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The linguist is all ears

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Sophie Richard

This linguist is all ears! Sophie Richard is a lecturer in English Linguistics, and a member of the Loire Linguistics Laboratory (LLL), a joint research unit (UMR 7270). She is the Erasmus+ coordinator for mobilities to the UK and Ireland. She has a BA in English Studies and an MA in English Linguistics from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University - Paris 3, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Western Australia. She taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the University of French Polynesia and Linguistics at the University of Western Australia before joining the English Department at the University of Tours in September 2020. Her research is in sociolinguistics and language variation and change.


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Langues et littératures anglaises et anglo-saxonnes

Discipline(s) enseignée(s)


Language Variation and Change (M1)

English Grammar (L1, L2), Key Concepts in Linguistics (L2), Levels of Analysis in Linguistics (L2), Lexicology (L2), English Around the World (L3), Stylistic Variation (L3)

Thèmes de recherche

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Grammaticalization
  • Varieties of English (in particular, Australian English)
  • Morphosyntax
  • Tense and Aspect
  • Narrative Analysis

Activités / CV

  • PhD in Linguistics, The University of Western Australia
  • Honours in Linguistics, The University of Western Australia
  • MA in English Linguistics, Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3
  • BA in English Studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3


Ritz, Marie-Eve & Richard, Sophie L. R. (2021) The functions of the auxiliary ‘have’ in Australian English vivid narratives. In Eide, Kristin M. & Fryd, Marc (eds.) The perfect volume: Papers on the perfect. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste, Richard, Sophie L. R. & Bharadwaj, Sana (2020) Another story: be like across discourse types. English World-Wide 41(3): 325–351.

Richard, Sophie & Rodríguez Louro, Celeste (2016) Narrative-embedded variation and change: The sociolinguistics of the Australian English Narrative Present Perfect. In Werner, Valentin, Seoane, Elena & Suárez-Gómez, Cristina (eds.) Re-assessing the Present Perfect. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 119–146. ISBN 13: 9783110443110.

Richard, Sophie (2015) The Present Perfect in Australian English narratives: Some preliminary sociolinguistic insights. In Harvey, Mark & Antonia, Alexis (eds.) Proceedings of the 2014 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. Callaghan: University of Newcastle. 29–49. ISBN: 9780994150707.