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Sophie Herment is holder of an agrégation in English studies and full Professor (1st class, CNU) in English phonetics and phonology at Aix-Marseille University. She is a member of the Laboratoire Parole et Langage where she coordinates one of the 4 teams of the lab ("systems and uses") and supervises the publication of the on-line journal TIPA.

She works mainly on prosody (she takes part in the Aix Prosody Group) and her research interests concern the varieties of English, the prosody/syntax interface, L2 prosody, and corpus prosody. She coordinates with 3 colleagues from Toulouse and Paris the PAC programme, an interdisciplinary linguistic research program concentrating on the phonology of contemporary English and she is in charge of the PAC-prosody group. She presides the French scholarly association ALOES (Association des Linguistes Oralistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur secondaire et élémentaire), which gathers specialists in oral English. 

Sophie Herment has organized or co-organized several national and international workshops and conferences and regularly contributes to the organization of national or international meetings (Speech Prosody, RFP, PAC, ALOES) as a member of the scientific committee. She is regularly called on to conduct scientific evaluations by French and foreign journals or editors, to take part in recruiting committees and to be a member of HDR (habilitations to conduct research) and PhD committees. She is a member of the 11th section (Anglophone Studies) of the CNU (Conseil National des Universités) and a member of the permanent commission of the CNU (CP-CNU).

She is currently supervising or co-supervising 5 PhD dissertations and is an adviser for 1 HDR.


Classical Anglicist curriculum: DEUG (1990), Teaching Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (1990-1991), Double Bachelor's degree (Licence) in English Studies and Language Sciences (1992), Maîtrise (English linguistics) mention TB (1993), CAPES d'anglais (1994), Agrégation d'anglais option linguistique (1995).
DEA in Language and Speech, Specialty English phonetics, mention TB (1997).
PhD in Language and Speech, Specialty English Phonetics (2001):  L’emphase dans le discours spontané anglais : corrélats acoustiques et prosodiques, supervised by Daniel Hirst, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Mention Très honorable avec les félicitations du jury.
HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) (2013): De l'emphase à la phonologie de la proéminence, pour une approche perceptuelle de la prosodie de corpus, adviser Nicolas Ballier, Université Paris 7 Diderot.

Professional experience

Teaching assistant in Scotland (1990-1991), secondary school English teacher (1995-1997), then PRAG (1997-2002), MCF (2002-2014) and PR (2014- ) at the University of Aix-Marseille, specialist in English phonetics and phonology.

Pedagogical activities

English phonetics and phonology classes at all levels, L, M1, M2, MEEF 1, MEEF 2, CAPES & Agrégation. Oral English seminars for Primary School teachers in the framework of the EDIL project (écoles d'immersion en langues) of Aix-Marseille Academy.

Referent teacher for CIEP (programme for teaching assistants abroad).
Responsible for the follow-up of AED students (Assistants d'EDucation) for the English Department (2018-).
Member of the steering committee of the EDIL (2017-): Ecoles D'Immersion en Langues. Rectorate and DSDEN of Aix-Marseille Academy.
Co-President (with a General Inspector of English) of the selection panel for the English subjects LV1 and LV2 for the technological baccalaureate, sessions abroad, 2014-2018.
Member of the working group on the competency-based approach at the ESPE in Aix-Marseille (2016-2018).

Administrative activities

Member of 11th section (anglophone studies) of CNU (Consei National des Université) (Assessor A) and member of the CP-CNU (permanent commission), 2020-2023.
Member of the LPL Board and Training Committee since January 2018.
In charge of  MASTER MEEF English studies (and preparation for the external CAPES) 2014-2020.
Elected member of the DEMA Council and member of the DEMA 2018-2020 Bureau.
Member of the MEEF Improvement Council with two modern language courses from 2014 to 2020 (INSPE Aix-Marseille). Participation in the full implementation of the competency-based approach starting Sept 2018.
Member of the improvement council of the MASTER ACMA (English Studies) 2014-2018.
Director of the language laboratories of University of Provence  2002-2008.
Head of the audiovisual and multimedia service of  University of Provence (PRAM-DSII) from June 2006 (creation of DSII, direction des services de l'inforamtion et de l'informatique) to September 2008. Member of the management board of DSII 2006-2014.

Scientific animation

Co-responsible of a research team within the LPL (2018-2022), Systus "systems and uses", gathering 23 LPL permanent members and 26 PhD students: organization of seminars and other scientific events on a regular basis.
Coordinator of the PAC programme ( (Phonology of Contemporary English, since September 2015 (with Anne Przewozny-Desriaux, Cécile Viollain and Sylvain Navarro) and member of the scientific board of the programme since 2012: organisation of conferences every odd year and of summer schools every even year (in different universities for each edition).Coordination of the PAC-Prosody group since its creation in 2013 within the PAC programme.
Director of the publication of TIPA (Travaux Interdisciplinaires sur le Langage et la Parole,, the journal of the Parole et Langage Laboratory, since March 2015. Publication of one issue per year, coordinated by a guest editor.
Organisation of scientific events (20 conferences, workshops or others since 2010).
President of the learned society ALOES (Association des Linguistes Oralistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur) since April 2017 (Secretary from 2009 to 2013 and Vice-President from 2013 to 2017).
Member of the ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) and the IPA (International Phonetic Association).
Member of the learned societies SAES (Society of Anglicists in Higher Education), ALAES (Association for English linguistics in Higher Education) and ALOES.
Member of the French Phonology Network RFP (member of the scientific committee) since 2010.
LPL referent for the SIG Institut du Genre (2016-2018).

Valorization of research

Press interviews and participation to LPL days for secondary school teachers (2017) and primary school teachers (2017) and European Researchers' Night (2018).

National and International projects (funded or not)

PAC Programme (Phonology of Contemporary English).
1200 euro-funding from LPL for a trainee for the Project Development of a computer-assisted programme for French speakers learning English prosody (Anne Tortel, Sophie Herment & Alain Ghio, AMU).
Participation in the ANR-DFG (French-German ANR) funding application: PLURIPHON, The interaction of phonological subsystems in young multilingual learners, carriers Ulrike Gut (U. De Münster) & Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie (U. Paris-Diderot). Project submitted in 2016 and 2017, not selected.
Participation in the international IARI project (Prieto, P., Borràs-Comes, J., & Roseano, P. (Coords.) (2010-2014). Interactive Atlas of Romance Intonation. Web page: <>.): data collection, transcription and labelling for Marseille.
Leader for an Alliance (Franco-British) project with Oxford University (PHC Alliance / EGIDE): Objective <and subjective> evaluation of rhythm in non-native speech. 2010-2012 (funding: 3500 euros /year over 2 years).


Member of 4 HDR juries and 20 PhD juries
Member of several PhD follow-up committees in external universties.
Reviewer for national (Anglophonia, CORELA, TIPA, RANAM) and international journals (CORPORA, IJES, Journal of French Language Studies).
Member of the scientific committee of national and international symposia and conferences (Speech Prosody, PAC, RFP, ALOES, PPLC, TRASP...)
Member of several recruitment committees (AMU and external universities)
Member of the CNU (2014 and 2016-2023)
Expert for the evaluation of IDEX Paris Sorbonne Cité (2015).
Expert for the APPI (Call for Internal Multidisciplinary Projects) of the University Lumière Lyon 2 (2017).
Expertise for the ANR: Generic Call for Projects in 2018 and Normandie-Emergent Call for Projects in 2020.


2014-2018 : Jean Missud (co-supervision 50% with Linda Pillière, LERMA), Analyse linguistique, stylistique et phonologique de l’adjectif composé en contexte. Contrat doctoral. Defended 2018.
2017- : Julia Bongiorno, Étude du système intonatif de l’anglais parlé à Dublin.
2019- : Airelle Théveniaut (co-supervision 75% with Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, NUIG Galway), La prosodie de la variété d’anglais dans le Gaeltacht de Galway. Contrat doctoral.
2019- : Annabelle Boyer, Quel rôle pour la phonologie dans l'enseignement de l'anglais à des apprenants francophones ?
2019- : Aïcha Rahal (co-supervision 50% with Linda Pillière, AMU, LERMA), English as a Lingua Franca in the Tunisian Tertiary-speaking Context: Features, Perception and Pedagogy.
2019- : Paulina Hurwitz (co-supervision 50% with Marc Fryd, FORELLIS, Université de Poitiers).

Supervision of 37 M1 theses (+ 1 in progress) and 17 M2 theses in English phonetics and phonology.

Adviser for 1 HDR in progress.


"Hongwei Ding"   

Conference papers1 document

  • Daniel Hirst, Brigitte Bigi, Hyongsil Cho, Hongwei Ding, Sophie Herment, et al.. Building OMProDat: an open multilingual prosodic database. Tools and Resources for the Analysis of Speech Prosody, Aug 2013, Aix-en-Provence, France. pp.11-14. ⟨hal-01510196⟩