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Dr Damien Mooney

BA (TCD), M.Phil (Cantab), D.Phil (Oxon)

  • BS8 1TE

20112022

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Research interests

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).

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Research Output

  • 7 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Chapter in a book
  • 3 Authored book

Language and Dialect Death: Theorising Sound Change in Obsolescent Gascon

Mooney, D., 2022, (In preparation) Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Future temporal reference in French and Gascon: aller/anar + infinitive periphrasis and structural transfer in the bilingual grammar

Mooney, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Variation and Change in Gallo-Romance Grammar. Maiden, M. & Wolfe, S. (eds.). Oxford University Press, (Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Phonetics and phonology of Romance languages: Occitan.

Mooney, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Manual of Romance Phonetics and Phonology . Gabriel, C., Gess, R. & Meisenburg, T. (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter, (Manuals of Romance Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Activities

    • 27 Participation in conference
    • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 5 Media coverage or participation
    • 1 Invited talk

    Association for French Language Studies (AFLS) Annual Conference, Université Toulouse II – Jean Jaurès.

    Damien Mooney (Participant)

    Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    University of Oxford Romance Linguistics Seminar

    Damien Mooney (Participant)

    Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Lavender Languages and Linguistics 25, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

    Damien Mooney (Participant)

    Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference