Salvio Digesto

Assistant Professor

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Phone: 902-494-3197
Mailing Address: 
Room 3021, Marion McCain, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language variation and change
  • Minority languages
  • Language contact
  • Canadian French
  • Second language acquisition
  • Romance linguistics
  • Corpus research


I am a variationist sociolinguist studying language use within its social context. I focus on issues such as: morphosyntactic variation and change; minority languages; bilingualism and outcomes of language contact; acquisition of sociolinguistic competence in L2; as well as the relationship between prescription, linguistic prestige and usage. In my research, I draw on insights and questions from (socio)linguistic theory, and I link those questions to empirical observations by integrating quantitative and statistical modeling to the study of language, with a focus on Romance languages.

In 2019, I graduated from the University of Ottawa where I obtained a doctorate in Linguistics.

Member of the Sociolinguistics Laboratory (uOttawa).


FREN 1047 Intermediate French I
FREN 1048 Intermediate French II
FREN 2022 Language and Culture
FREN 3000 Advanced Oral French Workshop
FREN 4014 Language and Society
FREN 5295 Second Language Teaching and Learning
FREN 4999 Independent Research

Office Hours

By appointment


PhD (University of Ottawa)
BA, MA (Paris-Sorbonne)

Selected Publications

2022 - with Levey, S., Kastronic, L. & Chiasson, M. “Quotative Variation and Change in French, with Additional Insights from Brazilian Portuguese and Italian”. In E. Peterson, T. Hiltunen, & J. Kern (Eds.), Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change: Theory, Innovations, Contact. Cambridge University Press.

2021. Lexicalization and Social Meaning of the Italian Subjunctive. Cadernos De Linguística. Vol. 2, no. 3, p. e609.

2021.  Overt manifestations of language contact in the discourse of Italian Canadians. Blog article, Speaking Of Which.