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Louis Stelling

Adjunct Professor, Modern Languages

 

About Me

My research focuses on the sociolinguistics of North American French. For the past several years, I have been one of a handful of scholars investigating Franco-American French. Franco-American French is spoken by bilinguals living in New England and the state of New York. In particular my research focuses on the relationship between the structure of the language and the role that French plays within a given community. My dissertation is entitled Morphosyntactic Variation and Language Shift in two Franco-American Communities. My other areas of interest include the history of the French language, regional variation in European and North American French, romance linguistics, second language acquisition, language pedagogy, language shift and language death.

Research/Creative Interests

Franco-American French, sociolinguistics, history of the French language, regional variation in European and North American French, romance linguistics, second language acquisition, language pedagogy, language shift and language death.

Publications

With Cynthia Fox. “Language Variation and Change? Gender agreement in Franco-American Descriptive Adjectives.” Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics. 17.1 (2014): 77-104.

“The effects of grammatical proscription on morphosyntactic change: Auxiliary variation in Franco-American French.” Arborescences: revue d’études françaises1 (2011).

"Factors Affecting Language Use in two Franco-American Communities." The Mind's Eye: A Liberal Arts Journal. (2009)

"Sociolinguistic lessons for the language classroom." Thesis XII: A Philosophical Review. (2009)

"Attitudes linguistiques et transfert à l'anglais à la communauté franco-américaine de Southbridge (Massachusetts)." Francophonies d'Amérique. (2007)

With Cynthia Fox, Geneviève Fortin and Véronique Martin. "L'Identité franco-américaine: tendances actuelles dans le sud de la Nouvelle-Angleterre." Canadian Review of American Studies. (2007)

With Mariame Bagaté, Jodie Lemery, Véronique Martin and Nadja Wyvekens. "Attitudes linguistiques et transfert
à l'anglais dans une communauté franco-américaine non homogène: le cas de Bristol (Connecticut)." Francophonies d'Amérique. (2004)

 

Contact Information

Louis.Stelling@mcla.edu

Office: 100 Porter Street, 1st floor

413.662.5017

 

Office Hours, Spring 2017

Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:15pm

Thursdays 2:00pm-3:15pm

or by appointment

 

Education

Ph.D., State University of New York (U Albany)

M.A., State University of New York (U Albany)

B.A., State University of New York (U Albany)

 

Courses Taught

FREN 101: Elementary French I

FREN 102: Elementary French II

FREN 201: Intermediate French I

FREN 202: Intermediate French II

FREN 390: Special Topics in Francophone Studies