Fabiola S. Henri

  • Assistant Professor
  • Linguistics
935 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle
  • GDRi
Research Interests:

2006-10 PhD Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics University Paris Diderot Paris 7, France

  • Dissertation Committee:  Anne Abeillé (U. Paris Diderot), Vinesh Y. Hookoomsing (U. of Mauritius), Ivan A. Sag (Stanford U., Reviewer), Anne Zribi-Hertz (U. Paris 8, reviewer), Alain Kihm (CNRS, President), Arnaud Carpooran (U. of Mauritius)

2002-04 MA Linguistic Sciences Major Linguistic Engineering, University Paris Sorbonne, ILPGA Paris 3, France.


I am a native speaker of Mauritian, a French-based Creole spoken in Mauritius, an island off the South East coast of Madagascar. I received my PhD from the University of Denis Diderot Paris 7 in 2010,  where I worked with Anne Abeillé. My dissertation focused on verbal constructions in Mauritian and I have been honored to have had Ivan Sag on my dissertation committee. I have since then, been working on inflectional morphology and complexity in Romance-based creoles.

During graduate school, I had the chance to attend different summer and fall schools like the LSA at Stanford in 2007, the Journées Sémantique et Modélisation, EALING, Experimental Grammar, among others. I also taught many courses in France, in Mauritius and the US in various areas of Linguistics.

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I am a creolist focusing primarily on the structure and complexity of morphology in creole languages from the perspective of recent abstractive models, with insights from both information-theoretic and discriminative learning. I view the emergence of creole morphology as proceeding from a complex interplay between sociohistorical context, natural language change, input from the lexifier, substratic influence, unguided second language acquisition, among others. My main interests lie within French-based creoles, and more specifically Mauritian, my native language. My research provide an empirical and explanatory take on morphological change in French-based creoles, with a view on morphological complexity which starkly contrasts with Exceptionalist theories of creolization.



Selected Publications: 


Henri, Fabiola, Forthcoming, Mauritian verb morphology and its linguistic interfaces, Language Science Press.

Déprez, Viviane & Fabiola Henri (eds.), In Press, Negation and Negative Concord: The view from Creoles, Benjamins, Creole Language Library. Amsterdam.


Henri, Fabiola, Gregory Stump & Delphine Tribout, Forthcoming, ‘Conversion relations and the morphological complexity of three French-based creoles’, In Morphological Complexity, Peter Arkadiev and Francesco Gardani (eds.). Oxford University Press.

Henri, Fabiola, Forthcoming, ‘The emergence of inflectional morphology in Indian Ocean French Creoles', Routlegde Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages. Ansaldo, U & M, Meryerhoff (eds.)

Henri, Fabiola, Forthcoming, ‘Morphomic distribution in Mauritian: An aspect of morphological complexity’, Morphology, Springer.

Hassamal, Shrita, Anne Abeillé & Fabiola Henri, 2017, ‘Les adverbes en mauricien’, In Faits de Langues, Créoles 49 , Kihm, A. (ed.).
Peter Lang

Henri, Fabiola & Olivier Bonami, 2017, ‘La prédictibilité de l'agglutination de l'article en mauricien’, In Faits de Langues, Créoles 49, Kihm, A. (ed.).
Peter Lang

Henri, Fabiola & Alain Kihm, 2015, ‘The morphology of TAM marking in creole languages: A comparative study’, In Word Structure: Rethinking Creole Morphology, Luís, A. R (ed.). 248-282.

Henri, Fabiola, 2012, ‘Attenuative verbal reduplication in Mauritian: a morpho-semantic approach, In The Morphosyntax of Reiteration in Creole and Non-Creole Languages. Aboh, E., Smith, N. and Zribi-Hertz, A. (eds.) Benjamins, Creole Language Library. Amsterdam

Henri, Fabiola & Frédéric Laurens, 2011, ‘The complementation of raising and control verbs in Mauritian’, In Empirical issues in syntax and semantics 8, Bonami, O. and Cabredo-Hofherr, P. (eds.). 195-220.

Kriegel, Sybille, Ralph Ludwig & Fabiola Henri, 2009, ‘Les rapports entre créole et bhojpouri à Maurice: contact de langues et actes identitaires’, In Multiple Identities in Action: Mauritius and some Antillean Parallelisms, Hookoomsing, V., Ludwig, R. and Schnepel, B. (éds.). PeterLang, Sprache-Identität-Kultur, Frankfurt. 203-252.

Ludwig, Ralph, Fabiola Henri & Florence Bruneau-Ludwig, 2009, 'Hybridation linguistique et fonctions sociales - aspects des contacts entre créole, français et anglais à Maurice’, In Multiple Identities in Action: Mauritius and some Antillean Parallelisms, Hookoomsing, V., Ludwig, R. and Schnepel, B. (éds.). Peter Lang, Sprache-Identität-Kultur, Frankfurt. 165-202.

Kriegel, Sibylle, Ralph Ludwig & Fabiola Henri, 2008, ‘Encoding Path in Mauritian Creole and Bhojpuri: problems of language contact’, In Roots of Creole Structures. Weighing the Contribution of Substrates and Superstrates, Michaelis, S. (ed.). Benjamins, Creole Language Library 33, Amsterdam. 169-196.

Henri, Fabiola & Anne Abeillé, 2008, ‘Verb forms alternation in Mauritian’, On-line Proceedings of the HPSG-2008 Conference, CSLI Publications. 378-398.

Henri, Fabiola & Anne Abeillé, 2007, ‘The syntax of copular constructions in Mauritian’, On-line Proceedings of the HPSG-2007 Conference, CSLI Publications. 130-149.

Henri, Fabiola & Muhsina Alleesaib, 2007, ‘Relative drop in Mauritian: the case of subject relativisation’, On-line Proceedings of the LingO 2007, Oxford.

Henri, Fabiola, 2007, 'Natural Language Processing: Developing and Implementing a Formal Mauritian Grammar’, Proceedings of the LASU Conference 2004.



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