QODAS – Quebec-Ontario Dialogues on Acquisition and Spanish
The 15th Quebec-Ontario Dialogues on Acquisition and Spanish (QODAS) presents research on language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism.
QODAS is a joint initiative between four Quebec and Ontario universities to create a space for graduate students and professors to present their ongoing work and provide feedback on each other’s projects. This collaborative effort to engage in an active dialogue has grown to include not only projects on acquisition but also projects that touch on any linguistic topic in Spanish and Portuguese more broadly.
In the last twenty-five years research on language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism has acquired great importance, within cognitive science in general and linguistics in particular, because language is in the focus of debates about the nature of the human mind and, in those debates, the acquisition of Spanish language has played a crucial role.
These annual meetings have been a referent experience for researchers (postgraduate students and professors) that are part of the laboratories and research teams of the different universities.
Four of the most important universities in Quebec and Ontario have collaborated in the organization of these meetings, with the participation of postgraduate students and professors of the Linguistics and Modern Languages programs of the University of Western Ontario (2005, 2009, 2013, 2017), the Department of Spanish and Portuguese of the University of Toronto (2006, 2010, 2014), the Department of Literature and Modern Languages of the University of Montreal (2008, 2012, 2016) and of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures of the University of Ottawa (2007, 2011, 2015).