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Annie Bergeron Job Talk

“Le français québécois, c’est très difficile et c’est bizarre à lécrit et à l’oral”
L2 French learners’ attitudes towards the Québec French variety
a lecture by Annie Bergeron, Concordia University, Montréal

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About the Talk: To understand the contribution of social variables to second language (L2) pronunciation development, researchers have investigated L2 speakers’ attitudes towards different varieties, mainly in English. For example, learners often produce features from their desired variety, typically to mark ethnic and personal identity (Ladegaard & Sachdev, 2006; Rindal & Piercy, 2013). Specifically for L2 French, learners have been shown to hold negative opinions towards the Québec French (QF) variety, preferring the Parisian French variety (Calinon, 2009; Guertin, 2016). However, what is less well understood are the origins of such attitudes. Indeed, understanding how L2 learners develop (or fail to develop) awareness of speech variation in the target language is crucial to explaining how L2 learners’ attitudes might shape their language development (Carrie & McKenzie, 2018; Garrett, 2010).

In this talk, I will present the results from my doctoral dissertation which examined L2 French speakers’ attitudes towards QF, as well as their perception and production of those phonetic features. I will also outline how language attitudes develop and the relationship between perception and production in L2 speech. Finally, I will address the crucial role sociolinguistic awareness plays in language learning and present the implications for teaching French as a second language.

About the Speaker: Annie Bergeron holds a Masters degree in Linguistics from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is a PhD candidate in Education with a focus on applied linguistics at Concordia University, Montréal. Her research has been published in Foreign Language Annals, the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, and the Canadaian Modern Language Review, among other venues. She is a candidate for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French & Italian at IU-Bloomington.

Wednesday March 20, 2019 03:00 PM
Wednesday March 20, 2019 04:00 PM
IMU - Oak Room
Dept of French and Italian
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