S. Bourgeois

Samuel Bourgeois earned his MA in Linguistics at Neuchâtel in 2015. His MA thesis investigated the uses of colloquial elements in television advertisements. He earned his BA at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in History (Primary Major) and French Studies (Secondary Major).

Current Research Interests

He is currently investigating the diachronic colloquialization effect on modern writing with a concentration on the use of discourse markers in four major genres of writing as found in the Corpus of Historical American English (COHA): Fiction, Non-Fiction, Newspapers, and Magazines.

Beyond his primary thesis subject, his research interests also include the study of varieties of English. In particular he is doing a side research project on the variety of English spoken by the Cajun population of Southwest Louisiana.


Introduction to English Linguistics Workshop at UniNe

  • Fall 2014 –Present

CIEP Language Assistant Program in Montpellier France

  • 2011-2012 School Year


Leipzig, 28.07-07.08.2015: European Summer University in Digital Humanities

Poznan, 18.09-21.09.2016: ISLE 4 Conference

  • Presentation: “How Discourse Markers enter Written Genres: A Case Study of “well””​

Prague, 24.05-28.05.2017: ICAME 38 Conference

  • Presentation: “How discourse markers cross into writing: Colloquializaion and the development of actually

Zürich, 10.09-13.09.2017: SLE 50 Conference

  • Presentation: “How discourse markers cross into writing: Colloquialization and the development of actually”​

Regensburg, 04.10-08.10.2017: ISLE 2017 Summer School

  • Presentation: “Discourse markers in Cajun French and Cajun English – A case of mutual influence?”

Other Activities

Ville Platte Louisiana, 02.08.2017: KVPI 1050 AM

  • Guest Speaker on La Tasse de Café