1. November 17, 2019

    Hot off the presses! Check out Shana, Nath, Suzanne and Basile's article in CITC - Canadian Issues/Thèmes Canadiens, published by the Association for Canadian Studies. The article is in the Fall 2019 Special issue for the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act.

  1. November 14, 2019

    How awesome is that??? Shana has been awarded the 2019 André Laurendeau Acfas prize for excellence in the humanities!

    Read more about it in Le Devoir and uOttawa research news.

  1. November 1, 2019

    It couldn't be any more official - Salvio received his PhD diploma at the Convocation ceremony.

  1. October 11, 2019

    The "quality" of French in minority contexts is getting significant media attention lately, and we're seeing some familiar faces joining the conversation:

  1. October 10, 2019

    Now published!
    Poplack, Shana, Dion, Nathalie & Zentz, Lauren. 2019. L'anglicisme syntaxique : Produit inévitable du contact des langues ? Circula : revue d'idéologies linguistiques 9. 78-105.

  1. October 8, 2019

    To appear in Language: "Revisiting phonetic integration in bilingual borrowing" by Shana, Suzanne, Nath and Prof. John Paolillo (Indiana University Bloomington).

  1. October 5, 2019

    Suzanne is presenting "La transmission du français parlé à Victoria: une analyse quantitative" at the Symposium sur le français parlé en Colombie-Britannique at SFU today. Good luck, Suzanne!

  1. September 24, 2019

    Coming this Fall!

    • Poplack, Shana, Dion, Nathalie, Robillard, Suzanne & Roussel, Basile. 2019. Language mixing causes a stir: Confronting science and public opinion. CITC - Canadian Issues/Thèmes Canadiens. Published by the Association for Canadian Studies. Fall 2019 Special edition for the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act.
    • Poplack, Shana, Dion, Nathalie & Zentz, Lauren [MA, uOttawa]. 2019. L'anglicisme syntaxique : Produit inévitable du contact des langues ? Circula : revue d'idéologies linguistiques 10.
  1. September 18, 2019
    Congratulations to Miaclaire Woodland, for winning the André Lapierre Scholarship! This $2,000 annual scholarship (endowed by the Lab's Benefactor ad vitam aeternam) is awarded to a deserving graduate student who specializes in sociolinguistics.
  1. September 11, 2019

    Shana and Nath are panelists at the NAC today for “Oh! Canada: Un forum sur la langue”, a public event hosted by Zones Théâtrales.


  1. Photo by Basile Roussel

  1. Photo by Zones Théâtrales (Facebook page)
  1. September 5, 2019

    It's the first week of LIN5303 – Sociolinguistics I: Variation Theory! Through detailed survey of recent and classic work in the theory and method of variation analysis, students will apply the insights gleaned to an original study of a linguistic variable of their choice.

  1. August 11, 2019

    Best of luck to Suzanne today who is presenting “La préservation de la culture et du patrimoine francophone en contexte minoritaire” at the 35th Regional Assembly and Conference of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la francophonie in Victoria.

  1. July 5, 2019

    Suzanne and her “Comité sécurité linguistique de la C.-B.” are hard at work giving workshops on linguistic insecurity this month. They were in Sechelt BC for the “Conseil jeunesse francophone de la CB's” La SAGA meeting and in Quebec City for the ACELF's “Stages de perfectionnement“.

  1. June 13, 2019

    Can you tell we're in full-on “analysis” mode? New results are looming. Stay tuned!

  1. June 10, 2019

    The day has come! Congrats to Dr. Salvio Digesto for successfully defending his Ph.D dissertation Verum a fontibus haurire: A Variationist Analysis of Subjunctive Variability Across Space and Time: from Contemporary Italian back to Latin.

  1. June 10, 2019

    Linguistic insecurity is a hot topic in the news lately. Shana and Nath are in on the discussion:

  1. June 1, 2019

    Keep your eyes open for Shana's contributions to two upcoming handbooks:

    • Data Management @ the uOttawa Sociolinguistics Laboratory. In Berez-Kroeker, Andrea, McDonnell, Brad & Koller, Eve (eds.), The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management. Open Handbooks in Linguistics Series, MIT Press Open.
    • A variationist perspective on language contact. In Adamou, Evangelia & Matras, Yaron (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Language Contact. New York & London: Routledge.
  1. May 17, 2019

    Nath is at École secondaire catholique Thériault in Timmins today, giving workshops on the concept of “grammar” to Grade 10 French students.

  1. May 3, 2019

    Suzanne gives her perspective in a panel session of the “Symposium national sur la sécurité linguistique” organized by the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française.


  1. Photo from FJCF Facebook page
  1. May 2, 2019

    Suzanne is at the lab today with the members of the new committee, the “Comité sécurité linguistique de la C.-B.,” of the “Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique“.

  1. April 18, 2019

    A must see! Basile presents “Notre langue, quel(s) usage(s)? Les enjeux sociolinguistiques du français parlé en Acadie” with Mélissa Chiasson as part of the Point de mire sur l'Acadie lecture series. Everyone is welcome to attend at 5:30 in room 4004 of the uOttawa Faculty of Social Sciences building.

  1. March 29, 2019

    End-of-term presentations in LIN4341/7311 Urban Dialectology II: Best practices in the empirical analysis of spontaneous speech today! Best of luck to all!

  1. March 20, 2019

    Come join us ! Today at 2:30 in Hamelin 420, Julie Auger (Université de Montréal) will be presenting “Les interrogatives en picard: un système se cache-t-il sous la diversité des formes?

  1. March 15, 2019

    Check out the reviews for Shana's book Borrowing: Loanwords in the Community and in the Grammar (OUP 2018):

  1. March 4, 2019
    March is the month of the Francophonie! Shana discusses linguistic insecurity in La Rotonde and Suzanne is interviewed for an article in Le Devoir.
  1. March 1, 2019
    Hélène Cajolet-Laganière (Université de Sherbrooke) is visiting the Lab today to chat about prescription, grammar and usage.
  1. February 16, 2019
    Shana is taking part in the International Mother Language Day celebrations held at Ottawa City Hall as an invited panelist on “Let's Talk: Do Mother Language Matter?”. The discussion was moderated by Adrian Harewood, co-host of CBC News Ottawa.
  1. January 17, 2019
    The lab welcomes Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation members today. Pascale Fournier (President and CEO) and Thomas Ledwell (Senior Director, Leadership Programs and Global Development) spend the morning visiting the lab and discussing linguistic diversity.
  1. January 8, 2019
    It's the first week of LIN4341/7311 — Urban Dialectology II! Students will get the chance to learn how to extract, code, analyze and interpret the data they collected in the Fall as part of Urban Dialectology I.
  1. December 10, 2018
    Now available! Shana's contribution to Questioning Theoretical Primitives in Linguistic Inquiry (Papers in honor of Ricardo Otheguy), (ed. by N. Shin & D. Erker) has been published! You'll find her chapter “Categories of grammar and categories of speech: When the quest for symmetry meets inherent variability” on pages 7-34 and a response to the paper on the pages that follow!
  1. November 3, 2018
    Suzanne was recently invited to give the keynote address at the “Sommet sur la transmission linguistique en Colombie-Britannique”. As part of her ongoing efforts to reduce linguistic insecurity in minority francophone communities, her talk outlined the idea that vernacular norms are not inferior to Standard French, and that all varieties of French should be encouraged and validated!
  1. October 20, 2018
    It's a busy day at NWAV47 for the Sociolab members! Nath and Shana, in collaboration with Rena Torres-Cacoullos and Dora Lacasse, give their talk: Determining the language of the determiner in bilingual “mixed DPs” (Torres Cacoullos, Lacasse, Dion, and Poplack). Next, they join Suzanne and Basile for a brown-bag lunchtime workshop on Shopping sociolinguistic research to the media and to the community.
  1. October 11, 2018
    Got questions about your SSHRC or OGS application? Today at 11 a.m., the Sociolinguistics Research Group will discuss criteria, deadlines, time management, and writing tips to improve your external funding application.
  1. October 3, 2018
    Team Media (Shana, Nath, Suzanne, and Basile) reunites to give today's Linguistics Department Colloquium Series talk on the public reaction to the lab's research: Going Viral: Shopping Sociolinguistic Research to the Media and to the Public.
  1. September 13, 2018
    It's Linguistic Duality Day! Shana, Nath, and Basile are heading to SSHRC/NSERC headquarters to give a talk about the public impact of the lab's research on borrowing, as determined by public reaction to the media blitz of the last six months.
  1. September 12, 2018
    Congratulations to Yasmine Abou Taha, for winning the André Lapierre Scholarship! This $2,000 annual scholarship (endowed by the Lab's Benefactor ad vitam aeternam) is awarded to a deserving graduate student who specializes in sociolinguistics.
  1. September 11, 2018
    It's the first week of LIN4340/7310 — Urban Dialectology I! Students will learn many different methods for data collection, then put their knowledge to the test by collecting sociolinguistic data in the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan region.
  1. August 31, 2018
    Congrats Mike Maneen for finishing your memoire Verbal negation in French: Evidence from colloquial Parisian French!
  1. August 10, 2018
    The media attention for ‘Borrowing: Loanwords in the Speech Community and in the Grammar’ continues! Catch Shana's lunchtime interview with Rita Celli on Ontario Today at https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/ontario-today/episode/15573161.
  1. June 29 to July 13, 2018
    The lab is thrilled to be part of the Destination Clic program this summer! Salvio is teaching Introduction to Linguistics courses to two groups of minority francophone students from across Canada. Subjects include phonetics, syntax, semantics, history of the French language, and — of course! — various sociolinguistics topics.
  1. June 29, 2018
    Basile's talk at AFLS won third place Best Student Paper! Go Basile!
  1. June 29, 2018
    Basile is currently in Toulouse, France for the 2018 meeting of the AFLS. Today, he will be presenting "Un mode verbal toujours ‘à la mode'? Une étude diachronique de l'expression variable du subjonctif en français acadien".
  1. June 28, 2018
    Shana is presenting "Spreading the word: Making research on multilingualism relevant to stakeholders" to the members of the "Emerging Grammars" project team in Potsdam, Germany.
  1. June 25, 2018
    Shana is in Potsdam this week in her role as Mercator Professor for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft-funded project "Emerging Grammars" (P.I.: Heike Wiese, Universität Potsdam).
  1. June 19, 2018
    Today is the day Shana presents "Nonstandard speech: Marginal or mainstream?" for Universität Kiel's Annual Kieler-Woche Lecture series, in Kiel, Germany. Good luck, Shana!
  1. June 16, 2018
    We are extremely proud of Martin Elsig for the successful defence of his "Habilitation", the highest university-issued qualification, and the final step towards a full professorship in Germany.
  1. June 1, 2018
    Hot off the presses! You can now pick up a copy of de Gruyter's Manual of Romance Sociolinguistics, featuring our chapter on subjunctive variability in French, Italian and Spanish.
  1. June 1, 2018
    Congratulations to former labite Lauren Zentz on her recent promotion! Lauren, who became Assistant Professor at the University of Houston in 2012, has now earned the rank of Associate Professor and has been granted tenure.
  1. May 30, 2018

    This year's CLA conference was held at the University of Regina (May 30-June 1). Basile Roussel's talk, "Pouvez-vous répéter la question? Une étude variationniste des interrogatives totales en français acadien", included a comparison with Martin and Shana's study of the same variable in 19th and 20th century Laurentian French.

    uOttawa sociolinguistics was also represented by Laura, Stephen and Mélissa's talk "Sisters under the skin? Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in three varieties of French".

  1. May 28, 2018

    This year's iteration of the Discourse Pragmatic Variation and Change conference (DiPVaC4) was held in Helsinki, Finland from May 28 to 30.

    Stephen Levey, Salvatore Digesto, Mélissa Chiasson-Léger, Ariane Dei Tos Cardenuto and Sarah Lefebvre presented "Putting the Romance back into reported speech: Evidence from Quebec French, Acadian French, Brazilian Portuguese and Italian".

  1. May 26, 2018
    Shana, Nath and Lauren (in absentia) are presenting at the colloquium "A-t-on encore peur des anglicismes?" in Sherbrooke. Will they succeed in convincing the audience that there's no need to fear language mixing?
  1. May 24, 2018
    Mélissa and Basile took part in the 7th edition of the "Les français d'ici" colloquium which was held in Montreal from May 23-25. Their presentation was titled "Le futur d'hier à aujourd'hui: Une etude diachronique de la reference temporelle au futur en français acadien."
  1. May 1, 2018
    The YouTube video promoting our research on language mixing now has more than 2000 views on YouTube! And the CBC Ottawa News writeup is still going strong at 2700 shares.
  1. April 30, 2018
    Jean-Benoît Nadeau has published an editorial in Le Devoir entitled "La fausse menace" where he discusses Shana's research on borrowing. It has not gone unnoticed by the readers, who quickly turned the comments section to offer their reactions.
  1. April 26, 2018

    The lab presented two talks at the 48th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 48), held at York University from April 25-28:

    • Inherent variability in grammar and speech (Shana & Nath)
    • The future between past and present: A longitudinal analysis of future temporal reference in Acadian French (Mélissa & Basile)
  1. April 13, 2018
    Today, Shana is speaking to the students enrolled in Barbara Bullock and Jacqueline Toribio's seminar on code-switching and borrowing at the University of Texas at Austin. She will be relaying the preliminary results of our analyses of the public reaction to the media coverage of our research on language mixing.
  1. April 12, 2018
    Shana is in sunny Austin today. She was invited to give a talk as part of the French and Italian Graduate Students Organization (FIGSO) Lecture Series. She will be presenting "Do teachers matter? The competing roles of community and school in the spread of vernacular French".
  1. March 1, 2018
    The final tally after the whirlwind that was the uOttawa media campaign promoting our research on language mixing: 21 radio interviews broadcast from coast to coast and abroad, at BBC World and Radio-Canada International) and 23 articles which have been picked up and reprinted at least 47 times in other outlets!
  1. February 14, 2018
  1. January 22, 2018

    Check out Shana's interview during the "La hiérarchisation des accents" segment on Radio Canada's "L'heure de pointe" show today!

  1. January 9, 2018

    Another session begins! The first class of LIN7342 — Sociolinguistics II: Bilingual Borrowing happens today from 1:00-4:00 in HMN 420.

  1. December 28, 2017

    Congratulations to Ryan for successfully completing his Sociolinguistics comprehensive examination paper (“Future temporal reference in 17th-century French: A variationist analysis of dialect change”)!

  1. December 6, 2017

    Coming soon! Our hugely collaborative Pan-Romance study of the subjunctive has gone into production!

    Poplack, Shana, Torres Cacoullos, Rena, Dion, Nathalie, Berlinck, Rosane de Andrade, Digesto, Salvatore, Lacasse, Dora & Steuck, Jonathan. In press. Variation and grammaticalization in Romance: A cross-linguistic study of the subjunctive. In Ayres-Bennett, Wendy & Carruthers, Janice (eds.), Handbook in Romance Sociolinguistics. De Gruyter.

  1. December 4, 2017

    Congratulations to Shana who has received an honorary doctorate from University College Dublin!

  1. November 23, 2017

    Now available!
    Poplack, Shana. 2017. L'anglicisme chez nous : une perspective sociolinguistique. In Recueil des actes du Colloque du réseau des Organismes francophones de politique et d'aménagement linguistiques (OPALE). Les anglicismes : des emprunts à intérêt variable?, Québec, 18 et 19 octobre 2016. Montréal: Publications de l'Office québécois de la langue française. 375-403.

  1. November 21, 2017

    Check out François Grosjean's interview with Shana in the Psychology Today blog, "Life as a bilingual" about her new book, Borrowing.

  1. November 4, 2017

    Best of luck to Laura Kastronic, who is giving a talk at NWAV46 in Madison, Wisconsin today. Her talk is entitled: "Going back to the source: A diachronic comparison of the expression of necessity in two varieties of French".

  1. November 1, 2017

    Suzanne is invited to Vancouver to address youth leaders and school board executives on the subject of minority-language ideology during the first edition of Forum Fusion, an initiative of the Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique.

  1. October 31, 2017

    Hot off the presses! Shana's book, Borrowing: Loanwords in the Speech Community and in the Grammar is now available!

  1. October 16, 2017

    Join us for the Sociolinguistics Research Group (SRG) meeting today at 4:00 in Hamelin 420. In this meeting, Ryan will present research he and Myriam Dali carried out on future temporal reference in Parisian French, and Basile will share the results of a real-time study of the same variable in Acadian French.

  1. September 14, 2017

    The Lab is represented in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics (62:3) with the publication of Basile's review of "La francophonie en Acadie: Dynamiques sociales et langagières. Textes en hommage à Louise Péronnet" (2014. Arrighi, L. & LeBlanc, M. (eds.). Sudbury: Prise de parole).

  1. September 13, 2017

    Congratulations to Ryan for winning the André Lapierre Scholarship! This $1,500 annual scholarship is awarded to a deserving graduate student who specializes in sociolinguistics and is working on one of Canada's official languages (ideally French).

  1. September 6, 2017

    Shana and Nath are at SUNY Albany today for the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department's Seminar series to present of some of their joint work on code-switching and borrowing.

  1. September 1, 2017

    Congratulations to Laura on her new position as Assistant Professor at the Department of French Studies, University of Toronto!

  1. August 16, 2017

    uOttawa President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont and VP Academic and Provost David Graham are visiting the Lab this afternoon. Welcome!

  1. July 26, 2017

    Basile is awarded the O'Brien Foundation Fellowship, presented by the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, the Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau. Way to go, Basile!

  1. July 6, 2017

    Suzanne creates and leads an interactive workshop on accent and linguistic security for BC francophone youth during the pep rally prior to the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne in Moncton.

  1. June 28, 2017

    We're thinking of Shana today as she delivers the biannual Schultink Lecture at the LOT Summer School, held at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Her lecture is entitled "Telling tales in and out of school: Prescriptive dictates meet community norms in vernacular entrenchment and spread".

  1. June 26, 2017

    Shana is giving a week-long course at the 2017 LOT Summer School at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Check out the description for her class, "Language contact in the speech community: a variationist perspective on borrowing, code-switching and convergence."

  1. June 19, 2017

    Today's the big day! Laura receives her Ph.D. diploma at the uOttawa convocation ceremony. We celebrate with her and her family at the Lab afterwards. Congrats, Laura!

  1. June 14, 2017

    The Lab welcomes special visitors today! David Graham (uOttawa VP Academic and Provost), Sylvain Charbonneau (Interim VP Research), Terry Campbell (Executive Director of Research Operations and Strategies) and Kevin Kee (Dean of Faculty of Arts) come to meet the Labites and learn about ongoing research projects.

  1. May 26, 2017

    It's been a busy few days for Suzanne! She gave the plenary address for the opening ceremonies of the “French for the Future” Local Forum during the 20e Festival de la francophonie de Victoria and was interviewed by Marie Villeneuve (Radio-Canada) during a special festival-centric edition of the radio program Le phare de l'ouest. She also gave a community lecture to the members of the Association des gens retraités et aînés francophones et francophiles de Victoria (AGRAFF) on the influence of English on French in minority-language communities.

  1. May 18, 2017

    High school students participating in the Destination Réussite program visited the Lab today to attend a workshop on variationist sociolinguistics led by Salvio.

  1. April 28, 2017

    Check out Shana's take on Trump's tweets from a linguistic perspective. Tremendous!

  1. April 27, 2017

    Shana is awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant for her project “Driving and impeding change: The competing roles of school, community and ideology.” Congratulations!

  1. April 21, 2017

    Basile is selected as a linguistics expert for both the Professor-Ambassador program and the Destination Réussite program, both of which provide linguistics instruction to high school students.

  1. March 31, 2017

    The president of the LSA, Brian Joseph (The Ohio State University), joins us at the Lab for a lunch-and-learn session. The meeting will be followed by a departmental colloquium entitled “The Greek of Southern Albania: Sociological, Dialectological, and Contact-related Perspectives.”

  1. March 22, 2017

    Suzanne is making the rounds! She presented original research at the University of Victoria Department of Linguistics Colloquium Series (“The underlying structure of a (speech) community: francophones in Victoria”), and visited the SFU French Department to give a colloquium talk entitled “Histoire, enjeux, et variation sociolinguistique dans la communauté francophone de Victoria” as part of the conference series Le printemps de la francophonie 2017. Post-talk interview: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/phare_ouest/2015-2016/archives.asp?date=2017-03-22

  1. March 21, 2017

    Basile visits the French Department at Carleton University to give a colloquium talk entitled “Démystifier la structure sous-jacente du français en milieu minoritaire: une approche variationniste.”

  1. March 11, 2017

    Suzanne participates in a round-table discussion on francophone identity on the Radio-Canada program “Les samedis du monde : les 4 provinces de l'ouest.” Audio of the interview is available.

  1. February 16, 2017

    Shana concludes at Wellsprings in Australia with a “wild” talk on contact-induced change! Find the abstract in the forum program.

  1. February 14, 2017

    Shana continues her Australian tour with the first of two dialogue sessions during the Forum Dialogue of the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity Project at Australian National University (Brisbane). Dialogue program

  1. February 10, 2017

    Shana is giving a Master Class on the variationist approach to language contact phenomena at the University of Queensland in Australia.

  1. February 8, 2017

    Shana gives the plenary address at CoEDL Fest (Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language) today on “Form-function (a)symmetry and the pursuit of categoricity” in Sunshine Coast, Australia. Abstract here: http://members.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/coedl-fest-2017/program/variationist-presentations/

  1. January 27, 2017

    Check it out! Shana submits her long-anticipated book Borrowing for publication.

  1. January 22, 2017

    Shana and other invited speakers participate in a workshop on the effects of prescriptivism and language history hosted by the Centre for Linguistics at Universiteit Leiden. More information here: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/events/2016/01/effects-of-prescriptivism-in-language-history

  1. January 14, 2017

    Suzanne takes the place of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and addresses participants of the Parlement jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique at the Legislative Buildings in Victoria, BC. An interview afterwards was televised on Radio-Canada: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1010961/la-securite-linguistique-discutee-au-parlement-jeunesse-francophone

  1. November 26, 2016

    Salvio gives a plenary talk at the Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, entitled “Unveiling the future: The case of Italian”.