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Jeff Tennant is Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at Western, specializing in phonetics and sociolinguistics, and CEMS Language Coordinator in the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is the former editor of the Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, and his research interests are primarily in the area of Ontario French and the French of Anglophone learners of French as a second language, with a particular interest in prosodic and segmental variation. Since 2009, he has been a collaborator on the PFC project (Phonologie du français contemporain: and since 2010 on the IPFC project (Interphonologie du français contemporain: He also reports regularly on language matters on the TFO television program RelieF.


Ph.D. (Toronto)
Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Laurentian French, Second Language Learning and Teaching


Papers in refereed journals:

Chambers, J.K., S. Cummins and J. Tennant (2008). Louis Gauchat (1866-1942): Patriarch of Variationist Linguistics. Historiographia Linguistica, 35, 1/2, 213-274. (one third of the work on this publication)

Papers in refereed conference proceedings:

Tennant, J. (to appear 2012). Application de l’indice PVI à l’analyse du rythme en français ontarien : observations préliminaires.  In Ledegen, G. and J.-P. Watbled, eds., La variation du français dans les espaces créolophones et francophones.

Chapters in books:

Tennant, J. & F. Poiré. (to appear 2012). French in Ontario: A speaker from Hearst. In S. Detey, J. Durand, B. Laks & C. Lyche (eds). Varieties of Spoken French: A Source Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tennant, J. (to appear 2012). Laurentian French Phonology in a Majority Setting Outside Québec: Observations from the PFC Hearst Ontario Study. In R. Gess,  C. Lyche & T. Meisenburg, eds., Phonological Variation in French: Illustrations from Three Continents. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Tennant, J. (2011). Rythme prosodique et contact des langues dans le français ontarien. In Martineau, F. and T. Nadasdi, eds., Le français en contact : hommages à Raymond Mougeon. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval, 355-373.

Conference presentations:

"Analyses segmentales et prosodiques du français parlé des francophones et des anglophones de la province canadienne de l’Ontario à partir des données de PFC et IPFC," in collaboration with Jade Shapiro and Nerissa Taylor, Journées IPFC Conference, Paris, December, 2011

“Approaches to analyzing prosodic rhythm in language contact: French in Ontario,” in collaboration with Svetlana Kaminskaia and Alex Russell, Methods in Dialectology 14, London ON, August, 2011.

“IPFC anglais canadien: analyses segmentales et prosodiques,” in collaboration with Jade Shapiro and Nerissa Taylor, Methods in Dialectology 14, London ON, August, 2011.

“Le français ontarien en milieu majoritaire: le corpus PFC Hearst,” Atelier Nouveaux corpus du français, Methods in Dialectology 14, London ON, August, 2011.

“Le PFC en Ontario: rythme et français en contact,” in collaboration with Svetlana Kaminskaia and Alex Russell, Journées PFC 2010, Paris, December, 2010.

“IPFC Anglophones canadiens: protocole et contexte,” in collaboaration with Jade Shapiro and Nerissa Taylor, Journées IPFC 2010, Paris, December, 2010.

“Aligning University-Level FSL Curriculum with the CEFR,” presented at WEFLA 2010, Holguín, Cuba, April, 2010.

“Le PFC en Ontario: du milieu minoritaire (Windsor) au milieu majoritaire (Hearst),” in collaboration with François Poiré and Alexandra Scott, Journées PFC, Paris France, December, 2009.

“Variation rythmique en français,” co-authored paper presented by Svetlana Kaminskaia, Conference of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association, St. John’s NF, November, 2009.

“Rhythm and language contact in Ontario French,” NWAV 38 (New Ways of Studying Variation) 38 Conference, Ottawa, October, 2009.

“Analyse du rythme dans le français acadien et ontarien,” Colloque international: Variation du français dans les aires créolophones et francophones,”St. Denis de la Réunion, June, 2009.

“Applying the Common European Framework of Reference to a University-Level Curriculum Reform,” Conferencia científica internacional, Holguín, Cuba, April, 2009.

“Rhythm in the spoken French of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland”, poster presented in collaboration with Ruth King, NWAV (New Ways of Studying Variation) 37 Conference, Houston Texas, November, 2008.

“Initial observations on variation of (s) in Holguín Cuban Spanish”, WEFLA conference on language teaching and professional communication, Universidad de Holguín “Oscar Lucero Moya”, Holguín Cuba, April, 2008.

“The Role of Faculty in Study Abroad”, in collaboration with Victoria Heron and Rhonda Friesen, Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Conference, Ottawa Ontario, November, 2007.

“Alternative Spring Break: Developing Student Engagement through International Service Learning”, in collaboration with Stephanie Hayne, Rich SwamiNathan and David Simmonds. Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Conference, Ottawa Ontario, November, 2007.

“Le rythme dans le français parlé de Terre-Neuve et de l’Île-du Prince-Édouard”, in collaboration with Ruth King, International conference “Des corpus oraux aux théories phonologiques : le cas du français”, The University of Western Ontario, July 2007.

“The Holguín Cuban Spanish Corpus”, in collaboration with David Heap and Ana Faure, Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, University of Western Ontario, October 2006.

Invited lectures:

"Analyse phonologique du français L1 et L2 à partir de corpus: Les projets PFC et IPFC." Café rencontre Lecture Series, Department of French Studies, University of Waterloo, March 2012.

"Corpus-based phonological analysis of L1 and L2 French: the PFC and IPFC Projects," Keynote Lecture at Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Langauge Research (WISSLR), The University of Western Ontario, March, 2012

“Rhythm and Language Contact in Ontario French,” UWO Linguistics Graduate Seminar, November, 2010.

“International Service Learning in Rwanda,” in collaboration with Henri Boyi, UWO Faculty Service Learning Symposium, May 2010.

“Perspectives sociolinguistiques sur el français parlé en Ontario,” invited lecture given at the three campuses of the Université de Hearst in Timmins, Kapuskasing, and Hearst, Ontario, October 2009.

Workshop on « Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition », WEFLA V conference, University of Holguín, Cuba, April 2006.

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