Research Interests and Specialties

 Acquisition of a 5th or 6th language in multilingual context

  • Acquisition of French by African adults who learned four or five languages in their childhood

Research Projects

Multilinguisme et apprentissage du français L2

Principal Investigator: Aimé Avolonto, French Studies, Glendon College

Funding Agency: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Duration of project: April 2003-2006.


This project examines various dimensions of the acquisition of the morphosyntax of French by multilingual women in Benin, West Africa. These learners of French acquired several languages in their childhood and hence are learning French as a fourth or fifth language. The project examines the complex role of transfer from these learners’ native languages as well as the role of internal or universal processes.