Jean-Marie Klinkenberg

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Jean-Marie Klinkenberg (1946) born in Verviers (Belgium), received his Masters (1967) and his Doctorate (1971) in Romance Philology. He teaches language studies at the University of Liège, focusing on rhetoric and semiology. He also teaches French-language literature (particularly Belgian and Québecois). His professional activities focus on two areas: linguistics/semiotics and French-speaking cultures. In the first area, he made his mark in the late 1960s by revitalizing the field of rhetoric as a member of the interdisciplinary team known as the µ Group (pronounced "mu Group"). More recently, he has helped to steer semiotics in a social, cognitivist direction.


  • Charles De Coster, Brussels: Labor, 1985.
  • Le sens rhétorique. Essais de sémantique littéraire, Toronto/Brussels: Groupe de recherches en études francophones/Les Éperonnniers, 1990.
  • Sept leçons de sémiotique et de rhétorique, Toronto: Groupe de recherches en études francophones, 1996.