Aidan Coveney (University of Exeter)“Meaning and the analysis of variation and change in French grammar”
Aidan Coveney is a long standing member of AFLS and has served on various committees since 1996. He has served as co-editor of JFLS, and member of editorial boards of various journals. He is currently Associate Professor of French Language and Linguistics at the University of Exeter (Modern Languages). His areas of expertise and research include the sociolinguistics (especially variation and change) and sociopragmatics of French and  varieties of French. His long-standing interest in varieties of French is reflected in his book Variation et francophonie. He entertains research links with sociolinguists based in Poitiers, Neuchatel, Paris and Orléans. His publications include four books and many articles on the syntax and morphology of spoken French, as well as on varieties of French. 
Sylvie Dubois (Louisiana State University) : «Les représentations identitaires du Francophone louisianais: production littéraire et industrie cinématographique»
Sylvie Dubois is Gabrielle Muir Professor in French Studies. Her interests lie with  language use in bilingual and minority language contexts in Louisiana. Professor Dubois has received many grants from U.S. federal agencies as well as Canadian funding agencies. She has written three books, published more than fifty additional articles in highly-regarded collections and in prestigious peer-reviewed journals.

Her areas of research include in Sociolinguistics, archival research, bilingualism, Cajun French and varieties of English spoken in the U.S., minority languages, linguistic policies. Her last project « Ad Fontes: the origin of the French language in Louisiana » is part of a major collaborative research initiative on the French language in North America, Le français à la mesure d’un continent: un patrimoine en partage (French in North America – A Shared Heritage) (dir. France Martineau). This seven-year project (2011-18) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dubois’ cutting-edge research on the cultural and intellectual heritage of Louisiana will contribute to the advancement of this pluridisciplinary research initiative. It will also raise Louisiana’s importance within the worldwide scholarship on the French language and give scholars one of the richer sources in the study of French.

Daphnée Simard (Université du Québec à Montréal): «Parler dans sa langue seconde: une question de profils cognitif et linguistique»
Daphnée Simard est Directrice de l’Institut des sciences cognitives à l’université du Québec à Montréal. Ses intérêts de recherche portent sur les aspects psycholinguistiques de l’acquisition des langues secondes et étrangères avec intérêt particulier pour le rôle des processus attentionnels, le rôle de la prise de conscience, le rôle de la réflexion métalinguistique et les caractéristiques de l’aisance langagière (fluency). Elle participe ou dirige de nombreux projets de recherche financés par des fonds internes et externes  (Fonds de Recherche du Québec Société et Culture, Conseil de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines, Industrie Canada entre autres)  en grammaire et en didactique en langue seconde et notamment en française, et sur les compétences de lectures en L1 et L2 ainsi que sur l’exploration de pratiques d’enseignement en L2. Ses publications incluent des chapitres de livres ainsi que de nombreux articles sur ses domaines et résultats de recherche.