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Dec 3 - Wor(l)d Cultures Buddy Fair

Date: Dec 3
Time: 1:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Founders Assembly Hall

Join us for a celebration of the first Wor(l)d Cultures Buddy Fair, representing links between international students at York/LA&PS and DLLL students.

The Wor(l)d Cultures Buddy Project is a peer-to-peer program that pairs international students with students registered in programs housed at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Come to see displays of the array of experiences these students have had this semester with their buddies, and how you can become involved. Refreshments will be served.


For more information, please contact

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Dec 3 - Brazilian Teachers of English and Critical Literacy as a Local Practice

(Ross S 562 unless otherwise noted)

- Clarissa Jordao (Univ. of Parana, Brazil, ), Tuesday, December 3, 3-4 More information

Scheduled talks for the Winter term:

1. Geoff Lawrence (York Univ., ), Monday, Jan. 27, 5:30-6:30
2. James Walker (York Univ.), Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:15-6:15
3. Veena Dwivedi (Brock Univ.), Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:15-6:15
4. Eric Matthieu (Univ. of Ottawa), Thursday, March 13, 5:15-6:15

November 22 - "The meaning of imperatives: a guided tour"

Nate Charlow (University of Toronto)
Thursday from 5:00-6:00 in Ross South 562

Part of the Lecture Series in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

November 29 - "How Television Producers Do Things With Words: Multimodal Analysis In and Of The Edit Room"

Rebecca Pardo (University of Pennsylvania)
Thursday from 5:00-6:00 in Ross South 562

Part of the Lecture Series in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Nov 12 ::: Congratulations to Professor John Picchione (Italian Studies) on the publication of a co-authored volume

A talk by author John Picchione (York University) and Luca Somigli (University of Toronto).
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:30pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto
Free admission
Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221


What notions revolve around the terms modernity and postmodernity, modernism and postmodernism? How useful are they? In a straightforward and concise fashion, this volume explores the philosophical, linguistic, and ideological orientations that distinguish these cultural models, together with their links to economic and technological transformations.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information please visit this website.

October 24: German Film Event: Schlafkrankeit/Sleeping Sickness.

Time: 2:30pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross Building)

more information

Oct. 17 ::: Zombies, Gender and World-Ecology: Ana Lydia Vega's and Mayra Montero's Feminist Eco-Gothic Narratives

Professor Kerstin Oloff, PhD        

 Thurs. Oct. 17, 12:30-2:30, Kaneff Tower (formerly York Research Tower) 626

Registering the impact of the ecological revolutions through which the capitalist world-system unfolded, the figure of the zombie sits at the fault lines of racial, class, gender and environmental violence. The classic zombie figure toiling on the plantation fields thus may be read as a cultural response to capitalism's development through the ruthless exploitation and commoditisation of labor and nature. Further, the figure of the white female zombie, a staple of the imperial imagination, registers on the level of what one might term the work's ecological unconscious the imbrications of nature-society relations. In their more recent texts from the last decade of the twentieth century, Ana Lydia Vega and Mayra Montero employ the female zombie figure to reflect on various forms of structural, environmental and symbolic violence and to formulate a critique of the imperial gothic. Their texts may thus be read to speak to, and perhaps help to bring together, eco-feminist and world-ecological strands of thought.

Kerstin Oloff is an Assistant Professor at Durham University. She is the co-editor of Perspectives on the Other America (Rodopi, 2009), and has published articles and interviews in edited collections and journals such as Green Letters, Revista Hispánica Moderna, LARR, and  La Habana elegante.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (DLLL), the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS), and the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR).


October 21::: Ask Me More About Brecht - Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge

Monday, 21 October 2013
2:30-3:30 pm
Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre
Centre for Film and Theatre
York University

In this engaging multimedia show, Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements (United Kingdom) perform excerpts from conversations between composer Hanns Eisler and Brecht scholar and archivist Hans Bunge.

Bunge's conversations with Eisler, until recently available only in German, have now been translated into English and offer the most authoritative and illuminating account of the collaboration and friendship between playwright Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler. Berendse and Clements illustrate their presentation with photographs from the period as well as musical samples, including original recordings of Eisler singing or playing piano while in conversation with Bunge. Offering insight into Eisler's life and oeuvre, the presentation also explores Eisler's and Brecht's time of exile in the USA, their encounter before the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Hollywood Elegies, Brecht's understanding of music, Brecht and Schoenberg, Eisler in the GDR and much more.

The event is organized by the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies in collaboration with the German Studies Program and the Department of Theatre at York.

For more information, click here.

May 6 - The Skies Were filled with Music on Music Monday and DLLL participated!

Music Monday 2013 was a resounding success that had thousands participating across Canada and the world! This exciting event – by making music, singing or watching the live webcast live of 14 musical arrangements and translations into 12 languages – can be seen on All is in support of the power of music—a universal language and one that inspires and celebrates creativity and collaboration and understanding across cultures, and that music and the arts are essential in today's world, along with other disciplines.

Dr. Maria Figueredo and Charlie Andrews

DLLL's Dr. Maria Figueredo, Spanish Program faculty member and Director of Undergraduate Programs-Languages and Literatures, translated the lyrics into Spanish. (View Spanish Lyrics), and Dr. Diana Spokiene, Coordinator of the German Studies Program, translated the lyrics into German (View German Lyics).

Joining in this nation-wide celebration* on May 6, 2013 of the Power of Music Education on Music Monday showcased music makers of all ages and backgrounds in schools and communities across Canada celebrate the galvanizing power of learning and appreciating music. Organized by Music Makes Us: Coalition for Music Education, *a national advocacy organization promoting quality music education for all young people since 1993 and the organization behind Music Monday, now in its 9th year, it featured the nation-wide simultaneous concert with Commander Hadfield live from the International Space Station.

At the same time across Canada (1 p.m. Eastern), musicians of all ages united to sing and play the official Music Monday song - *I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)** -*written by Commander Hadfield and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education and CBCMusic.


The live webcast of the Showcase Concert was broadcast by the Canadian Space Agency with a live link via NASA TV with Commander Hadfield on the International Space Station. Messages were offered in person during the event by Ontario Premier, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne; Doug Knight, President and Co-Chair of the Governor General Performing Arts Awards Foundation; Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS/The Juno Awards & MusiCounts; Graham Henderson, President, Music Canada; David Gueulette, President, Ontario Music Educators' Association; representatives from Long & McQuade, Yamaha Canada, and Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Ontario Science Centre.

Find out more at

Learn the music * - get free downloads of the lead sheet, 14 musical arrangements (choral and various instrumental) and song translations into 12 languages

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May 3-5 ::: Conference - Social Media: Implications for the University

Plans for the first annual international conference on Social Media: Implications for the University to be held at York University this spring (May 3-5, 2013) are underway. Visit the recently-launched conference website for details.

On our website you will find, among other things, the CFP, registration and venue information, biographies and abstracts for our 4 keynote speakers: Prof. Mark Bauerlein (Emory University) , Prof. Susan Herring (Indiana University), Prof. Sidneyeve Matrix (Queen's University) and Prof. Raffaele Simone (Universita' degli studi di Roma Tre), and a preliminary program with over 30 speakers, nationally and internationally. We hope that you will participate.

For more information contact: Prof. Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano at or Jana Vizmuller-Zocco at or


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April 22::: 10th Annual LAL Graduate Student Forum

Attached is the schedule and abstracts for the 10th Annual LAL Graduate Student Forum to be held on Monday April 22nd. All our welcome.

For more information, please contact the Graduate in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at

Schedule | Program

April 1 ::: "Coda (r) in the sociolinguistic landscape of São Paulo"

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics invites you to attend a talk by

Livia Oushiro
Universidade de São Paulo/New York University

"Coda (r) in the sociolinguistic landscape of São Paulo"

Monday, 1 April, 5:00 PM
Ross South 562
York University, Keele Campus


The city of São Paulo, home to some 11 million people (IBGE 2010), is the largest city in South America and the seventh largest in the world. Its population, half of which is not native to the city (IPEA 2011), is highly diverse not only as to their geographical origin, but also as to their socioeconomic class and cultural background.

This talk examines the variable realization of coda (r), as in porta 'door,' which is one of the main linguistic cues for dialectal and socioeconomic differentiation in Brazilian Portuguese. I discuss the social embedding of its multiple variants (voiced and unvoiced velar and glottal fricative, retroflex approximant, tap, trill, and deletion) in São Paulo's landscape of intense dialect contact and sharp social stratification. After showing that younger speakers of different social groups are moving to opposite directions — the upper middle class towards the tap and the working class towards the retroflex— I argue that migrants have played an important role in shifting variants' statuses in the city.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

March 27 ::: ENTRE VOCZES' 6th edition literary magazine launch
Entre Voczes poster

Mark your calendars and join us for ENTRE VOCZES' 6th edition literary magazine launch:

With performances by York University students and musicians from the Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking communities in Toronto.

Date: March 27, 2013
Time:5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: FC 152 (Founders Assembly Hall)

March 21 ::: Entre Voczes coming soon on the Radio: Twice in March!

Entre Voczes and several of its members will be featured on Radio Voces Latinas CHHA 1610 AM on Thursday March 21 st at 7pm to share more information about Entre Voczes' launch of the 6th edition.

Entre Voczes will also be featured on CHRY York U Radio 105.5 FM Entre Voczes and several of its members will be interviewed on CHRY York U Radio on Tuesday March 26 at 4pm. Tune in for more information about Entre Voczes and the launch of the 6th edition: all are invited to attend the launch on March 27 at 5:30pm in Founders Assembly Hall.

March 20 ::: The Arab Spring from an Arab Canadian Perspective

The Arab Canadian Studies Research Group (ACANS) in collaboration with Founders College and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, present


The Arab Spring from an Arab Canadian Perspective

Panel and Film Screening
Founders College, Room 305
March 20th, 2013 @ 9:30am

Participants Rachad Antonius (UQAM), Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto), Bessma Momani (University of Waterloo), May Telmissany (University of Ottawa)

Film screening: Words of Witness (English subtitles) Directed by Mai Iskander, 2012

Lunch will be served

For Information: Prof. Walid El Khachab

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March 18 - April 5, 2013 ::: The Advising Period for Continuing Students

The Advising Period for Continuing Students will take place from Monday March 18, 2013 to April 5, 2013.

We encourage all program students to visit us during this period. Students should schedule advising appointments at the department by email at, or by calling:

March 12 ::: Stars, Auteurism and Female Agency in Iranian Cinema

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Locatin: 562 Ross Building South

Presenter: Khatereh Sheibani - Assistant Professor
Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (Persian)

This presentation explores the reappearance of stars in the post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. It argues that the star image in art-house movies is a new phenomenon, not comparable to the star image of the pre-revolutionary films as the rise of these stars is linked with a sense of style and artistic authority in performance.

This is a novel phenomenon since art movies before the revolution were more or less associated with directorial authorship and never developed a well-established star system. A study of authorship in performance depicts that the star image in post-revolutionary art cinema transcends the scopophilic and fetishistic approaches. In filmfarsi movies, Iranian celebrities were considered as visual commodities, commercialized through marketing channels and "consumed" by spectators.

The Islamic government, however, resented the star-based cinema and the Ministry of Islamic Guidance (Irshad) advocated an anti-cultist film industry. In the new circumstances, the directors were not able to glamorize stars as such. Instead, the formal cinema further relied on performers whose acting technique could compensate for the sexual and violent scenes that proved lucrative in the box-office.

Nevertheless, the stars in commercial cinema are still "viewed" as the subject of spectators' visual pleasure in a more modest manner. The discussion will also address the way the image of female stars asserted female agency, women's visibility and their individuality in the social arena that triggered a redefined identity for women in Iran's path to modernity in the past thirty years.

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March 7 ::: Spanish Lecture Series: The Possible Novel, a lecture by Argentine writer Pablo Urbanyi

Spanish Lecture Series

The Possible Novel

by international award-winning author Pablo Urbanyi
Thursday, March 7, 2013 (1-2:30pm)
305 Founders College Senior Common Room


What novel is possible in a specific time and place? If a novelist's aim is to reflect that reality, how can a novel travel across geographical, cultural and temporal spaces and retain its original perspective? How must it shift? What can be translated into other linguistic, cultural and social milieus? How innovative can this literary form be? What has not already been said by other novels?

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February 28 ::: Reshaping the Mind: The Benefits of Bilingualism

Lecture Series in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Ellen Bialystok (York University)
Title "Reshaping the Mind: The Benefits of Bilingualism"
Location: Curtis Lecture Hall J.
Time: 5:00-6:00pm


A growing body of research using both behavioral and neuroimaging data points to a significant effect of bilingualism on cognitive outcomes across the lifespan. The main finding is evidence for the enhancement of executive control at all stages in the lifespan, with the most dramatic results being maintained cognitive performance in elderly adults, and protection against the onset of dementia.

A more complex picture emerges when the cognitive advantages of bilingualism are considered together with the costs to linguistic processing. I will review evidence for both these outcomes and propose a framework for understanding the mechanism that could lead to these positive and negative consequences of bilingualism, including protection against dementia in older age.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

The lecture series program is also announced on the Linguistics website.

February 12 ::: York University China Day

A Lecture by Dr. Chen Xuechao on "Nobel Prize Winner Mo Yan and Chinese Literature" and a Violin performance of "Liang Shanbo and Zhu YingTai" by Yuan Fang

More information.

November 10 ::: Dr. Sheibani will talk on "Through the Olive Trees" (1994) at U of T

A film directed by acclaimed Iranian film maker Abbas Kiarostami.

Our next film will be presented by Dr. Sheibani who holds PhD in comparative literature from University of Alberta and who has worked and written on Iranian Cinema. Her last book entitled " The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity and Film After the Revolution". She is currently assistant professor of Persian language and literature York University.

Dr Sheibani's talk will be on the famous Iranian director, Mr. Kiarostami, who is very well known in Iran and international level for his unique style focusing on philosophical and cinematic themes. Kiarostami he has won numerous awards over forty years of rich activities.

Looking forward seeing you all this Saturday November 10th at 6:15pm in OISE fifth floor, room 5170, University of Toronto for the screening and presentation of the film by Dr. Sheibani.

Just to give you more idea on the history of our club, the speaker and the director, I should say that "Na Ma Na Cinema" which literally translate to "Not me, Not Cinema" was formed in June 2010 by group of Iranian film lovers at U of T, and since then it provided the opportunity for critical discussion of some best critically acclaimed movies from Iranian and International Cinema. This season, we are watching and analyzing Iranian cinema from aesthetic, thematic, historical and comparative perspectives and so far, we have watched six films covering Iranian pre-revolutionary cinema.

October 21 ::: Arte Por La Vida 2 - Musical Benefit with York Faculty & Alumni

Arte Por La Vida 2

On Sunday, October 21st 2012 el Grupo Ibiray is hosting an artistic event, in which Dr. María Figueredo, Associate Professor of the LA&PS Spanish Program will be performing Latin American songs along with York University alumni, Mery Pérez (voice and percussion) and Leslie Usín-Rojas (with original poetry), and current York University student Amaury Rodríguez (percussion).

When: October 21st 2012 at 4:00pm
Where: Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave,
Time: 4:00 p.m.

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For more information, contact 647-291-4863.

Entre Voczes Spanish and Portuguese Studies club and literary magazine members (York U) are organizing a group to attend; if you'd like to go with them, you can contact:

P.S. By way of background, Grupo Solidario Ibiray – Toronto ("Ibiray – - Toronto") is the Toronto branch of Grupo Solidario Ibiray ("Ibiray"). Ibiray is a non-profit organization established under the laws of Uruguay, with the mission of assisting victims who suffered torture and imprisonment during the dictatorship regime in Uruguay in the 1970s.

Ibiray operates a facility in Montevideo for the care and support of its clients. There are several branches of Ibiray in different countries, including Ibiray – Toronto. The activities if Ibiray – Toronto usually involve engagement with the arts.

Sponsored also by the Consulate General of Uruguay in Toronto; Mano con Mano Solidarity Commitee, Canada-Uruguay; and the Consejo Consultivo, Toronto, Canada.

October 18 ::: Inclusion of English Language Learners in Core French: Ontario Teachers' Perspectives

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics invites you to attend a talk by Jordana Garbati, The University of Western Ontario, "Inclusion of English Language Learners in Core French: Ontario Teachers' Perspectives"

Thursday, 18 October, 5:30 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

Canada's French as a second language (FSL) programs have been under investigation since their inception several decades ago. In recent years, the Canadian government has reported a commitment to the improvement of FSL programs nationwide and to increase Canadians' linguistic duality (Department of Canadian Heritage, 2004; Official Languages Secretariat, 2008). While this is a positive move toward the maintenance and promotion of FSL, it is not without its challenges.

The presence of English language learners (ELLs), for example, has been reported as a challenge for teachers and administrators of FSL programs (Alberton et al., 2011; Garbati, 2007; Lapkin, Mady, & Arnott, 2009) as well as in other content-areas (Reeves, 2006; Youngs & Youngs, 2001). While some research has investigated ELLs' experiences in FSL and has shown that they are motivated to learn French, gaps in this area of research remain (Mady, 2006, 2007, 2011; Mady & Turnbull, 2010; Taylor, 2006, 2009). FSL teachers' perspectives, in particular, have yet to be fully explored. Drawing on positioning theory (Harré & van Langenhove, 1991) and theories of multilingualism (Edwards, 2004, 2009; Jessner, 2006), this mixed methods study investigates elementary core French teachers' attitudes and beliefs about ELL inclusion. Data was collected from teacher surveys (n=76) and interviews (n=9) in two Ontario regions. Overall and regional findings are compared and presented.

Themes for discussion include teachers' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of ELL inclusion, adaptations for ELLs, teachers' sense of preparedness to teach, and professional development opportunities. Pedagogical implications for policy and practice for FSL education are also presented. This research is of interest to researchers and practitioners in the areas of second language acquisition, pedagogy and FSL education.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

For more information please visit the following website:

October 12 ::: The Art of Revolution: Artists and Intellectuals in the Arab Spring

Dr. Walid El Khachab is presenting a lecture about the Arab Spring at the University of Ottawa, hosted by the Arab Canadian University Graduates Association. Please see the attached poster for details.

October 11::: The screening of Frida: Naturaleza Viva

Join us for the screening of "FRIDA: NATURALEZA VIVA", an acclaimed documentary on one of the most fascinating Mexican artists of the 20th century. **October 11, 2012 from 5:00-7:00PM in the Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross North, first floor)** Admission is free. All are welcome! For more information please email Prof. Maria Figueredo.

This event is co-sponsored with the Consulate of Mexico in Toronto, in collaboration with the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, LA&PS, and is part of the celebration of Mexican events taking place in Toronto in 2012. It coincides with the exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario "Frida & Diego: Politics, Passion and Painting", opening October 20; for more information, visit the AGO website

October 2 ::: Entre Voczes Meet and Greet/Multicultural Night/Conversation Hour launch

Location: in the DLLL Lounge

"All are welcome to join us for refreshments at Entre Voczes' Student Literary Magazine Meet and Greet on Tuesday, October 2nd in the DLLL Lounge (5th floor Ross South). Come out to find out how to get involved in the languages, literatures and cultures, and linguistic character of Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Information will be provided on the events planned and on participating in the editorial process and getting published in the 6th edition of the EV Magazine; this year the theme is "(é)Amor(es).

For more information, please contact:

July 1 ::: Call for Papers - Social Media: Implications for the University

First annual international conference Social Media: Implications for the University

Conference Date: May 3 - 5 2013
Call for Papers Deadline: July 1, 2012

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers whose interests in the digital economy are positioned at the intersection of social media and the engaged university. Social media enable social interaction through connectivity on the Internet, and therefore lend themselves to any and all aspects of social communication, including those at the university. Given that social media (Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) are very popular and ubiquitous, it is advantageous to submit their use in universities to a close scrutiny.

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June 15 ::: Iranian Movie Night : Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life

The Iranian film series continues with Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925, USA, 71 min.)directed by Marian C. Cooper and Earnest Schoedsack.

Grass depicts the Bakhtiari nomadic tribe as they begin their seasonal journey to better pastures from Anatolia to western and central Iran. It is an ethnographic documentary and one of the pioneer documentaries in the history of cinema.

Is this film pure and simple documentary in the form of "national geographic" movies? Or is it an orientalist film that exoticizes the ancient nomadic people in the context of their journey along with their herds? You may perceive the film in either way; regardless, Grass is a significant narrative that documented an important segment of Iranian life in the beginning of the 20th century.

This event is organized by the Persian Society of York University and the Dep. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Time: June 15th, doors open at 5:30 p.m., show time at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema

May 18 ::: Career Conversation Webinar - Leslie-Ann Boisselle, York Alumna

The Career Centre is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an online webinar (see below) as part of the Career Conversations series featuring Leslie-Ann Boisselle, York alumna (Spanish and French) and Public Affairs Officer for the High Commission of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago on Friday May 18 at 3 pm.

An e-mail invitation has been sent to all students in our Department who are currently registered with the Career Centre, but there may be many others whom have not been reached. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sandra Yu at :

Please note that LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS AND ALL OTHER WEBINARS IN OUR SUMMER WEBINARS SERIES WILL BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS UPON REGISTRATION. The use of headphones for these webinars is strongly recommended to maximize sound clarity.

For York staff who are interested in participating in the webinar, please contact Sandra Yu directly for login information.

Also, you can visit the Career Conversations panel on "Discovering Careers in Foreign Languages" in March. The video footage from that event is now posted on the Career Centre website .

For more information, contact:
Sandra Yu
Employer& Alumni Liaison
Career Centre
York University
Suite 202, McLaughlin College
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
(416) 736-2100 Ext. 40792

March 30 ::: Linguistics Lecture Series

Language contact and bilingualism effects in Vimeu, France: the influence of Picard on French

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
invites you to attend a talk by

Anne-José Villeneuve
University of Toronto

Date: Friday, 30 March, 3:00 PM
Location: Ross Building S562

It is well known that regional languages – Breton, Flemish and Corsican among others – are losing ground to French, due to lack of generational transmission (Héran, Filhon & Deprez 2002). Among the Gallo-Romance languages of northern France, traditionally referred to as langues d'oïl, Picard is no exception to this trend.

Based on a recent corpus of French interviews collected in Vimeu, an area of northwestern France where the Picard language still enjoys a relative vitality, I demonstrate that linguistic features of Picard have seeped into French as it is spoken in the area, by both Picard-French bilinguals and French monolinguals.

In this talk, I focus on two phonological variables: word-final consonant cluster simplification in words like autre [ot] 'other', a feature well-attested in most colloquial varieties of French and in Picard, and vowel epenthesis (cf. 1-2), noted in Picardie (Emrik 1958, Lefebvre 1988).

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

For more information please contact Prof. Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at (416) 736-2100 extension 66288.

March 23 ::: Persian Program's Bake Sale

Join our bake sale event at Vari Hall from 10am-4pm, March 23rd.

Make our Haft-Sin more beautiful by your presence!

This is to celebrate the Iranian New Year with a presentation and bake sale. The event is offered by the Persian students in PERS 2700, PERS 2000, and PERS 1000.

March 22 ::: Info-session for study abroad program in ITALY

Programs are available in Florence and Rome.

Time: 1:30 -2:30pm
Location: Ross S562 (Audio Visual Room)

More details.

March 7 ::: Entre Voc/zes Magazine Launch

Join us for the the extravaganza launch party of Entre Voc/zes student literary magazine's 5th edition, on March 7th 2012 at 5:30 in Founders Assembly Hall, Founders College. All are welcome to attend to enjoy art, music and literature created by students of York University, and to receive complimentary copies of the magazine featuring a focus on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds (in English translation). Refreshments will also be served.

The theme for this year's edition is "Raíces al cielo/Raízes ao Céu": a call to embrace our roots, challenge ourselves to break free from all limits while ultimately inspiring others to reach for the sky to pursue their hopes and dreams. Please circulate the information to all who may be interested.

For more information, flyer.

March 1 ::: Discourse level polarity items

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

invites you to attend a talk by

Dana Isac
Concordia University

"Discourse level polarity items"

Thursday, 1 March, 5:00 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

This talk investigates the properties of the discourse, rather than of a single sentence.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

For more information please contact: Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer

Feb.16 ::: Spanish Lecture Series

Please join us for the second installment of the 2011-12 Spanish Lecture Series, on Thursday, February 16 (4:00-5:30pm) in the Founders College Senior Common Room.

We are happy to welcome Dr. Goretti Ramírez from Concordia University for a talk titled: "Autobiography, Time and Exile in María Zambrano". Refreshments will be served.

This lecture will explore María Zambrano's challenge to the modern conceptualization of time. Drawing on theoretical approaches to exile writing and subjectivity by Mari Paz Balibrea and others, it will focus on how exile's time both highlights and dims the role of the Spanish Republic in our understanding of Spanish modernity, with some implications to the contemporary memoria histórica. Examples from Zambrano's autobiography Delirio y destino will be examined.


Goretti Ramírez is Associate Professor of Spanish at Concordia University (Montreal), where she teaches literary and cultural studies of modern Spain. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Spanish poetry and intellectual history, with particular emphasis on María Zambrano (1904-1991) and the Republican exile under Franco's dictatorship (1939-1975). She is the author of the book María Zambrano, crítica literaria (2004) and approximately forty publications in collective volumes and journals.

She is currently finishing two books: a monograph on the representation of space in the poetry of the Spanish Republican exile, and the edition of Zambrano's autobiographical writings, including her unpublished journals and Delirio y destino (forthcoming as a volume of her Complete Works in Galaxia Gutenberg-Círculo de Lectores). She is a member of the Advisory Board of Antígona. Revista de la Fundación María Zambrano.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 4:00 to 5:30pm
Location: 305 Founders College (Senior Common Room)
Sponsors: LA&PS, Founders College, DLLL

February 10 ::: 2012 Languages and Literatures Colloquium

"We are very happy to report that we had a successful 2012 Languages and Literatures Colloquium (our third) on Friday, February 10. Pietro Giordan (Chair of DLLL) and Mauro Buccheri (Italian Studies and Master of Founders College) gave the opening remarks.

Our four papers showcased the varied research of our LL colleagues and generated much animated and fruitful discussion. Jana Vizmuller-Zocco spoke on her research in the area of transhumanism and language; Noriko Yabuki-Soh spoke on her research on the usage of relative clauses in Japanese; Laura Wiseman spoke on her research on the Hebrew poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch; and Khatereh Sheibani spoke on her research on Iranian film and women in Iran.

Thanks to the generous financial support of Founders College (who also permitted us to use the newly renovated Room 303 Founders), DLLL, and the Office of the Dean of LA&PS, we enjoyed a lovely lunch where we were able to continue our discussion of the papers and catch up with colleagues.

Thanks to Josie Sansonetti, Kasia Mastek, and the staff of Founders College for their assistance. And thanks again to our speakers for their stimulating papers and to the DLLL members who came to the colloquium -- your participation and support for this LL event is much appreciated, and we look forward to arranging our fourth LL Colloquium next year.

Roberta Sinyor and Anne-Marie Lewis
Co-Organizers, LL Colloquia"

February 9 ::: Linguistics Lecture Series

Reflections on the Policy Impact of 40 Years of Applied Linguistics Research in Canada

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics invites you to attend a talk by Jim Cummins OISE, University of Toronto

Thursday, 9 February, 5:00 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

The presentation will address the intersections between research, theory, ideology, and educational policies focusing on two major areas: (a) core and immersion programs for the teaching of French to Anglophone students, (b) policies concerning the learning of English and French to immigrant-background students.

With respect to the teaching of French, policy-makers at both federal and provincial levels have ignored the fact that core French programs (typically 30-40 minutes per day) produce very meagre results for the vast majority of students despite 5+ years of learning. French immersion and Intensive French (typically about 5-6 months teaching of French and through French starting in grade 6) have far greater research credibility but only a relatively small proportion of students across Canada are enrolled in these courses (<10%). Policy-makers and some researchers are also subject to ideological blind-spots in the area of French immersion, specifically their adherence to the "two solitudes" assumption that French and English should be kept rigidly separate, an assumption for which there is no empirical evidence.

In the area of immigrant-background students (including students born in Canada to immigrant parents), researchers and ESL educators are well-aware of the different trajectories typically required for students to acquire L2 conversational skills (c. 1-2 years) compared to catching up academically to their native English or French peers (c. 5-7 years). However, the implications of these research findings have not been taken into account in mainstream educational policies concerning instruction and assessment (e.g., EQAO assessment policies, pre-service and professional development policies focusing on mainstream content instruction, and psycho-educational assessment).

Similarly, there are large gaps in knowledge and awareness with respect to the positive relationships between students' L1 and L2. It is still common to hear accounts from parents that they have been advised by psychologists (e.g., in medical agencies or hospitals) to switch to English in the home if they want their children to succeed in school.

Another area of wilful blindness on the part of many policy-makers concerns the unwillingness to implement genuine bilingual (or trilingual) programs involving languages other than English or French. The evidence (e.g., from Alberta programs in place since the 1970s) is clear that such programs can succeed just as well as French-English programs and yet there are only a handful in operation across the country (with Alberta standing out as a notable exception).

Thus, the claim by federal and provincial agencies that they pursue evidence-based policies has limited credibility. Evidence-based policies are much more likely to be pursued when the evidence conforms to ideological presuppositions.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

January 27 ::: "Why isn't there a South African French variety?"

Cécile B. Vigouroux
Simon Fraser University
Location: Ross South 562

Although South Africa is usually not associated with French and Francophone matters, its modern history is marked by a strong relation with the French and the Francophones, from the Huguenots in the 17th century, followed by French Mauritians two centuries later, to more recent waves of Africans coming from former French and Belgium colonies since the late 1980's. Unlike its German counterpart, which was introduced to the Cape colony around the same time and under the same conditions, French has never indigenized nor, least of all, is it still spoken as a native or ethnic language by descendants of former settlers. On the contrary, it has lost grounds despite significant and constant migrations of Francophones to major South African urban centers.

Through a socio-historical analysis of the three migrations, I explore the factors that triggered the loss of French as a vernacular in favor, earlier, of Dutch, which would become Afrikaans, and, later, of English. I also examine how, in some social settings, it is now losing its ethnographic importance to African vehicular languages such as Lingala and Swahili among the more recent Francophone African migrants. In this comparative analysis, I wish to articulate some specific ways in which language vitality can be sustained and language speciation can develop in a given political and economic ecology.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

The lecture series program is also announced on the following website:

For more information, please contact:
Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer
Associate Professor
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
tel: (416) 736-2100 extension 66288

November 30 ::: Information Session : Italian Studies Abroad

The first information session will take place on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 from 2:30-3:30 in ROSS 562 SOUTH.

For any additional information, please contact: Professor Picchione, or Professor Ricci

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November 30 ::: "Integrating language and content: Focus on form in a content-based language program"

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

invites you to attend a talk by

Antonella Valeo
York University (DLLL, ESL)

"Integrating language and content: Focus on form in a content-based language program"

Wednesday, 30 November, 5:00 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

Teaching that integrates attention to content and language has gained widespread acceptance as good pedagogy in a variety of settings and draws support form both classroom practice and research (Brinton, Snow, & Wesche, 2003; Lyster, 2007; Snow & Brinton, 1997). It is premised on the belief that language and content are inseparable in communication and that learning is enhanced by integrating the two. Yet the nature of the relationship between content and language and how integration is achieved continue to be points of divergence for both researchers and practitioners. One approach to the question draws from theory and research related to learner attention and language awareness.

This line of inquiry has provided support for the development of form-focused instruction (FFI), which describes various instructional options that draw learners' attention to form in primarily meaning and content-based classrooms (Spada, 1997, 2011). In this presentation, I will report on a recent study exploring learner attention to form in a content-based language program preparing adults for employment in a specific occupational sector.

This quasi-experimental study investigated the effect and effectiveness of FFI on content and language learning outcomes as well as the degree to which learners were aware of a focus on language and content in their instruction. Outcomes were compared for two groups of learners, one receiving instruction entirely focused on content and the other receiving instruction with an additional focus on form.

The results showed no advantage on language outcomes for the participants receiving the focus on form but a significant advantage on content learning. The findings are discussed in terms of their pedagogical implications for language and content teaching, as well as future directions in research and theory related to learner attention and awareness in content and language integrated contexts.

Antonella Valeo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. Her research interests include instructed second language acquisition and language teacher education and development, with a focus on content and language integrated teaching and learning.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Professor Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer at:

November 23 ::: "Metalinguistic Negation from a Developmental Standpoint"

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

invites you to attend a talk by

Kelly Nedwick
Yale University

"Metalinguistic Negation from a Developmental Standpoint"

Wednesday, 23 November, 5:00 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

Rescheduled from September 29. Please note that this talk will be held on a WEDNESDAY, not in our usual Thursday time slot.

Metalinguistic negation (MN) is a specific use of negation first noted by Horn (1989) in which the negative marker is used to object on any grounds whatever rather than merely the truth value of a previous utterance. MN has several grammatical correlates including the licensing of NPIs, X and Z. MN is a robust pragmatic phenomenon which has been examined in several languages (e.g, Mustafa, 2003; Lee, 2005). MN requires a variety of pragmatic processing including types of implicatures and presupposition This talk looks at MN and reports on a developmental study conducted with 43 American English speakers aged (3-14, mean 8.26, sd 3.45) in order to develop a linguistically formed baseline for clinical work in pragmatic disorder and other conditions which feature severe pragmatic deficits.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Professor Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer at:

November 22 ::: Hot Chocolate Night

"Entre Voc/zes student club in Spanish and Portuguese Studies invites you to a Hot Chocolate Night on November 22, 2011, in the DLLL Lounge."

Join us for a conversation on literature and enjoy hot drinks and treats! EV also offers free tutoring: check their web page for more details.

November16 ::: Lusophone Coffee Hour - Speaker: Margarita Correia

Margarita Correia
(Universidad de Lisboa)
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Location: Ross South 537 (Café Lusófono)
(language: Portguese)

November 12, ::: York University FALL CAMPUS DAY

Faculty and student representatives of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics welcomed visitors to Fall Campus Day 2011 and shared information about DLLL courses and programs. Check out photos of the event!... For more information about DLLL, please write to or

November 10 ::: "Swiss multilingualism as a national profit?"

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics invites you to attend a talk by Alexandre Duchêne Université de Fribourg/Universität Freiburg

"The state's instrumentalisation of linguistic diversity: Swiss multilingualism as a national profit?"

Thursday, 10 November, 5:00 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

Ways of constructing national identity have changed significantly in the globalized world. States are more and more involved in competition on international markets, obliging them to find new ways to promote the economic attractiveness of the nation itself, as a kind of market "brand".

In this talk, I will look at how Switzerland is branding itself, focusing in particular on its use of a discourse of "multilingualism" in its attempts to attract international investors. Swiss institutions argue that its national multilingualism and migrant languages make Switzerland a natural springboard for reaching major European markets in, for example, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and so is the place to be for international investors interested in Europe.

By showing the ways in which the "multilingualism" argument is strategically used in promotional activities and marketing materials, I will first argue that this argument strongly relies on an imagined and iconicized multilingual community which totally erases current inequalities and tensions among Swiss linguistic communities.

Second, I will show that these discourses and practices concerning Swiss multilingualism are a manifestation of a discursive shift in the ideological self-construction of the nation in which two discourses are present at the same time.

The first is a traditional discourse of pride, mostly based on the celebration of (French-German-Italian-Romantsch) multilingualism as a constitutive identity component of the Swiss nation, as well as on the Swiss territorial model of the management of multilingualism.

But alongside this traditional discourse, we see emerging a discourse of profit, which constructs multilingualism as an instrument of economic distinction within a competitive market, and as an economic asset for the nation. These analyses will lead to a consideration of the consequences of the economicisation of the discourse of multilingualism for current sociolinguistic research and advocacy.

Dr. Alexandre Duchêne is Professor of sociology of language and Director of the Institute of Multilingualism of the University/HEP Fribourg (Switzerland). His recent publications include "Ideologies across Nations" (2008, Mounton de Gruyter), "Langage, genre et sexualité (with Claudine Moöse, Nota Bene) and Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit (with Monica Heller, Routledge).

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

November 4 ::: "Romance cotidiano" -- A talk by Dr. Gustavo Martín (UNAM)

Dr. Gustavo Martín, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Friday, November 4, 2011 (1:00-2:30pm)
Accolade East, Room 011 (small reception provided)


Hosted by Maria Figueredo - Spanish Lecture Series, part I

This talk encompasses a general review of the history of bolero in Mexico from the 19th Century to the present day. It comprises various readings of the significance of bolero in the daily lives of Mexicans and considers the melodic qualities of bolero songs as well as the various ways in which they have been interpreted in that country.

Mexican cellist Gustavo Martín is a chamber musician and educator. He has played in the main Mexican concert halls, as well as in auditoriums in the United States, Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy and Japan. Among his ten albums that focus on Mexican concert repertoire, are Canto de Estío, comprising music for cello, guitar and piano, and Muy cerca, with music for cello from Mexico and Brazil. He has also recorded Mexican music for string quartet (with the String Quartet of Mexico City) for Deutsche Welle (Germany), is member of Croma ensemble, and has played with members of La Fontegara. He was a founding member of the Coghlan string trio and Ensamble Acústico Arcana.

Gustavo Martín studied at the National School of Music (UNAM) with Enrique Marmissolle and Ignacio Mariscal. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Carnegie Mellon University with Anne Martindale-Williams and David Premo. He obtained his PhD in interpretation from the UNAM with a research focused on Mexican music from the 20th Century for cello and piano.

Gustavo Martín has composed scores for two plays and his catalogue of compositions includes works for various chamber ensembles and vocal productions. In 2005, he was granted the National University Award for Young Academicians (DUNJA) in Arts Teaching. He is exclusive artist of Urtext Digital Classics and is full-time career professor at the National School of Music, UNAM, teaching cello and chamber music.

November 3 ::: Phonological variation in English loanwords in Korean

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics invites you to attend a talk by

Ahrong Lee
York University, DLLL

"Phonological variation in English loanwords in Korean"

Thursday, 3 November, 5:00 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

When words are borrowed from a foreign language, they typically undergo pronunciation adjustments due to differences in phonological structure between the source and recipient languages. The way that borrowers adapt the sounds of foreign words often provides crucial evidence bearing on the analysis of data that otherwise would remain inconclusive from the standpoint of the native language system.

For this reason, the study of loanword phonology has received focused attention in recent years, not only as an interesting phenomenon on its own but as a topic of theoretical importance in the field. At the same time, the borrowing of foreign words is a complex process in that extra-linguistic factors, such as prescriptivism, awareness of orthographic conventions, or considerations of euphony also play a role, along with phonological transformation per se, during the adaptation process.

In this talk, I will examine a variety of sound adjustments affecting English loanwords in Korean, with particular focus on how Korean speakers deal with English liquids (/l/ and /r/), as in radio, lobby, center, Hilton, English initial /p, t, k/ following /s/, as in spy, style, and sky, etc.

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Professor Philipp Angermeyer at

March 28 ::: "Humberto Ak'abal and New Indigenous Literature in Guatemala"
"Humberto Ak'abal and New Indigenous Literature in Guatemala" Lecture: Dr. Rita Palacios (California State U)