France Martineau

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France Martineau
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Linguist

France Martineau is a Canadian linguist, distinguished professor[1] at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, assigned to both the Linguistics Department and the French Department.[2][3] A Leader in historical sociolinguistics and a pioneer in the digital humanities, she is an expert in Canadian French linguistics, presently holding the University of Ottawa Research Chair Le français en mouvement: Frontières, réseaux et contacts en Amérique française.

Biography and achievements[edit]

France Martineau was the director of the project Modéliser le changement : les voies du français, from 2005 to 2010, funded by the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).[4] This project, initiated by Dr Martineau, has been involved with the development of digitized corpora[5] that have supported numerous research activities[6] and conferences[7] worldwide in the field of French historical sociolinguistics.

Professor Martineau is one of very few researchers to obtain a second MCRI grant.[8] On March 16, 2011 at the University of Ottawa, in the company of such distinguished guests as Member of Parliament Royal Galipeau and the President of the University, Allan Rock,[9] it was officially announced that Dr Martineau had been awarded $2.5 million in research funding for the international and interdisciplinary project Le français à la mesure d'un continent: un patrimoine en partage. Mr Rock stressed the importance of this project, which will enhance Canada's standing as a leader in international research on the French language.[10]

France Martineau is editor of the Voies du français collection published by the Presses de l'Université Laval,[2][11] and has been president of the Canadian Linguistics Association since 2011 (vice-president since 2009).[12]

She manages the Laboratoire des Polyphonies, where students have the opportunity to learn and apply new skills.


  • Martineau, France and Raymond Mougeon (2003). « Sociolinguistic Research on the Origins of ne Deletion in European and Quebec French » Language, Vol. 79, No. 1, pp. 118–152.
  • Martineau, France and Marcel Bénéteau (2010). Incursion dans le Détroit. Édition critique du Jour Naille Commansé Le 29. octobre 1765 pour Le voiage que je fais au Mis a Mis, Quebec City, Presses de l’Université Laval, 136 pp.
  • Martineau, France et Terry Nadasdi (2011). Le français en contact. Hommages à Raymond Mougeon, Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 460 pp.
  • Lusignan, Serge, France Martineau, Yves Charles Morin et Paul Cohen (2012). L'introuvable unité du français. Contacts et variations linguistiques en Europe et en Amérique (XIIe-XVIIIe siècle), Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 328 pp.

Honours and distinctions[edit]

  • In 2004, Professor Martineau was named Professor of the Year by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa.[13]
  • In 2009, she was named one of "16 extraordinary women" at the University of Ottawa.[14]
  • In 2009, she was appointed to the University Research Chair in Language and Migration in French America.[15]
  • In 2011, she received funding from the Leaders Opportunity Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).[16]
  • In 2011, she was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada.[17]
  • In 2012, she was granted the Excellence in Research Award[18] from the University of Ottawa.
  • In 2014, she was appointed to the University of Ottawa Research Le français en mouvement: frontières, réseaux et contacte en Amérique française.
  • En 2015, she is conferred the title of Distinguished Professor.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "L'Universite presente ses Professeurs eminents pour 2014-2015 | Gazette". Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b "France Martineau, Département de français" (in French). University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Teaching Staff, Department of Linguistics". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Modelling Change: The Paths of French - Project Director: France Martineau". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Modelling Change: the Paths of French - Corpora". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Modelling Change: the Paths of French - Publications". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Modelling Change: the Paths of French - Conferences". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Government of Canada invests in research on official languages". Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 2011-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  9. ^ "Large-scale study of francophones in North America receives $2.5 million". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  10. ^ Gaboury, Paul (2011-03-16). "Étude de 2,5 M $ sur l'Amérique française". Le Droit. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Livres de France Martineau". Presses de l'Université Laval. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  12. ^ "CLA: Executive and committees". Canadian Linguistic Association. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Professor of the year at the Faculty of Arts". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  14. ^ "France Martineau: University Research Chair in language and migration in French America". University of Ottawa. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  15. ^ "University Research Chairs". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  16. ^ "Major research projects at uOttawa and OHRI receive $2 million funding". University of Ottawa. 2001-09-01. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  17. ^ "Three eminent University of Ottawa researchers elected Fellows by the Royal Society of Canada". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  18. ^ d'Ottawa, Direction générale des communications - Université. "Le Prix d’excellence en recherche pour une linguiste passionnée de la langue de chez nous | Université d'Ottawa". Retrieved 2015-09-03.