French Linguistics

Our award-winning faculty offer strong expertise on many critical issues—social and dialectal variation, historical change, language contact and endangerment, and second language knowledge, production, and processing. We nourish students’ scholarly development and are proud of an excellent job placement record for Ph.D. 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 M.A. degree and continue on to the Ph.D.

Indiana University 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 Indiana University 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 Ph.D., our graduate students typically obtain excellent placements at universities and colleges worldwide.

During my time in the program, I have greatly enjoyed the wide variation in the course offerings, spanning a range of linguistic sub-fields and interests, as well as being free to explore courses in other departments… However, my favorite part of the program has been the rapport with my fellow graduate students.

Laura Demsey, Ph.D. Candidate, French Linguistics

Areas of study

  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • History of the language
  • Lexicology and lexicography
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Dialectology
  • Morphology
  • Applied linguistics/pedagogy
  • Second language acquisition
  • Pidgins and creoles

A note from the program director

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of the structure of the French language, would like to explore how speakers of other languages acquire French, or if you are curious about what distinguishes different varieties of French, the French Linguistics program at Indiana University is perfect for you.

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