Room: E868

Peter Sundkvist received his Ph.D. in English Linguistics from Stockholm University (2004), with a thesis on the phonology of Shetland English. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Linguistics, Yale University, 2005–2007. His research interests concern phonology, phonetics, and dialectology, relating to varieties of English and Germanic languages more generally. He has conducted extensive linguistic fieldwork in the Shetland Islands. His earliest research focused on the local form of Scottish Standard English, especially as spoken in Lerwick, Shetland’s urban centre. Subsequently he was the Principal Investigator of a project on the phonology of Shetland Scots, funded by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, for which he completed a regional phonological survey of the Shetland Isles 2010–2012. More recently he has conducted empirical research on English as spoken in various parts of Asia including China and Vietnam. He has also published on accent stereotypes and pulmonic ingressive speech.

At the Department of English, Stockholm University, Peter Sundkvist teaches courses and supervises undergraduate, MA, and doctoral students within the fields of phonology, phonetics, and dialectology.

Information for prospective thesis students: Peter Sundkvist is delighted to supervise BA, magister, and MA theses within the subfields of phonology, phonetics, or dialectology.


Recent publications:

Sundkvist, P. 2021. The Shetland Dialect. London & New York: Routledge.

Sundkvist, P. & Nguyen, X. N. C. M. 2020. English in Vietnam. In Bolton, K., Botha, W., & Kirkpatrick, A. (eds.) The Handbook of Asian Englishes, First Edition [Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics]. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 683–703.

Melchers, G., Shaw, P. & Sundkvist, P. 2019. World Englishes: Third edition. London & New York: Routledge [Supplementary material including 43 audio examples of speakers of native (17) and of non-native (26) English available to download from:]

Sundkvist, P. & Gao, M. 2016. Rhoticity in Yunnan English. World Englishes, 35(1), 42–59.

Sundkvist, P. & Gao, M. 2015. A regional survey of the relationship between vowel and consonant duration in Shetland Scots. Folia Linguistica, 49(1), 57–83.

Sundkvist, P. & Gao, M. 2015. Pulmonic ingressive speech in Orkney dialect. Scottish Language, 34, 1–13.

Sundkvist, P. 2015. Using the World Wide Web to research spoken varieties of English: The case of pulmonic ingressive speech. In Shaw, P. Erman, E., Melchers, G. & Sundkvist, P. From Clerks to Corpora: essays on the English language yesterday and today. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 303–321.

Shaw, P. Erman, E., Melchers, G. & Sundkvist, P. (eds.) 2015.  From Clerks to Corpora: essays on the English language yesterday and today. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press.

Sundkvist, P. 2013. Stage accents on steroids: ‘Oirish’, ‘pirate speech’, and Jim Carrey’s Newfoundland fisherman ‘Captain Sham’. Nordic Irish Studies, 11.

Sundkvist, P. 2013. ‘Ridiculously country’: The representation of Appalachian English in the Deliverance screenplay. In Johannesson, N.-L., G. Melchers, & B. Björkman (eds.) Of Butterflies and Birds, of Dialects and Genres: Essays in Honour of Philip Shaw. Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, Stockholm Studies in English 104, 189–207.

Sundkvist, P. 2012. Pulmonic ingressive speech in Shetland English. World Englishes, 31(4), 434–448.

Sundkvist, P. 2012. Pulmonic ingressive speech in the Shetland Isles: Some observations on a potential Nordic relic feature. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 11(3), 188–202.

Sundkvist, P. 2011. The Shetland Isles: globalisation and the changing status of Standard English. English Today, 27(4), 19–25.

Sundkvist, P. 2011. ‘Standard English’ as spoken in Shetland’s capital. World Englishes, 30(2), 166–181.

Sundkvist, P. 2010. An outline of the pre-rhotic vowel system of Shetland English, with reference to General American, Received Pronunciation, and Scottish English. Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 28(2), 138–163.

Melchers, G. & Sundkvist, P. 2010. Shetland and Orkney. In Schreier, D., P. Trudgill, E. W. Schneider, & J. P. Williams (eds.) The Lesser-Known Varieties of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 17–34.

Sundkvist, P. 2010. Scottish Standard English as spoken in Lerwick: an overview of pronunciation features. In Millar, R. M. (ed.) 2010. Northern Lights, Northern Words. Selected Papers from the FRLSU Conference, Kirkwall 2009. Aberdeen: Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ireland, 71–106.

Gao, M. & Sundkvist, P. 2010. An acoustic study of front rounded vowels in Shetland dialect. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 127(3), 2020.

Sundkvist, P. 2009. Acoustic vowel space in pre-/r/ contexts: Shetland and American English. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125(4), 2698.

Sundkvist, P. 2007. The pronunciation of Scottish Standard English in Lerwick, Shetland. English World-Wide, 28(1), 1–21.