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Dr James Hawkey

Dr James Hawkey

Dr James Hawkey
BA(Bris), MA(UCL), PhD(Lond)

Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Catalan Linguistics

Office 2.64, 19 Woodland Rd
17 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 331 7170


My work is centred on contemporary Catalan sociolinguistics. My interests within this field are broad-ranging, including language attitudes, language contact, sociophonetics, and issues surrounding language and migration.

The common thread that binds my diverse research interests is the pursuit of a quantitative approach to the assessment of language policy. My doctoral work tested awareness of normative varieties of Catalan and Castilian in Barcelona, using empirical methods. My subsequent British Academy / Leverhulme Trust project Sociolinguistic Perspectives of Catalan in France examines the links between language attitudes and linguistic practices, focusing on phonetic and morphosyntactic variation (specifically, the factors conditioning the usage of local or supra-local variants). My current British Academy project European Migration, Language Policy and Small States (PI on project, Co-I: Dr Kristine Horner, Sheffield) addresses questions of how economic migrant communities engage with the 'small' languages of their host countries, focusing on Catalan in Andorra and Luxembourgish in Luxembourg. Quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to assess language policies in Andorra and Luxembourg, thus offering new perspectives on language policy and migration scholarship by focusing on small nations and microstates.


I took up the position of Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics in September 2014. Prior to this, I spent three years at the School of Foreign Languages (LLCSE) at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, in both teaching and research positions. I gained my PhD in Hispanic Sociolinguistics from Queen Mary University of London in 2012, and my MA in Linguistics from UCL in 2008. This position marks something of a homecoming for me, since I graduated from my BA in French and Spanish at Bristol in 2007.


I am Director of Teaching for the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

In 2019/20, I will be teaching and convening the following modules:

  • HISP10016 Close Encounters with Discourse: BA Year 1
  • HISP20088 Languages of the Iberian Peninsula: BA Year 2
  • MODL30015 Sociolinguistics: Language, Variation and Change: BA Year 4

In 2019/20, I will also be teaching on the following modules:

  • HISP10010 Critical Concepts in the Study of the Hispanic World: BA Year 1
  • MODL20016 General Linguistics: BA Year 2
  • MODL20017 Historical Linguistics: BA Year 2
  • HISP30101 Spanish Language: BA Year 4
  • MODLM0002 Cultural Encounters: MA
  • MODLM0017 The Cultural Imagination of Gender: MA
  • MODLM0021 Research Skills: MA

In past years, I have also taught on the following modules:

  • HISP10014 The Making of the Hispanic World: BA Year 1
  • MODL10011 Introduction to the Study of Cultures: BA Year 1
  • HISP30056 Hispanic Sociolinguistics: BA Year 4 (unit convenor)
  • MODL30006 Liaison Interpreting: BA Year 4
  • MODL30016 Sociolinguistic Anthropology: Language, Culture and Society: BA Year 4 
  • FREN30001 French Language: BA Year 4


  • (Variationist) Sociolinguistics
  • Language policy
  • Language contact
  • Language attitudes
  • Sociophonetics
  • Language and migration
  • Regional and minority languages
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • French Linguistics
  • Catalan Studies
  • Andorran Studies

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