Language Latitudes Workshop

Join us at our upcoming workshop

Language Latitudes: Expanding Our Understanding of Language Attitudes

April 13-14, 2023 · 9:00-5:00 · Peña Room (301) @ UBC IKBLC

The Language Latitudes Workshop is an opportunity to engage with scholars interested in language attitudes and their social consequences. For this workshop, we focus on three specific themes: (1) social opportunities, (2) multilingualism, and (3) public voices. We will hear researchers present their up-and-coming work in these domains, and engage in group discussions on various topics related to the themes above, such as how to combat language biases and the effects of negative language attitudes.

The final session of the workshop is a working session with the goal of a large-scale collaborative project on language attitudes. As a result, we expect all attendees to join us for the full two days as our collective work will be most productive by active participation in all sessions.

Registration deadline: March 30, 2023

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Meet Our Invited Presenters

Marie-Eve Bouchard

University of British Columbia · Website

Marie-Eve Bouchard is an Assistant Professor of Sociolinguistics in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS). She holds a PhD degree from New York University, where she specialized in both sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. As an anthropologically oriented sociolinguist, she tends to enjoy the blurred space between these two fields. Her main research interests include language ideologies, language contact, language variation and change, and the intersections between language, identity, and power. In previous years, she investigated the emerging variety of Portuguese spoken in São Tomé and Príncipe. She is still interested in Santomean Portuguese, but her current research projects focus on the variety of French spoken in Vancouver.

Title of Presentation: The hierarchization of French varieties in an English-dominant context of Canada

Andrew Cheng

Simon Fraser University · Website

Andrew Cheng is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, where he works in the Language Learning and Development Lab on research pertaining to bilingual and multilingual child language acquisition and infant-directed speech. He is particularly interested in exploring attitudes toward heritage language maintenance and use and their correlates to sociolinguistic and sociophonetic issues in heritage languages.

Title of Presentation: Language attitudes and multilingual family language policies

Ethan Kutlu

University of Iowa · Website

Ethan is an NSF postdoctoral fellow and an incoming Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Iowa. He is  an experimental linguist. Ethan’s research focuses on how diverse language experience shapes speech perception in children and adults.

Title of Presentation: Socially-gated Speech Perception

Naomi Nagy

University of Toronto · Website

Naomi is a sociolinguistics professor at U Toronto. Her research analyzes language variation and change in linguistic contact contexts, currently examining how heritage languages are used in Toronto and how they change, generation by generation.

Title of Presentation: Linguistic attitudes and contact effects in Toronto’s heritage language communities

Kristin Snoddon

Toronto Metropolitan University · Website

Kristin Snoddon is an applied linguist and Associate Professor with the School of Early Childhood Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University. She is principal investigator for the project “The institutionalization of deaf interpreters in Canada,” funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant.

Title of Presentation: Sign Language Ideologies and Deaf Interpreters in Canada

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