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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

November, 2012

Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale, (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!


Prof. Fagyal was awarded an EUC Research & Course Development Grant to produce a book proposal and companion website for "Language and Minorities in Europe."

Jessica Nicholas was awarded a conference travel grant from from the University of Illinois Graduate College. She presented on "Abstraction-based phonological learning in L2 French" at the Second Language Research Forum in Pittsburgh, in October.

Dan Brant was recently awarded a Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant that will support archival research in Martinique next summer.

Just presented:

Prof. Fagyal presented a paper in a panel session titled "Ex-colonial language variation" at the Annual North American Sociolinguistics Conference NWAV (Oct. 25-28, IU). Her presentation, titled "Globalization and lexical borrowings in contemporary Metropolitan French", was preceded by papers from Professors Rakesh Bhatt (UIUC Linguistics) and Anna Maria Escobar (UIUC, SIP). This team of UIUC sociolinguists have started collaborating on this topic at the "New Francophonies" conference sponsored by the Department of French and organized by Professors A. Murdoch and Z. Fagyal in April 2011.

Jessica Nicholas and Annie Tremblay presented a paper entitled "Abstraction-based phonological learning in L2 French" at the 31st Annual Second Language Research Forum (Oct 18-21, 2012 Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh).

New Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship

The Department has posted a call for applications for the new Mainous Study Abroad scholarships. Thanks to a fund established by family and friends in memory of Bruce Mainous, who was Professor and Head of French at Illinois for many years, we are able to offer scholarships to support students to study abroad through the Department's Summer Program in Arles. Awardees will be selected based on financial need, general merit, and the applicant's statement of purpose. Further details about the application process are available on the French Department web site. The deadline for applications is February 11, 2012.

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