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Dr. Walcir Cardoso, PhD

Professor, Education

Dr. Walcir Cardoso, PhD
Office: S-FG 6441  
Faubourg Ste-Catherine Building,
1610 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2451
Website(s): Walcir Cardoso

Dr. Cardoso (PhD McGill) joined the TESL Centre, Department of Education at Concordia University in 2003 after completing his PhD at McGill University in theoretical linguistics (specialization in phonology and sociolinguistics). His main research interest is to explore how the broad insights provided by theoretical phonology and sociolinguistics can be applied to the investigation of the variable patterns that characterize the speech of English learners. His most recent publications involve the investigation of domain-driven and sociolinguistic variation in Picard and Brazilian Portuguese from an Optimality Theoretical perspective. He also teaches Phonology, Computers in Language Learning, and Methodology: Reading and Writing, and has taught courses in theoretical and applied linguistics for both the Department of Linguistics at McGill University, as well as the Department of Foreign Languages at Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil). His teaching career also includes several years of ESL/EFL and Portuguese teaching in Canada and in his native Brazil. Outside of academia, he also writes about audio equipment for a specialized Brazilian magazine, works as a consultant for Lexicon Branding in the design and evaluation of brand names for adoption in the Brazilian market, practices his clarinet, and experiences other worlds in the form of music, poetry and cinema.


PhD, Linguistics, McGill University, 2003
MA (equivalent), TESL, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, 1993
BA, Portuguese Linguistics and Literature, Universidade Federal do Pará, 1993
BA, Applied English Linguistics, Universidade Federal do Pará, 1991

Professional experience

Professor of Applied Linguistics, Concordia University, 2003–present
Chargé de Cours of ESL: Listening, Université du Québec à Montreal, 2003
Lecturer of Introduction to Linguistics, McGill University, 1998–2001
Lecturer of Portuguese as a Foreign Language, McGill University, 2001–2003
“Professor Auxiliar” of English Linguistics, Universidade Federal do Pará, 1991–1994
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Centro Cultural Brasil Estados Unidos, 1987–1992

Current projects

Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur le Société et Culture (FQRSC): The phonological acquisition of English by Brazilian Portuguese speakers: a theoretical and sociolinguistic approach

Concordia General Research Fund (GRF): The variable acquisition of English syllable structure by Brazilian Portuguese speakers: a theoretical and sociolinguistic approach

Courses taught

Advanced Phonology (APLI 601, Concordia University)
Computers in Language Learning (TESL 330, Concordia University)
Methodology: Reading and Writing (TESL 424, Concordia University)
Introduction to Linguistics (104-201, McGill University)
Introduction to the Study of Languages (104-200, McGill University)
Portuguese as a Foreign Language (144-202, McGill University)
ESL: Listening (Université du Québec à Montréal)
English Phonology I–IV (Universidade Federal do Pará)

Research activities

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Teacher Training

Representative publications

Cardoso, Walcir (in press). An integrated approach to variation in Optimality Theory: Evidence from Brazilian Portuguese and Picard. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Cardoso, Walcir (in press). The Variable Acquisition of English Word-final Stops by Brazilian Portuguese Speakers. Proceedings of the 7th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2003). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Cardoso, Walcir (2003). Topics in the phonology of Picard. PhD thesis, McGill University. Published by the McGill Working Papers in Linguistics.

Cardoso, Walcir (2001). Variation patterns in regressive assimilation in Picard. Language Variation and Change 13, 305-341.

Cardoso, Walcir (2000). A constraint-based approach to variation: evidence from Picard. Proceedings of the 12th Conference in Linguistics. Published by the MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 38, 15-30.

Cardoso, Walcir (2000). Vocalic hiatus resolution in Picard. Proceedings of the 10th Conference in Linguistics. Published by the MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 37, 15-30.

Cardoso, Walcir (1999). A quantitative analysis of word-final /r/-deletion in Brazilian Portuguese. Linguistica Atlantica 21, 13-52.

Cardoso, Walcir (1998). The domain of across-word regressive assimilation in Picard - an optimality theoretic account. Southwest Journal of Linguistics 17, 1-22.

Cardoso, Walcir (1998). A variation analysis of across-word regressive assimilation in Picard – An optimality theoretic approach. In C. Paradis, D. Vincent, D. Deshaies and M. Laforest (eds.), Papers in Sociolinguistics. Québec, Canada: Éditions Nota Bene, 177-186.

Cardoso, Walcir (1998). The domain of gliding in French - an optimality theoretic approach. Linguistica Atlantica 20, 29-50.

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