Johanne Paradis, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Linguistics Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Linguistics Dept
(780) 492-0805
4-57 Assiniboia Hall
9137 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E7


Area of Study / Keywords

child bilingualism second language acquisition heritage language acquisition language and communication disorders


I am a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia and my PhD in Psychology from McGill University (1998). My research is concerned with bilingualism in children with typical development and in children with developmental disorders, in particular children learning English-as-a-second language from immigrant and refugee families. To date, I have published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters on bilingual children and I am first author of Dual Language Development and Disorders, 3rd Edition, Brookes Publishing (2021). I was the recipient of the 2020 National Achievement Award from the Canadian Linguistic Association.  I am the Director of the Bilingual Acquisition Lab of Alberta (BALA) and I manage the Child English Second Language (CHESL) Centre website which is a collection of language assessment tools for use with bilingual children.


For information on recent publications and current research topics, see my homepage 



CSD 311 - Language Development in Children and Adolescents

Introduction to the study of the development of all aspects of language, from sounds to social interaction, from birth through adolescence. Includes a review of theories and current research as well as practice with analyses of children's language. Sections offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Consent of Department required. Prerequisite: LING 101 or equivalent, LING 204 and LING 205 recommended. Note: Credit cannot be received for both CSD 311 and LING 319.

LING 319 - Child Language Acquisition

Basic issues in first language acquisition: theories, research methods, and major findings. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisite: LING 101, LING 204 and 205 recommended. Not open to students with credit in CSD 211 or 311.

LING 419 - Linguistics and Child Language Disorders

Linguistic characteristics of language disorders across special populations of children. Theoretical issues in linguistic approaches to developmental language disorders. Prerequisite: LING 319; 309 recommended.

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