Last updated on 21 mai 2023
Published on November 12, 2020 Updated on May 21, 2023

Professor of English and Head of the CeRLA research unit

Areas of interest: lexicology, morphology, word-formation, contact linguistics (lexical and structural borrowing), French/English contrastive linguistics

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Research activities

Recent and upcoming publications

Structural borrowing (2023), in M. Aronoff (ed.-in-chief), Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics, New York, Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/obo/9780199772810-0302

Blending, in P. Ackema, S. Bendjaballah, E. Bonet & A. Fábregas (eds), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Morphology, Hoboken (NJ), Wiley.

[with Alexandra Bagasheva & Akiko Nagano (eds)] Competition in word-formation (SLCS series), Amsterdam, Benjamins.

Recent and upcoming conference talks

Isms and ologies : étude exploratoire de la nominalisation par déliaison. Nominalisations (a)typiques Conference. University of Rennes, November 2022.

[invited talk] Affixization and deaffixization in Late Modern English: Reflections from two case studies. Sixth Linguistics and Data Science in Collaboration Conference. University of Tsukuba, January 2023.

[with Adam Renwick] On the emergence of uninflectedness: The case of incipient verbal inflection dropping in present-day French, Workshop on uninflectedness, 45th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS). University of Cologne, March 2023.

[invited talk] Is the skyaker the limit? Reflections on the new frontiers of lexical blending. What's in a blend? — Workshop on blend formation, analysis and processing. Federal University of Paraíba, June 2023.

The morphologization of English zilla, from blend fragment to augmentative suffix, 56th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE). University of Athens, August 2023.
PhD supervision

Current doctoral students

since 2018: Chloé Debouzie, The competition between affixation and conversion: Studying lexical class changes in English and in French (with Akiko Nagano, from the University of Shizuoka)

since 2019: Sophie Kraeber, Le commentaire e-sportif : caractérisation d'un genre discursif contraint ; étude multidimensionnelle sur corpus oral bilingue anglais-français (with Sylvie Hanote, from the University of Poitiers)
  • Undergraduate level: English morphology, English semantics
  • Graduate level: French/English contrastive word-formation, English medical vocabulary, English phonology, Grammaticalization and language change, Research methods in linguistics
Academic qualifications
  • 1998: Agrégation in English
  • 2006: PhD in linguistics from the University of Lyon, Coordinate compounds in Present-Day English (committee: Pierre Arnaud, Nicolas Ballier, Laurie Bauer, Henri Béjoint, Claude Boisson, Michel Paillard)
  • 2014: Habilitation in linguistics from the University of Paris, English word-formation through the lens of contrastive linguistics (committee: Nicolas Ballier, Pierre Arnaud, Laurie Bauer, John Humbley, François Maniez, Elke Ronneberger-Sibold)
  • since 2015: Professor of English linguistics, School of Modern Languages, University of Lyon