Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett

Contact details

Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett
Position/Fellowship type:
Associate Fellow
Fellowship term:
01-Jan-2023 to 31-Dec-2027
Institute of Languages Cultures and Societies
Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies School of Advanced Study University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Early Modern, Language and Literature (French)
Europe, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Emerita Professor of French Philology and Linguistics, University of Cambridge. She has published widely on the history of French and the history of linguistic thought. Her current research interests include language policy, standardization, codification and ideologies. Between 2016 and 2021, she was Principal Investigator on the multi-disciplinary research project, Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies, funded by the AHRC ( The project worked closely with policymakers and practitioners to promote the value of languages for key issues of our time and the benefits of language learning for individuals and societies. A follow-on AHRC funded research project Promoting Language Policy explored the economic value to the UK of speaking other languages and created a repository of UK language policy documents (


Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

Wendy Ayres-Bennett is currently preparing a monograph on language policy in the UK and a critical edition of Vaugelas's Nouvelles remarques (1690). 

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