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Linguistics has a new Chair

We would like to welcome Dr. Magda Stroińska as the new Chair to the Department of Linguistics and Languages.  Please take some time to read a bit of background on our newest leader.

Magda Stroińska has been a Professor of German and Linguistics at McMaster University since 1988. Her major areas of research include sociolinguistics and cross-cultural pragmatics, in particular cultural stereotyping, theory of translation, language and politics, propaganda, the issues of identity in exile, aging and bilingualism. More recent areas of interest and research focus on language and psychological trauma.

She co-edited a number of books – on stereotypes in language teaching with Martin Loeschmann (Stereotype im Fremdsprachenunterricht, 1998, Peter Lang) and edited a volume on linguistic representations of culture (Relative points of view, 2001, Berghahn Publishers). Together with Vikki Cecchetto, she edited volumes on Exile, language and identity (published in 2003 by Peter Lang), on International classroom: Challenging the notion (published in 2006 by Peter Lang), and on Unspeakable: Narratives of trauma (with Vikki Cecchetto and Kate Szymanski, Peter Lang 2014). She also translated into Polish Victor Klemperer’s book on language of the Third Reich (Lingua Tertii Imperii, Polish Publishing Fund in Toronto, 1993). She continues to study the language of totalitarian regimes and its effects in post-communist Eastern Europe. Her latest interest is hate speech and populist rhetoric. Most of her papers can be found on

Between 1996 and 2001, she was a research associate in the School of Human Sciences at Kingston University in London, UK. She has taught, over the years, Introduction to Linguistics, Discourse Analysis (the so called Slang course, i.e. LING 2E03 – The Nature of Texts: from Slang to Formal Discourse), Intercultural and Interpersonal Communication, Theory of Translation, Computers and Linguistic Analysis, Morphology and is now taking over teaching Pragmatics. She has also been teaching German courses, in particular German Language through the Ages (German 4H03, now discontinued) and Translation: Theory and Practice (German 4CC3). She offers Cognitive Aspects of Language Manipulation as a graduate course (recently as a reading course).

We look forward to the upcoming years under her guidance.