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Michel Achard
Professor
Professor of Linguistics and French Studies
 
e-mail:achard@rice.edu
 
  • Licence. 1983 Aix-en-Provence
  • M.A. (1987) San Diego State University
  • Ph.D (1993) University of California San Diego
 
Primary Department
   Department of Linguistics
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Cognitive Sciences Program
  • Department of Linguistics
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    Master of Jones College
     
     
     
    Research Areas
     General Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, French Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Bilingualism
     
    Co-Organizer CSDL 2002
     Along with Professor Suzanne Kemmer (Linguistics), organized the 7th meeting of the international conference Conceptual Structures in Discourse and Language held at Rice University in October 2002. The conference provided 75 talks, and attracted over 100 participants.
     
    Co-Organizer CSDL 2002
     Along with Professor Suzanne Kemmer (Linguistics), organized the 7th meeting of the international conference Conceptual Structures in Discourse and Language held at Rice University in October 2002. The conference provided 75 talks, and attracted over 100 participants.
     

    General Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, French Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy.

     
     
    Teaching Areas
     Syntax, Semantics, Language and Cognition, Language Teaching Methodology, Bilingualism
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Michel Achard "Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Pedagogy: Common Goals and mutual Benefits." Syntaxe et Sémantique special issueAccepted

     
     

    Michel Achard "The Promises of a Cognitive Pedagogical Grammar." Cognitive Linguistics and Japanese Pedagogy: Usage Based Approaches to Language Learning and InstructionAccepted

     
     

    “Fields and settings: French il and ça impersonals in copular complement constructions.” Cognitive Linguistics 21-3: 441-498.

     
     

    “The Distribution of French Intransitive Predicates”. Linguistics 47.3: 513-558.

     
     

    Michel Achard "Another look at French Split Intransitivity." Language in the Context of Use: Cognitive Approaches to Language and Language LearningIn Press

     
     Articles
     

    Michel Achard "The distribution of French intransitive predicates." Submitted

     
     Books
     

    Michel Achard "Impersonals and other defocusing constructions in French." Human cognitive processing , 50 (2015)

     
     

    Michel Achard and Susanne Niemeier "Cognitive Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching." 

     
     

    Susanne Neimeier and Michel Achard "Learning, Language, and Cognition. Special issue of Cognitive Linguistics.." 

     
     

    Michel Achard "Semantic Compatibility and Syntactic Realization." 

     
     Editor of books
     

    Gitte Kristiansen, Michel Achard, Ren¿ Dirven, Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza "Applications of Cognitive Linguistics: Foundations and Fields of Application." Submitted

     
     

    Michel Achard and Susanne Neimeier "Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Foreign Language Teaching."  (2004)

     
     

    Michel Achard, and Suzanne Kemmer "Language, Culture, and Mind."  (2004) : 600.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Michel Achard "Teaching Usage and Teaching Concepts." What is Applied Cognitive Linguistics? Answers from Current SLA ResearchAccepted

     
     

    Michel Achard "Abstract locational subjects: Field and settings in French and English." Cognitive and interactional perspectives on non-canonical subjects (2015)

     
     

    "Abstract locational subjects: Field and settings in French and English." In Marja-Liisa Helasvuo and Tuomas Huumo (eds.). Cognitive and interactional perspectives on non-canonical subjects.

     
     

    “Construal and perspective taking”. In Peter Robinson (ed.). The Routledge Encyclopedia of SLA. Routledge.

     
     

    “The impersonals value of demonstrative and middle constructions”. In Myriam Bouveret and Dominique Legallois (eds.). French Constructions. Amsterdam and Philadelphia:John Benjamins, 177-200.

     
     

    “Construal and perspective taking”. In Peter Robinson (ed.). The Routledge Encyclopedia of SLA. Routledge.

     
     

    “Another Look at French Split Intransitivity”. In Andrea Tyler (ed.): Language in the Context of Use: Cognitive Approaches to Language and Language Learning. Mouton de Gruyter, 269-285.

     
     

    “Teaching Construal: Cognitive Pedagogical Grammar”. In Peter Robinson, and Nick Ellis (eds.): Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 432-456.

     
     

    “Complementation”. Dirk Geeraerts and Hubert Cuyckens (eds.). Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Oxford University Press. 782-802.

     
     

    Michel Achard "Cognitive Grammar." International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (second edition)In Press

     
     

    "Complementation." Handbook of Cognitive LinguisticsIn Press

     
     

    Michel Achard "Cognitive Grammar and Communicative Grammar Instruction." Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Foreign Language Teaching (2004) : 167-197.

     
     

    Michel Achard and Susanne Neimeier "Introduction.." Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Foreign Language Pedagogy (2004) : 1-13.

     
     

    Suzanne Kemmer and Michel Achard "Introduction." Language, Culture, and Mind: 6 pages.

     
     

    Michel Achard and Susanne Neimeier "Introduction." Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Foreign Language Teaching (2003) : 1-11.In Press

     
     

    Achard, M. "Causation, Constructions, and Language Ecology: An Example from French." The Grammar of Causation and Causative Manipulation (2002) : 127-156.

     
     

    Achard, M. "The meaning and distribution of French mood inflections." Grounding: The Epistemic Footing of Deixis and Reference (2002)

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    “Le sens cataphorique de ceci, cela, et ça” In Frank Neveu, Valelia Muni Toke , Jacques Durand, Thomas Klingler, Lorenza Mondada, and Sophie Prévost (éds.). Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française - CMLF 2010 : 1607-1617.

     
     

    “Existence and evaluation: French il and ça impersonals”. In Patricia Sutcliffe, Lois Stanford, and Arle Lommel (eds.).  LACUS Forum 35: Language and Linguistics in North America 1608-2008: Diversity and Convergence: 1-11. Houston, TX: LACUS Forum.

     
     

    “Verbes de rupture simples et réfléchis: Deux constructions intransitives. In J. Durand, B. Habert, and B. Laks (éds.) Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française - CMLF'08 : 2377-2388”

     
     

    “Usage-Based Semantics: Body Parts with Three French Breaking Verbs”. Collocations and Idioms 1. Joensuu: Joensuu University Press, 1-13.

     
     

    Michel Achard "Another Look at the Semantics of French Split Intransitivity." Proceedings of the Georgetown Roundtable on LinguisticsIn Revision

     
     Other
     

    Michel Achard ""Causation, Constructions, and Language Ecology: An Example from French". ." The Grammar of Causation and Causative Manipulation. (2002)

     
     

    Michel Achard "French ca and the Dynamics of Reference." LACUS Forum 27: Speaking and Comprehending (2001) : 49-62.

     
     

    Michel Achard "The Distribution of French Raising Constructions ." Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 26

     
     

    Michel Achard "The syntax of French raising verbs." Copnceptual and Discourse Factors in Linguistic Structure (2001) : 1-26.

     
     

    Michel Achard "Cognitive Grammar and Communicative Grammar Instruction." Cognitive Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching (In Preparation)

     
     

    Michel Achard "Construal and Complementation in French." Complementation: Cognitive and Functional Perspectives (2000) : 91-120.

     
     

    Michel Achard "Review of John Hewson: The Cognitive System of the French Verb.." Cognitive Linguistics, 10-4 (1999) : 369-374.

     
     

    Michel Achard "French in the 21st Century." Orbis Linguae. Center for the Studies of Language. Rice University.

     
     

    Michel Achard "Perspective and French Complementation." Complementation: Cognitive and Functional Perspectives. Kaoru Horie (ed.).Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (in press)

     
     

    Michel Achard "Review of "Language and the Cognitive Construal of the World" J.R. Taylor, and R.E MacLaury (eds.)." International Journal of Americal Linguistics, 65: 240-242.

     
     

    Michel Achard "A Cognitive Grammar View of Second Language Acquisition." Journal of Intensive English, 11 (Fall 1997) : 157-177.

     
     

    Michel Achard "Semantic Compatibility and Syntactic Realization." Milwaukee Working Papers (Pending)

     
     

    Michel Achard "Subjunctive Complements in Spanish." Cognitive Studies in Spanish. Special issue of Morphe (Pending)

     
     

    Michel Achard "Teaching Construal."  (Pending)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "“Chinese grammar doesn’t need raising”. 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, University of Tartu, Estonia. (With Yapei Li)." (July 2017)

     
     Conference abstracts
     

    "The passive and impersonal values of French indefinite on." (September 2013)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    2011. Impersonals as abstract locational constructions: Evidence from English and French. 4th AFLICO Conference. University of Lyon, France.

     
     

    Le sens cataphorique de ceci, cela, et ça”. Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française. Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana

     
     

    Cataphoric ça and cela: A subjective analysis.” 3rd International AFLICO Conference, University of Paris 6, France.

     
     

    Constructional ecology: French cela, ça ce, and c’ from 1200-1850. New Research in Grammaticalization (NRG) 4. K.U. Leuven Belgium.

     
     

    Existence and Evaluation”. 35th LACUS Forum. Laval University, Québec.

     
     

    The Structural and Functional Domain of English and French Impersonals. 5th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference. K.U. Leuven, Belgium

     
     

    Il and ça impersonals in French. 2nd international AFLICO Conference. University of Lille, France.

     
     

    A cognitive view of split intransitivity. 10th International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLC) conference. University of Krakow, Poland.

     
     

    Breaking Verbs in French: Two Intransitive Constructions. 8th Conceptual Structure in Discourse and Language (CSDL) Conference. University of California San Diego.

     
     

    Usage-Based Semantics: Meaning and Distribution of Three French Breaking Verbs. First Nordic Conference on Syntactic Freezes. University of Joensuu, Finland.

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "“Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Pedagogy: Common Goals and Mutual Benefits”. Journées d’études : Université Paris 3, France.." (October 2017)

     
     

    Il, ça, it  and there. A preliminary look at some English and French Impersonals”. Invited talk: Rice University

     
     

    Impersonals and demonstratives: Some uses of French il and ça”. Linguistics Department Rice University.

     
     

    Cognitive Grammar: Symbols and constructions. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium.

     
     

    “French change of state verbs and the Ø/se distinction”. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium.

     
     

    "Impersonals and Intransitives in French." Conceptual Structures in Discourse and Language, University of Alberta. (October 2004)

     
     

    "Some Questions About Split Intransitivity in French." First French and Italian Graduate Student Conference (Plenary Speaker), University of Texas at Austin. (February 2004)

     
     

    "A Semantic View of French Intransitive Predicates." 8th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, University of La Rioja, Spain. (July 2003)

     
     

    "Cognitive Pedagogical Grammar." American Association of Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. (April 2003)

     
     

    "Formal and Functional Accounts of Unaccusativity: Evidence from French." Rice University Linguistics Department Colloquium, Rice University. (November 2003)

     
     

    "Unaccusativity in French?." Georgetown Roundtable on Linguistics, Georgetown University. (February 2003)

     
     

    "Impersonals and Unaccusativity in French." Linguistic Colloquium, Rice University. (April 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "French Impersonals: Functions and Constructions." (February 2013)

     
     

    Specifying the ‘field’. Impersonal subjects in English and French.” Plenary invited talk. Symposium on non-canonical subjects. University of Tartu, Estonia.

     
     

    Cognitive Grammar and Foreign Language Instruction” Invited Plenary Talk. University of California at Davis.

     
     

    "Local versus global accounts of unaccusativity." From gram to mind, University of Bordeaux, France. (May 2005)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Usage, Form, and Function in the Distribution of French Intransitives." Center for the Study of Cultures, Rice University. (January 2004)

     
     

    "Cognitive Linguistics and Language Pedagogy." Gallaudet University, (September 2003)

     
     Other
     

    "Il and ca impersonal constructions in French." International Cognitive Linguistics Association, Santa Barbara, CA. (July 2001)

     
     

    "Ca and information management." LACUS Forum 27, Rice University. (July 2000)

     
     

    "Causation, Constructions, and Language Ecology. The case of French Causation." Linguistics Symposium on Causation and Causality, Rice University. (April 2000)

     
     

    "Cognitive Grammar Instruction in the Natural Approach ." LAUD Symposium, University of Koblenz Landau. Germany.. (March 2000)

     
     

    "Cognitive and Functional Models of Language: A Difference in Focus of Investigation ." 6th International Pragmatics Conference, Budapest, Hungary. (July 2000)

     
     

    "The Distribution of French Raising Constructions ." Berkeley Linguistic Society 26, University of California, Berkeley. (February 2000)

     
     

    "French demonstrative ca and the cognitive dynamics of discourse." International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Stockholm (Sweden). (July 14 1999)

     
     

    "Raising and Discourse in French." Linguistics Colloquium, Rice University. (October 14 1999)

     
     

    "Special session on L1 and L2 acquisition in Cognitive models of language." International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Stockholm (Sweden). (July 11 1999) With Susanne Neimeier (University of Bremen) and Chris Sinha (University of Aarhus)

     
     

    "Communicative Grammar Instruction." Center for the Studies of Languages Workshop, Rice University. (March 1998)

     
     

    "Conceptual Raising." Conceptual Structures in Discourse and Language, Emory University. (October 9-12 1998)

     
     

    "French Impersonals as Existential Constructions." LACUS Forum, Claremont Graduate University. (July 27-August 1 1998)

     
     

    "French Impersonals: An Exploration in Cognitive Grammar." International Workshop in Cognitive Linguistics, University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. (July 13-16 1998)

     
     

    "The Syntax of Perception." Linguistic Colloquium, Rice University. (February 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    "A Cognitive Grammar analysis of the French impersonal domain." (July 2013)

     
     

    "The impersonal value of French middle constructions." (May 2013)

     
     

    Impersonal uses of French demonstrative ça”. Societas Linguistica Europaea (SAE). University of Vilnius, Lithuania.

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, Cognitive Linguistics in Practice Series. Mouton de Gruyter. (2000 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Cognitive Linguistics in Practice Series. Mouton de Gruyter. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Cognitive Linguistics in Practice Series. Mouton de Gruyter. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Cognitive Linguistics in Practice Series. Mouton de Gruyter. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Cognitive Linguistics In Practice. Mouton de Gruyter. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association Yearbook. John Benjamins. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Yearbook. John Benjamins. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Yearbook. John Benjamins. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Advisory Board, International SCOLA Journal. Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association. (2001 - 2001)

     Associate Editor, Applied Cognitive Linguistics Book Series. Mouton de Gruyter. (2005 - 2005)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Hilary Young, Ph. D. C'est either que tu parles francais, c'est either que tu parles anglais. A Cognitive Approach of Chiac as a Contact Language. (2002) (Thesis Director)

     Stephanie Burdine, Ph. D. Means to an End. An Analysis of Communicative Strategies in an Immersion Setting. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Madalina Akli, Ph.D in French Studies Mental States and Discursive Boundaries. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Petronila Tavares, Ph.D A grammar of Wayana. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Madalina Akli, Ph.D Poetics of literature and poetics of the mind: Creative processes and the construction of the self. (2005) (Thesis Director)

     Sebastian Ross-Hagebaum, Ph.D The conceptualization of events and participants: A study of the form-function correlation of voice constructions in Pulaar. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Caleb Everett, Ph.D Topics in Karitiana grammar. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Pumsup Shim, Ph.D Bible Quotation in Contemporary Evangelical Christian Self-Help Books. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Soyeon Yoon, Ph.D Coercion: Evidence from compatibility, frequency and processing. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Anne Marie Hartenstein, Ph.D Middle Voice in Northern Moldavian Hungarian. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Charles Mignot, Ph.D A prepositional complements. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Sarah Lee, Ph.D Code Selection in a High Contact Ecology. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Charles Mignot, PhD A Prepositional Complements. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Sarah Lee, Ph.D Language contact in a high density environment. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Sarah Lee, PhD Code Selection in High Contact Ecology. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     John Galindo, Masters The effect of linguistic background on the perception of speech contour. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ruby Tso, Ph.D The effects of Chinese characters on speech production and perception in Taiwan Mandarin. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Sarah Lee, Ph.D. An interactional account of multilingual usage patterns in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a high contact area. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Madalina Akli, Ph.D Mental States and Discursive Boundaries. (Thesis Director)

     Sebastian Ross-Hagebaum, Ph.D in Linguistics The Conceptualization of Events and Participants: A Study of the Form-Function Correlation of Voice Constructions in Pulaar. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     George R. Brown Superior Teaching Award , Rice University (2014)

     Participant in the Sarofim Distinguished Teaching Seminar, School of Humanities, Rice University (2003-2004)

     Member of the organizing committee, 7th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Santa Barbara: July 2001

     Research Fellowship, Center for the Study of Cultures: Rice University (Fall 2001)

     Organization of the annual LACUS conference, Linguistics Association of Canada and the United States (August 2000)

     Organization of the 7th ICLC conference, International Cognitive Linguistics Association (July 2001)

     Freshman seminar grant ($12 000), Hewlett Foundation (Summer/Fall 1999)

     Organization of the annual LACUS conference, Linguistics Association of Canada and the United States (August 2000)

    Positions Held
     Board Member, Association Fran¿aise de linguistique cognitive (AFLICO). (2005 - 2005)