Dr. Antoinette A. Barffour


Languages Cultures and Religions
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Languages Cultures and Religions
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Romance Languages, French/Applied Linguistics Track, the University of Alabama, 2016
  • MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington, 2012
  • MA, International Affairs and Administration, Missouri State University, 2010
  • Master Lettres: Sciences du Langage, Université de Strasbourg, 2008


  • FRN 311 French Conversation
  • FRN 316 French for the Professions
  • FRN 324 Introduction to French and Francophone linguistics
  • IDS 297/397 Interdisciplinary Studies Course - International Culture and Study Abroad
  • FRN 414 Le français Vivant
  • FRN 495 Advanced Undergraduate French
  • FRN 510/610 Advanced Translation
  • FRN 524/624 Advanced Topics in Francophone Linguistics
  • FRN 590/690 Advanced French Grammar
  • MCL695 Principles of Second language acquisition
  • MCL 724 Seminar in Linguistics for foreign languages
  • FRN 725 Seminar in Francophone Literature and Culture (Francophone Africa and Diaspora focus)

Professional experience

  • Assistant Professor of francophone Linguistics, Missouri State University, 2017-present
  • Lecturer of French, Washington University – St Louis, 2016-2017
  • Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant Mentor, Missouri State University, 2019-present
  • Faculty-Led Educational abroad program director, French-speaking countries, and Ghana, 2019-present
  • Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society) Faculty Advisor, Missouri State University, 2017-present
  • LCR Proactive Advisor, Missouri State University, 2020 to present
  • Associate Instructor, Indiana University Bloomington, 2010-2012
  • Instructor of French and Study Away Public Relations’ Coordinator, Indiana University Honors Program for Foreign Languages (IUHPFL) – France, 2011-2012

Professional affiliations

  • National French Honor Society (Pi Delta Phi), North Vice President, 2022-2027
  • American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Barffour, A. (2021). English Borrowings in French Print Media: Attitudes And Perceptions of Native Speakers of French from France. The International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, 35 (1), 113-139. 
  • Essien, H. & Barffour, A. (2021). Using Bilingual Thematic Dictionaries in African Language Pedagogy. The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Vol 30, 102-135. 
  • Barffour, A. (2020). L’analyse Linguistique du lapsus: Les Aspects phonétiques et Phonologiques. Akofena: Revue Scientifique des Sciences du Langage, Lettres, Langues & Communication, 002 (1), 381-398. 
  • Barffour, A. (2020). Frequency and Nature of Anglicisms in Written French Advertisements: A Review of Ads in French Journals. International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies, 7(1), 1-13. 
  • Barffour, A., & Picone, M.D. (2019). Anglicisms in Written French Mass Media: Frequency, Nature and Impact on the French Lexicon. Southern Journal of Linguistics, 43 (1), 1-24. 

Research and professional interests

  • Sociolinguistics and language contact
  • L2 French pedagogy
  • Applied linguistics
  • Language politics
  • African linguistics (Twi/Akan)

Awards and honors

  • Graduate College International Conference Travel Award, 2023 
  • Diversity Scholar Award, Missouri State University, 2022 
  • Tournées & Albertine Francophone Film Festival Grant, FACE Foundation, 2020, 2021, 2023 
  • Student Learning Assessment Grants, Missouri State University, 2021, 2022 
  • Master Advisor, Missouri State University, 2019 
  • College of Arts and Letters Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University, 2018 
  • Joffre and Zodie B. Whisenton Outstanding Graduate Academic Achievement Award, the University of Alabama, 2016