Plenary Talks

NWAV 45 featured three plenary lectures connected to our theme: one examining language, migration and identity within speech communities (Corrigan); one examining multilingualism, vernacularization and standardization (Naro and Scherre); and one that focuses on supporting communities as they deal with issues of maintenance and change of their linguistic identity (Wolfram). To view the abstract, please click on the title of each plenary.


“When I was a kid no one came…the only black men here had uniforms on them”: The Sociolinguistics of Globalization and Migration in the Context of Northern Ireland

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  • Anthony J. Naro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Marta Scherre, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo and Universidade de Brasília

General Principles Governing Variation in Brazilian Portuguese

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Linguist-Community Collaboration and Shifting Linguistic Identities

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Indigenous Languages Roundtable

This plenary focused on the efforts to maintain and revive BC Indigenous Languages. The discussion utilized Coast Salish ceremonial practices and featured contributions from Prof. Donna Gerdts (SFU), Patricia Hart Blundon (UVic), Prof. Marianne Ignace (SFU), Prof. Peter Jacobs (UVic), and Khelsilem Tł’akwasik’an, SFU language instructor and programming director of the Kwi Awt Stelmexw Society.

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