Département de linguistique
Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal, QC, Canada H3C 3P8
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.
I explored a variety of topics in French syntax and semantics, among
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.