M.Phil (Cantab), PhD (Kent). Variationist sociolinguist with research interests in French, the regional languages of France (esp. language death theory), and, broadly, phonetics and phonology. My PhD focused on language variation and change in Francoprovençal - a regional language spoken in parts of France, Switzerland, and Italy. Some 50 hours of speech samples were collected from over 60 research participants in both les monts du Lyonnais and the Canton of Valais. My thesis (defended in July 2015) addressed a number of research questions that relate to linguistic change in obsolescent dialect communities. I am particularly interested in the social network model of diffusion and change.
From 2011-2014 I held the post of Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kent, where I taught courses in phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, and syntax. During the academic year 2014-2015 I held two posts simultaneously: I was Associate Lecturer in the Department of French at the University of Kent, where I taught introductory linguistic theory, and also held the post of Maître de langue in the Département du monde anglophone at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, where I taught courses in applied phonology. I currently hold the position of Teaching Fellow in Sociolinguistics at Queen Mary University of London.
I am Co-editor (2015-Present) of the Association for French Language Studies sister-journal Cahiers, and Secretary to the Student Committee for the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) (2013-Present). I am also a member of the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group (CELC) and the Standard Language Ideology in Contemporary Europe (SLICE) network.