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Submitted by nnreimer on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:58pm

Explore the research and academic reading and working groups advancing the field of linguistics.

Psycholinguistics Lab Group

The goals of the Psycholinguistics Lab Group are to gain a deeper understanding of current psycholinguistic research and to inform future work. We are especially interested in research involving adult native speakers and second language learners. The group, which consists of graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and other interested researchers, meets every second Thursday at 1:00 pm in the Laboratory for Interactive Psycholinguistics (Craigie Hall D506).

To find out when during the semester the group will meet, please contact Mary O'Brien (

Syntactic reading group

One of the areas that we are reaching critical mass in is in Syntax, but you cannot be at your best without discussing the contemporary issues with your colleagues. The Syntactic Reading Group is being revived to read and discuss current topics in this sub-discipline stemming from the interests of the group members. Trying to figure out how to apply external research to your own? Want help looking for that fatal flaw in an article you need to cite? Or perhaps you just want to see if some of your interpretations of an article are on the right track – that’s exactly what this group is for.

To be added to the mailing list (so we can pick dates/times/articles), please contact Joseph Windsor (

Working group in Blackfoot

For information, contact Joey Windsor ( A new working group who will look at recent Blackfoot elicitations, discuss questions arising from working with speakers of the language, and to work through the chapters and questions in the Blackfoot Grammar (Frantz 2009) in order to develop a better understanding of this local Aboriginal Language.

Working group in translation studies

For the upcoming academic year, the group will continue to actively organize events and facilitate dialogue with the aim of broadening the interest in translation, especially among undergraduate students. The group’s continued participation in workshops and lectures, such as the upcoming LRC workshop “I’d like to know more about …” in November 2015 will raise awareness about the significance of translation for an understanding of our global cultures and societies. 

For more information about the Working Group Translation Studies, please contact Isabell Woelfel (

The Cercle Benveniste

The Cercle Benveniste is coming back this Fall for its sixth season. For those new to the University of Calgary academic community and do not know what it’s about, the Cercle Benveniste started in 2013 as an informal linguistics club. It’s now an officially recognized research group that hosts a forum of discussion, open to anyone (colleagues as well as students) interested in linguistics. All are invited to come, brainstorm, debate and exchange ideas about any aspect, subject or topic related to language science.

The Cercle is meant to be, in some ways, a peripatetic school where the participants would, just like Émile Benveniste himself, wander into the nooks and crannies of the discipline, interrogating issues that remain unclear or are overlooked, a priories and impasses… In brief, participants would explore different aspects of language, looking for Problèmes de linguistique générale (Problems in General Linguistics, the title of Benveniste’s most notable collection of texts). To this end, they’ve been invited to bring along questions to answer, books or articles to read, various magazine or newspaper pieces reporting on language, etc. – basically any document, artifact or wonderment that can spark or feed the discussion in a relaxed atmosphere (i.e., people can just come and go – no rsvp needed, sit or stand, chat or listen).