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France celebrates prof’s contributions

For Jeff Tennant, it was a tribute to a career he fell into after falling in love with the French language as a teenager. In November, the French Studies professor was awarded the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms), recognizing his work in French phonetics and sociolinguistics, alongside his dedication to fostering shared learning and intercultural relations with France. The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is an Order of Chivalry of France for academics, cultural and educational figures, originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoléon to honour eminent members of the University of Paris.

Tennant, whose work focuses on phonetics and sociolinguistics, was flattered to be recognized in such a way. “It really means a lot. It’s an honour to be recognized for contributions to French culture, particularly through the promotion of international relations between Western and French universities,” he said.

This article appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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