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Welcome to another exciting year in the Language Research Centre! 

Upcoming Events

Speaker Series

The LRC speaker series for 2014/2015 has now finished for the year. We had two very engaging and stimulating series: “Language of Literature” focused on the ties between language and literature, and “Language Acquisition and Learning” focused on methodological issues in language acquisition research.  Lectures were held on Fridays from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. in the Language Research Centre (CHD420). Thanks to everyone who came out to hear the speakers and we look forward to another great series next year! 


Annual Student Poster Symposium

The LRC’s annual poster symposium is back! The goal of the event is to provide 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. Abstracts are due on March 20. The event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00pm on April 30, 2015. 

We encourage students who work on any aspect of Language or Languages to submit an abstract. Email and watch the LRC website for more information. 

2015 Participants

JeongEun Lee


Is the Dutch gender system a genuine gender system?

Jinghang Zhou


Pedagogical codeswitching: An inquiry into the language practices of two bilingual mathematics teachers in local Mandarin-English bilingual programs

Vibha Kaushik

Social Work

Social Integration of Immigrants within the Linguistically Diverse Workplace: A Systematic Review

David Sidhu


A rose going by the name Molly may seem sweeter

Philothe Kabasele


Wh-questions in Bantu languages: The case of Kinshasa Lingala

Philothe Kabasele


Vowel sound change: the case of near-merger in Kinshasa Lingala

Anja Dressler

Linguistics and Language

Rhythmic Apocope Perception by L1 and L2 German Speakers

Una Chow


Intonation transfer from Mandarin to a second language

Alison Heard


Lifestyles of the rich and semantic: Identifying the semantic dimensions that drive verb identification

Simona Kopnická


Fluency and the role of training in second language German


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].

Extending the reach of the Counselling Service for Parents of Bilingual Children

In 2011, Jürgen Meisel (LRC Distinguished Fellow), supported by Rahat Naqvi (Werklund School of Education), established the LRC’s Counselling Service for Parents of Bilingual Children. The goal of the online service is to provide advice to parents who are making choices regarding the languages to which they will expose their children. Because the target audience of the service includes newcomers to Calgary who may not speak English, the LRC determined that it should work to have the site translated into Calgary’s most widely spoken immigrant languages. Thanks to money received from the Office of the Provost in 2013, we were able to have the site translated into the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Please visit the site (see link in the left panel) and encourage others to share it with parents who are making decisions about the languages to which they will expose their children.

Research Groups

Cercle Benveniste

Le Cercle Benveniste est un club informel de linguistique. Il se veut un forum de discussion où toute personne s’intéressant à la linguistique peut venir échanger et débattre, informellement et en français, des questions relatives aux sciences du langage. Il s’agit, en quelque sorte, d’une école péripatéticienne où les participants vont – justement et à l’instar d’Émile Benveniste – se promener dans les différents recoins de la discipline et en interroger les zones d’ombre, les aprioris, les impasses ; bref, explorer différents aspects du langage, à la recherche de Problèmes de linguistique générale.

Les participants au Cercle sont donc invités à y apporter des questions, des lectures de livres, d’articles ou de journaux d’actualité et autres sujets à palabrer dans une ambiance décontractée.

Le Cercle se réunira deux fois par mois (voir calendrier).

Lieu: LRC CHD 412, Vendredi, 14h-15h

LRC Working Group in Translation and Translation Studies

Referring to translation, Eugene Nida wrote that “successful translating involves one of the most complex intellectual challenges known to mankind.”  Modern translation studies encompasses numerous fields, including linguistics, comparative literature, literary studies, cultural studies, and creative writing. It is also a critical aspect of knowledge and knowledge transfer in most fields taught at the university. Open to faculty, graduate students, staff, and active translators, the working group proposes to meet several times each semester in the Language Research Centre to discuss readings, translation projects, and the place of translation in other research. If you are interested in participating, please email Dr. Jean-Jacques Poucel ( 

Psycholinguistics Lab Group

The goal of our Pyscholinguistics Lab Group is to explore cutting edge laboratory-based research exploring how human beings process language. The group is open to anyone who is interested in experimental, lab-based research on language. This semester the group will meet from 11:00 until 12:00 in the Laboratory for Interactive Psycholinguistics (CHD 506). See the calendar here. 

For more information, please contact Johannes Knaus ( 

CEFR Examinations

German CEFR examinations at the A2, B1, and C1 levels will be held on Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Please fill in the registration form and send it, along with payment, to by April 23, 2015. Contact if you have any questions.

French CEFR (DELF / DALF) examinations are offered by the French Centre. They will be offered in June 2014: A2 June 5, B2 June 4 and C2 June 2. 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: