Canadian English Links

Some external links about Canadian English:

  • The online Canadian Encyclopedia contains a nice overview of Canadian English by McGill linguist Charles Boberg.

  • Jack Chambers, a professor emeritus in the Linguistics Department at the University of Toronto, has created a survey of linguistic features traditionally characterizing the English of Canadians as well as a way to map retention or loss of these features. See this introduction to his website Dialect Topography.

  • The Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles is an impressive resource containing thousands of carefully researched and documented Canadian words and their histories. The Strathy Language Unit partnered with the editorial team based at the University of British Columbia to produce the second edition. ​

  • The International Corpus of English (ICE) contains corpora from 20 varieties of English, including a corpus of Canadian English. The corpora are freely available for non-commercial academic research and may be downloaded under license from the site.

  • The Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador is a new interactive online resource that displays the geographical distribution of features from the traditional English dialects in the province.

  • The Variationist Sociolinguistics Laboratory led by Sali Tagliamonte at the University of Toronto has a fascinating page on Dialects of Ontario with examples drawn from their ongoing research.

  • A wonderful source for information on lexical items in the Newfoundland variety of English is the 1982 Dictionary of Newfoundland English by G.M. Story, W.J. Kirwin, and J.D.A. Widdowson, now available on-line.