|Position in department||Dept. Rep for Universities & Colleges Union; Research Ethics Officer; Web Officer; Linguistics Seminar Co-ordinator
|Staff position||Professor of Sociolinguistics [PLP]
|E-mail||patrickp (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)
|Telephone||2088 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)
|Biography||He studied History as an undergraduate, Chinese and Linguistics at graduate level. Before coming to Essex, he taught in the Sociolinguistics programme at Georgetown University. He conducted a sociolinguistic survey of Kingston, Jamaica for his doctoral thesis (1992) and has published Urban Jamaican Creole: Variation in the Mesolect (Benjamins 1999). His latest book is Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars (Battlebridge Publications, 2007), coedited with John Holm, which systematically compares 18 Creole languages across 97 grammatical features.
He has also published a number of articles in his major areas of interest - language variation and change, pidgin and creole studies, linguistic human rights, sociolinguistic methods, urban dialectology, and languages of the African diaspora. He has applied sociolinguistics to non-academic problems through testimony in criminal cases, studies of clinical communication, and interventions in the asylum process.
He was a founding member of the Language & National Origin Group who co-authoredthe Guidelines for the Use of Language Analysis in Relation to Questions of National Origin in Refugee Cases (2004), now widely cited in asylum cases around the world. He recently co-convened the Language and Asylum Research Group (LARG) with Dr. Diana Eades to stimulate research and promote best-practice in Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO). He has participated in or convened a dozen colloquia on LADO in Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and the UK, and given LADO seminars to linguists, lawyers, doctors, geneticists, immigration judges, and human rights practitioners. From 2008 to 2011 he has submitted expert linguistic reports to the UK immigration and asylum tribunals in about 50 appeals cases.
- AB History (mcl), University of Georgia, 1982
- PhD Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
- Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO) in the UK and EU
- ESRC LADO Network (Research Seminars Grant no. RES-451-26-0911)
- Variation in number-marking in Jamaican Creole noun phrases
- Language Variation & Change
- Language and Human Rights
- Language Testing of Asylum Seekers
- African (American) Diaspora Languages
- Pidgin & Creole Linguistics, (esp. on Caribbean English-related creoles)
- Language/ Dialect Maintenance, Shift & Death
- Sound Change in Sociolinguistic Context
As a member of the Human Rights Centre, and the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, he also lectures on
as well as
- Patrick, Peter L. and Katherine Bristowe. Fc. The effect of observers on doctor-patient interaction. Submitted to Medical Education.
- Patrick, Peter L. Fc 2011. "Using language to attribute nationality to refugees.” To appear in Lawrence Solan & Peter Tiersma, eds., Handbook of Language and Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Patrick, Peter L. 2010. “Language Variation and LADO (Language Analysis for Determination of Origin).” In Karin Zwaan, Pieter Muysken & Maaike Verrips, eds., Language and Origin. The Role of Language in European Asylum Procedures: A Linguistic and Legal Survey. Wolf Legal Publishers, pp73-87. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers.
- Patrick, Peter L. 2008. “Pidgins, Creoles and linguistic variation.” In John V. Singler and Silvia Kouwenberg, eds., The Handbook of Pidgins and Creoles. Oxford: Blackwell, 461-487.
- Patrick, Peter L. and Michelle Straw. 2007. “Dialect acquisition of glottal variation in /t/: Barbadians in Ipswich.” Language Sciences 29(2-3): 385-407. March/May 2007.
- Patrick, Peter L. 2007. Co-editor with John Holm.Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars. London: Battlebridge Press. (Westminster Creolistics Series 7.)
- Patrick, Peter L. 2007. "Jamaican Patwa (Creole English)." In John A. Holm and Peter L. Patrick, eds., Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars. London: Battlebridge Press, 127-152.
- "Linguistic Analysis for Determining the Origins of Asylum Seekers" - PluS workshop, Vienna
- "Key Problems in Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO)" - Plenary address, International Association for Forensic Linguistics, Aston
- "Effects of Lay Perspectives on Language in the Testing of Asylum Seekers" - ALAPP, Cardiff
- "LADO - A view from Linguistics" - ESRC Genomics Network, London
- "Linguistic Rights in the Asylum Context" - CamLing VI 'Linguistics Matters!' workshop, Cambridge
- "LADO - Objective Evidence for Refugee Status Determination" - CORI: Challenges and Commonalities in Providing Objective Evidence for RSD, London
- "Applying the Speech Community: Language Analysis of Asylum Seekers" - ASNEL/GNEL, Bayreuth
- "Language Variation and LADO" - European Science Foundation Workshop on Language & Origin, NIAS, Wassenaar
- with Katherine Bristowe: "Linguistic Issues and Pitfalls in working with Asylum Seekers & Refugees" - Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture, Doctors' Study Day, London
See http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~patrickp/papers.html for some recent papers and presentations.