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.
“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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