Plenary Speakers


Dr. Lydia White

James McGill Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Research Interests: Generative Second-Language Acquisition

Dr. Lydia White is James McGill Professor of Linguistics Emeritus and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has a BA/MA in Moral Sciences and Psychology from Cambridge University (1969), and a PhD in Linguistics from McGill (1980). Her research centers on second language acquisition, particularly the roles of Universal Grammar and the mother tongue. She is Co-Editor of the book series Language Acquisition and Language Disorders (published by John Benjamins), Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics and she is on the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Language Acquisition, Lingua, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, Second Language Research. She has published numerous scholarly articles and is the author of two acclaimed textbooks that have influenced the training of researchers world-wide. She has supervised more than 25 PhD students working on topics relating to second language acquisition.



Dr. Johanne Paradis

Professor of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Associate Chair (Graduate) of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta


Research Interests: Bilingual, second language, and heritage language acquisition in children; Bilingual acquisition of morphosyntax and narrative skills

Dr. Johanne Paradis is Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta. Dr. Paradis studies language acquisition and bilingualism in children with typical development and in children with developmental disorders, with a focus on children learning English as a second language from immigrant and refugee families. Dr. Paradis received her MA and BA in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from McGill University in 1998. After completing her postdoctoral studies at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University, Dr. Paradis joined the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta in 2000. Dr. Paradis is also the Director of the Bilingual Acquisition Lab of Alberta and currently holds the position of Editor of the Journal of Child Language (2016 – ).

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Dr. Viorica Marian

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University


Research Interests:  Bilingualism, Multilingualism;  Language and Cognition; Language Processing, Development and Learning; Language and Memory; Audio-Visual Interaction

Dr. Viorica Marian is the Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. She directs the Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group, with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Marian received her PhD in Psychology from Cornell University and Master’s degrees from Emory University and Cornell University. She previously served as Department Chair and as Chair of the NIH Study Section on Language and Communication, and is a recipient of the University of Alaska Alumni of Achievement Award, the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, and the Editor’s Award for best paper from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Using eye-tracking, mouse-tracking, computational modeling, fMRI, and EEG, Marian studies the cognitive, neural, and linguistic consequences of bilingualism and multilingualism, and is the author of the forthcoming popular science book “The Power of Language.”




Dr. Barbara E. Bullock

Professor in French Linguistics at the University of Texas, Austin


Research Interests: Code-switching; bilingualism and language contact; language variation and change; sociophonetics; computational and corpus linguistics

Dr. Barbara E. Bullock is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of French & Italian at the University of Texas. She received her Ph.D in Linguistics from University of Delaware. She specializes in the effects of bilingualism and language contact on linguistic structure. With her colleagues and students, she explores the power of corpus linguistics and NLP (Natural Language Processing) as effective tools in research on bilingual speech forms. In their BATs (Bilingual Annotation TaskS) research group, they are currently working to quantify and visualize language mixing and its intermittency to enable corpus comparison.

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