Current Issue

No. 26 (2015): Regional Language Studies...Newfoundland

Editor: William J. Kirwin

Editors of this issue: Suzanne Power and Sandra Clarke

English Language Research Centre

Management Committee

William Kirwin       Sandra Clarke

Paul De Decker     Philip Hiscock

Robert Hollett       Gerard Van Herk

Jeff Webb            Jennifer Lokash (ex officio)

Suzanne Power (ex officio)

The English Language Research Centre was created in 1986, in part, to encourage and facilitate the continued investigation of the English language and cognate topics in Newfoundland. Current and future numbers of Regional Language Studies...Newfoundland are available through Memorial University's Open Access journals at:

Regional Language Studies provides information on  projects ongoing in the Centre and articles and notes under the principal research headings of ELRC: the English language in its historical, regional, and social dimensions, place-names and cartographic history, family names, and editing of Newfoundland texts. Articles on non-English language topics in the Newfoundland and Labrador context are also encouraged. The journal publishes papers by academics, students, and others on topics relating to Newfoundland languages.

Back numbers of Regional Language Studies may be found at:  


Regional Language Studies

English Language Research Centre

 Department of English

 Arts and Administration A3019

 Memorial University

 Elizabeth Avenue

 St. John's, NL

 Canada, A1C 5S7

Phone: (709) 864-4481



Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30AM-4:30PM

ISSN 0079-9335

© English Language Research Centre, Memorial University

RLS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Department of English, and the Dean of Arts, Memorial University.

Published: 2015-10-07
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RLS...Newfoundland (2015) Call for Papers

Regional Language Studies ... Newfoundland is seeking contributions on language-related topics from Memorial faculty, students, and others, for possible inclusion in its 2015 issue. RLS welcomes papers and short notes that deal with any aspect of Newfoundland or Labrador English. These include, but are by no means limited to: language in historical perspective; regional or community features (phonetic, grammatical or lexical); social differences in language use; lexical studies; and investigations of place names or family names. Papers that deal with other languages in the province (e.g. French, aboriginal languages) are also welcome.

RLS is published once a year by Memorial University’s English Language Research Centre (ELRC; Founded by Professor Emeritus William J. Kirwin (English), it is currently edited by Professor Emerita Sandra Clarke (Linguistics), Professor Paul De Decker (Linguistics) and ELRC manager Suzanne Power. The deadline for the 2015 issue is June 30, 2015. If you’re thinking of submitting, please contact Suzanne Power at, who can also provide further information.

While there is no set limit on length, papers in recent issues of RLS have not generally exceeded 3500 words (the equivalent of 10 double-spaced pages), excluding references and endnotes. The style of your paper should be fairly non-technical, aimed for a general-interest readership. RLS is published in both print and open-access online formats; its two most recent issues (24 & 25) can be accessed at . Please follow the RLS style sheet, included at the end of each issue. Previous issues of RLS (1 – 23) are available online in Memorial’s Digital Archive Collection, at