York U symposium to celebrate Canada’s linguistic heritage


Toronto, Nov. 21, 2012 – Canadian English, along with its history, social and regional patterns will be the focus of a symposium Nov. 23 at York University.
Canadian English: Linguistic Variation in Space and Time will bring together York faculty and graduate students, as well as scholars from across the country, to explore how Canada has become a nation of many voices. It will also mark the opening of the Canadian Language Museum exhibit Canadian, eh? on York’s Keele campus, a display that focuses on Canadians' distinctive use of English and the influence of French and Aboriginal languages.

Highlights include:
“Canadian English Then and Now”, with keynote speaker and renowned Canadian linguist Jack Chambers (9:50am)
“Regional Differentiation in Canadian Raising in Canadian Hip Hop Lyrics” with York graduate student Jessica Spieker (11:20am)
“Contact in the City: Phonetic Variation and Ethnic Orientation in Toronto” with York professors Michol Hoffman and James Walker (1:30pm)
“Eh! A Short History of its Social and Discourse-Pragmatic Functions in Canadian English” with University of Toronto graduate student Derek Denis (2:20pm)

What: “Canadian English: Linguistic Variation in Space and Time” symposium
When: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
Where: 203 Ross Building South, Keele Campus, York University (see map). Presentations run from 9:30am to 4pm.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University.

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