Sapir in Montreal (by Patricia Houde)

In this post, I will discuss ideas that emerged while reading Mehdi Babaei’s post as well as the first chapter of Aneta Pavlenko’ (2014) book: The bilingual mind and what it tells us about language and thought. Thanks to Mela Sarkar for recommending it. Since the city of Montreal is at the centerpiece of this reflection, I’d like to provide a brief description as offered by Wikipedia:

«Montréal est la deuxième plus grande ville du Canada et se situe dans le sud de la province du Québec, dont elle est la principale métropole3. Elle est la ville francophone la plus peuplée d’Amérique4 et aussi l’une des plus grandes villes francophones du monde. Montréal est considérée comme la quatrième ville francophone au monde après Paris5,6,7,8. Sa population est trois fois plus nombreuse que celle de la ville de Québec, la capitale de la province9. En 2014, la ville comptait 1 988 243 habitants10 et son aire urbaine plus de quatre millions11. En 2011, environ 50 % de sa population était de langue française, 13 % était de langue anglaise et 33 % était d’une autre langue12, faisant ainsi de Montréal une des villes les plus cosmopolites du monde13.» 

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Montréal interculturel (by Dr. Mela Sarkar)

It’s another New Year, incredibly and inexorably, which for those of us in academia means another new term with all its teaching-related and/or other scholarly tasks. We may be, and probably are, teaching undergraduates or second language students. We are also almost certainly working on research projects of some kind and thinking about how to tell people about them, through our writing or our presenting at conferences. All that presents certain funding challenges and we are dealing with them as best we may.
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