Department of Modern Languages Research

Outside of academia, one tends to think of professors principally as teachers. In fact, as part of a research institution, faculty members of the Department of Modern Languages are both researchers and teachers. They generate knowledge through their own research and by supervising graduate work, and diseminate knowledge through publications, conferences, public lectures and teaching.

Faculty members at the University of Lethbridge are happy to involve undergraduate students in their research projects. Our faculty members often collaborate with other departments, community members and employers on research projects — giving you the opportunity to get additional hands-on experience.

As each faculty member has one or more areas of research specialization, the Department of Modern Languages is home to a rich and varied group of research areas, including:

Literatures:

French

  • Early twentieth-century French women novelists.
  • Quebec author, Gérard Bessette (1920-2005).
  • Silence as a subversive literary device and monstrosity as difference in Quebec Literature.
  • French nineteenth-century literature (in particular Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert),
  • Representations of gender and sexual difference
  • Psychoanalysis and literature

Spanish:

  • Textual criticism of plays by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600 - 1681)
  • Medieval and Early Modern women's writing
  • The representation of Women in the Medieval and Early Modern Period
  • Spanish Golden Age theatre
  • Hispanic Linguistics

First Nations languages

  • Blackfoot grammar and lexicography

Applied linguistics

  • Language Pedagogy
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • L2 Language Socialization
  • Aboriginal language revitalization
  • Computer analysis of student writing
  • Pragmatics of Spanish
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning

Theoretical linguistics

  • Functional Discourse Grammar
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse Analysis

Sociolinguistics

  • Indigenous English Dialects