Dr Ourooba Shetewi

Associate tutor in English language

Department of English, History & Creative Writing



I joined Edge Hill University in June 2018 as an associate tutor in English language. Before that I worked as a teaching assistant at Newcastle University.

My research interests lie in the area of language variation and change, with a particular focus on phonological variation. I am particularly interested in patterns of variation and change in situations of language and dialect contact. My PhD research incorporated aspects of sociolinguistics, phonological theory, and language acquisition by examining acquisition of phonological variation by children and adolescents experiencing diglossia and dialect contact and exploring related issues such as speech accommodation, register variation and linguistic prestige.


  • PhD Linguistics, 2018, Newcastle University, UK.
  • MA Linguistics & Language Acquisition, 2012,¬†Newcastle University, UK.
  • BA English Language & Literature, 2008, Damascus University, Syria.
  • BA English literature w/minor Religious Studies, 2008, Montana State University, USA.


I currently teach on the following undergraduate modules:

  • LNG1018 Exploring variation in English: module tutor
  • LNG1015 The sounds of English: seminar leader
  • LNG3152 Forensic linguistics: module tutor
  • LNG1017 Studying English language: seminar leader

In addition, I have taught on LNG2130 History and Development of English and LNG1017 Studying English Language.

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