Round table to look at language policy of the future

Where is language policy heading in the future? Find out when the Graduate Program in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics in York’s Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (DLLL) holds a round-table discussion on the topic at the inauguration of its PhD program.

New Directions in Language Policy: Four Conversations will take place Friday, March 19, from 8:30am to 4pm in the Glendon Senior Common Room, York Hall, Glendon campus.

Ian Martin (left), coordinator of Linguistics & Language Studies at Glendon, will head the first discussion, Inuit Language Policy, with Alexina Kublu, the Nunavut languages commissioner; Navarana Beveridge, director of social policy of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association; sociology and anthropology Professor Donna Patrick of Carleton University; and Stéphane Cloutier, special adviser for language act implementation requirements with the Government of Nunavut.

The second panel, talking about First Nations Language Policy, will also be headed up by Martin and will include Amos Key Jr. of the First Nationas Woodland Cultural Centre and the Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council; linguistics Professor Carrie Dyck of Memorial University; Honorary Research Professor Barbara Burnaby of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University; and Professor Raymond Mougeon director of the Centre for Research on Language Contact at Glendon.

The discussion on Language & Settlement Policy will be led by York applied linguistics Professor Brian Morgan (right) and will include Professor Andrew Clifford, chair of the School of Translation at Glendon; language studies Professor Ellen Cray of Carleton University; education Professor Doug Fleming of the University of Ottawa; and Barbara Burnaby.

The final discussion will look at New Theoretical Directions in Language Policy with Professor Eve Haque of York’s DLLL heading the panel, which includes York education Professor Heather Lotherington; DLLL PhD candidate Jeff Millar; Donna Patrick; and education Professor Lisa Taylor of Bishop’s University.

The round table is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Undergraduate Program in Linguistics and Glendon College.

For more information, contact Jan Martin at, Brian Morgan at, or Eve Haque at