Betsy J Kerr

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French & Italian
304F FolH

9 Pleasant St SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: French linguistics, Indiana University - Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, 1979.
  • M.A.: French, Middlebury College Graduate School of French, Middlebury, Vermont and Paris, France, 1972.

Curriculum Vitae


  • connectors in speech
  • features in oral narratives of learners of French
  • French language in Canada
  • French linguistics
  • history of French language
  • informal spoken French
  • second language acquisition
  • teaching of foreign languages
  • grammar of English and French
Courses Taught
  • Fren 3521 - History of the French Language
  • Fren 4510 - Topics in French Linguistics: Advanced/Pedagogical Grammar
  • Fren 3015 - Advanced French Communication
  • Fren 4510 - Topics in French Linguistics: Linguistics Applied to Reading French
  • Fren 3531/5531 - Sociolinguistics of French
  • Fren 3541/5541 - Oral Discourse of French
  • Fren 3501/5501 - Structure of French: Phonology
  • Fren 3500, Linguistic Analysis of French
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Faculty Director: College in the Schools French program , 1999 - present
  • Deux Mondes: A Communicative Approach, 2nd-7th ed.. Kerr, Betsy, Tracy Terrell et al., McGraw-Hill, Co-Author, 1993, 1997, 2002, 20. Link
  • Left Dislocation in French: Information Structure vs. (?) Interactional Linguistics: Kerr, Betsy, Katz Bourns, Stacey & Lindsy L. Myers, eds., John Benjamins, Perspectives on Linguistic Structure and Context: Studies in Honor of Knud Lambrecht, 223-240, 2014.
  • Grammatical description and classroom application: Theory and practice in data-driven learning: Kerr, Betsy, Association suisse de linguistique appliquée (ASLA) (Neuchâtel), Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée, 97 (summer 2013) 17-39, 2013.
  • "A Corpus-based Study of Indefinite 'des' and Generic 'les': Kerr, Betsy, American Association of Teachers of French, French Review, 84:5 (May 2011) 918-935, 2011.
  • "Applications of Corpus-Based Linguistics to Second Language Instruction: Lexical Grammar and Data-Driven Learning": Kerr, Betsy, Stacey Katz & Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, Heinle & Heinle, Conceptions of L2 Grammar: Theoretical Approaches and their Application in the L2 Classroom, 128-150, 2009. Link
  • "Variant Word-Order Constructions: To Teach or Not to Teach? Evidence from Learner Narratives: Kerr, Betsy, Sue Gass and Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, eds. , John Benjamins, Pedagogical Norms for Second and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching, 185-98, 2002. Link
  • The Acquisition of Connectors in French L2 Narrative Discourse. Kerr, Betsy, 1998.
  • The Pragmatics of Left Detachment in Spoken Standard French. Kerr, Betsy, John Benjamins, 1985.
  • Apports de l'analyse du discours í  l'enseignement de la langue. Kerr, Betsy, 1990.
  • The Notion of 'Dative' in Linguistic Theory and Grammar of French. Kerr, Betsy, 1980.