Professor, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

2005 - PhD Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition, University of Ottawa;

1988 - MA Applied Linguistics, University of Ottawa;

1983 - BA Honours Linguistics, University of Ottawa;

1982 - BA, University of Ottawa

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Sheila Scott

Fields of interest

  • Second language acquisition of Irish by adults
  • Redundancy between syntax and morphemes and its impact on second language acquisition
  • Language change in minority languages.

Awards and achievements

  • SSHRC Canada 2011
    Conference Na 20 Bliain atá Romhainn: Taighde agus Teagasc na Gaeilgei Meiriceá Thuaidh
  • Glór an nGael Global Gaeilge Award 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 to Cumann na Gaeltachta, founding member
  • Foras na Gaeilge to North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers, 2007, co-author Teacher’s Guide to Teaching Irish in North America
  • Admission Scholarship Graduate Studies MA 1989
  • Admission Scholarship Graduate Studies PhD 2005


  • "Effects of the presence of grammatical redundancy in the syntax and the L2 acquisition of Irish word-initial mutations";
  • "Effects of language contact in Irish-English bilinguals: the loss of morpho-phonological distinctions".

Courses taught

  • FLS2521 Compréhension et expression écrite;
  • FLS2522 Compréhension et expression orale;
  • FLS2581 Cours d'immersion (Communication interpersonnelle);
  • FLS2741 Compréhension de l'écrit;
  • LIN2710 Introduction à la syntaxe;
  • LIN2110 Introduction to Syntax;
  • LIN2125 Morphology;
  • LIN2503 Grammaire descriptive du français moderne;
  • LIN2525 Morphologie;
  • LIN3505 Phonologie française;
  • LIN4551 Acquisition de la langue maternelle;
  • PDP2216 English as a Second Language II;
  • PDP3216 English as a Second Language Specialist;
  • PED3115 English as a Second Language for Ontario classrooms;
  • Intensive courses in English as a Second Language.


  • NAACLT (North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers) June 2006, Seattle, Washington, USA Irish word-initial mutations provide evidence for the Clitic Group in Prosodic Phonology. The paper presents a case in support of the Clitic Group within the prosodic hierarchy.  Evidence indicates that Irish word-initial mutations occur within the Clitic Group. This explains why mutations do not always occur despite the existence of an identical phonological environment which would normally trigger the mutation. Applications for L2 teaching of Irish are also explored;
  • NAACLT (North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers) June 2005, University of Bangor, Bangor, Wales "Saliency and Redundancy Factors in the Acquisition of the L2 Grammar''.  The paper reports in initial results of an off-line experiment where 8 different environments for lenition and eclipsis identified on the basis of redundancy factors in the grammatical structure. The results reflect the level of saliency of the mutation. Implications for teaching strategies are discussed.