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Robert Fournier

Professor Robert Fournier


Robert Fournier is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of French. He received his doctorate from Université de Sherbrooke, Québec (1987), challenging Bickerton’s Bioprogram Hypothesis as applied to French Creoles. As a sociolinguist and creolist, his research interests have focused on the genetic and typological filiation of French Creoles to 17th century popular French, opposing the substratist position that West African languages might have played a central role in the formation of creole languages. After 30 years devoted to this question, he came to the conclusion that even creoles are a source of mere mystification.
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