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REF NO.: 29

SUBJECT: Linguistics conference to be held at Memorial University

DATE: Nov. 1

Memorial University's Linguistics department will be hosting the 26th annual conference of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association Nov. 8-10 in St. John's. The conference features over 40 papers on a wide range of language-related topics. Many focus on the conference theme of linguistics and literacy (in particular, child reading difficulties and literacy in aboriginal communities), as well as on the languages of eastern Canada.

All sessions will take place in the Business Administration building, with the exception of the Murray Kinloch Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Rebecca Treiman, Washington University in St Louis, which will take place in the Arts Annex, room AA-1046, on Friday Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The afternoon of Saturday Nov. 9 (3 p.m.) features a panel on community literacy, involving representatives of various community groups.

The 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 Web site at, via e-mail at, or by contacting the Linguistics Department at 737-8134.

The House Literacy Lecture was created through a generous donation by Dr. A. Maxwell House who at the time was the province's lieutenant-governor. The series was inaugurated in 1999 and aims to promote literacy and awareness of literacy issues in this province.

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