Dr Damien Hall
Lecturer in French Linguistics, School of Modern Languages Director of the Year Abroad
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8521
- Personal Website: Observations on French, English and everyday language: https://twitter.com/EvrydayLg
- 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.
Language is endlessly fascinating, and I often tweet about it @EvrydayLg.
I am External Examiner for undergraduate degrees involving French at the University of Surrey, and a member of the managing committee of the Buchanan Esperanto Endowment at the University of Liverpool.
I organise the annual competition to represent Newcastle University at British Conference of Undergraduate Research events.
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)
- 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 have recently published an article about the pronunciation of the -ais and -é endings in Normandy, and I am working on 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.
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Feedback and consultation hours in Semester 1 2018-19
- Monday 9.30-10.30
- Tuesday 4.30-5.30
- Thursday 10.00-11.00
My office is OLB 4.32.
In Semester 1 2018-19 I will be teaching:
- SML1019: Introduction to Linguistics - I will be giving some lectures and leading the French seminar groups, 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
- FRE4014: Historical Perspectives on the French Language
- SML8105: Issues in the Diachrony of French
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. (e) in Normandy: The sociolinguistics, phonology and phonetics of the Loi de Position. Journal of French Language Studies 2018, 29(1), 1-33.
- Hall DJ. Dialects of French. In: Boberg C; Nerbonne J; Watt DJL, ed. The Handbook of Dialectology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018, pp.474-485.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.