Dr Jonathan Kasstan, Teaching Fellow in Sociolinguistics (Queen Mary University of London)


Jonathan R Kasstan

Invited talks


Kasstan J. R. ‘New speakers as agents of sociolinguistic change: exploring evidence from obsolescent Francoprovençal’, University of Westminster (6th April 2016).

Kasstan J. R. ‘The new speaker as agent of social and linguistic change: exploring evidence from obsolescent Francoprovençal’, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (19th January 2016).

Peer-reviewed conference papers


Karatsareas, P. and Kasstan J. R. ‘New historical perspectives on non-dominant speakers as agents of contact-induced language change’, workshop organised for International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) 23, University of Texas, San Antonio (31st July-4th August 2017).


Kasstan J. R. ‘New speakers as agents of change: evidence from Francoprovençal’, Borderlands Linguistics Conference, University of Bristol (27th-28th June 2016).

Kasstan J. R. and Auer, A. ‘Exploring attitude and prestige in the ‘heritage language’ context: a cross-linguistic perspective’, colloquium organised for Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia (15th-18th June 2016).

Sallabank, J. and Kasstan, J. R. ‘Deficit and new values in the linguistic market for small languages’, COST New Speakers Whole Action Conference, Universität Hamburg (12th-14th May 2016).


Kasstan J. R. ‘New speakers as agents of social and linguistic change in Francoprovençal-speaking communities’, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 44, University of Toronto (22nd-25th October 2015).

Kasstan J. R. ‘Convergence and divergence in Francoprovençal: new speaker networks as sources of linguistic innovation in obsolescent dialect communities’, panel on ‘Minority languages in Europe’, International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 8, Universität Leipzig (27th-29th May 2015).


Kasstan J. R. and Woolhiser, C. ‘The native/non-native dichotomy and questions of language ownership: findings from studies on new speakers of Francoprovençal and Belarusian’, Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, University of Jyväskylä (15th-18th June 2014).


Kasstan, J. R. ‘A social network approach to variation in obsolescent Francoprovençal’, UK Language Variation and Change 9, University of Sheffield (September 2013).

Kasstan, J. R. ‘Towards a pan-regional orthography for obsolescent Francoprovençal’, Language Endangerment III: Language Policy and Planning, University of Cambridge (July 2013).

Kasstan, J. R. ‘Standardisation through the back door? Neo-speakers and “distanciation strategies” in Francoprovençal’, Association for French Language Studies, Université de Perpignan (June 2013).

Kasstan, J. R. ‘Towards reconciling a pan-regional identity for Francoprovençal speakers’, I-MEAN 3: Identity and Language Conference, University of the West of England (April 2013).


Kasstan, J. R. ‘Emerging néo-speakers: implications for regional varieties and language shift’, Regional Varieties, Language shift and Linguistic Identities, University of Aston (September 2012).

Kasstan, J. R. ‘The changing representation and denomination of France's regional varieties: a case study of Francoprovençal’, Association for French Language Studies, University of Newcastle (June 2012).

Kasstan, J. R. ‘Francoprovençal: challenging traditional models of obsolescence’, 6en Obrador de Lingüistica Occitana, Université de Toulouse 2 (March 2012).


Kasstan, J. R. ‘Geminate /l/ in British English: Deliberate control of articulatory gestures, or surface effect as a result of gestural overlap’, Graduate Linguistics Workshop, University of Cambridge (November 2009). [Paper]
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