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Recent talks by Shana Poplack

Shana was invited to give a talk to NSERC and SSHRC employees on January 23rd as part of their Lunch-and-learn sessions series.  The results that grammarians don’t agree on what is “correct” and that there is such a large disconnect between prescribed usage and everyday speech (and especially that the former is far more regular than the latter) surprised many of those in attendance, and the question period extended well beyond the scheduled time.  The take-home messages were so well received that we’ve since learned that some departments now allow employees to strand their prepositions in their written French communications “because Shana said it was OK”.

Shana presented a talk entitled “Mythes et science: the ideology of “Standard” French” at the Annual general meeting of the Royal Society of Canada. This “Big Thinking Lecture” was held in a ballroom of the Château Frontenac in Quebec City.  See great photos (and the amazing venue) here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsc-src/sets/72157649550828562/

 

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