University of Florida

Hélène Blondeau

Associate Professor of French and Linguistics

Dauer Hall, 259

PO Box 115565

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, 32611-5565


352) 273-3766

(352) 392-1433 Fax


Office hours


Fall 2010



Tuesdays 6-7th periods

12:50 pm-2:45 pm


Fridays: 6th period

12:50 pm-1:35 pm



















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Hélène Blondeau


  Associate Professor of French and Linguistics

  Undergraduate Advisor / French

  Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures





I am part of the faculty of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida. I am also affiliated with the Department of Linguistics, and with the Department of Anthropology.


After receiving my Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology from Université de Montréal, I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the FCAR (a prestigious funding institution in Québec, Canada) to do research in the Linguistic Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania (1999-2001). Before arriving at UF in 2004, I also spent three years as an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa (2001-2004), where I also had the opportunity to act as a research associate in their dynamic Sociolinguistic Laboratory.


My Research Interests


I have always been fascinated by the interaction between language, culture and society, and I am especially interested by the sociolinguistic study of French. I am interested in all varieties of French, more particularly Québec French, and other varieties spoken in North America.

As a sociolinguist my research interests encompass language variation and change, as well as language contact and bilingualism. For example, one of my current research projects focuses on longitudinal linguistic change in Montréal French. In addition I do research about the variety of French spoken by young Anglophones living in Montréal, a second language which has nowadays become an integral part of their linguistic repertoire. I am also currently exploring the language practices and language attitudes of the Francophone community of Canadians living in Florida.