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Oliver Whitmore

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Student Instructor, and Librarian of French Thought (Fall 2023)
4314 Dwinelle
Summer 2023, by appointment. Fall 2023, TBD.

Research Areas

language ecology
language on the internet
space & place
language revitalization
minority languages and cultures of France, especially Occitan
"France" throughout time


Oliver's primary research interest concerns sound change within and across morphological boundaries in Western Romance. He is influenced by cognitive models and interpretations, such as exemplar modeling and phonetic analogy. He is quite interested in Occitan language, culture, and society, focusing on issues such as: inheritance, retention and creation of cultural knowledge, recognition of linguistic knowledge, globalization and identity, and language use in daily life, cultural products, and the media. He has advised the University Libraries in obtaining contemporary Occitan materials.

Unsurprisingly, Oliver's favorite wines come from Languedoc. He is also a tea enthusiast and enjoys taking walks in nature.

Interested in learning more about contemporary Occitan? Please contact Oliver to learn more about the Occitan Studies Working Group, which he coordinates.

Interested in doing research in the humanities as an undergrad? Please contact Oliver or Cameron Flynn to learn more about the Romance Studies Working Group.


Recent Courses Taught

Fall 2023, French/Spanish/Italian C26: Introduction to Romance Languages and Linguistics
Summer 2023, French 1 Introductory French
Spring 2023, French 35: Pronunciation, Placemaking, and Dialectology.
For Spring 2022, Fall 2022 & Fall 2023 Oliver served as the head librarian in the department's Library of French Thought.
Summer 2022, he taught R1b Language Endangerment in the department of Linguistics 


Educational History

M.A. French, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
B.A. with Honors Research Distinction, Romance Studies & Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2016

Selected Publications

Whitmore, O. (In Press) But I don't speak Breton ...? Teaching Regional & Minority Languages & Cultures of France. French Studies Bulletin.