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Dr Maria Secova

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


Sociolinguistic variation and change, language contact, language attitudes and linguistic discrimination, urban vernaculars, use of spoken corpora in language teaching.



Secova, M. (2018) '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., Gardner-Chloros, P. and Atangana, F. (2018) "Il parle normal, il parle comme nous”: self-reported usage and attitudes in a banlieue. Journal of French Language Studies (Special Issue).
Cheshire, J. and Secova, M. (2018) 'The origins of new quotative expressions: the case of Paris French.' Journal of French Language Studies (Special Issue).
Gardner-Chloros, P. and Secova, M. (2018) 'Grammatical change in Paris French: In-situ question words in embedded contexts.' Journal of French Language Studies (Special Issue).
Secova, M. (2017) ‘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.   

Teaching interests


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

• L161: Exploring Languages and Cultures (Presentation)

• L222: Upper Intermediate French (Production)

• L112: French studies 1 (Production)

• L211: Envol: upper intermediate French (Presentation, Residential School)



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