PhD, Sociolinguistic ethnography
University of Toronto email 1: emanuel.dasilva [at] gmail.com
emanuel.dasilva [at] utoronto.ca
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snail mail: CREFO, OISE-University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W., Room 6-110, Toronto, ON M5S
Research interests: sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, diaspora & cultural
studies More specifically, my research focus is on language and identity; on the role of
language ideologies and practices in
the construction of social difference and social
inequality; on language, nationalism and postnationalism.
• Senior Research Officer at the Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne (CREFO), OISE-UofT
(2012 - present) working with Prof. Diane Farmer on
research exploring francophone immigration outside of Québec.
critical sociolinguistic and ethnographic research on the discursive
among second-generation Portuguese-Canadian youth in Toronto.
• Co-director and Researcher, Portuguese Canadian History Project
• Sessional Lecturer positions:
(2013) HSJ2999H Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Langue, diversité et les marchés francophones (OISE-UofT)
(2012) PRT 110Y Elementary Portuguese (University of Toronto)
vitae (CV): a
complete summary of my academic career thus far, including
and (click for PDF file)
participation in different research projects, etc. (updated on 18.02.14)
da Silva, E., M. McLaughlin & M.
Richards (2007). “Bilingualism and the globalized new economy : the
commodification of language and identity”, in M. Heller (ed.) Bilingualism:
A Social Approach. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 183-206.
Selection of recent
(June 2014) 'Mobilizing linguistic marginality: Humour,
youth and azoreanness in Toronto’s Portuguese market.' Paper to be
presented at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, an international conference on “Language, time, and space.” University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
(November 2013) 'Linguistic and postnational mobilization of future publics who have
been sociolinguistically marginalized: Azoreans in Toronto.' Paper
presented at the 112th annual meeting of the
American Anthropological Association as part of the Society for Linguistic
Anthropology in a panel on “Linguistic friction: movement, contact and change.”
(November 2012) "You tink is funny?" Portuguese-Canadian comedy (re)positioning dominant ethnolinguistic ideologies'. Paper presented at the 111th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association
as part of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology in a panel on
“Heteroglossia, performance, power and participation.” San Francisco,
(May 2012) 'Transnational sociolinguistic tensions: Second-generation Portuguese-Canadians in Toronto'. Paper presented at the Canadian Sociological Association conference, on the panel "Globalization and Transnational Migration". Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
(September 2011) 'Inclusion and exclusion within multicultural toronto:
Portuguese-Canadian youth negotiating monolithic ideologies of language
and identity'. Paper presented at the 16th International Metropolis
(September 2010) 'From heroes to zeros:
Portuguese-Canadian youth trying to mobilize the “right”
sociolinguistic resources in a transnational space'. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistic Symposium 18,
an international conference on
“Negotiating transnational space and multilingual encounters”.
University of Southampton, UK.
(March 2010) « Eh
corisco ! » Le rôle des idéologies sociolinguistiques
(re)constructions identitaires chez des jeunes portugais-canadiens à
Toronto'. Paper presented at the 12th National
Metropolis conference on “Immigration and Diversity” in Montréal,
(August 2009) 'Les contraintes sociales dans la
des identités : Regards sociolinguistiques et sociologiques'. Paper
presented and written with Hambye, P. &
(Université catholique de Louvain,
Belgium) at the international conference «Dimensions du
dialogisme 2. Construction identitaire
dans la communication interpersonnelle ». Helsinki, Finland.