Department of English


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Strathy Language Unit


The Strathy Language Unit is a research unit at Queen’s University dedicated to the study of the English language in Canada. The unit was founded in 1981 by a bequest from J.R. Strathy, a Queen’s alumnus with a lifelong passion for the English language.

Strathy Language Unit, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room F406

Strathy Language Unit, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room F406

The mission of the unit is to initiate, support and promote research on Canadian English from a variety of perspectives. Topics of inquiry may include dialectal variation, historical change, language and identity, standardization and the relationship between English and Canada's other languages — Canadian varieties of French, Aboriginal languages and the heritage languages of immigrant communities.

Activities of the unit include undertaking research projects, producing a student working papers series, maintaining a digital Canadian English corpus and bibliography, mentoring student researchers, hosting occasional conferences and sponsoring the undergraduate course Canadian English at Queen’s.

Learn more about the Strathy Language Unit.