The sociolinguistics of (not) being queer (by Kathleen Green)

“Language gains the power to create ‘the socially real’ through the locutionary acts of speaking subjects.” (Butler, 1999, p. 146)

“There are some very common meanings we have learned to make, and take for granted as common sense, but which support the power of one social group to dominate another.” (Lemke, 1995, p. 2)  Continue reading

BILDing my scholarly communication skills: The 3-minute thesis edition (plus bonus VIDEO!) (by Lauren Godfrey-Smith)


As many of our readers will know, part of being a BILDer means being critical, pushing boundaries, and speaking back to established academic norms of in terms of the way that we do, share, and talk about research. In the last several years since we started BILD, this has taken shape through a number of small and large projects, one of which is this blog, a space where we and other members of the extended BILD community can talk about critical issues that matter to us without the restrictions and wait-times of the peer-review journal process. Ultimately, we seek innovative and creative ways to engage critically as scholars. At the personal level, this critical boundary-pushing revealed itself at the methodological level through my autoethnography, walking interviews, and other innovative research methodologies that I used in my field work. Continue reading

Cowboys & Indians at YYC (by April Passi)

This year, the annual conference for the Association canadienne de linquistique appliquée/ Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CALL/ACLA) was held in Calgary, Alberta. I participated in my capacity as an RA and a member of BILD. It was wonderful to support one another during our presentations and to debrief afterwards. After squeezing in a visit with my sister, I’m ready to head back to Montreal. As I wait for a green tea in the Calgary airport, feeling slightly grouchy due a half-hour delay before take off, my eyes wander up to a large and very colourful mural that covers the entire upper archway and wall. Continue reading

LA COMMUNAUTÉ CRÉOLOPHONE ET LA LANGUE D’ENSEIGNEMENT MAJORITAIRE AU QUÉBEC : yon ti braselide sou sitiyasyon elèv ki gen kreyòl kòm lang manman yo nan Monreyal an patikilye (Par Dr. Venus Darius)

Bienvenue Dr Venus Darius à la communauté LIDA! Venus Darius vient de terminer ses études doctorales à l’Université Laval. Il a enseigné le créole à l’Université d’État d’Haïti et il a eu des publications de poésie et d’articles en créole. Ses intérêts de recherche sont la langue créole et l’enseignement, la persévérance scolaire et la réussite scolaire des nouveaux arrivants haïtiens en Amérique du Nord.  Continue reading