Janice’s Leadership Fellowship also 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. The research team currently includes one postdoc and a languages consultant; a further postdoc and PhD student will be recruited in 2018
She is Deputy PI and Strand Lead on the Queen’s strand of the AHRC-funded OWRI, 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.
Janice’s 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.
She is PI on a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodovska Curie Fellowship held by Marianne Vergez-Couret, exploring 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 regional language policy and practice in France.