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.   

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications in the fields of French Sociolinguistics, Variation, the Structure of Spoken French, Temporality in French and Language Policy.

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    Frequent Journals

    • Journal of French Language Studies

      ISSNs: 0959-2695

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.36 SJR 0.163 SNIP 0.684


    • French Studies

      ISSNs: 0016-1128

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2931

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.22 SJR 0.148 SNIP 0.748


    • Modern Languages Open

      ISSNs: 2052-5397


    • Corpus

      ISSNs: 1765-3126


    • Romance Philology

      ISSNs: 0035-8002

      Brepols Publishers

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.02 SJR 0.103 SNIP 0


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