Marie-José Béguelin

Professor of French linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel, President to the French Language delegation.

"Francophony involves nowadays in the world 68 States and governments where French is used creatively and in a variety of ways. The collection « Le cippe » created by ACEL falls within this geographical, political and cultural space. It favours exchanges and crossed representations, the discovery of texts and adds value to this language that we share. This collection is a link : it is an open door to points of view and world visions expressed in French, putting together universality and diversity."

Born in 1949 in Bienne, Marie-José Béguelin studied Classics and Sanskrit in Porrentruy (Jura) and at the University of Paris IV and at L’École pratique des hautes etudes before starting her Phd research on linguistics at the University of Geneva. She defended her thesis entitled Les noms latins du type mens: étude morphologique ( Charles Bally prize in 1985). Associate Professor in Geneva and Fribourg she then became Professor of French Linguistic at the University of Neuchâtel. Besides her numerous publications, Marie-José Béguelin is the Chair of the Delegation for the French language; she is a member of the Belgium FNRS philological committee and of the French language international Assembly. She edited De la phrase aux énoncés. Grammaire scolaire et descriptions linguistiques (Brussels, De Boeck-Duculot, 2000) and which received the Joseph Houziaux Award given by the Royal Belgium Academy.