Holly Kennard

Stipendiary Lecturer; British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow

I am currently undertaking a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship investigating the adaptation of French loanwords to Breton morphophonology.

I am particularly interested in how French words are assigned grammatical gender and metrical stress when they are borrowed into Breton, as well as the effect that the decline and subsequent revival of the language is having on native morphophonology.

Further details of my research interests, and a list of my publications and conference papers, can be found on my personal webpage.


Kennard, Holly J. 2019. ‘Morphosyntactic and morphophonological variation in Breton: a cross-generational perspective’ Journal of French Language Studies 29(2): 235-263

Kennard, Holly J. 2018. ‘Non-negative word order in Breton: maintaining verb second’ Transactions of the Philological Society 116(2): 153-178

Kennard, Holly J. 2018. ‘Verbal lenition among young speakers of Breton: acquisition and maintenance’ in Michael Hornsby, Máiréad Moriarty, Cassie Smith-Christmas and Noel Ó Murchadha (eds.) New Speakers of Minority Languages: Linguistic Ideologies and Practices (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) 231-252

Kennard, Holly J. and Aditi Lahiri. 2017. ‘Mutation in Breton verbs: pertinacity across generations’ Journal of Linguistics 53(1): 113-145

Kennard, Holly J. and Aditi Lahiri. 2015. ‘Maintenance of the Breton mixed mutation’ in The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (ed.) Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Glasgow: University of Glasgow). Paper number: 607.

Kennard, Holly J. 2014. ‘The persistence of verb-second in negative utterances in Breton’ Journal of Historical Linguistics 4(1): 1-39

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