Sylvain Pourciel

Sylvain Pourciel

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Processing and learning nonadjacent collocations in L1 and L2 French
SupervisorsDr Gareth Carrol and Professor Dagmar Divjak
PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics


            Undergraduate Modern Languages (Université de Toulouse, France)
            Masters Didactics of French as a second language (Université de Toulouse, France) 
            Masters Applied Linguistics (Université de Toulouse, France)


Born and raised in the south of France, I became interested in language learning from an early age. I studied many of them at different levels. After my undergraduate studies, I had a short work experience in England and I decided to study to become a teacher of French as a second language. I completed my Masters in teaching in 2011, and I have been teaching French ever since. I have taught French in Bulgaria (briefly), Taïwan, France, and China (for 7 years).


I am interested in vocabulary (in particular formulaic language) processing and acquisition. My research investigates how native speakers of French and learners of French as a second language process collocations when the two parts of the collocations are separated by other intervening words. My research will initially address the online processing of these nonadjacent collocations. The second aspect of my research will look at the acquisition side of this phenomenon in French as a second language.


  • 'Théophanous, O., & Pourciel, S. (2020). Un cadre de référence pour l'intégration des expressions préfabriquées en français langue étrangère. Action Didactique, 6, 31-52.
  • Théophanous, O., & Pourciel, S. (2017). Apprendre et enseigner les collocations en FLE. 4e Congrès régional de la Commission Asie-Pacifique, Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français (FIPF) "Ecologie du français et Diversité des langues", Université de Kyoto, Japon, 20-24 septembre 2017.
  • Théophanous, O., & Pourciel, S. (2015). Collocations et apprentissage d'une langue étrangère : une étude exploratoire en FLE. In V. Beliakov & S. Mejri (Eds). Stéréotypie et Figement (pp. 187-200). Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Midi.