Professor Mari Jones
Professor of French Linguistics and Language Change
Mari Jones is Professor of French Linguistics and Language Change at the University of Cambridge's French Section (based in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages). At Peterhouse, Professor Jones is a Fellow in Modern and Medieval Languages and a Tutor.
Professor Jones is interested in all aspects of language change, language obsolescence and revitalisation, language contact, dialectology, and standardisation. Her research has focused particularly on Welsh, Breton and Insular and Mainland Norman and her graduate teaching focuses on Language death theory, Language variation and Sociolinguistics, both within the context of French and of other languages. Professor Jones was awarded the 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award for the School of Arts and Humanities for her work in support of the revitalisation of the Norman of the Channel Islands.
Major publications include Variation and Change in Mainland and Insular Norman (Brill, 2015); The Guernsey Norman French Translations of Thomas Martin: A Linguistic Study of an Unpublished Archive (Peeters, 2008); Exploring Language Change (Routledge, 2005); Jèrriais: Jersey's Native Tongue (Don Balleine, 2003); Jersey Norman French: A Linguistic Study of an Obsolescent Dialect (Blackwell, 2001); Language Obsolescence and Revitalization (Oxford University Press, 1998) and La Langue bretonne aujourd'hui à Plougastel-Daoulas (Brud Nevez, 1998). She is also editor of Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages (Cambridge University Press, 2017); Policy and Planning for Endangered Languages (Cambridge University Press, 2015); Endangered Languages and New Technologies (Cambridge University Press, 2014); Keeping Languages Alive (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Language and Social Structure in Urban France (Legenda, 2013); Les Langues Normandes: Pluralité, Normes, Représentations (L'Harmattan, 2009); The French Language and Questions of Identity (Legenda, 2007) and Language Change: The Interplay of Internal, External and Extra-linguistic Factors (Mouton de Gruyter, 2002).
Current research projects have included directing an international research network funded by the AHRC on language and social structure in urban France and major collaborations with the University of Caen: "Patrimoine Linguistique en Normandie".
Professor Jones is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, Visiting Professor in Linguistics at the University of Bamberg, Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, External Expert for the Commission of Vanishing Languages and Cultural Heritage (VLACH) within the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the International Centre for Language Revitalisation and Research Associate at the Université Rennes 2, Haute Bretagne's Pôle de Recherches Francophonies, Interculturel, Communication, Sociolinguistique.
Professor Jones is founder of the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group and the Cambridge Conferences in Language Endangerment series.