The University of Wolverhampton

Staff Profile: Dr Thomas Dickins

Name Thomas Dickins, BA, MA, PGCE, PhD
Title Senior Lecturer
Subject Area Linguistics and Russian
Research Department Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR)
School School of Humanities
Tel. 01902 322460
E-mail T.Dickins@wlv.ac.uk

 

Summary

Tom Dickins’s background is in Russian and Czech language and literature. He teaches on a wide range of modules, and has been Course Leader for Linguistics for several years. His current research interests relate primarily to applied linguistics: in particular, Czech lexicology, language variation and change, linguistic purism and loanwords, and language and political discourse.

Qualifications

  • PhD (by published work): ‘Selected aspects of language contact in the case of Czech, with a particular focus on lexical borrowing and changing attitudes to the self and others’, University of Wolverhampton, 2012
  • PGCE: Qualified to teach Russian, French and English, (awarded Wortley Year Prize for theory of education), University of Nottingham, School of Education, 1986
  • MA (by research): ‘Critical responses to Socialist Realism in Czech literature: 1958–
  • 1969. A study of selected works by Josef Škvorecký, Bohumil Hrabal and Milan Kundera’, University of Leeds, 1983
  • BA (Hons): Russian Studies (with 3-year French Subsidiary), University of Leeds,1981

Current Subjects Lectured and Other University Activities

  • Language in Use (Level 4)
  • Language and Society (Level 5)
  • Research Methods for English Language, Linguistics and TESOL (Level 5)
  • Language Variation and Change (Level 6)
  • Russian Language (All levels)
  • Writing skills (All levels)

Member of various University committees (including the Student Management Board, the Programme Management Board and the School Research Committee)

Publications

Articles, Book Chapters etc.

  • ‘Attitudes to the notion of “foreign”, as reflected in the Czech lexicon since the end of the nineteenth century’, in Montserrat Cots, Pere Gifra-Adroher & Glyn Hambrook (editors), Interrogating Gazes: Comparative Critical Views on the Representation of Foreignness and Otherness (Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Vienna: Peter Laing, 2013), pp. 101-109.
  • ‘Historical “signposts” and other temporal indicators in the Czech lexicon’, The Slavonic and East European Review 90 (4), 2012, pp. 601–41.
  • ‘The Czech-speaking lands, their peoples and contact communities: titles, names and ethnonyms’, The Slavonic and East European Review 89 (3), 2011, pp. 401–454.
  • Attitudes to lexical borrowing in the Czech Republic  (Liberec: Nakladatelství Bor, 2009).
  • ‘Češi a slovenština’, Naše společnost 7 (1), 2009, pp. 12–26.
  • ‘Postoje k výpůjčkám v soudobé češtině’, Naše společnost 6 (1), 2008, pp. 14–28.
  • ‘The legacy and limitations of Czech purism’,  Slavonica 13 (2), 2007, pp. 113–33.
  • ‘Russian and Soviet loanwords and calques in the Czech lexicon since the beginning of the twentieth century’,  The Slavonic and East European Review 84 (4), 2006, pp. 593–638.
  • ‘Representations of Russian and Soviet society in standard Czech reference dictionaries’, Central Europe 2 (2), 2004, pp. 133–59.
  • ‘Gender differentiation and the asymmetrical use of animate nouns in contemporary Czech’, The Slavonic and East European Review 79 (2), 2001, pp. 212–47.
  • ‘Changing ideologies in Slovník jazyka českého (1937–52)’, Slavonica 7 (1), 2000, pp. 24–74.
  • ‘Reflections of ideology in Slovník jazyka českého (1946-52)’, in Robert Pynsent (editor), The Phoney Peace: Central European Politics and Culture, 1945–1949  (London: London University Press, 2000), pp. 359–84.
  • ‘Prepositional vocalization in contemporary Czech’, The Slavonic and EastEuropean Review 76 (2), 1998, pp. 201–33.
  • ‘Linguistic varieties in Czech: problems of the spoken language’, Slavonica 1 (2), 1995, pp. 20 46. Reprinted (with amendments): Ročenka Kruhu moderních  filologů 21, 1997, pp. 58–87.

Teaching and Learning Materials

  • (with Irina Moore), S azov (Russian from Scratch), University of Wolverhampton, 2004 A4, comb-bound: 536 pp. (Online version available at http://www.gefix.net/sazov/)
  • Spoken Czech: Situational Dialogues for Intermediate Level Students (13 scenes on video with accompanying textbook, including an introductory chapter: ‘Notes on the development of the literary language and on different linguistic registers in Czech’) ,  University of Wolverhampton, 1993.

Book Reviews 

  • Tomasz Kamusella, The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe (Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), in The Slavonic andEast European Review 91 (4), 2013.
  • James Wilson, Moravians in Prague. A Sociolinguistic Study of Dialect Contact in the Czech Republic (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010), in  The Slavonic andEast European Review 89 (3), 2011.
  • Lubomír Štrougal, Paměti a úvahy  [Memoirs and Reflections] (Prague: Epocha, 2009) in The Slavonic and East European Review 89 (2), 2011. 
  • (with Eric Dickins), Jenny Carl & Patrick Stevenson (eds), Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe. The German Language in a Multilingual Space (Houndsmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), in Slovo a slovesnost 71 (2), 2011.
  • Tora Hedin, Changing Identities: Language Variation on Czech Television (Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2005), in The Slavonic and East EuropeanReview 85 (4), 2007.
  • James Naughton, Colloquial Czech, in  Irish Slavonic Studies 1, 2000.
  • Kevin Hannan, Borders of Language and Identity in Teschen Silesia, in CzechLanguage News 9, 1997.
  • Robert B. Pynsent, Questions of Identity: Czech and Slovak Ideas of Nationality and Personality, in Irish Slavonic Studies 1, 1996.
  • František Čermák, Jan Holub, Jiří Hronek, Milan Šára & David Short, A multi-level course for advanced Czech learners (2 Vols), in The Slavonic and EastEuropean Review 76 (2), 1995.
  • Milena Kelly, Czech for You, in  Czech Language News 2, 1994.

Conference Papers

  • 4 October 2013 Embassy of the Czech Republic (London),  Current Trends in Czech Studies IV: “Not Such a Faraway Country?”: ‘The Language of the Czechoslovak Normalization’
  • 9 September 2011 Universitat Pompeu Fabria (Barcelona),  Xenographies 2 conference: ‘Attitudes to the notion of “foreign” in The Czech-speaking lands, as reflected in the post nineteenth-century lexicon’
  • 8–10 September 2011 Member of Scientific Committee: Universitat Pompeu Fabria(Barcelona), Xenographies 2 conference
  • 1 July 2011 New Research in LSSC (University of Wolverhampton): ‘Historical “signposts” and other temporal indicators in the Czech lexicon since the Great War’
  • 2 July 2010 New Research in LSSC (University of Wolverhampton): ‘Czech perceptions of themselves and other peoples, as reflected in naming practices’
  • 2 July 2009 Co-organizer of conference: New Research in HLSS (University of Wolverhampton)
  • 13 September 2008 University of Essex, Linguistics Association of Great Britain, peer-reviewed conference paper:  ‘The Czechs and the Slovak language’ (themed session on Central and East European sociolinguistics)
  • 24 May 2006 Nottingham Trent University, Invited paper:  ‘Attitudes to loan words in contemporary Czech’
  • 23–24 June 2005 University of Wolverhampton, HAGRI–ETAT Post-communism conference: Chair of two panels
  • 11 January 2003 Embassy of the Czech Republic, ‘New Ideas and Trends in the Study of Czech Culture, Language, and Literature’: Discussant for paper on changes in the Czech language
  • 31 July 2000 Finnish Institute for Russian and East European Studies, Tampere, Finland, VI ICSEES Congress: ‘The asymmetrical use of animate nouns in Czech’ (Organizer of international, multi-disciplinary panel: ‘Gender and representation in the Czech context’)
  • 14 June 2000 University of Wolverhampton, Research Seminar: ‘Representations of Czechoslovakia in Slovník jazyka  českého, 1937-1952’
  • 3 April 2000 Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, BASEES Annual Conference: Chair for panel on Russian lexicography
  • 1 April 2000 Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, BASEES Annual Conference: ‘Russian and Soviet referents in the Czech lexicon’
  • 1999 University of Wolverhampton, New Slavonic LinguisticsSeminar: ‘Gender differentiation in the Czech dictionary’ (Co-organizer of conference with Neil Bermel, University of Sheffield)
  • 1999 University of Wolverhampton, Russian and East European Centre, Research Seminar: ‘Sex in Czech? Gender differentiation and the asymmetrical use of animate nouns in Slovník spisovné  češtiny pro školu a veřejnost’
  • 1998 Centre for the Study of Central Europe, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, Another Transition: Central Europe 1945–1949: ‘Reflections of ideological values in Czech-Czech dictionaries’
  • 1996 Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, BASEES Annual Conference: ‘Russian–Czech cross-foreign language interference’
  • 1995 Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, V WorldCongress for Central and East European Studies: Discussant for panel on aspects of contemporary Czech culture
  • 1994 Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, BASEES Annual Conference: ‘Linguistic registers in Czech: problems of the spoken language'
  • 1990 Wolverhampton Polytechnic, occasional seminar paper: ‘Multilingualism in Soviet education’

Other Relevant Activities

External Examining

  • 2013– Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Sheffield, BA (Hons) and MA degree examinations in Russian Studies (Czech)
  • 2004–2009 Department of Languages, Coventry Business School, University of Coventry, BA (Hons) degree examinations in Russian
  • 2004–2008 Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Sheffield, BA (Hons) and MA degree examinations in Russian Studies (Czech)
  • 1988–2003 The Centre for Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, B.Eng., M.Eng. (etc.) degree examinations (Russian)
  • 1998–2003 CREES, University of Birmingham, BA (Hons) and MA degree examinations in Russian
  • 1998–2003 University of Durham, BA (Hons) and MA degree examinations in Czech
  • 1996–1999 University of Leeds, BA (Hons) degree examinations in Russian (Czech)
  • 1995–1997 European Business School (Russian language, level 200)
  • 1995–1996 University of Birmingham, BA (Hons) degree examinations in Russian (Czech)

Membership of Editorial Board

  • January 2009 – Member of the editorial board of Czech language journal, Studie z aplikované lingvistiky (Studies in Applied Linguistics), published by the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University (Prague)