Dr James W Hawkey

University of Bristol


Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics


Contact: james [dot] hawkey [at] bristol [dot] ac [dot] uk


About me

I am an early-career researcher and my work is centred on issues in contemporary Catalan sociolinguistics. My interests within this field range from the investigation of the specific factors which impact upon contact-induced linguistic phenomena to developments in language policy. I also engage in research on Catalan culture and politics outside of Spain, with a particular focus on Catalan language use in southern France. Indeed, my interests in regional and minority language policy cover the discussion of various regional and minority languages in France, including Occitan and Francoprovençal. My broader sociolinguistic interests focus on language variation and change, particularly in multilingual urban environments. I have been lecturing in foreign languages and linguistics since 2009.


Full-time academic positions 


Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics, from September 2014 (University of Bristol).


Teaching and Research Fellow (ATER) in Applied Linguistics, 2013-2014 (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3).


Teaching Fellow (Maître de langue étrangère) in Applied Linguistics, 2011-2013 (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3).




PhD, 2012 (Queen Mary, University of London). Language policy and language contact in Barcelona: a contemporary perspective. [pdf]


MA Linguistics with Distinction, 2008 (UCL).


BA Hons French and Spanish with First Class Honours, 2007 (University of Bristol).