Canadian writer Dany Laferrière (L) receives his|
academician sword from French novelist and French
Academy member Jean d'Ormesson (C) at City Hall in
Paris on May 26, 2015.
The Académie Française, the exclusive and ancient institution tasked with safeguarding the French language, will welcome both its first Haitian and first Québécois member on Thursday in the form of novelist Dany Laferrière.
“The French language is not frozen. A language is always evolving,” she added.
Her words were welcomed by a number of linguists present, among them Laferrière himself.
“A language needs to live first of all, otherwise it’s all just ideology,” he said at the time.
Last year the Académie welcomed its first ever British member – poet and literary scholar Sir Michael Edwards.