Holly Kennard

Departmental Lecturer in Phonology
A photograph of Holly Kennard


I am currently a Departmental Lecturer in Phonology within the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at Oxford University, and also teach for Pembroke College.

I recently completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, investigating the impact of language decline and revitalisation in the Breton context. I looked in particular at metrical stress and grammatical gender. I am now continuing research in this area in my current role.

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 Breton speakers were using 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.