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Bilingualism and multilingualism examined by prominent experts at McGill.

What’s the state of bilingualism in Canada? How is multilingualism faring within the larger North American context? These are just two of the questions that language experts will be examining during two discussions on bilingualism and multilingualism being held at McGill University.

Multilingualism Within the North American Context will be the suject du jour on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Redpath Concert Hall (859 Sherbrooke St. W.). The featured speaker will be Claude Hagège, author and professor at the Collège de France where he holds the Linguistics Theory Chair. Some of Hagège’s published works include L’homme de paroles (Fayard, Paris, 1985), Le souffle de la langue: Voies et destins des parlers d’Europe (Odile Jacob, Paris, 1992) and L’enfant aux deux langues (Odile Jacob, Paris, 1996). He is the recipient of the 1986 Prix de l’Académie française, the 1991 Légion d’honneur and a 1995 CNRS Gold Medal.

The Round Table on Bilingualism follows on Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, from 10 a.m. to noon, in room 232 of the Leacock Building (855 Sherbrooke St. W.). Speakers will include: Gilles Bibeau of the Université de Montréal’s Linguistics Department, Richard Bourhis, Université du Québec à Montréal’s Psychology Department, Michel Paradis of McGill University’s Linguistics Department and Hélène Riel-Salvatore from McGill’s English and French Language Centre.

Please note that all discussions will be held in English and are open to the public or media alike. For more information on the talks, please consult the Quebec Studies web site.