Dr. Réjean Canac-Marquis

  • Graduate Program Chair
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of French

Tel: 778-782-3546
Office: WMC 1636

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Réjean Canac-Marquis is Associate Professor in the Department of French at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (Canada), since 1998. He obtained a Ph.D. in formal linguistics at University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1994. He has been co-researcher on two SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative Grants (1998-2003; 2004-2009) and is currently collaborator on the MCRI Le français à la mesure d'un continent (F. Martineau U.of Ottawa). He has presented in over 50 conference/colloquia/guest speaker venues and published over 20 papers and edited 2 books.  He has been a co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics for 5 years (2004-2009) and is currently Squib Editor (2012-2014). He was Chair of the Department of French in 2008-2011.

Research areas:

·Generative  Syntax (Comparative Studies, Phrase Structure and Binding Theory); Semantics (Anaphora); Morphology (Head movement).

·Acquisition of French as a second language (French Immersion)

·Western Canadian French varieties, in particular Maillardville French in BC and  Alberta French in La Rivière Rouge.  

In the Department of French, Dr. Canac-Marquis currently teaches courses on French Language structure (FREN 417, 804) North American Varieties (FREN 425, FREN 811),  French Language Acquisition (FREN 416, FREN 806) Advanced French Grammar (FREN 304) French Lexicology and Morphology (FREN 333) and French Linguistics (FREN 275).


  • B.A. UQAM
  • M.A. UQAM
  • Ph.D. Linguistics, Amherst

Selected Readings

Canadian French Varieties:

"French in Alberta: a speaker from Peace River" (With D. Walker, co-author). Chapters II.15 in Varieties of Spoken French: a source book, S. Detey, J. Durand, B. Laks, C. Lyche (eds). England:Oxford University Press. In Press (2014).

"A trans-generational study of a French-Canadian family in Rivière Rouge, Alberta". With D. Walker, co-author. Chapter III.33 in Varieties of Spoken French: a source book, S. Detey,J. Durand, B. Laks, C. Lyche (eds).England:Oxford University Press. In Press (2014)

"Remarques sur le français en Colombie-Britannique et la variété de Maillardville : examen d'un idiolecte". With C. Guilbault (co-author):. In the collection Vue sur les français d'ici: A l'ouest des Grands-Lacs: communauté francophones et variétés de français dans les Prairies et en COlombie Britannique Robert. C. Papen et Sandrien Hallion Bres (eds), .: Quebec: Presses de l'université Laval. pp.277-301 pages. 2014

French Language Acquisition:

"Processus d'acquisition d'une L2 en contexte éducatif Canadien" in Discours, acquisition et didactiques des langues: les termes d,un dialogue", P. Trevisol and G. Komur-Thilloy (eds). Lille, France: Orizons et l'Harmatan publishers. pp. 119-135. (with C. Sabatier co-author) 2013

"Compétence plurilingue en contexte formel d’immersion (FL2) et réflexion curriculaire sur la formation des enseignants de français : quand la recherche se met au service de la salle de classe." With C. Sabatier. Journal de l'Immersion. Vol 31: 3. pp.50-60.

"Language Teaching Methodologies in Computer-Assisted language Learning: A Prospective Review". in DistanceS volume 7:1, 25 pages. 2004

Multimédia, Internet et études françaises II. Editor of a special issue of the journal DistanceS, Volume 6:2, 214 pages. 2002.

Formal Grammar:

"A Case Phase Analysis of Reconstruction and Online Binding". In Selected Papers from 2008 CLA Meeting", Claire Gurski and Melica Redisik (eds). ISSN 00279633.(eds).

"Phases and Binding of Reflexives and Pronouns", in Selected papers of the 12th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Stefan Muller, (ed), CLSI Publications: 482-502. 2006

“Bound Pronoun Variables and incremental interpretation: Toward a Unified theory of Bound Anaphora", in A. Braco, T. McENery and R. Mitkov (eds) Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution. Ediçio Colibri,Lisboa, Portugal:. p.39-55. 2004.

"Asymmetry, Syntactic Objects and the Mirror Generalization", in Asymmetry in Grammar: Phonology, Morphology and Acquisition, A.M. Di Sciullo (ed), John Benjamin Publishing Company. Amsterdam, Holland. pp.67-97. 2003.

“The Wh-feature and The Syntax of Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Relatives in French and English" with Tremblay, Mireille. In Theoretical Analyses of Romance Languages , José Lema and Esthela Trevino (eds). John Benjamins Publishing Company, Philadelphia/Amsterdam. 2000, 127-141.

“The distribution of à and de in Tough Constructions in French", in Current Issues in Linguistic Theory: 25th Conference on Romance Languages, Karen Zagona ed., John Benjamins Publishing, Amsterdam/Philadelphia. 2000.