French Linguistics Program

French Linguistics

A Note from the Director of Graduate Studies in French Linguistics

Thank you for exploring our graduate programs in French Linguistics! For a quick glance at what we have to offer click here.

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of the structure of the French language, if you would like to explore how speakers of other languages acquire French and/or develop better methods for guiding students in their learning, or if you are curious about what distinguishes different varieties of French and what characterizes one of the minority languages spoken in France, the French linguistics program at Indiana University is perfect for you. Our small but distinguished faculty bring to Indiana University their expertise in phonology, syntax, and semantics, and head very active research programs that explore, for example, how speakers of English acquire subtle meaning differences in French, the syntactic structure of Old Occitan, the effects of language contact on French as spoken in Louisiana or Bretagne, or the phonological and grammatical structures of Québec French and Picard.

Our graduate programs in French linguistics offer solid training in the core areas of linguistics. In addition, our students have the possibility of developing their own research. In doing so, they can count on the help of our faculty members, as well as on the expertise of numerous linguists in various departments (e.g., Linguistics, Second Language Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Germanic Studies, Speech and Hearing, Anthropology, Psychology). If we add to this the quality of our pedagogical training and our exchange programs in France, it is no surprise that our recent graduates have been able to obtain positions at such renowned research universities and colleges as the University of Texas, Austin, University of Connecticut, and Arizona State University.

I encourage you to take a close look at what we have to offer and to get in touch with me if you have any questions about our program.


Professor Kevin Rottet
Director of Graduate Studies in French Linguistics

Graduate Student Profile

Areas of Study

  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • History of the Language
  • Lexicology & Lexicography
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Dialectology
  • Morphology
  • Applied Linguistics/Pedagogy
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Pidgins & Creoles

Related Programs

French Linguistics Program

Our graduate program offers a vibrant environment for the study of French as a native and second language (L2), French as a minority language (Louisiana French), and also minority languages in France (Picard, Breton, Occitan). Unsurpassed French-specific training in syntax, semantics, morphology, and phonology provides a unique foundation in the nature of grammar and in its interactions with other systems of cognition. Our award-winning faculty offer strong expertise in many critical issues such as social and dialectal variation, historical change, language contact and endangerment, as well as second language knowledge, production, and processing. We nurture students’ scholarly development and are proud of an excellent placement record for PhD graduates. Recent thesis topics range from “Processing wh-Dependencies in L2 French” to “Phonology and the Prosodic Hierarchy in Picard.”

We offer financial aid in the form of fellowships and Associate Instructor positions, generally in five-year packages for students who successfully complete the MA degree and continue on to the PhD. IU-Bloomington is a great place to study, with a beautiful campus and vibrant scholarly environment. The Department of French and Italian has partnerships with the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the Medieval Studies Institute, the Renaissance Studies Program, film studies, and other programs to offer students interdisciplinary experiences. Upon completion of the PhD, our graduate students typically obtain excellent placements at universities and colleges worldwide.

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