News Release

REF NO.: 63

SUBJECT: Memorial Universtiy conference to discuss globalization, local identity and language

DATE: October 30, 2009

Memorial's Linguistics Department plays host to the annual conference of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association, Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. The conference, in its 33rd year, features over 30 papers on a wide range of language-related topics. Many focus on the conference theme of the effects of globalization on local languages and dialects, as well as on the languages of eastern Canada. All daytime talks take place in Memorial University’s Business Administration building.
A highlight of the conference will be an evening keynote address by
Dr. Sylvie Dubois, of Louisiana State University, titled Distinctive Paths of Linguistic Resistance: The Case of Cajun Vernacular English and Creole African-American Vernacular English. Louisiana’s Cajun community has in a couple of generations moved from dependence on the fishery and other rural industries to a focus on cultural tourism and the oil and gas industry. Cajuns’ responses to these social and economic changes may be particularly resonant for a local audience. Dr. Dubois’ talk will be in room AA-1043 in the Arts building, on Friday Nov. 6, from 7-8 p.m. A reception and cash bar will follow. 
The entire conference is open to all members of the university community, as well as the public. Further information, including a complete program, is available from the conference website at www.mun.ca/linguistics/APLA2009/.

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