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Modern Languages Faculty
Louis Stelling

Louis' research focuses on the sociolinguistics of North American French.  For the past several years, he has 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 Louis' research focuses  on the relationship between the structure of the language and the role that French plays within a given community.  His dissertation is entitled Morphosyntactic Variation and Language Shift in two Franco-American Communities. 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.

Education
Ph.D.     State University of New York (UAlbany)
French (focus on Linguistics)

M.A.       State University of New York (UAlbany)
French Studies

B.A.       State University of New York (UAlbany) Summa Cum Laude
French Studies, minor in Linguistics

Areas of Expertise and Interest:
Franco-American French, sociolinguistics, history of the French language, regional variation in European and North American French, romance linguistics, second language acquistion, language pedagogy, language shift and language death.

Courses Taught at MCLA:
Elementary French I and II, Intermediate French I and II, French Conversation, Independent Studies in Modern Language, Teaching Assistantship in Modern Language.

Recent Publications:
"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
Bowman Hall, room 120 | 413-662-5533 | Email Louis Stelling