English Language & Linguistics

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Dr David Hornsby

Senior Lecturer in French and Linguistics

Head of Department

Office: Cornwallis Central 101

Office hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm

About

Unusually, I have a foot in two Kent departments: I am a Senior Lecturer in French, but I now spend most of my time in ELL, a department I co-founded in 2009. I am also external examiner for French at the University of Exeter, and for Sociolinguistics at the University of Essex.

Having studied Modern Languages at Oxford and Bath, I worked briefly as a UN translator in Geneva, before embarking on a PhD at Cambridge, which I completed in 1996. Since coming to Kent I’ve taught everything from Russian and translation theory to comparative literature, but my current teaching for French and ELL focuses on my research interests in language variation and change. My monograph Redefining Regional French explored the emergence of mixed dialects, or koinés, in the French mining town of Avion; I’m currently investigating the phenomenon of liaison in French, which involves the pronunciation in some contexts of normally silent link consonants (e.g. trop (p) important) and its complex relationship to social factors. Fieldwork for my latest project has brought me to another mining area, this time in East Kent, where contact between families who came from other UK coalfields in the 1920s has produced a unique English dialect, the complexities of which I hope to unravel. I took part in a recent BBC1 documentary on the East Kent coalfield, and have frequently been asked to contribute to TV and radio programmes on British accents and dialects, notably with Alistair McGowan on BBC1’s The One Show, reflecting the enduring fascination of language variation for linguists and non-linguists alike.

I’m happy to supervise research into any aspect of language variation: current research projects are investigating a writing system for Oromo, the emergence of a ‘standard’ Franco-Provençal dialect, and the adoption of London English features in Essex and Kent.

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Publications

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Book
Hornsby, D. (2014). Linguistics: A Complete Introduction. [Online]. London, UK: Hodder & Stoughton. Available at: https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781444180329.
Hornsby, D. (2006). Redefining Regional French: Koinéization and Dialect Levelling in Northern France. Oxford: Legenda.
Edited book
Jones, M.C. and Hornsby, D. eds. (2013). Language and Social Structure in Urban France. Oxford: Legenda.
Hornsby, D. ed. (2011). Interfaces in Language 2. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
Hornsby, D. and Jamin, M. eds. (2007). Nottingham French Studies: Sociolinguistic Variation and Change in France. Edinburgh University Press.
Article
Hornsby, D. (2009). Dedialectalization in France: Convergence and Divergence. International Journal of the Sociology of Language [Online] 196/97:157-180. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/IJSL.2009.020.
Hornsby, D. and Jones, M. (2006). Blue-Sky Thinking? Léon Bollack and 'La Langue française en l'an 2003'. Language Problems and Languages Planning 30:215-238.
Hornsby, D. (2006). The Myth of Structured Obsolescence. Journal of French Language Studies [Online] 16:125-146. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959269506002390.
Hornsby, D. (1999). The Dynamic Model and Inherent Variability: The Case of Northern France. International Journal of Applied Linguistics [Online] 9:19-36. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1473-4192.1999.tb00158.x.
Hornsby, D. (1998). Patriotism and Linguistic Purism in France: 'Deux dialogues dans le nouveau langage françois' and 'Parlez-vous Franglais?'. Journal of European Studies [Online] 28:331-354. Available at: http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4AB9832332F439299286.
Book section
Hall, D. and Hornsby, D. (2015). Top-Down or Bottom-Up? Understanding Diffusion of Supralocal Norms in France. in: Davies, W. and Ziegler, E. eds. Language Planning and Microlinguistics : From Policy to Interaction and Vice Versa. Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Springer, pp. 105-127. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137361240_6.
Hornsby, D. (2014). Repenser la variation diatopique? in: Lagargette, D. ed. Repenser l'histoire du français. France: Chambéry, pp. 215-230. Available at: http://www.llseti.univ-smb.fr/web/llseti/389-repenser-l-histoire-du-francais.php.
Hornsby, D. and Jones, M. (2013). Introduction. in: Jones, M. C. and Hornsby, D. eds. Language and Social Structure in Urban France. Oxford: Legenda, pp. 1-7.
Hornsby, D. and Jones, M. (2013). Exception française? Levelling, Exclusion and Urban Social Structure in France. in: Jones, M. C. and Hornsby, D. eds. Language and Social Structure in Urban France. Oxford: Legenda, pp. 94-109.
Hornsby, D. (2012). Getting it Wrong: Liaison, Pataquès, and Repair in Contemporary French. in: Pooley, T. and Lagorgette, D. eds. On linguistic change in French: socio-historical approaches. Festschrift for R. Anthony Lodge. Chambéry, France: Editions de l'Université de Savoie, pp. 69-84. Available at: http://www.lls.univ-savoie.fr/index.php?action=lire&id=1279.
Hornsby, D. (2011). Introduction. in: Hornsby, D. ed. Interfaces in Language 2. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 1-6.
Hornsby, D. (2011). Liaison and the Speech/Writing Interface. in: Hornsby, D. ed. Interfaces in Language 2. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 117-136. Available at: http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Interfaces-in-Language-21-4438-3165-4.htm.
Hornsby, D. (2010). 'Ni patois, ni français régional': Dual-Status Variables in Vernacular Northern French. in: Partridge, J. G. ed. Interfaces in Language. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 271-288. Available at: http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Interfaces-in-Language1-4438-2399-6.htm.
Hornsby, D. (2007). Introduction. in: Hornsby, D. and Jamin, M. eds. Nottingham French Studies: Sociolinguistic Variation and Change in France. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-5.
Hornsby, D. (2007). Dialect Lite? The Rise of the Semi-speaker in an Obsolescent Dialect Community. in: Ayres-Bennett, W. and Jones, M. C. eds. The French Language and Questions of Identity. Oxford: Legenda, pp. 76-88.
Hornsby, D. (2007). Regional Dialect Levelling in Urban France and Britain. in: Hornsby, D. and Jamin, M. eds. Nottingham French Studies: Sociolinguistic Variation and Change in France. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 64-81.
Hornsby, D. and Pooley, T. (2001). La sociolinguistique et les accents français d'Europe. in: Judge, A., Pooley, T. and Hintze, M. -A. eds. French Accents: Phonological and Sociolinguistic Perspectives. London: CILT, pp. 305-343.
Hornsby, D. (1998). L'émergence de nouvelles variétés urbaines: les cas de Burträsk (Suède) et d'Avion (Pas-de-Calais). in: Eloy, J. -M. ed. Evaluer la vitalité: Variétés d'oïl et autres langues. Actes du Colloque international "Evaluer la vitalité des variétés régionales du domaine d'oïl" 29-30 nov. 1996 - AMIENS. Centre d'études picardes, pp. 185-194.
Total publications in KAR: 23 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

David Hornsby teaches modules on sociolinguistics.

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English Language & Linguistics, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 13/09/2018