Welcome to the CRLCC 

The Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact is the bilingual research unit of Glendon College, York University.  Its main goal is to foster innovative and collaborative interdisciplinary research on language and language-related areas.

Language contact occurs when individuals or groups acquire the language and culture of other groups or when they interact through the language of members of other groups. Among the topics that fall within the purview of language contact one can mention: second or multiple language acquisition, societal or individual bilingualism, minority language maintenance or loss, bilingualism and cognition, the role of language and cultural contact in language change, genesis of pidgin and Creole languages, the linguistic and cultural dimensions of translation…

Thus the study of language contact can be approached from the perspective of several complementary disciplines (e.g., linguistics, translation, sociology, demography, psychology, political science, human geography, history, comparative literature…).          

The CRLCC is located on the Second Floor in York Hall at the Glendon campus – York University.


What we do: 

The CRLCC is home to multiple research clusters covering s diverse range of topics that contribute to the field of Language and Culture Contact. Current research clusters include:

For more detailed information on the current research activities of the CRLCC members click here.

  • Acquisition of a 5th or 6th language in a multilingual context
  • Acquisition of minority languages
  • Contrastive linguistics
  • Dialect contact and mixing
  • Integrating socio-cultural and linguistic contact into a theory of linguistic variation and change
  • Language ecology
  • Language and technology
  • Linguistic description of pidgins and creoles
  • Linguistic variation and change in contact languages
  • Minority language maintenance
  • Multilingual/bilingual/minority language education
  • Second language acquisition (SLA) and pedagogy
  • Translation

To further research collaboration, we will be hosting a series of brown bag lunches (12h00-13h30 – Glendon campus – day and location to be chosen on a rotation basis). 

Those who would like to present a paper (published or drafts) should circulate them  1 week before their presentation. Please send these to crlc_crcl@glendon.yorku.ca. Since the aim is to get to know each others’ work, we encourage every effort to participate in as many of these research meetings as you can.

 Upcoming Brown Bag Talks

Wednesday March 4, 2020-CANCELED

13 : 00 – 14 : 30
(Canadian Language Museum)
CRLCC Brown Bag Lunch / MDS Seminar


A Multilingual Dictionary for Mambila, a Minority Language

Professor Bruce Connell

In this presentation, Dr. Connell will discuss various aspects of compiling a multilingual dictionary for a small language set in a relatively remote part of West-Central Africa. Topics touched on include not so much the technical side of lexicography, but rather more its human and philosophical aspects, such as which languages to include, who and how many to work with, and how to get started.