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Rosalind A. M. Temple, MA, MPhil (PhD, Wales)
University Lecturer in French Linguistics and Fellow of New College


Ros Temple's research interests lie in the areas of phonetics/phonology and variationist linguistics and the interface between the two, particularly the implications of variability in fine phonetic detail for both phonetic/phonological and variationist theory. She has worked on these topics with reference particularly to French, English and Welsh.


Historical and modern French linguistics (Papers IV and V); sociolinguistics (Paper XII); general linguistics (Paper XIII). Happy to supervise Linguistics Projects (Paper XII) and extended essays (Paper XIV) in all these areas, particularly with relation to Welsh, French and English, but also focussing on other languages.

Graduate Teaching

Ros has supervised postgraduate work in both French and general linguistics, in the areas of phonetics/phonology and variationist sociolinguistics. She would particularly welcome expressions of interest in pursuing topics exploring the interaction between the two general areas, especially with reference to French or Welsh. However, she is also open to proposals falling more broadly within her fields of interest. She has  supervised research, for example, on the phonetics of dialect and language contact in Gascony, on sociophonetics and identity in the Polish diaspora in England, on the use of Irish in Ulster, on phonological change in  Norwegian and on patterns of variation in the French subjunctive, and on language change in Hong Kong. She is currently co-supervising DPhil theses on variation and identity in Lithuanian in Vilnius and in Bermudian English, as well as on language contact in Brussels.


'Phonetic detail and the constructs of variationist phonology: a new "new look at -t,d deletion" ' (under review) 

'Phonetic detail and variationist phonology: the case of (t,d).' Dialectologia 18 (2017), 129-155.

'Probabilistic underspecification in nasal place assimilation.' With John Coleman & Margaret E. Renwick. Phonology 33 (2016), 425-458. doi:10.1017/S0952675716000208

'Systems, prosodies and the phonology of French.' With Alexandra Schladebeck. French Studies LXX (2016), 383-403. DOI: doi:10.1093/fs/knw126

'Where and what is (t,d)? A case study in taking a step back in order to advance sociophonetics.' In C. Celata & S. Calamai (eds, 2014). Advances in Sociophonetics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp.97-136.

'(t,d): the variable status of a variable rule.', Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics., 12 (2009), 145-170,  Article Weblink

With Alex Imrie, 'A polysystemic view of schwa in the clitic pronouns of French.', in Actes des 5èmes Journées d’Études Linguistiques, 27-28 juin 2007., ed. (Nantes: Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes, 2007), 143-148.

With Sali Tagliamonte, 'New perspectives on an ol’ variable: (t,d) in British English.', Language Variation & Change, 17 (2005), 281-302

Editor, with John Local and Richard Ogden, Phonetic Interpretation: Papers in Laboratory Phonology VI. (Cambridge: CUP, 2004)

With Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Janice Carruthers, Problems and Perspectives. Studies in the Modern French Language., Longman Linguistics Library (Harlow: Longman, 2001)

'The interaction between speaker sex and changes in regional patterns of voicing in metropolitan French: a case of over-levelling?', in French Accents, ed. Marie-Anne Hintze & Tim Pooley (London: CILT, 2001), 148-164

'Old wine into new wineskins. A variationist investigation into patterns of devoicing in plosives in the Atlas linguistique de la France.', Transactions of the Philological Society, 98 (2000), 353-294

'Now and then: the evolution of male-female differences in the voicing of consonants in two varieties of French', Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics, 8 (2000), 193-204.