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Dr Damien Mooney

Dr Damien Mooney

Dr Damien Mooney
BA (TCD), M.Phil (Cantab), D.Phil (Oxon)

Senior Lecturer in French Linguistics and Language Change

Office Room 2.66
19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 928 8381


Dr Damien Mooney's published research focuses on contact induced transfer in bilingual speech, language death theory, and on the role of language and dialect contact in the loss or retention of pronunciation and grammatical features in regional varieties of French and the regional languages of France.

Dr Mooney's D.Phil thesis (Oxford, 2014) entitled 'Linguistic transfer and dialect levelling: a sociophonetic analysis of contact in the regional French of Béarn' investigates the genesis and evolution of the regional variety of French spoken in Béarn, southwestern France. This research appeared in 2016 as a monograph entitled Southern Regional French: A Linguistic Analysis of Language and Dialect Contact (Oxford: Legenda).

His current research project, funded by the British Academy (2016-18) examines linguistic variation and change in Béarnais (Gascon), a localised variety of langue d'oc spoken in southwestern France, focusing on the interplay between the linguistic and social processes that lead to language and dialect death as Béarnais contracts under pressure from the national language, French, and the standardised langue d'oc variety, Occitan. This research will be published as a monograph entitled Language and Dialect Death: Theorising Sound Change in Obsolescent Gascon (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan).


Dr Mooney holds a D.Phil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology from the University of Oxford, an M.Phil in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in French and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin. He has also studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, rue d'Ulm. Before joining the Department of French at Bristol, he taught at Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and at Queen's University Belfast. 



In the academic year 2019/2020, Dr Mooney will be teaching on the following units:

  • FREN10008 Shaping France
  • FREN10011 Global French (Unit Director)
  • FREN20044 The French Language: Structures and Varieties (Unit Director)
  • MODL20016 General Linguistics (Unit Director)
  • MODL20017 Historical Linguistics
  • FREN30001 French Language 3 (Translation)
  • FREN30043 French Dialectology: Geographical Variation and Change in the Espace Francophone (Unit Director)
  • MODL30015 Sociolinguistics: Language Variation and Change

Consultation and feedback hours (Teaching Block 1): Tuesday 1.30-2.30pm, Thursday 12-1pm (19 Woodland Road, Room 2.66).

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