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Professor Mari Jones FLSW

Language variation and change; language contact; language death; language revitalization; dialectology; language policy and planning
Professor Mari Jones, FLSW

Professor of French Linguistics and Language Change

Language variation and change

Language contact

Language death

Language revitalization


Language policy and planning

Research Interests

My main research interests are in language variation and change and in dialectology with a specific focus on language contact, language death and language revitalization. It has involved languages such as Welsh, Breton and – currently - the Norman dialects of the Channel Islands and the Norman mainland. I am a founder of the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group and the Cambridge Conferences in Language Endangerment and am a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and of the International Centre for Language Revitalisation. I was awarded the 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award for the School of Arts and Humanities for my work in support of the revitalization of the Norman of the Channel Islands.


  • Language revitalization
  • Endangered languages
  • Dialectology
  • French
  • Language change
  • Code-switching
  • Multilingualism
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language policy and planning

Key Publications

Jones, M.C. and D. Mooney (eds) (2017) Orthography Development for Endangered Languages. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press

Jones, M.C. (2015) “Auregnais: Insular Norman's invisible relative” Transactions of the Philological Society 113/3, pp. 349-362

Jones, M.C. (2015) Policy and Planning for Endangered LanguagesCambridge. Cambridge University Press 

Jones, M.C. (2015) Variation and Change in Mainland and Insular Norman: A Study of Superstrate Influence. Leiden, Brill.

Jones, M.C. (ed) (2015) Endangered Languages and New Technologies. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Jones, M.C. and S. Ogilvie (eds) (2013). Keeping Languages Alive. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Jones, M.C. & D.C. Hornsby (eds) (2013) Language and Social Structure in Urban France Oxford: Legenda

Jones, M.C. (2012) “Variation and Change in Sark Norman French”. Transactions of the Philological Society 110/2, pp. 149-170

Jones, M.C. (2012) “Liaison Patterns and Usage in Jersey Norman French”. Probus 24/2, pp.197-232

Jones, M.C. (2010) “Comment déterminer la syntaxe de l’oral: une étude de cas des îles anglo-normandes”. In M. Drescher and I. Neumann-Holzschuh (eds) La syntaxe de l’oral dans les variétés non-hexagonales du français. (Stauffenburg: Tubingen), pp. 137-148

 Jones, M.C. (2010) “Le Changement linguistique à Guernesey: s’agit-il d’une convergence syntaxique?”. LINX 57, pp. 91-100 (2007)  Special edition: F. Gadet & E. Guérin (eds), Études de syntaxe: français parlé, français hors de France, créoles

Jones, M.C. (2010) “Channel Island English”. In D. Schreier P. Trudgill, E.W. Schneider and J.P. Williams (eds) The Lesser-Known Varieties of English (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) pp.35-56

Jones, M.C. and T. Bulot (eds) (2009) Les Langues Normandes: Pluralité, normes, représentations. Paris, L'Harmattan

Jones, M.C. (2009) “Identity Planning in an Obsolescent Variety: The Case of Jersey Norman French”. Anthropological Linguistics 50/3-4, pp. 1-17

Jones, M.C. (2008). The Guernsey Norman French Translations of Thomas Martin. Leuven, Peeters

Gadet, F. & M.C. Jones (2008) “Variation, Contact and Convergence in French Spoken Outside France.” Journal of Language Contact 2, pp. 238-248

Jones, M.C.  (2007) “Channel Island French.” In D. Britain (ed.), Language in the British Isles (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 358-367

Jones, M.C. and I. Singh (2005). Exploring Language Change. London, Routledge

Jones, M.C. (2005) “Some Structural and Social Correlates of Single Word  Intrasentential Codeswitching in Jersey Norman French.” Journal of French Language Studies15/1, pp. 1-23

Jones, M.C. (2005) “Transfer and Changing Linguistic Norms in Jersey Norman French.” Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 8/2, pp. 159-175

Jones, M.C. (2003) Jèrriais:  Jersey's Native Tongue Jersey: Le Don Balleine

Jones, M.C. and E. Esch (eds) (2002) Language Change: The interplay of internal, external and extra-linguistic factors. Berlin/New York, Mouton de Gruyter

Jones, M.C. (2001). Jersey Norman French: A linguistic study of an obsolescent dialect. Oxford, Blackwell

Jones, M.C.  (2000) “The Subjunctive in Guernsey Norman French.” Journal of French Language Studies 10/2, pp. 177-203

Jones, M.C. (2000) “Swimming Against the Tide: Language Planning on Jersey.” Language Problems and Language Planning 24/2, pp. 167-196

Jones, M.C. (2000) “Ambiguity and Unpredictability: Linguistic Change in Modern Jèrriais.” Verbum 22/2, pp. 203-222

Jones, M.C. (1998) Language Obsolescence and Revitalization. Oxford, Oxford University Press