I am a Lecturer in English Language in the Department of English and History at Edge Hill University. I am particularly interested in language variation and change, language and gender, varieties of English around the world, and acquisition of variation. In December 2011 I was awarded a PhD from the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. My PhD thesis focused on language variation and change on Bequia, an island located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I examined the issue of language change among adolescents in Bequia. This is an especially timely issue considering the recent socio-economic and cultural changes affecting the Caribbean, related to globalisation. My PhD was fully sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Edinburgh and my supervisors were Professor Miriam Meyerhoff and Professor Caroline Heycock.