Though an English colony since 1610, the linguistic flavour of the province was seasoned by Irish, French, Portuguese, and Basque settlers as well, resulting in one of the world’s most distinct English dialects. In 1982, The Dictionary of Newfoundland English emerged as the authoritative text on the dialect. In honour of the dictionary’s 30th anniversary, Memorial is hosting a two-day symposium.
On November 9 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm, colleagues of the dictionary’s editors will share stories, along with music by Boyd Chubbs.
On November 10 from 8am to 5pm, scholars will present on the fascinating nuances of the dialect. The free symposium takes place in A1046. Eh b’y.