The University of Toronto's Graduate Language Research Day (LRD) is a student-led academic conference  designed to foster connections and facilitate learning among graduate students exploring various facets of language research.  Our aim is to showcase the rich tapestry of language-related studies spanning departments, campuses, and affiliated hospitals at the University of Toronto, as well as engage with the wider community across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario.


Whether you're a current UofT student or visiting from another institution, LRD offers a welcoming platform for intellectual exchange, and best of all, attendance is completely free!


This year, LRD will embrace a hybrid format, granting attendees the flexibility to participate either in person at the University of Toronto St. George campus or virtually via Zoom.


We extend our gratitude to the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto for their support of our LRD2024.

LRD 2024 Poster Draft.pdf

Call for abstracts

We welcome abstract submissions from graduate students (Master's/PhD level) and postdoctoral researchers engaged in language research at any level or aspect. We encourage submissions showcasing research in progress, pre-registrations, or preliminary results. 

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words. While not mandatory, you may include in-text citations if referencing external work. Abstracts should be comprehensible to a general audience, defining any technical terms used. Each first author can submit up to two abstracts.

Abstract submissions are now open until April 21st, 2024, 11:59pm EST.  Decisions will be shared in early May.

For more information on how to submit an abstract on Oxford Abstracts, see a tutorial here.

Registration is now open!

Save the date for Graduate Language Research Day 2024!

Date: Monday, June 3rd, 2024

Format: Hybrid (option via Zoom)

In-person Location:  Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 500 University Avenue, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Questions? Contact us at language.research@utoronto.ca  

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Dr. Naomi Nagy

Dr. Naomi Nagy is a sociolinguistics professor at the University of Toronto. Her research analyzes language variation and change in linguistic contact contexts, currently examining how heritage languages are used in Toronto and how they change, generation by generation.

During her doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, she spent summers in Faeto, a mountaintop village in Italy, where she learned and documented an endangered variety of Francoprovençal spoken by descendants of immigrants from the French Alps who had migrated there some 800 years earlier. She was the first to look at that situation of language contact in terms of the social characteristics of the speakers. She has also been engaged in a study of French and English contact in Montreal, examining how the types and amounts of exposure to French influence how Montreal Anglophones use French, and how it differs from Francophones' French. Uniting her interests in urban Canadian contact situations and Faetar, she has developed a research project, Heritage Language Variation and Change (HLVC), to examine how a number of heritage languages, including Faetar, are used in Toronto – and specifically how (and if) they are changing from the homeland varieties, generation by generation. A book about the HLVC project will be published very soon by Cambridge University Press: Heritage Languages: Extending Variationist Approaches.

More information to come!

Agenda and Abstracts

A tentative schedule will be available here and may be subject to changes. We advise you to visit this page regularly to stay informed of the latest developments.

Sponsors

FAQs

I'm submitting an abstract. Do I need to follow any specific format? 

Graduate students (Master / PhD level) and postdoctoral researchers can submit an abstract about research on any aspect or level of language. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words. No references are required but in-text citations may be added if you would like to cite external work. Your abstract should be understandable by a general audience. Please also define any technical terms. 

How can I register for LRD?

Registration for Language Research Day is now open. Please visit to get registered today: https://register.oxfordabstracts.com/event/50815?preview=false 

Where is the LRD taking place?

We will be hosting LRD in-person at the Rehabilitation Sciences Building at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus). LRD is a hybrid event, more details will be available closer to the date. 

LRD Archives

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