Belonging, Identity, Language, Diversity Research Group (BILD)

Groupe de Recherche Langage, Identité, Diversité, Appartenance (LIDA)

The BILD group was founded at McGill University in 2013, and is made up of current and former graduate students and faculty members in Education.  We share a common interest in researching issues of belonging, identity, language, and diversity from a critical sociolinguistics perspective.  Many of us have done or are doing research that directly relates to Montréal’s complex sociolinguistic dynamic.  In contrast to theories that view language as monolithic, discrete, and measurable, we take the view that language is a social practice.  Fundamentally, we believe that the study of language cannot be separated from individuals’ lived experiences. The purpose of the BILD group is multidimensional: Within our group, we provide opportunities for peer support, collaboration, and dialogue about the issues that are of interest to us.  Looking outward, we seek to foster dialogue within our faculty, the university, and the international sociolinguistics community.  Some of our major accomplishments have included: founding the BILD/ LIDA blog, establishing a social media presence, organizing and hosting symposia, doing conference presentations, and holding a Speaker Series (invited talks from visiting scholars).  In 2017, we launched our newest project: the Journal of BILD/ Revue de LIDA.