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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., 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) ‘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)



Dr Hannah Marston and her book Mobile e-Health

Book published and Keynote presentations in 2018

2018 seems to be turning into a busy year for Dr Hannah R. Marston, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area (H&W PRA). Hannah has recently published Mobile e-Health with colleagues from Swansea University and the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; and Hannah will be a keynote presenter at two conferences this year.

10th January 2018
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