Holly Kennard

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
A photograph of Holly Kennard


I am currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at Oxford University, based in Somerville College.

My project is entitled Metrical structure, gender and mutation: two generations of Breton speakers under influence from French. I am focusing on how French loanwords are adapted into Breton, looking in particular at metrical stress and grammatical gender.

My doctoral research also focused on Breton, and I was based in the Language and Brain Lab. I was particularly interested in how different generations of speakers use word order and initial consonant mutation. My supervisor was Prof Aditi Lahiri.

Following my DPhil, I worked first as a Research Assistant, and then as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the WORDS project team within the Language and Brain Lab. I helped with psycholinguistic experiments, both behavioural and EEG, and my own work examined phonological adaptation in loanwords across a number of different languages.