School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Damien Hall

Lecturer in French Linguistics

Background

Profile

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.

Career

Newcastle University
Completed Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012 - 2013)
Lecturer in French Linguistics (2013 -)

University of Kent
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Towards A New Linguistic Atlas of France (2011 - 2012)

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)

Research

Current projects:

  • Towards A New Linguistic Atlas of France (TANLAF), 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.  For further details, see my article ‘The Linguistic Geography of the French of Northern France: do we have the basic data?’.
  • The linguistics of the Regional French of Normandy: I am currently working on an article about the pronunciation of the -ais and -é endings in Normandy, and one (with Ian Mackenzie, also SML) on the variable doubly-filled complementiser there (Standard French La maison où j’habite 'The house where I live' would be La maison où que j’habite 'The house where that I live' in RFN)
  • Political language in France and the UK: I am working with Chloé Gaboriaux (Sciences Po Lyons, France) on the language used by UK and French politicians in the 2017 election campaigns, and public comment on it.

My future research plans include projects on the dialectology, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology of French and English, in particular:

  • 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.

Teaching

Feedback and consultation hours in Semester 2 2017-18

  • Tuesday 9.00-10.00
  • Thursday 10.30-11.30
  • Friday 4.00-5.00

My office is OLB 4.32.


Teaching

In Semester 2 2017-18 I will be teaching:

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.

Publications