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SECOND Call for Papers
Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association
Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia
20-21 October 2017
Guest Speaker: Charles Boberg, McGill University
Author of The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts on their research, in English or French, in any area of linguistics and especially on the conference theme exploring Canadian languages and regional variants, their roles, and the features that make them distinctive and that sustain them. Graduate students are especially welcome. Presentations are 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 for discussion).

Canadian English, Past, Present, and Future

Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation provides a good opportunity to reflect on the historical development and current status of Canadian English, one of the most distinctive aspects of Canadian cultural identity (particularly in a modern, globalized world where other forms of cultural distinctiveness have declined or disappeared). This talk will examine standard Canadian English in both vocabulary and pronunciation: how it evolved historically, how it distinguishes Canadian from other types of English today, how it is changing toward the future and how it varies across the country.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by Friday, September 15, 2017 to Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and replies sent as promptly as possible, but no later than the end of September.

The registration fee for the conference is $80 ($50 for retirees and $35 for students) and presenters must be members of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association. For more information, please visit or the conference website at For further information contact Bill Davey at

Additional information

Both Air Canada and WestJet fly to Sydney. Cambridge Suites Sydney (380 Esplanade, Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 1B1, 902-562-6500; Toll Free 1-800-565-9466) will provide a block of rooms for the APLA 41 conference on October 20 & 21st at $129 plus taxes. These rooms will be held until September 20. The one bedroom suites have a king bed, kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker and gated parking is included. Three rooms with two double beds are also available. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served daily. This hotel is adjacent to a boardwalk beside the harbour and is close to various restaurants.

Other hotels are available in Sydney, including the Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront (also on the Esplanade, 902-562-7500), and the Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney (on 60 Maillard St., Membertou, 902-564-6555), as well as other hotels and bed-and-breakfast accommodations.


Journal call for papers:

Linguistica Atlantica

Editor: Paul De Decker, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, NF.

Linguistica Atlantica is the journal of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistics Association and publishes peer reviewed articles in any area of linguistics. Languages of publication are English or French.

​Submissions of papers or proposals should​ be sent to ​Paul De Decker

They should conform to the Linguist Link's Unified style sheet for Linguistics (, with footnotes.

The papers should be saved in Word and pdf and the two anonymous versions should be attached to an e-mail message containing the author’s information.

Updated October 28, 2017