Our French Linguistics faculty bring their expertise in a broad range of fields, including not only the core areas of linguistics, such as syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, but also history of the language, lexicology and lexicography, sociolinguistics, dialectology, pidgins and creoles, second language acquisition and applied linguistics/pedagogy.
This breadth of scholarly expertise is combined with the research programs of our faculty members, who specialize in the following areas:
- Sentence processing (information integration in second language processing) and development of interpretive knowledge (phrasal semantics, lexical semantics and grammatically computed pragmatic inferences)
- Syntax and history of French (including Occitan)
- Sociolinguistics, variation, morphosyntax, phonology, and Québec colloquial French
- Language contact (Louisiana French, Welsh, Breton), lexicography, pidgins and creoles, and endangered languages
- Phonetics, foreign language pedagogy and computer-assisted language learning