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An update on recent Sociolinguistics talks at our Department:

Invited Speakers Colloquium Series: November 11 2015

Professor Rena Torres Cacoullos, The Pennsylvania State University
Code-switching: convergence no, priming yes

Sociolinguistics Research Group

The latest meeting of the Sociolinguistics Research Group meeting (held November 16) featured a presentation by Dr. Chloé Diskin (University College Dublin) titled “Discourse-pragmatic variation and language ideologies among native and non-native speakers of English in Dublin, Ireland”

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Because you have really nice editors:


Congratulations to Sophia Stevenson, PhD!

Congratulations to Sophia Stevenson, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation on February 4 2015:

“The Strength of Segmental Contrasts: A Study on Laurentian French”

Thesis Supervisors

Marie-Hélène Cô
Tania Zamuner

External Examiner

Kathleen Currie Hall, University of British Columbia

Internal Examiners
Ian MacKay
Laura Sabourin
Marc Brunelle

Laura Sabourin at McMaster


Laura Sabourin has given TWO invited lectures at the Cognitive Science of Language Lecture Series at the University of McMaster on March 4th. You will find information about the talks here:


The abstracts of Laura’s talks are below:

Language Processing in Bilinguals: Evidence from Lexical Organization and Cognitive Control

Laura Sabourin, University of Ottawa

Much of the current research in my lab is aimed at determining the effects of age of immersion (AoI), manner of acquisition (MoA), and proficiency on how bilinguals (and language learners) process language. Initial research data at the lexical level shows that, for native speakers of English with L2 French, an early AoI is required for lexicons to become integrated (Sabourin et al., 2014a). However, in a preliminary follow-up study looking at native French speakers with L2 English, it appears that even a late age of L2 immersion can result in integrated lexicons if the MoA is more naturalistic (Sabourin et al., 2014b). Previous research on cognitive control in bilinguals has not always shown a bilingual advantage (Costa et al., 2009), and its existence has been debated (Paap & Greenberg, 2013). In our investigations aimed at accounting for the conflicting results found in the literature (Sabourin & Vinerte, 2014), we investigated participant grouping and task difficulty effects on the Stroop task (which measures cognitive control). While we find no differences between simultaneous and early sequential bilinguals, age groups traditionally both classified as “early” bilinguals, when the task uses only one language, we find a significant difference between the two groups when the task mixes both languages. Based on the data collected to date in our lab (including studies at other levels of linguistic processing), I hypothesize that while for many bilingual and language learning groups AoI is often the most important factor in determining how languages are processed, there is an important role for factors such as MoA and the context of bilingualism.


Determining Different Types of Bilingualism

Laura Sabourin
with Myriam Lapierre, Michele Burkholder, Jean-Christophe Leclerc & Christie Brien

Conflicting evidence seems to be the norm when it comes to research findings on bilingual language processing. It is likely that the inconsistent findings are due to the nature of different types of bilingualism. We need to know the language background of participants who are tested in bilingual studies and while there are currently many language background questionnaires (e.g., the LEAP-Q, Marian et al., 2007), we have found that none of the existing questionnaires is adequate for eliciting information about aspects of bilingualism that are specific to participants tested in a Canadian context. I will present my lab’s attempt at creating an adequate language background questionnaire for our participants. I will focus on some of the issues we have come across and some of our preliminary solutions. Discussion and comments are greatly welcome!



Congratulations to Jeanne D’Arc Turpin

Félicitations, Jeanne D’Arc!!

Congratulations to Jeanne D’Arc Turpin who won this year’s Support Staff Award of Excellence.














Congratulations Ewelina Frackowiak PhD Linguistics

Congratulations to Ewelina Frackowiak who successfully defended her Phd in Linguistics on December 12th.

“Understanding Situation and Viewpoint Aspect in Polish through Dative Anticausative Constructions and Factual Imperfectives”

Thesis Supervisors

Professor Maria-Luisa Rivero
Professor Ana Arregui (excused)

External Examiner

Professor Katarzyna Dziwirek – University of Washington – Videoconference

Internal Examiners

Professor Eric Mathieu
Professor Andrés Salanova

Professor Ida Toivonen – Carleton University

September 2014

Welcome to the September 2014 edition of Hiatus, the Ottawa U linguistics newsletter.  Issues appear throughout the autumn and winter semesters, please send us your news.

  • Tania Zamuner: Editor (Fall 2014);
  • Ana Arregui: Editor (Winter 2015);
  • Graduate Ad-lingua: Julie Alexandra Barette and Basile Roussel
  • Undergraduate ADELSA: Evelyn Jones

In this issue, we have:


Pictures from the Welcome Party (thanks to Natalie Dion!)

Recent publications (September 2014)

Recent publications from U Ottawa Linguistics!

  • Zamuner, T.S., Fais, L., & Werker, J.F. (2014). Infants track word forms in early word-object associations. Developmental Science, 17, 481-491.
  • Curtin, S., & Zamuner, T.S. (2014). Understanding the developing sound system: Interactions between sounds and words. WIREs Cognitive Science, 5, 589-602.
  • De Bree, E., Zamuner, T.S., & Wijnen, F. (2014). Neighbourhood densities in the vocabularies of Dutch children with a familial risk of dyslexia. In R. Kager, J. Grijzenhout, & K. Sebregts (Eds.), Where the Principles Fail. A Festschrift for Wim Zonneveld on the Occasion of his 64th Birthday (pp. 17-28). Utrecht: Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS.
  • Maria Luisa Rivero and Nikolay Slavkov. 2014. Imperfective variation: the case of Bulgarian. Lingua: DOI 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.07.019.
  • Maria Luisa Rivero. 2014. Spanish Inferential and Mirative Futures and Conditionals: an evidential gradable modal proposal.” Lingua: DOI 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.04.009
  • Ana Arregui, Maria Luisa Rivero, and Andres Salanova. 2014. Cross-linguistic variation in Imperfectivity. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 32, 307-362. DOI 10.1007/s11049-013-9226-4.
  • Maria Luisa Rivero. In press. Semantic imperfectivity in Bulgarian from a comparative perspective. Proceedings of the Third International Congress of Bulgarian Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2013.

tech corner

ARTS 420 video connections
The projection system in ARTS 420 provides three types of video connections. The old standard VGA (blue pinouts), RCA and HDMI are available via the snaked cabling. Note that the last used connection type will be ‘remembered’, so make sure to toggle the remote control to the appropriate/preferred connection type. Should you require a miniDV to HDMI adapter, see Donna and please return it when done.

Logging in using your Active Directory account (aka email username+password) credentials
As UOttawa technology services gets closer to a single sign-on scenario, more and more internet-based services can (now) be accessed using your respective Employee or Student Exchange/Gmail username and password combination. Services like WiFi login/access, HR, Library, Blackboard and WebXtender can all be logged into with the aforementioned combo. Should you need to reset  your password employees can do so via Outlook Web Access ‘Options’ and students via UOzone.

Lab telephone extensions
BALL – ARTS408 – x2401
CCLR – SMD333g -  x7516
SPL – SMD333a -  x7949


Connexions vidéo ARTS 420
Le système de projection au ARTS 420 offre trois types de connexions vidéo. Le vieux standard VGA (brochage bleu), RCA et HDMI sont disponibles via le câblage ‘serpenté’. Notez que le dernier mode de connexion utilisé sera «mémorisé», alors assurez-vous de vérifier la télécommande pour le type de connexion approprié/préféré. Si vous avez besoin d’un adaptateur miniDV>HDMI, voir Donna et s’il vous plaît retourné le une fois terminé.

Connectez-vous à l’aide de vos informations d’identification Active Directory (nom d’utilisateur courriel + mot de passe)
Comme les services de technologie Université d’Ottawa se rapprochent d’un scénario d’authentification unique, plusieurs services d’internet sont (maintenant) accessibles en utilisant votre compte Exchange (employé(e)s) / Gmail (étudiants ) et mot de passe approprié. Les services comme l’accès WiFi, RH, Bibliothèque, Blackboard et WebXtender peuvent tous être enregistrés. Si vous avez besoin de réinitialiser votre mot de passe, les  employé(e)s peuvent le faire par l’intermédiaire des ‘Options’ dans Outlook Web Access et les étudiants via uOZone.

Postes téléphoniques des Labs
BALL – ARTS408 – x2401
CCLR – SMD333g – x7516
SPL – SMD333a – x7949


Recent presentations (September 2014)

Here are many recent presentations by members of the Linguistics department:

  • Shana and Laura presented at ISLE3 (International Society for the Linguistics of English conference) held in Zurich from August 24-27th.  Their talk was entitled “Be that as it may: The unremarkable trajectory of the (North) American English subjunctive”
  • Shana delivered a plenary address entitled “Langue prescrite, langue d’usage” at the Swiss Linguistics Association’s Journées de linguistique suisse 8 conference held in at the University of Zurich in June.
  • Maria Luisa Rivero and Vesela Simeonova. 2014. The inferential future in Bulgarian: an evidential proposal.  Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 23, Berkeley, California, May 2014.
  • Maria Luisa Rivero and Vesela Simeonova. 2014. An evidential modal in Bulgarian: the inferential future.  Canadian Linguistic Association Annual Meeting, St. Catherine, Ontario. May 2014.
  • Maria Luisa Rivero. 2014. Spanish futures and conditionals as inferential and mirative evidentials. Invited Speaker.  24th Colloquium on Generative Grammar. Madrid, Spain, May 2014.
  • Ana Arregui, Maria Luisa Rivero and Andres Salanova. 2014. Aspect and temporal relations in Evidentials. 11th International Conference on Tense, Aspect, and Modality (Chronos 11). Pisa, Italy. June 2014.
  • Gita Zareika, Sept. 2014, Division Heads in Azeri, Paper presented at the ’17 International Conference on Turkish Linguistics’.
  • Morin-Lessard, E., Strahm, S., Page, M., & Zamuner, T.S., (2014, July). Novel Word Recognition: The Role of Production. Poster presented at the 2014 XXth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Quebec.
  • Morin-Lessard, E., Strahm, S., Page, M. & Zamuner, T.S., (2014, June). Spoken word recognition of produced versus heard words. Poster presented at Psychology Outside the Box Conference, uOttawa.
  • Chris Fennell. From phonetics to phonology: Insights from bilingual baby research, MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney (Sydney, AUS) on Aug. 27, 2014.

Presentations at the 8th annual Change and Variation in Canada/Changement et variation au Canada workshop. Our department was also represented by alumni, former postdoctoral fellows and their students.

  • Great aspirations: VOT in bilingual French (Suzanne Robillard)
  • Double trouble: The case of subject doubling in Ottawa-Hull (Nahed Mourad)
  • Glide realizations in Canadian mainstream vernacular English (Sonia Pritchard)
  • L’usage du subjonctif en francais acadien: Le cas du Nord-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick (Basile Roussel)
  • Investigating ‘opposing’ trends in the Quebec French mid vowels (Jeffrey Lamontagne)
  • Questioning the quantitative harmonic alignment in variationist dative alternation studies (Candice Toth)
  • Is Quebec French endangered? Using variation theory to assess the ‘qualité’ of a “threatened” language (Shana Poplack, Allison Lealess, Nathalie Dion).

Presentations at the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)

  • Zamuner, T.S.,Moore, C.,Strahm, S.,Weinhold, M.,Sullivan, E., & McIntyre, R. Picture naming task and the development of spoken word production. Symposium talk.
  • Zamuner, T.S.,Morin-Lessard, E., Strahn, S., & Page, M. Measuring the timecourse of spoken word recognition with and without production.

Presentations at the 19th Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany. July, 2014

  • Godbout-Beaulieu, S. & Fennell, C. T. The effect of lexical stress on the perception of phonemic details in 17-month-old
  • Fennell, C. T. & Hudon, T. M.  Bilingual infants’ accommodation of familiar and unfamiliar accented speech.
  • Von Holzen, K., Fennell, C. T. & Mani, N. The cognatefacilitation effect in bilingual and monolingual toddlers.
  • Tsui, A. S. M., Fennell, C. T., Byers-Heinlein, K. & Atkinson, C. L. Factors affecting infants’ word-object associations: A meta-analysis of results from the Switch task.

André Lapierre scholarship (2014)

The André Lapierre Scholarship was generously created by André Lapierre, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Linguistics. This annual scholarship is awarded to a deserving M.A. or Ph.D. student who demonstrates interest in the official languages of Canada or the French fact in America. It is preferably awarded to a Linguistics student who specializes in sociolinguistics and who is writing a thesis or research paper on Canada’s official languages (ideally French).  Congratulations to this year’s recipient, Suzanne Robillard, a first-year Ph.D. student whose research focuses on the phonetic properties of French spoken as a minority language in Canada.

Recent publications (May 2014)

Recent publications from U Ottawa Linguistics!

  • Poplack, Shana.  To appear. Norme prescriptive, norme communautaire et variation diaphasique. In Kragh, Kirsten & Lindschouw, Jan (eds.) Variations diasystémiques et leurs interdépendances. Travaux de linguistique romane.
  • Poplack, Shana & Torres Cacoullos, Rena.  In press. A variationist paradigm for linguistic emergence. In MacWhinney, Brian & O’Grady, William (eds.) The Handbook of Language Emergence.  Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Poplack, Shana.  In press.  Code-switching (Linguistic). International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.  2nd edition. Elsevier Science Ltd.
  • Kastronic, Laura & Poplack, Shana. To appear. The (North) American English subjunctive in the 21st century: revival or remnant? Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 20, 2: Selected papers from NWAV 42.
  • Robert Truswell, (to appear) “Binding theory”, in Routledge handbook of Syntax (ed. by Andrew Carnie, Daniel Siddiqi, and Yosuke Sato).
  • Michael Barrie & Éric Mathieu, (to appear) “Head movement”, in Routledge handbook of Syntax (ed. by Andrew Carnie, Daniel Siddiqi, and Yosuke Sato).
  • Zamuner, T.S., Morin-Lessard, E., & Bouchat-Laird, N. (in press). Phonological patterns in the lexical development of Canadian French. In. M. Yavaş (Ed.), Unusual Productions in Phonology: Universals and Language-specific considerations

Peter Milne, PhD Linguistics

Cheers to Peter Milne’s for defending his PhD in Linguistics on April 16th, 2014.

Thesis Title ‘The Variable Pronunciation of Word-final Consonant Clusters in a Force Aligned Corpus of Spoken French’

Thesis Supervisors Dr. Marie-Hélène Côté

External Examiner Dr. Morgan Sonderegger (McGill University)

Internal Examiner’s Drs. Ian Mackay, Jeff Mielke & Jamie White

SSHRC and NSERC 2014 grants

Congratulations to Laura Sabourin for receiving a SSHRC Insight Grant for the project “The bilingual mental lexicon: the role of age of acquisition and proficiency”.

Congratulations to Tania Zamuner for receiving an NSERC Discovery Grant for the project “Spoken word production in early language development”.

Updated department picture board

Thank you to Nova Starr who has refreshed and updated the department picture board.