Annual Conference

The Association holds an annual conference, which alternates between a Francophone country and the UK. If you would be interested in organizing and hosting a future conference, please contact AFLS President Dalila Ayoun (


AFLS Annual Conference

Tulane University, New Orleans 

September 25-27, 2024

Laissez les bon(s) temps rouler

Français et créoles entre héritage(s) et avenir(s)

The annual conference of the Association of French Language Studies (AFLS) will be held at Tulane University in New Orleans (Louisiana). The linguistic and cultural situation of French in Louisiana is unique: Louisiana French varieties and Creole are endangered, and there are public and private initiatives to revitalize the linguistic heritage of the region. The conference will therefore focus on diachronic and diatopic variation of French and French-based Creoles as well as on linguistic revitalization and conservation efforts. 

The following themes will be of particular interest:

  • varieties of French, Creoles and regional dialects
  • diachronic, diatopic, diastratic, diaphasic variations
  • origins, present state, future of Creoles and regional varieties
  • linguistic revitalization and conservation
  • language policies
  • French, Creoles and regional dialects in immersion
  • pedagogy and/or acquisition of French L2, bilingualism
  • aspects of theoretical and applied French linguistics

We invite  abstract submissions that center around one or more of  these themes as well as aspects of theoretical or applied linguistics of French in the broad sense.

You may submit an abstract in French or in English for:

  • An individual talk (20 minutes + 10 minutes for Q&A) or
  • A colloquium on one the themes listed above that would include up to 4 talks 
  • In addition, graduate students may submit a summary of the work-in-progress they would like to present at the roundtable designed for that purpose. 

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words + references and written in the language in which the presentation will be made. 

Abstracts should be anonymized and submitted on the following website by April 1, 2024:


  • February 1–April 12,  2024: abstract submission
  • May 1, 2024: notification of acceptance/rejection
  • June 1–August 15,  2024: early-bird registration
  • August 16–September 1, 2024: standard registration


Organizing committee:

            Nathalie Djako (Tulane University)

            Tom Klingler (Tulane University)

            Charles Mignot (Tulane University)

            Dalila Ayoun (University of Arizona)

Previous conferences

2023: Université de Lille

Thème: « Le français et ses frontières »


2022: University of Exeter

Theme: ‘Le français au contact des cultures’


2021: Online conference

Theme: “Le français aujourd’hui, entre discours et usages”


2019: University of Bristol

Theme: “Le français d’ici, de là, de là-bas”


2018: Université Jean Jaurès, Toulouse

Theme: “Focus on French language usage and users”


2017: Glendon College, York University, Toronto

Theme: “French Across Geographical, Social, and Historical Spaces”


2016: Queen’s University Belfast

Theme: “French as a shared language / Le français partagé”
Details: AFLS 2016

2015: Université de Caen

Date: 17-19 June 2015
Theme: “La linguistique du français vernaculaire : analyses synchroniques, perspectives diachroniques et applications didactiques”.

2014: University of Kent

Date: 25-27 June 2014
Thème: ‘Que le français se nomme diversité…’
Details: here

2013: Université Perpignan

Date: 25-27 June 2013
Theme: “Langue française mise en relief”.

2012 University of Newcastle

Date: 01-03 June 2012
Theme:”le français à travers le temps: acquisition, changement, variation”

2011 Université de Nancy 2, France

Date: 8-10 September 2011
Theme: “Regards nouveaux sur les liens entre théories, méthodes et données en linguistique française”

2010 University of Cambridge, UK

Date: 1-3 September 2010
Theme: “Le français: langue une, langue plurielle”

2009 Université de Neuchâtel, Suisse

Date: 3-5 September 2009
Theme: “Langue française en contextes”

2008 University of Oxford, UK

Date: 3-5 septembre 2008
Theme: Les voix du français: usages et représentations

2007 Université du Littoral, Boulogne

Date: 3-5 September 2007
Theme: “Le français sous tous ses aspects”

2006 University of West of England, Bristol

Date: 5-7 September 2006
Theme: “Variations, variétés”

2005 Université de Savoie

Date: 2-4 September 2005
Theme: “Traduction en diachronie et synchronie”

2004 Aston University, Birmingham

Date: 3-5 September 2004
Theme: “Si le français m’était conté…”

2003 Université de Tours

Date: 25 – 27 September 2003
Theme: “Le français aujourd’hui: problèmes et méthodes”

2002 University of St Andrew’s

Date: 30 August – 1 September 2002
Theme: “Le français d’hier, d’aujourd’hui et de demain”

2001 U.C.L. Louvain-la-Neuve

Date: 31 August – 2 September 2000

2000 Laval University

Carol Saunders (Organizer), University of Surrey
Assisted by:
Aidan Coveney (Exeter)
Florence Myles (Newcastle/Southampton)
Jocelyne Bisaillon (Quebec Organiser)

1999 University of Wales, Swansea

Dr Dulcie Engel
French Department
University of Wales, Swansea
Swansea, SA2 8PP, U.K.

1998 University of East Anglia

Dr Marie-Madeleine Kenning
School of Modern Languages and European Studies
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.

1997 Université de Montpellier

Theme: “Description du français: discours, corpus, analyses, application”