Carole Salmon

Professor of French

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A native of France, I joined the French program in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Furman University in 2021.

Prior to Furman, I taught as a French teaching fellow for one year at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and then in French schools, before coming back permanently to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. In my dissertation, I studied the role of Cajun women in preserving and transmitting their variety of French. From 2007 to 2021, I taught French in the department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, a perfect place to conduct fieldwork across the six States of New England and to study Franco-American French, the language of French Canadians who migrated to New England to work in the mills and other industries.

With training in both French and Francophone Literatures as well as Sociolinguistics, my current research focuses on representations of linguistic and cultural identities of French and Francophone communities in cinema and literature in North America.

I currently serve as Review Editor for the Linguistics section of The French Review and I am the past president of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Over the years, I have designed and led many study abroad summer programs in Paris (France) and I love helping students become multicultural and multilingual, which is the reality of today's global world.

Honors & Awards

  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms)- Awarded by the French Government, promotion of 2017.
  • Nominated for the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2016)- UMass System
  • Nominated for the 2007 Louisiana State University Distinguished Dissertation Award


  • Ph.D., French Studies (Sociolinguistics), Louisiana State University
  • Maîtrise de lettres modernes, Université de Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)
  • Licence de lettres modernes, Université de Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)

Research Interests

  • French sociolinguistics
  • Cajun French in Louisiana, Franco-American French in New England
  • French-speaking minorities in North America (Canada and United States)
  • Language variation and change
  • Historical linguistics; Francophonie
  • Representations of Francophone identity in North America
  • Film studies
  • Representations of immigration in Francophone cinema
  • Paris and the Americas



  • Salmon, C. (2009). Cent ans de français cadien en Louisiane: étude sociolinguistique du parler des femmes. Peter Lang, Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics.

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Co-edited Books

  • Bessy, Marianne & Salmon, Carole. (2016). Racines et déracinements au grand écran: Trajectoires migratoires dans le cinéma français du XXIème siècle. Coll. Francopolyphonies (20). Brill|Rodopi editions: Leiden|Boston.
  • Matz, Maria & Salmon, Carole (2012). How the Films of Pedro Almodóvar Draw upon and Influence Spanish Society: Bilingual Essays on his Cinema. Mellen Press.

Books Chapters

  • Lozano-Alonso, Angélica and Carole Salmon (2022). “Weaving a Transnational Dialogue: From Paris to Mexico City”. In Salmon, Carole, éd. Paris in the Americas: Yesterday and Today. Coll. Curating and Interpreting Culture, Vernon Press. Pp. 117-131.
  • Salmon, Carole (2018). "Remarques sur le virage linguistique et culturel chez les jeunes Franco-Américains en Nouvelle-Angleterre". Joseph E. Price (ed.) La jeune francophonie américaine: Langue et culture chez les jeunes d'héritage francophone aux Etats-Unis d'Amérique. L'Harmattan. Pp. 205-229.
  • Bessy, Marianne & Salmon, Carole (2016). "Tour d’horizon des représentations de la migration dans le cinéma français depuis 2006: histoire(s), lieux, ancrages". Racines et déracinements au grand écran: trajectoires migratoires dans le cinéma français du XXIème siècle. Coll. Francopolyphonies (20). Brill|Rodopi editions: Leiden|Boston. Pp. 192-213.
  • Matz, María & Carole Salmon (2104). “The City I Live in: Almodóvar Reshapes Madrid as Spain Goes Glocal” Ellen Mayock and Ana Corbalán (eds.). Local Cities, Global Spaces: Towards a Multicultural Configuration of Spain. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Pp. 153-163.
  • Salmon, Carole & Dubois, Sylvie. (2010). "La genèse du corpus Francophone Heritage of Louisiana (FHL) et du corpus Lettres de Louisiane (LL) (The Genesis of the Francophone Heritage of Louisiana (FHL) Corpus and the Letters of Louisiana (LL) Une histoire épistolaire de la Louisiane." Presse de L’Université Laval, Coll.Les voies du français: Québec. Pp. 15-26.


  • Salmon, Carole. (2021) “Immigrations francophones d’hier et d’aujourd’hui en Franco-Américanie” (vol.50, 1-2. p.379-412) in the special issue Enjeux locaux, échos globaux: l’Acadie comme fenêtre sur le monde, directed by Laurence Arrighi, Julie Arsenault and Mélanie LeBlanc, Revue de l’Université de Moncton (RUM).
  • Salmon, Carole (2019). "Branding Frenchness in 'Mad Men'". The French Review, 92(3). Pp. 153-164.
  • Salmon, Carole & Dubois, Sylvie. (2014). "À la recherche du français en Nouvelle-Angleterre: une enquête de terrain à travers six États." Journal of French Language Studies, 24(3). Pp. 377-401.
  • Salmon, Carole (2012). "De la Louisiane à la Nouvelle-Angleterre: portraits de femmes francophones aux Etats-Unis". Sophie Roch-Veiras (ed.) Femme en Francophonie: thèmes de société, volume 2. Cahiers du CIRHiLL, numéro 37. L'Harmattan et les éditions de l'UCO. Pp.43-58.

Additional Professional Activities

  • Review Editor in Linguistics, The French Review- 2018-2023
  •  2nd vice-president, vice-president, president (Boston convention 2020) and past president of the Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)- 2017-2021