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Marie Labelle

Retired professor
Département de linguistique
Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal, QC, Canada H3C 3P8


Research interests

Language acquisition

During my active career, I carried research on the acquisition of French as a first or second language by children. From a theoretical point of view, I published work on relatives, root infinitives, postverbal subjects, tense and aspect, inflectional morphology, and categorization. In collaboration with my colleagues, I also worked on the acquisition of French by non-native children enrolled in regular classrooms where the language of instruction is French. My latest article is a theoretical reflexion on the study of metasyntax.

    Publications on language acquisition

I also contributed to the adaptation to French of the Clinical evaluation of language fundamentals (CELF) (Pearson): Évaluation clinique des notions langagières fondamentales—Version pour francophones du Canada.

French linguistics

I explored a variety of topics in French syntax and semantics, among which denominal verbs, causative and locative alternations, reflexivity, causative and perception verbs (including the passive reading of se faire, se voir), clitics, tense and aspect, negation.

I also worked on French historical syntax, often in collaboration with Paul Hirschbühler. The topics covered in this aspect of my research include negation, object clitic placement, verb second, participle fronting, stylistic inversion, information structure.

    Publications on French linguistics