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French in contact

Project coordinator : Alioune SOW

Total costs of the project : $19.570
Embassy of France support : $18.070

- University Paris X Nanterre
- University of Ottawa
- University Paris-Descartes
- University Rennes 2
- University of Florida - Department of Anthropology
- University of Florida - Center for Humanities
- University of Florida - Department Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Summary of the Project

The aim of the project is to examine “French in contact” across multiple locations and its implications for cultural productions. The study will focus on linguistic practices and dynamics as well as investigate the changes and innovations in literature, cinema and urban music. The proposed sites are Paris, Francophone cities such as Dakar, Bamako, Montréal and Port au Prince, as well as North American metropolis like New Orleans and Miami. The project will open new avenues in the understanding of discourses and representations about language and contact in urban French, North American and Francophone contexts, while also offering new perspectives on French and Francophone cultural practices. The project will be truly interdisciplinary and involve several departments and centers from the University of Florida (Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Department of Linguistics, Department of Anthropology, the Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies). In addition, it will strongly rely on collaborative research between the University of Florida and institutions in France (Université Paris X, Université Paris-Descartes, CEPED, Rennes 2) and in Canada (University of Ottawa). These cross institutional collaborations will lead to the development of new research questions and methodologies as well as to additional opportunities for graduate students. The project is expected to last two years. Regular meetings and workshops will enable participants to share and comments findings. In the initial phase, one major workshop will take place at the University of Florida, followed by seminars and conferences in Paris and Montreal. Towards the end, a film festival to take place in Gainesville, Florida, will be an opportunity for researchers to engage with the issues examined in the project from multiple angles as well as reaching out to a larger audience. The core output of the project will be