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 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 28 2017

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

  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 31 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