There’s French, and then there’s French

Posted on March 1, 2013 by

On Tuesday 12th March, Salford’s Paul Rowlett will be giving a Professorial Inaugural Lecture on varieties of French. The lecture will start at 5.30pm in the Council Chamber at The Old Fire Station. Here are the details from the official invitation:

Paul has been at the University of Salford since 1990 and is currently Head of the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences having previously been Head of the School of Languages, senior lecturer in French and linguistics and Associate Head of School (Teaching & Learning).

After reading modern languages (French and German) at the University of Bradford he worked for a short time as a translator and interpreter in France and Germany before returning to the UK for postgraduate study in linguistics at the University of York where he completed an MA in 1990 and a doctorate in 1996. Professor Rowlett’s academic interests focus on the French language and translation & interpreting studies (where he has taught widely on the School’s undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes) and linguistics (where in addition to teaching he has delivered several conference papers and published a number of books, journal articles, book chapters and book reviews).

Professor Rowlett’s lecture entitled ‘There’s French, and then there’s French’ will consider the difference between the language acquired by French children in the naturalistic environment of the home and the code learned as a result of formal schooling and literacy. Rather than seeing the latter as a natural extension of the former, it argues that only the former is a real language, while the latter is the artificial product of social convention. The lecture also considers the implications of this for first and second language learning.

This is a free event as part of our public series of lectures which is open to all, please reserve a place by contacting the Events Team on 0161 295 2313 or