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Dr Maria Secova

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in French
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • maria.secova

Professional biography

I joined the Open University in May 2016. Prior to that, I held academic posts at different universities as a Lecturer in French (Coventry University, University of Bath) and Lecturer in Linguistics (Birkbeck, University of London). For four years, I was involved in the ESRC-funded project 'Multicultural London English - Multicultural Paris French' which examined the effect of language contact on patterns of variation and change in Paris and London. 

More generally, my work focuses on synchronic and diachronic variation in features typical of informal spoken French and English. I am also interested in the use of spoken corpora in language teaching.

Research interests

Language variation and change, language contact, social and cultural aspects of language teaching, translation, use of corpora and technology in language teaching and learning.


Secova, M. (in press) ‘Direct speech, subjectivity and speaker positioning in London English and Paris French’ In: Beeching et al., Positioning the self and others: linguistic traces. John Benjamins. 
Secova, M. (in press) ‘Changement grammatical et discursif en français multiculturel de la région parisienne: éléments de comparaison’. Lingvisticæ Investigationes, 40: 02.
Secova, M. (2017) ‘Discourse-pragmatic variation in Paris French and London English: Insights from general extenders’. Journal of Pragmatics 114: 1-15.
Secova, M. (2015) ‘Discours direct chez les jeunes : nouvelles structures, nouvelles fonctions', Langage et société 151: 131-151.  
Secova, M. (2014) ‘Je sais et tout mais: ... might the general extenders in European French be changing?’ Journal of French Language Studies 24 (02): 281-304.
Secova, M. (2011) ‘Discourse‐pragmatic features of spoken French: analysis and pedagogical implications.’ PhD thesis, Queen Mary, U. of London.   


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Teaching interests

• L192: Bon départ: beginners' French (Chair)

• L161: Exploring Languages and Cultures (Presentation)

• L222: Upper Intermediate French (Production)

• L112: French studies 1 (Production)




Improving wellbeing through digital games

Dr Hannah R. Marson, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area, and organiser of the upcoming Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference, was interviewed by to discuss how research using digital games and associated technologies has been investigated in the area of health and wellbeing. Read the full article: Technology and Gaming for the Elderly: Improving Wellbeing.

20th November 2017
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