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Janice Carruthers

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Research Interests

Janice Carruthers is Professor of French Linguistics at Queen's and Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages with the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

She took her BA in Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University (St Catharine’s College), where she subsequently took an MPhil in Linguistics, followed by a PhD in French Linguistics under the supervision of Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett. She was appointed to Queen’s in 1989 where she teaches and researches in French Language and Linguistics, and was Head of the School of Modern Languages from 2011 to 2016. 

Her main research interests are in the following areas:

  • the linguistic structure of oral narrative, particularly in tense, aspect, temporal and spatial framing, negation, detachment, inversion, parataxis/hypotaxis, and speech and thought presentation;
  • sociolinguistics (language policy; language and identity);
  • corpus linguistics (notably in digital annotation using the Text Encoding Initiative);
  • oral genres (particularly the linguistic features of different types of spoken language);
  • language variation and change.  

Janice's AHRC Fellowship involves a three-year funded project on language policy, entitled Foreign, Indigenous and Community Languages in the Devolved Regions of the UK: Policy and Practice for Growth.  She is also Deputy PI and Strand Lead on the Queen's strand of the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative project, Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies, working with partners in Cambridge, Nottingham and Edinburgh.  The Queen's team includes two postdocs and two PhD students, all working in the area of language, identity and social cohesion. She is PI on a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodovska Curie Fellowship held by Marianne Vergez-Couret, exploring at the concept of orality in contemporary Occitan storytelling. She has recently supervised PhDs on temporal patterning in sports commentary, on information structuring in French and Dagara oral narratives, on linguistic borrowing in different text-types and registers, on lexical creativity in young speakers in urban France, and on the language of cosmetics advertising in women's magazines. She is currently supervising projects on the discourse of asylum seekers and on language policy in France. 

Janice is on the Editorial Board of ‘French Studies’ (OUP), 'Modern Languages Open' and ‘Discours’ (CNRS). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the ‘Journal of French Language Studies’ (CUP), having been an Editor and Associate Editor for many years.  

Janice has been External Examiner at both Undergraduate and PhD level at Cambridge University, at UG and PG level in the University of Sheffield, and at UG level in University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin. She has recently examined PhDs in Cambridge, Exeter and Orleans.   

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Frequent Journals

  • Journal of French Language Studies

    ISSNs: 0959-2695

    Cambridge University Press

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.158 SNIP 0.716


  • French Studies

    ISSNs: 0016-1128

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2931

    Oxford University Press

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.119 SNIP 0.077


  • Transactions of the Philological Society

    ISSNs: 0079-1636

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1467-968x


    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.362 SNIP 1.161


  • Romance Philology

    ISSNs: 0035-8002

    Brepols Publishers

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.101 SNIP 0.0


  • La Linguistique

    ISSNs: 0075-966X

    Presses Universitaires de France

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.101 SNIP 0.262


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