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Welcome to another exciting year in the Language Research Centre! 

Upcoming Events

Speaker Series

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. Most lectures will be held on Fridays from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. in the Language Research Centre (CHD420). Please note any exceptional dates on the schedule. 

Language Acquisition and Learning

Language of Literature

February 6: Sophia Van Hees (University of Calgary)

"Mapping the brain mechanisms of naming treatment post-stroke"

Wednesday, January 28: Justine Huet (Mount Royal University)

"Bloody shitcakes!" Chavs are overtaking Québécois schools. The Québécois dubbing of Bromwell High” 

February 13: Ines Martin (Penn State)

"L2 pronunciation training boosts the acquisition of L2 grammar among classroom learners"

**Please note the time change to 1:00pm AND room change to CHE 106

Wednesday, March 4: Christian Bök (University of Calgary)

"Colony Collapse Disorder: A translation of 'The Georgics (Book IV)' by Virgil"

February 27: Peter Siemund (Universität Hamburg)

"How multilingual are Singaporeans really? A sociolinguistic analysis of multilingualism amongst university and polytechnic students in Singapore."

Tuesday, March 17: Russell Valentino (Indiana University)

"The nexus of translation: Foreign language, creative writing, and the teaching of literature"

March 13: Enrica Piccardo (OISE, University of Toronto)

"A social agent navigating complexity: Challenges and opportunities of language education" 

March 27: Sonia Thon (Acadia University)

"Linguistics and literature: A path to critical discourse analysis"

April 10: David Barner (University of California, San Diego)

"Natural language and number" 

Mark the date!

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Roundtable Discussion

Please join us on Friday, March 13 from 12:00 to 1:00pm in CHD 420 for lunch and a roundtable discussion on the CEFR with Enrica Piccardo, one of Canada’s foremost scholars working on the CEFR. Details will follow.


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. 


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 ( 

LRC Visioning Session 

Establishing a Vision for the Future of the LRC

The 2013-2014 academic year saw a great deal of introspective work on the role of Language and languages at the University of Calgary and beyond. The Task Force on the Status of Languages in the Faculty of Arts completed its report, which highlights the work of students, classroom practitioners and researchers who are doing innovative and often highly collaborative research in and on languages at the University of Calgary. Based on a series of surveys and comparative data, the report makes sixteen high-level recommendations regarding the role of languages in the realization of a number of the University’s goals. These include a focus on research, academic excellence, internationalization, and connection with the community. Richard Sigurdson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, will officially respond to these recommendations in the coming months.

Establishing a concrete vision for the LRC involves the participation of its members. On April 15, 2014, Sarah Eaton, LRC Research Associate and an expert in strategic visioning, led highly
engaged LRC stakeholders through the process of establishing realizable goals for the Centre. Among internal stakeholders were representatives from the Departments of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures; French, Italian and Spanish; Psychology; and English, as well as from the Faculty of Education.  Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, sessional instructors and adjunct professors as well as professors and researchers from across the ranks took part in the exercise. Among the external stakeholders, representatives from the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Separate School Board, Alberta Health Services, the Calgary Public Library, the University of Lethbridge, and Mount Royal University joined in the discussion. Based on the strategic visioning exercise, the LRC Steering Committee created a new three-year plan for the LRC, which can be found here . We look forward to your comments.

CEFR Examinations

German CEFR examinations are offered by the LRC in the Winter term. Registration forms will be available at the links provided here and payment is due one week before the exam. Please contact if you have any questions, and watch this section for more information to come.

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: