Simplice Simeu is a Research Associate in the 'laboratoire de Linguistique et Didactique des Langues Étrangères et Maternelles – LIDILEM' at Grenoble University (France) where he earned his PhD in sociolinguistics in 2016. Simeu has been an 'Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie – AUF' scholar during the first part of his doctoral research. He is author of two articles on language contact in Cameroon. His recent publications focus on the use of discourse markers (DMs) in spoken French in Cameroon and his current research project also pays particular attention to DMs in a wider context in the Bight of Bonny (the ancient Bight of Biafra).
During his time at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Simeu will be researching, writing papers and taking part on various conferences. He will pursue his project on DMs and design the theoretical framework and the methodological approach to undertake a 'cutting edge' analysis of data collected from the three French-speaking countries around the Bight of Bonny (Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea).