upon the creation of a distinctive Manx identity amongst native island residents.

As well as my PhD research, I currently teach on modules across the BA English Language course, including:

  • LNG1015 The Sounds of English
  • LNG1016 The Structure of English
  • LNG2130 The History and Development of English
  • LNG3125 Language and Identity

Research Interests

  • Language and identity
  • Language contact
  • Language variation and change
  • Structure and usage of English
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