Dr Damien Hall
Lecturer in French Linguistics
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8521
- Address: Office 4.32, Old Library Building
School of Modern Languages
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
I came to Newcastle after degrees in the UK and the USA and research positions back in the UK. My main research and teaching is in sociolinguistics and dialectology, particularly phonetic and phonological. I specialise in French linguistics, though I also teach and research in general linguistics.
To contact me, please see the Teaching tab.
Completed Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012 - 2013)
Lecturer in French Linguistics (2013 -)
University of York (UK)
Research Assistant: Accent and Identity on the Scottish–English Border (2008 - 2011)
University of Pennsylvania
PhD: A Sociolinguistic Study of the Regional French of Normandy (2003 - 2008)
University of Cambridge
MPhil, Linguistics (2002 – 2003)
London School of Economics and Political Science
MSc, European Studies (1996 - 1997)
University of Oxford
BA, Classics and Modern Languages (French and Latin) (1992 - 1996)
From 2011 to 2013 I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, working on a project titled Towards A New Linguistic Atlas of France (TANLAF). TANLAF is a phonetic and phonological survey of speech in the largest cities in the Northern third of France, along the lines of the Atlas of North American English. I began the project at the University of Kent in 2011, and moved to Newcastle in 2012. For further details, see my article ‘The Linguistic Geography of the French of Northern France: do we have the basic data?’. The funded part of the project is now over, but this is still my primary research project.
From 2008 to 2011 I was a Research Assistant on the Accent and Identity on the Scottish-English Border project at the University of York (UK). AISEB was one of the first sociophonetic projects to investigate personal identity as a possible predictor of accent variation.
My future research plans include projects on the dialectology, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology of French and English, in particular:
- the language used by UK and French politicians in the 2017 election campaigns, and public comment on it
- the dialectological potential of the recordings made for the Phonologie du Français Contemporain (‘Phonology of Contemporary French’) project
- the phonetic cues to distinctions between French nasal vowels
- the phonetics of French rhotics
- the phonology of stress assignment for French loanwords in English
I welcome enquiries about potential research and supervision on these topics and others of interest.
To contact me, please see the Teaching tab.
I am on research leave in Semester 1 2017-18, so I will not have office hours. If you want advice about the modules I am teaching in Semester 2, or about modules after 2017-18, though, I am willing to make an appointment. Please e-mail me: email@example.com.
In Semester 2 2017-18 I will be teaching:
- SML1019: Introduction to Linguistics - I will be giving some lectures and leading the French seminar group, and I am also the Module Leader, so I'm the person to contact if you have a question that your seminar leader can't answer
- FRE2044: Linguistic Variation in French
- FRE4014: Historical Perspectives on the French Language
Generally, I have taught topics in sociolinguistics, dialectology and general linguistics, with particular emphasis on phonetics and phonology. My speciality is French, though I also teach in general linguistics and English linguistics. I am keen to supervise research students with an interest in one or more of these areas.
- Hall DJ. The Linguistic Geography of the French of Northern France: Do We Have the Basic Data?. Language and Linguistics Compass 2013, 7(9), 477-499.
- Hall DJ. Twentieth-century varieties reflecting mediaeval settlement in Normandy: Combining modern and historical dialectology. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics 2013, 43(2), 176-199.
- Hall DJ. Vers un Nouvel Atlas Linguistique de la France : aspects de méthodologie sociolinguistique et dialectologique. In: 3e Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française. 2012, Lyons, France: EDP Sciences.
- Hall DJ. Review of Atlas Linguistique et Ethnographique Normand vol. 4 (Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2011). Journal of French Language Studies 2012, 22(2), 295-297.
- Hall DJ. Un nouveau projet de dialectologie française: Towards a New Linguistic Atlas of France. Langage et Société 2011, 136, 129-138.
- Docherty GJ, Watt DJL, Llamas C, Hall DJ, Nycz J. Variation in Voice Onset Time along the Scottish-English Border. In: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2011, Hong Kong.
- Hall DJ, Lyche C. Conversation à Darnétal (Seine-Maritime): la télévision dans les loisirs. In: Detey S; Durand J; Laks B; Lyche C, ed. Les variétés du français parlé dans l'espace francophone : ressources pour l'enseignement. Paris, France: Éditions Ophrys, 2010.
- Hall DJ. Le français de Rouen (Haute-Normandie, France) : une variété de français qui représente bien sa ville. Bulletin du Projet « Phonologie du Français Contemporain » 2007, 7, 171-191.
- Hall DJ. How Do They Do It? Singing and speaking by female altos. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 2006, 12(1), 123-36.
- Hall DJ. Variation Explained Through Contact and History: the Regional French of Normandy. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 2005, 11(2), 17-30.
- Hall DJ, Hornsby D. Top-down or bottom-up? Understanding diffusion of supralocal norms in France. In: Davies, WV; Ziegler, E, ed. Language Planning and Microlinguistics: From Policy to Interaction and Vice Versa. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.105-127.
- Hall DJ. Dialects of French. In: Boberg C; Nerbonne J; Watt DJL, ed. The Handbook of Dialectology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. In Press.
- Watt DJL, Llamas C, Docherty GJ, Hall DJ, Nycz J. Language and Identity on the Scottish/English Border. In: Watt, D; Llamas, C, ed. Language, Borders and Identity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014, pp.8-26.