Tel: 02476 573095
Email: W dot Amos at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room: 4.08 Humanities Building
Postal address: School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Humanities Building, University Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Dr Will Amos is Assistant Professor in French sociolinguistics and translation. Will holds a BA (Hons) in French Studies, an MA in Modern Languages, and a PhD in Sociolinguistics, all from the University of Liverpool. Before joining the French department at Warwick in 2017, Will held positions at the universities of Liverpool, Lancaster, and Lorraine (France), and worked with the AHRC theme 'Translating Cultures' (2013-18).
Will's research interests lie within sociolinguistics, including linguistic landscapes (LL), minority language vitality, multilingualism and new models of language mixing, language policy, and transcultural translation in non-literary contexts. Will has published articles on simultaneity and language mixing in French commercial advertisements, hierarchical multilingualism on bilingual French/Occitan street signs, and ethnolinguistic identity in Liverpool's chinatown; he has also written book chapters on developing contexts of Corsican public writing, experimental models for conducting large-scale empirical LL research, and institutional identity construction and maintenance through language.
Will's current research focusses on the gendered aspects of French language elements on t-shirts sold in high-street chains in South Africa and in the UK. Planned future projects include an exploration of multimodality in anti-Brexit campaigning, and employing eye-tracking data to assess the impact of bilingual street and road signs on language awareness and competence in French overseas territories.
Teaching and supervision
Will's teaching interests are in linguistics and sociolinguistics, applied translation studies, and multilingualism. He would be keen to supervise postgraduate study in any of these areas, both within and beyond French studies.
Amos, H.W. (2020). English in French Commercial Advertising: Simultaneity, bivalency, and language boundaries. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 24(1), 55–74.
Amos, H.W. (2017). Regional Language Vitality in the Linguistic Landscape: Hidden hierarchies on street signs in Toulouse. International Journal of Multilingualism, 14(2), 93–108.
Amos, H.W. (2016). Chinatown by Numbers: Defining an ethnic space by empirical linguistic landscape. Linguistic Landscape, 2(2): 127–156.
Amos, H.W. (2014). Global Languages in Local Spaces: Rethinking Multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape of Toulouse. Track Changes, 5(1), 1–13.
Amos, H.W. & Soukup, B. (2020). 'Quantitative 2.0: Toward Variationist Linguistic Landscape Study (VaLLS) and a Standard Canon of LL Variables. In S. Tufi & D. Malinowski (Eds.), Reterritorializing Linguistic Landscapes: Questioning Boundaries and Opening Spaces, pp. 56–76. London: Bloomsbury.
Amos, H.W. (2019). 'Gastronomy, Football, and Resistance: The multi-faceted visibility of Corsican in the Linguistic Landscape'. In A. Joubert & M.A Harrison (Eds.), French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century, pp. 173–202. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Amos, H.W. (2019). 'Negotiating Institutional Identity on a Corsican University Campus'. In A. Peck, C. Stroud, & D. Williams (Eds.), Making Sense of People and Place in Linguistic Landscapes, pp. 123–140. London: Bloomsbury.
Amos, W. (in press). Mónica Castillo Lluch, Rolf Kailuweit, Claus D. Pusch (eds.): Linguistic Landscape Studies: The French connection. Linguistic Landscape.
Amos, H.W. (2016). Mikko Laitinen & Anastassia Zabrodskaja (eds.): Dimensions of Sociolinguistic Landscapes in Europe. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37(4), 435–437.
Amos, H.W. (2016). Annick Farina & Valeria Zotti (eds.): La Variation Lexicale des Français: Dictionnaires, base de données, corpus. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 19(2), 209–211.
Amos, H.W. (2016). Rosa Mucignat (ed.): The Friulian Language: Identity, migration, culture. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37(6), 642–651.
Amos, H.W. (2015). Christine Hélot, Monica Barni, Rudi Janssens, and Carla Bagna (eds.): Linguistic Landscapes, Multilingualism and Social Change. Language Policy, 14(2), 191–193.
Amos, H.W. (2014). Rabeh Sebaa: L’Algérie et la Langue Française ou l’Altérité en Partage. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 17(2), 255–257.