November 17, 2019 Hours:
11 am to 4 pm

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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
Senior/Child $3
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Calendar Event
Event Date:
Jun 15/2019
Dialect-ly Speaking

Start Time:
02:00 PM
End Time:
03:00 PM

Who sounds like they’re from Parry Sound?

Exploring History, Culture and Language in Ontario Communities


Presented by Professor Sali A. Tagliamonte, University of Toronto

Canadian English is thought to be the same across the country; however, new research is uncovering considerable diversity, particularly in small towns with a strong local identity. During mid to late 1800’s immigration into Ontario from Britain and Europe resulted in small settlements that were often dominated by one ancestral group or another. Parry Sound had a predominantly British base and a mixed farming and pulp and paper industry that was stable up to the end of the 20th century. Not surprisingly then, the community is well-known to have distinct language features making it an ideal place for research.

Recent data collection in Parry Sound has resulted in nearly 150 oral histories from local residents of different ages. By studying words, expressions and sayings in these stories, scientists can track the history and culture of a place and uncover its unique story within Ontario communities.

Sali A. Tagliamonte, Canada Research Chair in Language Variation and Change and a Professor at the University of Toronto will talk about her recent findings. Her lively presentation style will give you a vibrant taste of the community and leave you wishing you too, could sound like you’re from Parry Sound (if you don’t already)!

Admission to this lecture is by donation.








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