Bernard Mulo Farenkia is Professor of French and Linguistics. He holds a D.Sc. [Habilitation] in Cross-cultural pragmatics and German as a foreign language, as well as a Ph.D. in Linguistics and German as a foreign language from the Saarland University, Germany. He received an MA in German and Comparative linguistics and a BA in German studies [majoring in German language / linguistics, literature and culture with minor in Translation (English – French / French – English)] from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Before joining Cape Breton University in 2006, Bernard taught German, French, General linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Cross-cultural pragmatics, Translation, Language Acquisition and Pedagogy and Intercultural Communication at the University of Yaoundé I, the École Normale Supérieure de Yaoundé (Higher Teachers’ Training College) in Cameroon (1997-2003), the Saarland University in Germany (2003-2005), the Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg (2006). He has received several research grants and fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Among his list of publications are six monographs written in French, German and English, four edited volumes and more than seventy peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His research cuts across many areas and disciplines including Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Interlanguage Pragmatics (with focus on French as a second language and German as a foreign language), Sociolinguistics, Cross-cultural Pragmatics, Postcolonial Pragmatics, Variational Pragmatics and Translation. He has worked and published extensively on speech acts, im/politeness and face work in English, German and (Cameroon, Canadian and Hexagonal) French. His current substantial research projects investigate the speech act performance of learners of French as a second language in Canadian contexts and face threatening acts (complaints and refusals) in French as a pluricentric language.
Through his and Dr. Eric Anchimbe’s efforts, the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and Cape Breton University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop collaborations and exchanges in fields of shared interest and expertise and a Student Exchange Agreement for student mobility in 2013.
Bernard Mulo Farenkia is currently member of the Board of Governors of the Centre Communautaire Étoile de l’Acadie in Sydney, Nova Scotia.