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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

February, 2014-March, 2014

Pause Café

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


Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal's forthcoming book Language and Minorities in Europe: An Introduction has been accepted for publication by Multilingal Matters. It is co-authored with Professor Eda Derhemi (Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) and is scheduled to appear in the summer of 2015.


François Proulx delivered a paper titled “Les Caves du Vatileaks: Gide’s Sotie at 100” at the 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in New York City on March 7th.

Jui Namjoshi presented the following paper in March: Namjoshi, J. & Tremblay, A. “The processing of prosodic focus in French.” Paper presented at the 27thannual CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing.

Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal has been interviewed on the European Union's multilingualism policy know as M+2 (mother tongue plus two) on WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Click on the image of the Chicago public radio's sound cloud on the following web page to listen to the interview:


Congratulations to Priscilla Charrat (French Studies) who passed her preliminary Ph.D. examination in February! Nick Strole (French Studies), Peter Tarjianyi (French Studies), and Gyula Zsombok (French Linguistics) passed their M.A. examinations in February as well. Congratulations to all!

Gyula Zsombok was awarded the Minn Fellowship 2014-15 for the performance on his M.A. exam and a thesis project based on his M.A. thesis "Courriel, e-mail ou... ? Variation lexicale dans la nomenclature de la messagerie électronique en France.”

Brian Hunt was awarded an SLCL Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2014-15 to complete his Ph.D. project "Mobile Limits and the Limits of Mobility in French Urban Space, directed by Prof. Maggie Flinn. He also received and declined an IPRH Fellowship for 2014-15 for the same project.

Priscilla Charrat was accepted as a member of the Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization to be held at Northwestern University in June 2014.

Congratulations to Stéphanie Gaillard, who has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of French at Louisiana State University for next year.

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