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Jenny Cheshire (born 1946) is a British sociolinguist and professor at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research interests include language and gender, syntactic and discourse structure and narrative analysis. She has written widely on these topics for various publications.

She is most known for her work on grammatical variation in adolescent speech. Among her publications, she has written over 6 academic books, including:


  • Variation in an English dialect: a sociolinguistic study. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982.
  • (ed.) English around the world: sociolinguistic perspectives. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  • (ed. with Dieter Stein) Taming the vernacular: from dialect to written standard language. London ; New York : Longman, 1997.
  • (ed. with David Britain) Social dialectology: in honour of Peter Trudgill. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub., c2003.

University textbooks

  • (with David Graddol and Joan Swann) Describing language. 2nd ed, Buckingham ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1994.
  • (ed. with Peter Trudgill) The sociolinguistics reader. London ; New York : Arnold ;1998-

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