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Johanne Paradis, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair - Graduate Studies



About Me

I did my PhD in Psychology at McGill University (1998), and my MA and BA in Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. I did postdoctoral studies at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University before joining the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta in 2000.  I am now a Full Professor in the Department of Linguistics and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  I am the Director of the Language  Acquisition Lab in the Linguistics Department  and I am the current Editor of the Journal of Child Language.


I study bilingualism and second language acquisition in children with typical development and in children with developmental language and communication disorders. My primary research focus concerns children learning English as a second language from immigrant and refugee families: How these children approach native-speaker competence, what unique language development profiles they display, and the factors explaining why some individual children learn English faster than others.  My research on bilingual children with developmental disorders includes investigating their linguistic profiles in development and determining what measures best differentiate bilingual children with typical development from those with language and communication disorders.  One outcome of this research is a website with resources for the assessment of children in multilingual settings, CHESL Centre
My research has been supported by Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions (AIHS; formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network (CLLRNet), and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research (ACCFCR).


In the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be teaching LING 419 (Linguistics and Child Language Disorders) in the fall term and and LING 521 (Topics in Language Acquisition: Dual Language Development and Disorders) in the winter term.