I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at UBC. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Romance Studies and Classics at Stockholm University with a fellowship from the Swedish Wenner-Gren Foundations. I hold degrees from New York University (PhD) and Laval University (BA, MA).
I am an anthropologically oriented sociolinguist, and I tend to enjoy the blurred space between these two fields. In the past few years, my main research project investigated the emerging variety of Portuguese spoken in São Tomé and Príncipe. My new research projects focus on different varieties of Canadian French.
To listen to me speak with Nicholas Haddad at Radio-Canada about sociolinguistics and my research on French-speaking minorities in Canada, click here: https://bit.ly/3iFlGAE
- Language attitudes and ideologies
- Language contact
- Language variation and change
- Language and identity
- Migration and diaspora
- Language, race and ethnicity
- French, Portuguese, Creole languages
Current Research Projects
Speaking Atlas of French varieties in Canada. Atlas sonore des variétés de français au Canada.
- If you are Canadian and a native speaker of French, visit this webpage to participate to this research project: https://frenchdrawl.linguistics.ubc.ca/welcome/fr
Uniting voices: An examination of racially minoritized French speakers of Vancouver. SSHRC-IDG. 2021-2023.
Learning French liaison : Language change and attitudes. SSHRC Explore – Faculty of Arts Graduate Research Assistant Support Grant, 2021-2022. (With Anne-Michelle Tessier)
A preliminary examination of language attitudes among learners of French in higher education: Toward greater awareness and appreciation of diversity. Hampton Grant, UBC. 2020-2022.
The use of anglicisms in Quebec French.
2022. Postcolonial sociolinguistics: Investigating attitudes, ideologies and power in language contact settings. Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics, 6, 1-11. [online], https://iacpl.net/jopol/issues/jopol6/postocolonial-sociolinguistics/
2021. Navigating potential conflicting identities: Identification processes among minority youths in Portugal. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15348458.2021.1878359
2021. Popular Brazilian Portuguese through capoeira: From local to global. Etnográfica, 25(1), 95-116. [online], https://journals.openedition.org/etnografica/8751
2020. Redefining Forro as a marker of identity: Language contact as a driving force for language maintenance among Santomeans in Portugal. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication. https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/mult/ahead-of-print/article-10.1515-multi-2020-0082/article-10.1515-multi-2020-0082.xml
2020. Scaling proximity to Whiteness: Racial boundary-making on São Tomé Island. Ethnography, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138120967373
2019. Language shift from Forro to Portuguese: Language ideologies and the symbolic power of Portuguese on São Tomé Island. Lingua, 228, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2019.06.013
2019. Ongoing change in post-independence São Tomé: The use of rhotics as a marker of national identity among young speakers of Santomean Portuguese. Language Variation and Change, 31: 21-42.
2019. Becoming monolingual: The impact of language ideologies on the loss of multilingualism on São Tomé Island. Languages, 50(4): DOI: 10.3390/languages4030050
2018. Subject pronoun expression in Santomean Portuguese. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 17(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.191
2018. A distinctive use of R as a marker of Santomean identity. Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language and Diversity, 2(1). DOI: http://bild-lida.ca/journal/volume_2_1_2018/bouchard/
Currently accepting graduate students for supervision.