School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Jonathan Kasstan, PhD (Kent)


Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2992
Room Number: Graduate Centre 606 (by appointment only)


Variationist sociolinguist with research interests in French, the regional languages of France (esp. language death theory), and, broadly, phonetics and phonology.

My PhD focused on language variation and change in Francoprovençal - a regional language spoken in parts of France, Switzerland, and Italy. My thesis addressed a number of research questions that relate to linguistic change in obsolescent dialect communities. I am particularly interested in the social network model of diffusion and change.

Prior to arriving at Queen Mary, University of London, I was Associate Lecturer in the Department of French at the University of Kent, where I taught linguistic theory, and I also held the post of Maître de langue in the Département du monde anglophone at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, where I taught courses in applied phonology. I am Co-editor (2015-Present) of the Association for French Language Studies sister-journal Cahiers. I am also a member of the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group (CELC) and the Standard Language Ideology in Contemporary Europe (SLICE) network.



Peer-reviewed journal articles

Hawkey J. W. and Kasstan J. R. (2015). ‘Regional and minority languages in France: Policies of homogenization or a move towards heterogeneity? A case study on Francoprovençal’, The French Review, 89 (2), 110-125.
Kasstan, J. R. (2015). ‘Illustrations of the IPA: Lyonnais (Francoprovençal)’, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 45 (3), 340-355. (
Kasstan, J. R. (in press). ‘Exploring contested authenticity among speakers of a contested language: on emerging new speakers of Francoprovençal’, Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development.
Pooley, T. and Kasstan, J. R. (under review). ‘Les variétés régionales du français en Europe: nivellement; dédialectalisation; supralocalisation’, Sociolinguistica.
Kasstan, J. R. and Nagy, N. (eds.) (under review). ‘Francoprovençal: documenting a contact variety in Europe and North America’, International Journal of the Sociology of Language.
Zulato, A., Kasstan, J. R. and Nagy, N. (under review). ‘An overview of Francoprovençal in Europe and North America’, International Journal of the Sociology of Language.
Kasstan, J. R. and Müller, D. (under review). ‘(l) as a sociolinguistic variable in Francoprovençal: phonological variation and change in the realisation of obstruent + lateral onset clusters’, International Journal of the Sociology of Language.
Kasstan, J. R., Auer A. and J. Salmons (eds.) (in preparation). ‘Exploring attitude and prestige in the “heritage language” context: a cross-linguistic perspective’, International Journal of Bilingualism.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

Kasstan, J. R. (2016). Denomination and the ‘problem’ of Francoprovençal. In: J. M. Éloy (ed.), Le nom des langues IV. Le nom des langues romanes. Leuven: Peeters, 73-92. ISBN: 978-90-429-3235-7