Julie Auger

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Visiting Associate Professor


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Professor Auger was a member of the Department of French and Italian 1997-2018 and continues to direct several PhD dissertations in the French Linguistics program. She is now a faculty member at the Université de Montréal.

Research Areas

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Variation
  • Morphosyntax
  • Phonology
  • Québec Colloquial French
  • Picard
  • Spoken French in general and other Gallo-Romance dialects


  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • MA, Linguistics, Université Laval (Québec), 1988
  • BA, French and General Linguistics, Université Laval (Québec), 1986


I have always been interested in describing what I call real language, that is, language used by real people in their daily lives. My research on colloquial Québec French, my native variety, has led to the discovery of Picard, an endangered language spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium. This language, which is very closely related to French and shares many characteristics with Québec French, nevertheless contains many features that may very well be unique within the Gallo-Romance family. Consequently, in the past ten years, I have devoted a significant portion of my research program to collecting oral and written data and analyzing Picard phonological and grammatical structures.

In addition to courses on French linguistics (dialectology and sociolinguistics, phonology, and morphology) and general linguistics (sociolinguistics, variation, and language and gender), I teach a course entitled Francophonie nord-américaine. This undergraduate course, which I created and taught for the first time in 2003, discusses the history, the culture, and the language spoken by the various French-speaking communities that are found in North America.

Selected Publications

Volumes Edited

  • Siegel, Jason F., Traci C. Nagle, Amandine Lorente Lapole, & Julie Auger. (eds.). 2008. Gender in Language: Classic Questions, New Contexts. Bloomington: Indiana University Linguistics Club. (Indiana University Working Papers in Linguistics 7)
  • Valdman, Albert, Julie Auger, & Deborah Piston-Hatlen. (eds.) 2005. Le français en Amérique du Nord; état présent. Québec : Presses de l'Université Laval
  • Auger, Julie, Clancy Clements, & Barbara Vance (eds.). 2004. Contemporary Approaches to Romance Linguistics; Selected Papers from the 33rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Bloomington, Indiana, April 2003. Amsterdam: John Benjamins


  • Auger, Julie & Jake Wycoff. 2015. How many and’s in Picard? In Eivind Torgersen, Stian Hårstad, Brit Mæhlum, & Unn Røyneland (eds.), Language Variation – European Perspectives V. Selected papers from the Seventh International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 7), Trondheim, June 2013. Amsterdam: Benjamins. Pp. 17-30.
  • Auger, Julie. 2014. "Le français dans le Québec du XXIe siècle". Salikoko Mufwene & Cécile Vigouroux (eds.). Globalisation, Francophonie et l'avenir du français
  • Auger, Julie & Anne-José Villeneuve. 2014. "L'épenthèse vocalique en picard et en français". Mario Barra-Jover et al. (eds.), Approches en linguistique gallo-romane. Presses universitaires de Vincennes. pp. 179-209.
  • Auger, Julie & Anne-José Villeneuve. 2013. "chtileu qu'i m'freumereu m'bouque i n'est point coér au monne: Grammatical variation and diglossia in Picardie." Journal of French Language Studies 23,1:109-133
  • Auger, Julie & Anne-José Villeneuve. 2010. La double expression des sujets en français saguenéen: étude variationniste. In Wim Remysen & Diane Vincent (eds.), Hétérogénéité et homogénéité dans les pratiques langagières: mélanges offerts à Denise Deshaies. Presses de l'Université Laval. pp. 67-86
  • Auger, Julie. 2010. Picard et français; La grammaire de la différence". Mario Barra-Jover (ed.), Langue française 168,4:19-34
  • Auger, Julie. 2009. Langue parlée et enseignement: quelques idées en vue d'un cours de linguistique destiné aux futurs enseignants. In Réal Bergeron, Lizette Lafontaine & Ginette Plessis- Bélair (eds.), La place des savoirs oraux dans le contexte scolaire d'aujourd'hui. Presses de l'Université du Québec. pp. 11-32
  • Auger, Julie & Anne-José Villeneuve. 2008. "Ne deletion in Picard and in regional French: Evidence for distinct grammars". Miriam Meyerhoff & Naomi Nagy (eds.), Social Lives in Language—Sociolinguistics and multilingual speech communities. Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp. 223-247
  • Auger, Julie & Anne-José Villeneuve. 2007. "L'épenthèse vocalique et les clitiques en français québécois". In Robert Fournier (ed.), Glottopol 9: Francophonies américaines, pp. 49-65
  • Auger, Julie. 2006. "Variation in French". In Keith Brown (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. 2nd edition. Oxford: Elsevier. Vol. 13, pp. 354-361. Oxford: Elsevier
  • Brian José & Julie Auger. 2005. "Geminates and Picard pronominal clitic allomorphy". Catalan Journal of Linguistics 4:127-154
  • Auger, Julie. 2005. "Un bastion francophone en Amérique du Nord: le Québec. In Albert Valdman, Julie Auger, & Deborah Piston-Hatlen (eds.), Le français en Amérique du Nord; état présent. Québec : Presses de l'Université Laval, pp. 39-79
  • Auger, Julie. 2003. "Le redoublement des sujets en picard". In Journal of French Language Studies 13,3:381-404


  • Field Methods in Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Gender
  • Structure and Development of French
  • Introduction to French Linguistics
  • La francophonie nord-américaine
  • Contrastive Analysis of French and English
  • French Morphology
  • Applied French Linguistics
  • Phonological Structure of French
  • French Dialectology and Sociolinguistics

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2008
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2012
  • Fulbright fellow, 2014
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