33rd Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association

November 6-7, 2009
St. John's, NL

  • APLA 33 program (pdf), updated November 2, 2009
  • APLA 33 essential reminders
  • Events in St. John's for November 6-8, 2009
  • Restaurant guide (pdf, Word)

Special Theme: The Effects of Globalization on Local Languages and Dialects

APLA 33 explores the effects of globalization on local languages and dialects, a theme of particular importance to the Atlantic region's English and French dialects and Aboriginal languages. Regional English and French dialects and Aboriginal languages embody an intellectual wealth which is at the heart of distinctive expressions of creativity, art, music, and individuality. Yet, as a consequence of globalization, local languages and dialects are being spoken in an increasingly restricted number of domains and are experiencing language shift from the local language or dialect to the matrix language (standard English or French). Globalization thus poses ongoing challenges, ranging from documenting and preserving local varieties (which may be primarily oral), to preparing speakers of local languages and dialects to participate in a global context while maintaining their local identities.

Keynote speaker

Sylvie Dubois, Louisiana State University