Bilingualism and multilingualism examined by prominent experts at McGill.
Whats 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 Hagèges published works include Lhomme de paroles (Fayard, Paris, 1985), Le souffle de la langue: Voies et destins des parlers dEurope (Odile Jacob, Paris, 1992) and Lenfant aux deux langues (Odile Jacob, Paris, 1996). He is the recipient of the 1986 Prix de lAcadémie française, the 1991 Légion dhonneur 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 Montréals Linguistics Department, Richard Bourhis, Université du Québec à Montréals Psychology Department, Michel Paradis of McGill Universitys Linguistics Department and Hélène Riel-Salvatore from McGills 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.