Rosalind Temple

Rosalind Temple

Supernumerary Fellow; University Lecturer in French Linguistics
Modern Languages
MA MPhil Oxf, PhD Wales

Ros Temple is University Lecturer in French Linguistics and a Fellow of New College. She is a member of both the Faculty of Mediaeval and Modern Languages and the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. She took a BA in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) and then an MPhil in Linguistics at St Catherine's College, Oxford, after which she held posts at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the University of York. Her PhD in French Sociophonetics is from the University of Wales.


Ros lectures on modern and historical French linguistics and general sociolinguistics. She gives tutorials in these areas, and in general linguistic theory, to both graduates and undergraduates and contributes to a postgraduate seminar in research methodologies. She has supervised postgraduate research in the phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics of a variety of languages, including French, Welsh, Lithuanian, English and Polish.

Research Interests

Her research interests focus on detailed analyses of variability in pronunciation patterns. She has worked principally on French, English and Welsh, exploring the interface between detailed phonetic analysis, theoretical phonological models and models of linguistic variation. Her current work includes studies of word-final consonant clusters in English (as at the end of "mist"), clitic pronouns in French (for example, "je, me") and mutation patterns in Welsh (as in "y pen" ("the head") > "dy ben" ("your head")), and she has been co-investigator in a recent ESRC-funded research project at Oxford University Phonetics Laboratory investigating the phonetics of word joins in colloquial English ( She is an associate of the Research Centre for Romance Linguistics.

Selected Publications

  • 'Phonetic detail and the constructs of variationist phonology: a new "new look at -t,d deletion" ' (under review)
  • (2017) 'Phonetic detail and variationist phonology: the case of (t,d).’ Dialectologia 18: 129-155.
  • (2016) 'Probabilistic underspecification in nasal place assimilation.' With John Coleman & Margaret E. Renwick. Phonology 33: 425-458. 
  • (2016) 'Systems, prosodies and the phonology of French.' With Alexandra Schladebeck. French Studies LXX: 383-403.
  • 'Where and what is (t,d)? A case study in taking a step back in order to advance sociophonetics.' In C. Celata & S. Calamai (eds, 2014). Advances in Sociophonetics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp.97-136. 
  • (2005, with Sali Tagliamonte) 'New perspectives on an ol’ variable: (t,d) in British English.' Language Variation & Change, 17: 281-302.
  • (2004, Ed., with John Local and Richard Ogden) Phonetic Interpretation: Papers in Laboratory Phonology VI. Cambridge: CUP.
  • 2001, with Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Janice Carruthers) Problems and Perspectives. Studies in the Modern French Language. Harlow: Longman.
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