Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Kevin Rottet

Kevin Rottet

Associate Professor of French Linguistics
Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics

Office: Ballantine Hall 610
Office phone: 855-6164
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Research Areas

Language contact (Louisiana French, Welsh, Breton); lexicography; pidgins and creoles; endangered languages


  • PhD, Linguistics and French Linguistics, Indiana University, 1995
  • MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, 1991
  • MA, Romance Linguistics, University of Michigan, 1990
  • BA, French, Central Michigan University, 1988


Most of my research has involved endangered minority varieties of or related to French, especially Louisiana French and Louisiana Creole. I also work on the Brythonic Celtic languages Welsh and Breton. I am especially interested in the morphosyntactic effects of language contact and the lexicography of minority languages. A decade-long project with a team of scholars culminated in 2009 in the publication of the Dictionary of Louisiana French, the first major scholarly, non-differential treatment of the Cajun French lexicon. I have been working recently on preposition stranding in Louisiana French, and the evolution of reflexive and reciprocal constructions in Welsh and Breton. At the graduate level I teach courses on lexicography, language contact and pidgin and creole linguistics, and also on Applied French linguistics, and I often teach Welsh through West European Studies. Other interests of mine include French historical linguistics and dialectology.

Selected Publications


  • Dictionary of Louisiana French As Spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian Communities. Senior editor: Albert Valdman. Associate Editor: Kevin J. Rottet. Assistant Editors: Barry Ancelet, Richard Guidry, Thomas A. Klingler, Amanda Lafleur, Tamara Lindner, Michael Picone, Dominique Ryon. University Press of Mississippi (2009)
  • History, Society and Variation: In Honor of Albert Valdman. Creole Language Library volume 28, edited by Clancy Clements, Thomas A. Klingler, Deborah Piston-Hatlen and Kevin J. Rottet. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (2006)
  • Language Shift in the Coastal Marshes of Louisiana. Studies in Ethnolinguistics, vol. 8. Rottet, Kevin J. Series editor Glen Gilbert. New York: Peter Lang Publishers (2001)
  • Dictionary of Louisiana Creole. Valdman, Albert, Thomas A. Klingler, Margaret M. Marshall, and Kevin J. Rottet.Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (1998)


  • “Conjunctive pronouns in Modern Welsh: A preliminary corpus-based study.” In K. Jaskuła (ed.) Formal and Historical Approaches to Celtic Languages, special issue of Lublin Studies in Celtic Languages volume 7: 233-253. Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL. (2011)
  • “Le conditionnel passé en français louisianais.” In France Martineau and Terry Nadasdi (eds.), Le français en contact. Presses de l’Université Laval, 299-330. (2011)
  • “Language contact in Welsh and Breton: The case of reflexive and reciprocal verbs” IULC Working Papers 9: New Perspectives on Language Contact and Contact-Induced Language Change. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Linguistics Club, edited by Clements, J. Clancy, Solon, Megan Elizabeth, Siegel, Jason F. and Steiner, B. Devan, pp. 61-82.(2010)
  • "Tag questions in Welsh." Co-authored with Rex Sprouse. Diachronica 25 (1): 20-53. (2008)
  • "Women in the Welsh Workplace: Linguistic Trends in Feminization as Reflected in Contemporary Journalism." IUWPL7: Gender in Language: Classic Questions, New Contexts, edited by Jason F. Siegel, Traci C. Nagle, Amandine Lorente-Lapole, and Julie Auger, pp. 115-133. Bloomington, IN: IULC Publications. (2008)
  • "Interrogative Pronouns in Louisiana Creole and the Multiple Genesis Hypothesis." In History, Society and Variation: In Honor of Albert Valdman. Creole Language Library volume 28, edited by Clancy Clements, Thomas A. Klingler, Deborah Piston-Hatlen and Kevin J. Rottet. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (2006)
  • "évolution différente de deux traits de contact interdialectal en français louisianais: les cas de quoi et j'avons." In Papen, R. et G. Chevalier (eds.). "Les variétés de français en Amérique du Nord. évolution, innovation et description." Joint issue of the Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée / Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 9,2, and of the Revue de l'Université de Moncton, vol. 37,2: 173-192. (2006)
  • "Attestation et disparition du type j'avons en Louisiane." In Patrice Brasseur and Anita Falkert (eds.), Français d'Amérique: approches morphosyntaxiques, Paris: L'Harmattan. (2005)
  • "Variation et étiolement en français cadien." Le français en Amérique du Nord, edited by Albert Valdman, Julie Auger, and Deborah Piston-Hatlen. Quebec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 243-260 (2005)
  • "Vers un dictionnaire du français de Louisiane." Coauthored with Albert Valdman. Etudes francophones 21: 60-78 (2006)
  • "Phrasal verbs and English influence in Welsh." Word 56.1: 39-70. (2005)
  • "Inanimate interrogatives and settlement patterns in Francophone Louisiana." Journal of French Language Studies 14.2 : 169-188 (2004)
  • "The Calquing of Phrasal Verbs in Language Contact." In Julie Auger and Andrea Word-Allbritton (eds.), The CVC of Sociolinguistics: Contact, Variation, and Culture. Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 2. Bloomington, Indiana: IULC,109-126 (2000)
  • "A structural sketch of the Cajun French Spoken in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes." Co-authored with Robert Papen. In Albert Valdman (ed.), French and Creole in Louisiana. New York: Plenum, 71-108 (1997)


  • Advanced French Grammar
  • French Phonetics and Pronunciation
  • French Conversation
  • Structure and Development of French
  • Introduction to Applied French Linguistics
  • Endangered Languages and Revitalization
  • Lexicology and Lexicography
  • Bilingualism and Language Contact
  • Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
  • Beginning Welsh I and II

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Trustees Teaching Award (2013)
  • Book of the Year Award for The Dictionary of Louisiana French As Spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indiana Communities (Senior editor: Albert Valdman; Associate Editor: Kevin Rottet), the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (2011)
  • College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI) Travel and Research Grant for the sabbatical project "Collaborative Research on a Corpus os Spoken Welsh" (awarded 2009 for spring 2010)