My primary research interests are in language endangerment and revitalisation, with a particular focus on the Occitan language of southern France. I also work in the fields of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, and critical toponymy. My teaching interests include synchronic and diachronic French linguistics and sociolinguistics and French language pedagogy. I have a particular attachment to southern France and studied in Aix-en-Provence as an undergraduate. In 2016, I received a Chateaubriand HSS Fellowship from the Embassy of France in the U.S., which enabled me to do fieldwork for my thesis as a visiting scholar at the Université de Toulouse-Jean Jaurès. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna cum laude) in Photography and French at the University of Arizona in 2004. After graduating with a Master of Arts in French from California State University, Los Angeles in 2008, I earned my PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. My thesis, ‘Lenga nòstra? Local discourses on Occitan in southwestern France’ explores portrayals and perceptions of Occitan in public discourse in two rural towns. Before coming to Maynooth, I worked as a Lecturer of French Linguistics at Queen’s University, Belfast for one year.
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2017||Ritchey, Elyse (2017) 'Multiculturalism from the inside out: Occitan and Toulouse'. Critical Multilingualism Studies, 5 (2):39-63. [Link]|
|2023||Ritchey, E. (2023) 'Building the Politeness Repertoire Through the Linguistic Landscape' In: Spatializing Language Studies. Cham : Springer. [DOI]|
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Variation in French, French Language and Linguistics, History of the French Language, Sociolinguistics, Endangered Languages, Language Revitalisation, Discourse analysis, Romance Linguistics, History of the Romance Languages