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Dr Michael Pickles

Dr Michael Pickles

Teaching Fellow

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 592761
Office hours: Michaelmas Term 2013: Tuesday 14.00 - 15.00 and Friday 10.00 - 11.00 Lent Term 2014: Tuesday 10.00 - 11.00 and Friday 10.00 - 11.00

Qualifications

BA (Reading) French with Linguistics

PGCE (Southampton)

CertTEFL (St Martin's College, Lancaster)

PhD (Lancaster)

Current Teaching

  • FREN101 : First Year Advanced French
  • FREN201 : Second Year French Language (Advanced): written and reading skills
  • FREN201i : Second Year French Language (Intensive): written and reading skills
  • FREN233 : Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History
  • FREN301 : Final Year French Language : written and reading skills
  • DELC310 : Residence Abroad : intercultural and academic reflection
  • DELC320 : Final Year Dissertation (full unit)

Office Hours

Michaelmas Term 2013: Tuesday 14.00 - 15.00 and Friday 10.00 - 11.00

Lent Term 2014: Tuesday 10.00 - 11.00 and Friday 10.00 - 11.00

Research Interests

Variation, especially phonological, within current sociolinguistic strands - regional and local varieties, standardisation, gender, identity, the incomer.

Thesis Title

The spoken French of teenagers in Perpignan: a study of phonological variation

An investigation based on a corpus of recordings of thirty-seven collegiens in spontaneous group conversations and individual interviews; focussed on three phonological features - schwa, nasalisation of vowels, /R/ - in correlation with social variables of gender, ethnolinguistic background and socio-economic status.

Additional Information

Responsibilites and Affiliations

Convenor for Second Year French Language courses: FREN200/201/200i/201i

DELC Assessment & Examinations Officer

Vice-Principal of Lonsdale College. College Advisor. College Syndicate representative to Court

Member of the French Variation Forum

Member of the Association for Language Learning

Member of the Association for French Language Studies.

Former Roles

Head of Modern Languages, Derby: 1978-1991

Director of the Languages Development Centre, St Martin's College, Lancaster: 1991-1993

Lecturer in French Language and Linguistics, University of Cambridge: 2000-2001

Current Research

Citations of Research

Carton, Fernand. 1999. L'épithèse vocalique et son développement en français parlé. Faits de langue no 13: 35-45. Paris: Editions OPHRYS.

Pooley, Timothy. 2001. Les variantes sociolinguistiques feminines: essai de synthèse. In La langue française au féminin. Paris: L'Harmattan. pp. 53-73.

Blanchet, Philippe and Armstrong, Nigel. 2006. The sociolinguistic situation of 'contemporary dialects of French' in France today: an overview of recent contributions on the dialectalisation of Standard French. Journal of French Language Studies, vol. 16, no. 3, 251-275. Cambridge: CUP.

Jamin, Mikaël, Trimaille, Cyril and Gasquet-Cyrus, Médéric. 2006. De la convergence dans la divergence: le cas des quartiers pluri-ethniques en France. Journal of French Language Studies, vol. 16, no. 3, 335-356. Cambridge: CUP.

Armstrong, Nigel & Pooley, Timothy. 2010. Social and Linguistic Change in European French. Palgrave Macmillan.

Pooley, Tim & Mostefai-Hampshire, Zoubida. 2012. Code-crossing and multiligualism among adolescents in Lille. Journal of French Language Studies, vol. 22, no. 3, 371-394. Cambridge: CUP

Other Interests and Hobbies

My principal leisure activities are music and Christian involvement.

I have been a member of several choirs over the years, including the Palestrina Choir (Reading University), the Derbyshire Singers, the Lancaster Singers.

I am an active organist and pianist. I have an appreciation of a wide variety of composers and styles, both classical and popular.

I enjoy concerts, theatre and cinema, food and wine, and am (reputedly) a competent cook.

I am a Church Elder, Worship Leader and Preacher.

I am a Member of the College of Preachers.

From March 2010 to March 2012 I was Interim Moderator for Forton, Garstang and Preesall United Reformed Churches. I continue to act as Pastoral Link for Forton & Garstang United Reformed Churches within the Forton, Garstang & Trinity, Lancaster pastorate.

Additional Information

Languages Development Centre, St Martin's College, Lancaster

Director 1991-1993

List of Publications

written and published:

Modern Language Skills for Work: Module F: Working in a Bar and Restaurant (German). (+ cassettes) 1992.

Languages for Tourism:  (French, German, Spanish + cassettes) 1993.

written:

Modern Language Skills for Work: Module F: Working in a Bar and Restaurant (Spanish).  

edited & published:

John Greenway. On y va! Handbook for French Level Two Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages. 1992.

Roger Savage. Mach's Richtig. Handbook for German Level One Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages. 1992.

Roger Savage. Mach's Richtig. Handbook for German Level Two Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages. 1992.

Derrick Mackereth & Philip Wood. Modern Languages in the National Curriculum: Planning for Key Stage Three. 1992.

John Melia. ¡Ole! Handbook for Spanish Levels 1 & 2 Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages. 1992.

Nicholas Nelson-Piercy. Помогите! Handbook for Russian Levels 1 & 2  Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages. 1993.

Steve Harrison, Sybil Reed, Kit Thorne. Using the Target Language. (+ French, German, Spanish glossaries + cassettes) 1993.

Philip Wood. Modern Languages: A World of Work Experience (revised edition). 1993.

Sue Heppenstall. Preliminary Certificate of Modern Language Skills for Work: Supplementary Module: Working in an Office. 1993.

Philip Wood & Derrick Mackereth. FLAGS (Foreign Languages Assessment in Graded Stages) : Bronze Stage. (+ materials in French, German, Spanish, Urdu + cassettes) 1993.

John Melia. ¡En Parejas! Spanish Pair Work Practice. 1993.

 

Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages: Greek Level 2. 1992.

Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages: Portuguese Level 2 syllabus & test. 1993;

Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages: Greek revised syllabus. 1992.

Graded Proficiency Tests in Modern Languages: Japanese revised syllabus. 1992. 

 

2011

The spoken French of teenagers in Perpignan: a study of phonological variation

Pickles, M. 28/10/2011 Lancaster: Lancaster University. 330 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

2001

"La mere de mon père est née à Grenade": some phonological features of the French of teenagers in Perpignan

Pickles, M. 2001 French accents: phonological and sociolinguistic perspectives. Hintze, M-A., Judge, A. & Pooley, T. (eds.). London: CILT/AFLS, p. 128 - 147

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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