I am currently studying for an MA in Sociolinguistics at the University of Essex, Colchester.
In July 2012, I graduated with an honours degree in European Studies and German (BScEcon) from Aberystwyth University, achieving a 2:1. As part of my course I completed a dissertation related to European Union democracy, with a focus on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) - which was introduced in April 2012. I would definitely consider doing further research in this area in the future, though I have since switched my academic focus to linguistics.
For my masters' dissertation, I am currently looking into language attitudes towards the use of gender-neutral pronouns in the non-binary and wider trans and LGBT+ communities in the United Kingdom. I also have an interest in British dialect variation (especially variations among different generations in rural areas in the UK), and the use of different written registers in the social media age.
I also have a long-standing interest in psephology (the study of election results) and would like to create a public online database of local election results in the UK. Local elections have so many interesting dynamics (candidate personality, local issues and national policies - to name just a few) and largely go unnoticed, with both social scientists and media focussing on the overall trends, rather than on the minutiae of these intriguing elections.
Linden Parker © 2006-2017