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Welcome Back! 

Happy New Year! We hope that you had the opportunity to recharge over the holidays and to prepare for all that lies ahead. This new semester will again be a full one in the LRC! Watch this space for more information on our speaker series, research groups, and special events.

The LRC will offer two speaker series again this year.

“Language of Literature” will focus on the ties between language and literature, and “Language Acquisition and Learning” will focus on methodological issues in language acquisition research.

Lectures will be held on Fridays from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. in the Language Research Centre (CHD420). We look forward to seeing you there!

Language of Literature

March 11

Josias Semujanga (Départment des littératures de langue française, Université de Montréal):"When fiction becomes testimony of Genocide"

Language Acquisition and Learning

February 26

Murray Munro (Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University): "The multi-dimensional nature of L2 pronunciation: Implications for research and pedagogy"

April 8

Asmaa Shehata (Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures, University of Calgary): "The lexical encoding of novel phonological features"

Upcoming Events

Annual Student Poster Symposium on April 29 (1:00-3:00 pm)

The LRC’s annual student poster symposium is back! The goal of the event is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to present and get feedback on their research on Language or languages (including the connection between language and literature / culture) in a multidisciplinary setting. Please encourage all students—graduate and undergraduate—who have done original research to submit an abstract along with this form by March 18. Email  for more information.

CEFR Examinations

German CEFR examinations at the A2, B1, and C1 levels are offered by the Language Research Centre. More information and exam dates will be posted here. 

French CEFR (DELF / DALF) examinations are offered by the French Centre. For more information see:

Chinese HSK examinations are offered by the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures. For dates and other information, please visit:

Spanish CEFR (DELE) exams are offered by the Aula Cervantes. You can find more information here:


The LRC and the Calgary Persian Library: A New Partnership

We would like to welcome the Calgary Persian Library (CPL) to the LRC. An outgrowth of the Iranian of the Iranian Graduate Student Association, the CPL houses over 850 books, hosts regular readings, and welcome authors and scholars. The Library is in Craigie Hall D401A, and its office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 1:00 pm and from 6:00 until 7:00 pm. We look forward to collaborating with the CPL!

Working Group in Translation Studies

The group will be working together with the International Translators and Interpreters Foundation to offer the following events, all of which will take place in the LRC.
January 19, 2016      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  Introduction to Translation Seminar
January 21, 2016      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   Introduction to Interpretation Seminar
February 16, 2016     6:00 pm – 9:00 pm   Improving English Phonetics for ESLInterpreters
For more information about the Working Group Translation Studies, please contact Isabell Woelfel (

Psycholinguistics Lab Group

The goals of the Psycholinguistics Lab Group are to gain a deeper understanding of current psycholinguistic research and to inform future work. We are especially interested in research involving adult native speakers and second language learners. The group, which consists of graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and other interested researchers, meets every second Friday at 2:00 pm in the Laboratory for Interactive Psycholinguistics (Craigie Hall D506). Please plan to join us for our first meeting on Friday, January 29 at 2:00 pm. Contact if you would like to know more.

The Cercle Benveniste (Season 4)

The Cercle Benveniste is back this Fall for its fourth season. For those new to the University of Calgary academic community and do not know what it’s about, the Cercle Benveniste started in 2013 as an informal linguistics club. It’s now a research group that hosts a forum of discussion, open to anyone (colleagues as well as students) interested in linguistics; all can come, brainstorm, debate and exchange ideas about any aspect, subject or topic related to language science. The language of the meetings is French.

This semester’s meetings will take place the following Fridays at 2:00 pm: January 15, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 11, March 25, April 08, 2016. Contact Ozouf Amedegnato ( for more information.


Status of Languages in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary

We are pleased to report that the Faculty of Arts Council approved the Report of the Task Force on the Status of Languages entitled Learning Languages to Embrace, Comprehend and Contribute to Our World on April 8, 2015. We would like to thank the members of the Task Force as well as everyone who contributed to the Report.

[find the report here].