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The 44th Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association
Saint Mary’s University (Halifax/Kjipuktuk)
November 4-5, 2022

Keynote on Maritime Sign LanguageExhibit on Sign Languages of CanadaCall for papersAbstract submissionProgramRegistrationConference venueDinnerSponsors



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Keynote on Maritime Sign Language

Beverly Buchanan (Lamar University)

Preservation of Maritime Sign Language: an endangered language of Canada

Maritime Sign Language (MSL) emerged in the easternmost provinces in Canada with origins traced as far back as to the Weald, a region in Southeastern England. British sign language is a root language that led to the creation of MSL. This type of language emersion is known as a Deaf community sign language, which occurs when Deaf people from different places and cultures share a common location. Given changes in history, Glottolog 4.6, a bibliographic database of the world's lesser-known languages, now categorizes MSL as an endangered language. Linguistic documentation and analysis of MSL are imperative given the depleted number of current native MSL signers. Documentation of a number of native MSL signs occurred based on videos created between 1995 and 2000. The primary purpose of such documentation was to reflect the most common signs of the MSL users. The research found a difference between genders as the influenced signs were found among men in comparison to women. This difference showed their daily life experiences of men as being more involved in the community and outside of the home whereas women stayed at home. Therefore, ASL-MSL language contact and interference were detected as the signers kept correcting themselves by shifting from ASL to MSL signs. The aim of this study is to set the stage for the creation of an online MSL dictionary that is stored digitally for future research.

Friday November 4, 17:30–18:30, Sobey Building (SB), room 265


Exhibit on Sign Languages of Canada

This edition of APLA will feature a travelling exhibit of the Canadian Language Museum focusing on Sign Languages in Canada. The exhibit will be set up in the Patrick Power Library (main floor). This exhibit introduces viewers to six Sign Languages used in Canada: American Sign Language, Langue des signes québécoise, Plains Indian Sign Language, Inuit Sign Language, Maritime Sign Language, and Oneida Sign Language. Maps, videos and illustrations explain the histories and unique characteristics of these different languages.

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Call for papers

After a three-year pause due to the pandemic, the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association is resuming its regular conference with the next (44th) meeting to be held at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax/Kjipuktuk, Nova Scotia, from Friday November 4 to Saturday November 5, 2022. APLA meetings have traditionally been a platform for discussion focusing on language varieties, especially those spoken and used in the Atlantic region of Canada, but the conference does not have any boundaries in terms of empirical or theoretical coverage. The goal is to offer an open and stimulating environment for students as well as emerging and established researchers. Authors, especially students, from other regions of Canada (and beyond) are invited to present their research, whether it is a completed project or work in progress. We are planning to maintain the tradition of in-person meetings, but we are ready to accommodate those who cannot travel for financial or other reasons (a virtual mode of presentation is an option).


Abstract submission

Authors are invited to submit an abstract, in French or English, for a 20-minute talk followed by a 10-minute question period. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, excluding title and references, and must be anonymous. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 9, 2022. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of September.

The abstracts have to be submitted on EasyChair.



Detailed program with abstracts

Zoom link: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/81288171114?pwd=dDRVVDN4WGtBeU9YWDdDYjZBdGJPdz09

Virtual talks are marked in green. [ASL] – talks with ASL/English interpreting.

Friday November 4

Sobey Building (SB), room 265


Welcoming remarks

Session 1 chaired by Egor Tsedryk



Mark Scott (Memorial University)

Celts among the Normans: a new take on the Celtic origins of English constructions



Megan Gotowski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Null expletives in Modern French: diachronic change and evidence for a hybrid system




Session 2 chaired by Daniel Hall


Saleem Abdelhady (The American University of the Middle East)

The syntax of vocatives of entreatyː PP vocatives



Natalia Brambatti Guzzo (Saint Mary’s University), Guilherme D. Garcia (Université Laval)

Effects from the heritage language on the dominant language: stress in Veneto-Portuguese contact



Griffin Cahill (York University)

The rhotic consonant(s) in Contemporary Modern Irish



Lunch break

Session 3 chaired by Natália Brambatti Guzzo


Alexandra Tsedryk (Mount Saint Vincent University)

Creating a list of 100 idiomatic expressions for teaching purposes based on psycholinguistic normative studies and frequency data from corpora



Jasmina Milićević (Dalhousie University)

Empathetic use of human-denoting nouns in Serbian



Domenic Rosati (Dalhousie University)

Computational methods for analyzing stance in scientific texts




Session 4 chaired by Carmen Leblanc


Claire Bourély (Université de Montréal)

De la dénomination du quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve à la création d'un quartier imaginé



Wladyslaw Cichocki (University of New Brunswick), Svetlana Kaminskaia (University of Waterloo)

Style, âge et débit d’articulation dans trois variétés de français au Canada




The Murray Kinloch Memorial Lecture chaired by Daniel Hall


Invited presenter

Beverly Buchanan (Lamar University)

Preservation of Maritime Sign Language: an endangered language of Canada


Saturday November 5

Burke Building (B), room 218

Session 5 chaired by Alexandra Tsedryk


Cynthia Potvin (Université de Moncton)

Variation morphosyntaxique en espagnol langue seconde et étrangère : état de la situation



Bernard Mulo Farenkia (Cape Breton University)

« Saute et calle en l’air !» - « Tu vas lire l’heure ! » - Phraséologismes pragmatiques et dynamiques du français au Cameroun



Florence Trudeau (Université de Sherbrooke)

Un auxiliaire nommé être ou avoir? Une étude sociolinguistique de l’alternance de l’auxiliaire en français madelinot au tournant du 20e siècle




Session 6 chaired by Bernard Mulo Farenkia


Raymond Mopoho (Dalhousie University)

Hybridité et traduction dans les œuvres littéraires postcoloniales



Jean-Guy Mboudjeke (University of Windsor)

Lire « The Listener » : in the Shadow of the Holocaust d’Irène Oore comme une pseudotraduction : implications théoriques et pratiques



Brenna D’Arcy (Nova Scotia Community College), Terrellyn Fearn (Turtle Island Institute), Holly Green (independent)

Mi'kmaq honour song translation project



Annual general meeting (with lunch)

Session 7 chaired by Elissa Asp


Mir Sabbir Hasan (University of Bremen)

The status of Bangladeshi English in the family of world Englishes



Eric Henry (Saint Mary’s University)

Chronotopic modernity: language choices and landscape in Shenyang, China



Paul De Decker (Memorial University)

Unspeakable: sociolinguistic ideologies and concealable identities among guests on a podcast for people who stutter




Session 8 chaired by Jasmina Milićević


Philip Comeau (Université du Québec à Montréal), Ruth King (York University), Carmen LeBlanc (Carleton University)

The interplay of yes-no questions and negation in Acadian Dialects



Basile Roussel (Université de Moncton), Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)

“More French than anything, you know?” A variationist account of you know in Northeastern Ontario



Eden Hambleton (Université de Moncton)

L’ouverture à l’Autre : quel rôle joue l’identité uni-/bi-/multilingue sur les représentations de l’Autre dans les communautés francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick?



Dinner (see here for details)



The registration fee for the conference is (Canadian) $100 ($70 for retired persons and students) + 15% of harmonized sales tax (HST). This fee includes membership dues to support the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association ($15 for retired persons and students and $30 for all other members). The fees have to be paid online by a credit card (Visa or Mastercard). 

Registration form



Conference venue

Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Halifax/Kjipuktuk, NS, Canada B3H 3C3


Campus map

Information about temporary parking

November 4 Sobey Building (SB), room 265 November 5 Burke Building (B), room 218
Sobey Building _A2Z9227



The dinner following the conference will be held on Saturday Novemebr 5 at 19:30. The restaurant is within 25-minute walk from the conference venue:    

Trattoria da Claudio 

1569 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS

You can see the menu here. Vegeterian and vegan options are not listed separately, but they can readily be accomodated. Please notify the conference organizers about your dietary restrictions. 

As we are a large group, the participants are kindly asked to pay 18% gratuity for the service.