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Lecture Series 2017-18

Friday, September 29                                                                     


CHD 420                                  

Rüdiger Singer (University of Minnesota): Private Eye Nick Knatterton; or, How the Germans Learned to Love the Speech Bubble

Tuesday, October 3

3:00 pm

CHD 419                             

Peter Siemund (University of Hamburg): From multilingualism to bilingualism: Singaporean students’ language repertoires and attitudes

Friday, October 13

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Jim Wood (Yale University): Extended Benefactives in Southern American English

Friday, October 20

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Angeliki Athanasopoulou (University of Calgary): The acquisition of prosody above the word level

Monday, October 30

2:00 pm

CHC 110

Jonathan Livernois (Université Laval): Les années 1970 au Québec: à la recherche d’un ancrage épistémologique commun  |  Seventies in Quebec: looking for an epistemological common ground

Friday, November 3

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Heidi Harley (University of Arizona): Invisible passivization

Friday, November 24

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Christina Yi (University of British Columbia): Colonizing language: Japanese-language Literature in Imperial Japan and Beyond

Friday, January 19, 2018

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Kim Potowski (University of Illinois at Chicago): Teaching Heritage Speakers: Pedagogical and Administrative Considerations

Friday, February 9, 2018

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University): Dante in North America

Friday, February 16, 2018

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Eyup Bacanli (University of Calgary): Non-Phonological Uses of Phonological Allomorphs in Turkic Languages

Friday, March 2, 2018

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Bonny Sands (Northern Arizona University): From Calgary to the Kalahari: An exploration of language diversity and endangerment

Friday, March 23, 2018

3:00 pm

CHD 420

Jamil Ragep (McGill University): Around the World in 800 Years: The Incredible Journey of Scientific Knowledge to and from Islamic Lands



Friday, November 17, 2017


Visual Lab    

Murray McGillivray, X. Jie Yang and Ken Brown (University of Calgary): Digital Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, January 26, 2017                                     


CHD 420                         

Anna Pletnyova and Mike Webster (University of Calgary): Using Learning Technologies to Enrich Language Teaching and Learning

Friday, February 2, 2018                                                          


CHD 420

Angela George (University of Calgary): Introduction to Differentiated Instruction in Second Languages

Tuesday, February 13, 2018            


CHD 420

Anna Pletnyova and Mike Webster (University of Calgary): Using Learning Technologies to Enrich Language Teaching and Learning

Friday, March 9, 2018


CHD 420

Gary Libben: Integrating Language Comprehension and Production in the Creation of Simple but Informative Experiments


Graduate Forum / LRC Annual Student Poster Symposium 2018
The Graduate Forum / LRC Poster Symposium is where graduate students from the Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Linguistics graduate programs will present their ongoing or completed research to students and faculty members at the University of Calgary. This year, the Graduate Forum was presented in conjunction with the Language Research Centre (LRC) Poster Symposium and featured 9 poster presentations by graduate and undergraduate students in SLLLC.


“I’d Like to Know More About...” workshop
Friday, November 10, 2017  |  9:30 a.m.  |  CHD 420

This workshop provides students, established researchers, and members of the LRC community with an introduction to new areas and practical tools for enabling research.



Work in Progress (WiP) Talks
Friday, September 22, 2017  |  3 p.m.  |  CHD 420
Presenters gave general overview of their individual research projects, an “elevator speech” version using the presentation method of the international 3MT (3-minute thesis) competitions.



Alberta Open Educational Resources Summit

The Alberta Open Educational Resources Summit took place at the University of Alberta on May 11, 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and was live-streamed at the University of Calgary in Craigie Hall E 106 and 110. 


LRC Annual Student Poster Symposium 2017 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm | Craigie Hall D, fourth floor

Thank you to all of the participants in the Annual Student Poster Symposium for making this such a successful event! Thank you also to the guests and LRC community members who came out to support these students.

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. 


Mohammad Alsamaani             The Adaptation of Arabic to Swahili: The Voice-Onset Time Dimension
Una Y. Chow                            An Investigation of Blackfoot Pitch Accents Using Six Eliciting Methods
Adam Daniel                            The Role of Morphology in Japanese Clipping
Heans Keeler                           Lateralization in Puerto Rico and Equatorial Guinea
Allison E. Wade                       Cultural Christianity: The Russian Orthodox Church in Contemporary Russia

The poster symposium showcases the outcomes of original student research in cultural studies, linguistics and literary studies and will be accompanied by a reception.



Lecture Series 2016-17

Language of Literature Series

January 13, 2017                           
Martin Wagner and Anthony Wall, University of Calgary                             Enlightened Aesthetic Theory in German and France: The Case of the Ancient Laocoon Statue
September 30, 2016         Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia        The Art of Ingenuity: A Brief History of the Chinese Swindle Story


Language Acquisition and Learning Series

March 31, 2017                          
Katherine Mueller, University of Calgary                        
Intensive French in the classroom: An application of the Neurolinguistic Approach  
March 24, 2017                                                                           
Ana T. Pérez-Leroux, University of Toronto                                                                                                         Productivity, directionality and proficiency: Exploring L2 speakers' difficulties with recursive NPs                                                                                          

November 4, 2016                   

Michael Dabrowski, University of Calgary                      

From Creator to Curator: Teaching Language in the 21st Century                      

October 28, 2016                                               

Peter Wood, University of Saskatchewan                                                       

The effects of computer-assisted extensive reading on L2 vocabulary acquisition.  A meta analysis                                      

The LRC "I'd Like to Know More About ..." Workshop

Thursday, November 10, 2016  |  9:00 am - 2:30 pm |  CH D 420


Annual Student Poster Symposium - April 29, 2016

Thank you to all of the participants in the Annual Student Poster Symposium for making this such a successful event! Thank you also to the guests and LRC community members who came out to support these students.

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. 

Adam Daniel


Language contact and transmission in the Welsh language

Elias Abdollahnejad


Competing grammars in language acquisition 

Jennifer MacDonald

Werklund School of Education

Mapping language: Meanings of "Wilderness" 

Lindsay Hracs


Second language acquisition and language contact: The relationship between synchronic and diachronic processes

Martin Lisanik


Working memory effects in English-German bilinguals

Mohammad Alsamaani


Arabic by non-Arabs: The case of Gulf pidgin Arabic

Philothe Kabasele


Testing the matrix by Dulay and Burt(1974) on the order of grammatical morpheme acquisition for L3 learners of English

Cultural variation and gender as depicted in compliments

Ritika Chauhan

Communication, Media and Film

Can discourses be effectively communicated to propel scientific outcomes and dismiss public skepticism?: A special focus on BT-Brinjal (eggplant) case

Salma Alqahtani


The acquisition of number in Saudi Arabic

Simona Kopnicka


Fluency and the role of training in second language German

Sonam Thind


Echoic Reduplication in Malwai Punjabi

Stephanie Reyes


A Lewisian account of de se attitudes

Svitlana Winters


Psycholinguistic Experiments in Ukrainian Blending


Speaker Series 2015-2016

Language of Literature

March 11              

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

September 30

Christopher Rea (Asian Studies,  University of British Columbia):The Art of Ingenuity: A Brief History of the Chinese Swindle Story

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

*12:00pm in CHD 419

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


Workshop on Corpus Linguistics

Monday, October 26, 2015
2:00 - 5:00pm  |   EDT 450 (University of Calgary)

Please register here:

Corpus Linguistics: An overview of methods, research findings and applications
This session will combine lectures and workshops to provide an introduction to corpus analysis for linguistic research and language teaching. We will begin by introducing corpus linguistics as a research approach, providing case studies that illustrate the unexpected research findings that have emerged from corpus analyses, and discussing how those unexpected findings might directly influence practices in language instruction. We will then discuss case studies that have investigated particular linguistic research questions, showing again how corpus research often leads to unanticipated findings (related, for example, to the kinds of grammatical complexity found in conversation versus academic writing, or the kinds of phraseological chunks found in the professional writing of L1-English versus L2-English academics). Finally, we will provide the opportunity for hands-on practice working with corpora and corpus-analysis tools available for research and classroom applications. The workshop will provide ample opportunity for audience participation and questions.


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



Speaker Series 2014-2015

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! 


Speaker Series Winter 2015

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" 

Speaker Series Fall 2014

Language Acquisition and Learning

Language of Literature

October 17: Suzanne Curtin (Department of Psychology and Linguistics, Languages and Cultures) & Susanne Carroll (Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures):

“What we learn about language acquisition from the way people acquire sound systems vs. grammar”

September 26: Jean-Jacques Poucel (Department of French, Italian and Spanish):

“Horizons of the Real: Littéralité, Elegy and Propositoinal Poetics”

November 14: Robert Bayley (University of California Davis):


“Frequency and Morphosyntatic  variation: Evidence from US and peninsular Spanish”

October 31: Dr. Christian Reyns-Chikuma (University of Alberta):

“Playing with the m/paternity rights in And Tango Makes Three and its "translation" Tango a deux papas et pourquoi pas?


December 5: Yvan Rose (Memorial University):

“Phonetic Effects on the Development of Phonological Categories: A Case Study”

Monday, November 17 : Dr. Lucas Klein (University of Hong Kong):

"Here's Looking at Yu: Chinese Silences and the trope of China in contemporary American poetry"

Please note the time change to 3:30pm

"I'd like to know more about...?" Workshop - November 10, 2014

On Monday, November 10 (Reading Day) we hosted our fourth annual “I’d like to know more about …” workshop. Three researchers presented on the following topics: 

-Johannes Knaus (Open Sesame, an open-source application for designing psycholinguistic studies)

-Joel Dunham (LingSync, a suite of open-source web-based tools for collaborative linguistic fieldwork and                                                                 documentation)

-Dennis Storoshenko (LaTeX, a free typesetting system with customized modules for formatting linguistic data and diagrams)

CEFR Roundtable Discussion

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.



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.

CIHR Science Cafe "Overcoming Language Barriers to Healthcare"

On Thursday, January 31, 2013, we held a CIHR sponsored Science Cafe entitled “Overcoming Language Barriers to Healthcare”. Photos and the poster for this event can be found here.

*See the hompage for a summary of the 2014 CIHR Science Cafe: "Is language learning for everyone?"

German CEFR exams

The Language Research Centre is an official Goethe Institute CEFR Testing Centre. We offered the B1 exam on May 2, 2013.  For more specific information about the test, including sample tests, see the Goethe Institute's website.  For further questions, contact

Graduate student poster
Graduate students from across campus working on language acquisition and its implications took part in our annual graduate student poster symposium on May 2, 2013. Abstracts can be found here.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism (IAM 2013) Conference

This SSHRC-funded conference took place August 15-17, 2013 and explored the connections among researchers and practitioners investigating language acquisition and learning. Read about it in UToday.

"I'd like to know more about..." workshop
On Tuesday, November 12 three LRC researchers introduced workshop participants to their research. This workshop was free and open to the public. Researchers and topics were as follows.    
     Roswita Dressler: Linguistic Landscape

     Steve Winters: Statistics for language research
     Wei Cai: Listening in a second language