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Dr Michael Pickles
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BA (Reading) French with Linguistics
CertTEFL (St Martin's College, Lancaster)
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
Summer Term 2014: by appointment
Variation, especially phonological, within current sociolinguistic strands - regional and local varieties, standardisation, gender, identity, the incomer.
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.
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.
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
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.
Languages Development Centre, St Martin's College, Lancaster
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.
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.
Pickles, M. 28/10/2011 Lancaster: Lancaster University. 330 p.
Research output: Thesis › Doctoral Thesis
"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/Proceedings › Chapter
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