Joshua Booth

DPhil Student
A photograph of Joshua Booth



I have a particular interest in Phonology and Historical Linguistics.

I work mostly with Germanic languages and look at how the structure of words changes over time, particularly word stress and syllable quantity.

In addition to phonological issues, I also look at how the brain processes pragmatic information, such as implied meanings.

I am currently completing my DPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, having previously completed a BA and an MPhil at Oxford.

My MPhil thesis focused on the impact of Romance loan words on the stress system of German in the mediaeval period, reflecting my interest in Germanic languages and Phonology.

My current research builds on this and seeks to account for a number of important sound changes which happened around this time and the implications these still have for the German spoken today.