Albert Valdman, Ph.D., Médaille d’Or du Mérite Francophone


Albert Valdman is Rudy Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, where he chaired the Department of French & Italian and Linguistics and established the Creole Institute, the only center in the United States which specializes in research and training in the area of applied linguistics with a focus on French-based creoles. He earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University and was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. He served as president of the International Association of Applied Linguistics and as president of the American Association of Teachers of French. He is now on the Comité International des études Créoles and on the scientific network “étude du français en francophonie” of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie.

Dr. Valdman first authored two pioneering basic resources published in France: Le créole: structure, statut et origine (1978) and Le français hors de France (1979). He then was at the forefront of studies of North American varieties of French, developing course and reference materials through the Creole Institute. He has written some 200 articles for journals and written or edited several books, including A Dictionary of Louisiana Creole (1998), the Haitian Creole-English Bilingual Dictionary (2007), and the very first Dictionary of Louisiana French As Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities (2009). He also co-authored a college French program, Chez nous: branché sur le monde francophone, now in its fourth edition. He is the founder and editor of the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Dr. Valdman has been a member and served as officer of several national and international professional associations and organized several conferences and conventions. In recognition of his work, the French Government has named him Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques and he was received into the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française in Quebec.

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