Language, creoles, varieties: From emergence to transmission

Cyrille Granget (ed), Isabel Repiso (ed), Guillaume Fon Sing (ed)


This book offers a selection of papers dealing with second language acquisition, foreign language teaching and creole linguistics inspired by the scientific legacy of Mauritian-born scholar Georges Daniel Véronique (Port-Louis, 1948). An important part of the book is devoted to the description of learner varieties with a focus on sociolinguistic factors, such as the learner situation – from asylum seekers to Erasmus students –, the degree of familiarity with the target language – having or not previous knowledge about a genetically related language –, the degree of literacy, and the type of instruction. Linguistic complexity, case marking, the use of self-positioning pronouns, verbal morphology and aspectual values are among the linguistic phenomena analyzed by the authors having contributed to this part of the volume. Another part of this volume deals with language didactics and addresses the questions of whether manipulating specific constructions from a usage-based perspective and a focus-on-form approach do indeed aid beginner learners to acquire complex forms in L2 German and nominal forms in L2 Polish, respectively. It also explores how some educational policies in Sweden have affected both the offer of French as a Foreign Language and its demand by students. The contributions to creole studies present diachronic analyses targeting the /z/ plural marking in Réunion creole, Fa d’Ambô and spoken French, and a set of NPs found in two speeches pronounced in 1835 on the island of Agaléga by a coconut oil producer whose features are similar to Mauritian creole. Linguistic, social and historical factors are at the center of these contributions.


  • Introduction
    Cyrille Granget, Isabel Repiso, Guillaume Fon Sing
  • Les allocutions en créole d’Auguste Le Duc, Galéga en 1835
    Sibylle Kriegel
  • Back to the Basic Variety
    Does it emerge only with specific learner profiles, environments and languages?
    Sandra Benazzo, Christine Dimroth, Cecilia Andorno
  • Self-positioning in a host community
    Longitudinal insights from study abroad and migrant students
    Inès Saddour, Pascale Leclercq
  • Le passé, le présent et l’avenir du FLE en Suède
    Un bilan entre politiques linguistiques éducatives et attitudes des élèves
    Jonas Granfeldt, Malin Ågren
  • Appropriate complexity
    Gabriele Pallotti
  • Linéarisation des énoncés en allemand langue débutée
    Enseignement et développement dans une approche constructionniste
    Catherine Felce
  • Développement du passé composé/imparfait et variation des tâches chez quelques enfants bilingues français-suédois
    Maria Kihlstedt
  • Effet de la focalisation sur la forme enseignée dans l’acquisition de la morphologie nominale flexionnelle et implications didactiques
    Marzena Watorek, Rebekah Rast, Pascale Trévisiol
  • Transfer (or lack thereof) and the accusative case in L2 Polish
    Jacopo Saturno
  • Another story of Z
    Plural marking in spoken French, Fa d’Ambô and Réunion Creole
    Alain Kihm



Cyrille Granget, University of Toulouse

Cyrille Granget is Professor in language didactics and linguistics and currently director of the Laboratoire de NeuroPsychoLinguistique at the University of Toulouse. She studied and worked at Keïo University, Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, Freie Universität Berlin, Université de Nantes and Universität Wien. Her research covers a broad spectrum from language learning to language teaching, with a particular interest in the role of learning contexts on linguistic and cognitive representations of events.

Isabel Repiso, Universität Salzburg

Isabel Repiso received her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Aix-Marseille in 2013. After post-doctoral training at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, she was appointed as maîtresse de conférences at the University of Upper Alsace. From 2019, she works at the University of Salzburg as a full-time researcher and currently runs a WTZ granted project jointly with Cyrille Granget. Her scientific interests are L2 grammars and typological variation in Romance languages in the domains of counterfactuality and affectedness.

Guillaume Fon Sing, Université Paris Cité

Guillaume Fon Sing is a creolist. After he received his PhD in Linguistics at the University Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2010, he was appointed as maître de conférences at Université Paris Cité in 2011. His scientific interests are creoles grammars, creolization, language contact, linguistic change and evolution, grammaticalization, variations of French, didactics of French as a foreign language. He is a member of the Comité International des Études Créoles (CIEC) and of the editorial board of the journal Etudes Créoles.

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Granget, Cyrille, Repiso, Isabel & Fon Sing, Guillaume (eds.). 2023. Language, creoles, varieties: From emergence to transmission. (EuroSLA Studies 7). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10280493


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