Postgraduate students studying for research degrees within the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures are highly mobile, and over the coming months, we will profile those who leave the campus in order to undertake part of their research elsewhere. Today, we hear from Will Amos, already a double graduate from the University of Liverpool, who is working towards a PhD in sociolinguistics.
Will began his studies at the University of Liverpool in 2007, and graduated with a BA in French in 2011, having spent a year abroad as an English-language assistant in Toulouse. On graduation, Will was nominated to work as an English tutor, or lecteur, at the University of Liverpool’s partner university, the University of Nancy, in France. Will then returned to read for a MA in French (2013), and began his doctoral studies that autumn, exploring the visibility of Occitan and Corsican as written in the public space in France.
Will has recently returned from a visit to the University of Vienna, Austria, where he has been collaborating with Dr Barbara Soukup, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of English. Will and Dr Soukup met at the Seventh Linguistic Landscape workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, where they were both presenting papers on methodological challenges in linguistic landscape research. Although analysing different parts of the world, with contrasting language ideologies, and taking distinctive perspectives, their common interests have meant that they continued their discussions after the workshop.
This week, Barbara and Will are co-presenting a paper on their findings at the 37th International LAUD Symposium in Landau, Germany. Based on their fieldwork in Austria and France, their paper is the fruit of continued discussions on the relevance of and rationale for quantitative approaches to linguistic landscape research.