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He is Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. On 2 June 1995 he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Humanities at Uppsala University, Sweden. He also has honorary doctorates from UEA; La Trobe University, Melbourne; the University of Patras, Greece; and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Trudgill is one of the first to apply Laboviansociolinguistic methodology in the UK, and to provide a framework for studying dialect contact phenomena.
He has carried out studies on rhoticity in English, tracking trends in British rock music for decades; the Beatles' decreased pronunciation of Rs over the course of the 1960s, while American vocalists increased pronunciation of Rs to emulate British artists.
Trudgill is also the author of Chapter 1 ("The Meanings of Words Should Not be Allowed to Vary or Change") of the popular linguistics book "Language Myths" that he co-edited.
^Hanley, Lynsey (16 May 2016). "Why are schools trying to wipe out regional accents?". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 2021. sociolinguist Peter Trudgill noted as long ago as the 1970s that language use had begun to change, and to some extent to level out, in smaller towns due to the undue influence of larger, more culturally dominant cities... The urge to devalue regional accents is part of a deliberate process.