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This Survey is on Fleek!
Date: February 11, 2019 |  Category: News

How does your knowledge of a few recent slang terms compare to that of our survey participants?

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Bibliography Update
Date: February 10, 2019 |  Category: News

We have updated our online bibliography - now at almost 4000 sources! Search for journal articles, books and other resources on Canadian English, and let us know if you have any additions.


In Need of a Name
Date: January 23, 2019 |  Category: In the Media

You may be a proud Manitoban, Newfoundlander or Nova Scotian, but what are you if you proudly hail from the Northwest Territories?


Spelling Survey
Date: January 22, 2019 |  Category: News

The results of our latest "bulletin board" survey are in! Click the image to see how your preferences compare to those of our participants.

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'Tender-Age Shelter'
Date: January 7, 2019 |  Category: News

Members of the American Dialect Society voted on their word of the year, and the winner is "tender-age shelter". Ben Zimmer, chair of the New Words Committee explains, “The use of highly euphemistic language to paper over the human effects of family separation was an indication of how words in 2018 could be weaponized for political necessity. But the bureaucratic phrasing ended up backfiring, as reports of the term served to galvanize opposition to the administration’s border policy.”

See the committee's report for the runners up as well as slang of the year, hashtag of the year, and more!


Canadian English Talks at ADS
Date: January 3, 2019 |  Category: News

Canadian English research is off to a great start in 2019! The annual meeting of the American Dialect Society is underway in New York City, January 3-6. The opening session featured these four great talks on Canadian English:

  • Tracking change in Canadian English utterance-initial discourse markers, Lisa Schlegl (University of Toronto)
  • Sounding like a “Sounder”: Dialect accommodation in Ontario, Canada, Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto), Tim Gadanidis (University of Toronto), Jean-François Juneau (University of Toronto), Kinza Mahoon (University of Toronto), Andrei Munteanu (University of Toronto), Lisa Schlegl (University of Toronto), Fiona Wilson (University of Toronto)
  • “He come out and give me a beer, but he never seen the bear”: Old preterites in Ontario dialects, Bridget L. Jankowski (University of Toronto), Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)
  • Exploring the sounds of Multicultural Toronto English, Derek Denis (University of Toronto Mississauga), Vidhya Elango (University of Toronto Mississauga), Nur Sakinah Nor Kamal (University of Toronto Mississauga), Srishti Prashar (University of Toronto Mississauga), Maria Velasco (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Check out the program for more Canadian English content in the coming days!


Click here to read 2018 posts.