Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Degrees in French Linguistics

French Linguistics

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs in French Linguistics!

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of the structure of the French language, if you would like to explore how speakers of other languages acquire French and/or develop better methods for guiding students in their learning, or if you are curious about what distinguishes different varieties of French and what characterizes one of the minority languages spoken in France, the French linguistics program at Indiana University is perfect for you. Our small but distinguished faculty bring to Indiana University their expertises in phonology, syntax, and semantics, and head very active research programs that explore, for example, how speakers of English acquire subtle meaning differences in French, the syntactic structure of Old Occitan, the effects of language contact on French as spoken in Louisiana or Breton, or the phonological and grammatical structures of Québec French and Picard.

Our graduate programs in French linguistics offer solid training in the core areas of linguistics. In addition, our students have the possibility of developing their own research. In doing so, they can count on the help of our faculty members, as well as on the expertise of numerous linguists in various departments (e.g., Linguistics, Second Language Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Germanic Studies, Speech and Hearing, Anthropology, Psychology). If we add to this the quality of our pedagogical training and our exchange programs in France, it is no surprise that our recent graduates have been able to obtain positions at such renowned research universities and colleges as the University of Texas, Austin, University of Connecticut, and Arizona State University.

I encourage you to take a close look at what we have to offer and to get in touch with me if you have any questions about our program.


Professor Kevin Rottet
Director of Graduate Studies in French Linguistics