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Dr. Reenu Punnoose
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Reenu received her B.A. degree in English from Stella Maris College (affiliated to the University of Madras) in 2005, her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of York (U.K) in 2007 and her PhD in Linguistics from Newcastle University (U.K) in 2011. She taught briefly in the Linguistics department at the Central University of Kerala in the 2013-2014 academic year. She was awarded a three year UGC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2015, the Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (including languages), which she took up at the Centre for Linguistics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.


While her doctoral research was a partly descriptive, partly acoustic phonetic study of the liquid consonants in Malayalam, her post-doctoral research was inter-disciplinary and examined the relationship between social class and the English speech productions of urban Indian adolescents. Her areas of research interest include but are not limited to experimental phonetics, sociolinguistics, bilingual language acquisition and world Englishes


Recent Courses

July-Nov 2019: English for Professionals

                         Language & Society

Jan-Apr 2020:  Foundations of Linguistics

Research Area
Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Bilingual language acquisition, world Englishes
Additional Information


  1. Punnoose, R. and Muhammed, H. 2018. Problematising Hindi as the ‘Self’ and English as the ‘Other’ in India. Economic & Political Weekly 53(7).
  2. Punnoose, R. 2017. Indian English at Sociolinguistic Crossroads: Impact of the Tripartite Relationship between Schooling, Social Class and English in Urban India. Journal of Advanced Linguistic Studies 6 (1/2).
  3. Punnoose, R., Khattab, G. & Al-Tamimi, J. 2013. An investigation of the contested fifth liquid in Malayalam: a window into the lateral-rhotic relationship in Dravidian languages. Phonetica 70: 274-297.
  4. Scobbie, J., Punnoose, R. & Khattab, G. 2013. Articulating five liquids: a single speaker ultrasound study of Malayalam. In Rhotics: New Data and Perspectives. Bozen-Bolzano University Press, Bozen-Bolzano.
  5. Punnoose, R. and Khattab, G. 2011. Phonetic and Phonological investigation of the fifth liquid in Malayalam: Evidence for rhotic characteristics. In Proceedings of 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Hong Kong, pp 1646-1649.



Recent Conference Presentations


  • Punnoose, R. 2019. Effects of Gender and School Type on Rhoticity in Urban Indian English. Paper presented at the 24th Conference of the International Association of World Englishes, University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • Punnoose, R. 2018. Variations in Rhotic Realisations of Adolescent Speakers of Urban Ind.E: Gender, School Type and Social Class. Paper presented in English in India and Indian Englishes: New Horizons in the study of Phonetics and Phonology. Interspeech Satellite Workshop, Hyderabad.
Speaking Engagements
  • Language as a Science. Talk at the Science Quest Residential Science Camp held at IIT Palakkad. 16 May 2019. 
  • Englishes 2day & 2morrow: Internet is Bae. Webinar organised by WIE TALK, IEEE Student Branch, GEC Palakkad. 30 April 2020
  • From English in India to Indian Englishes: Challenges & Implications for Educators. Webinar organised by ASAP team Palakkad. 15 May 2020
  • 'Spoken Writing or Written Speech'? The Potentiality and Consequences of Netspeak. Webinar organised by Department of English, BCM College, Kottayam. 18 May 2020
PhD Students

1. Naseera Thesni