28 July 2014

HLVC project in Italy

A sector of the HLVC project is spending July in Italy, conducting fieldwork. We wanted to share our little blog:


Participants: Paolo Frasca', Alessia Plastina and Francesco Muoio (all students in the Italian Dept. at U of T) and Naomi Nagy.

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25 July 2014

Congrats, Daphna!

Congratulations to Daphna Heller on being awarded tenure, with a promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. Well done, Daphna!

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18 July 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne remembers her time in Linguistics at U of T

In an interview with U of T news, published July 7, Premier Wynne reflects back on her time in the Linguistic Department as an MA student and the impact it had on her work in government. With special mentions for Professors Jack Chambers and Ivan Kalmar (Anthropology).

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04 July 2014

Undergraduate linguistics students partner with Language Activists in M'Chigeeng.

A new website, Baadwewedamojig, has recently been launched promoting the transliteration of historic Ojibwe texts into current orthography. This website results from a collaboration between the 2012 undergraduate language revitalization class (LIN 458 - taught by Professor Alana Johns), a sub-group of those linguistics students (Robin McLeod, Paulina Lyskawa, and Annita Chow), and a graduate student from Computing Science (Patricia Thaine) who provided their transliteration and computing expertise to a project headed by Alan Corbiere of M'Chigeeng First Nation. Mr. Corbiere with the team from M'Chigeeng has created a site where learners and fluent speakers can read and listen to Ojibwe stories in various formats, according to their level and choice. Print Page


Congratulations to Alana Johns and Ana-Teresa Pérez Leroux who have taken up directorships as of July 1. Alana will be Director of the Aboriginal Studies Program for 2014-2015; a position that she first took up last year. Ana-Teresa is the new director of the Cognitive Science Program. Print Page

28 June 2014

Congratulations, Ross and Lynda!

Congratulations to fourth-year Ph.D. student Ross Krekoski and his partner Lynda (Cai Xia) Young on the birth of their daughter, Caerys (Cai Er) Young-Krekoski! She arrived safely at 4:02 PM on June 24, weighing 3.55 kg.

Ross is currently completing his Ph.D. thesis, “Tone, Contrast, and Features in Chinese”.

All the best to the new parents and their little one!

(Photos courtesy of Ross Krekoski.)

Look at all of those pages in Daddy's thesis!
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20 June 2014

Congratulations, Richard!

Congratulations to Richard Compton (Phd 2012), who has accepted a tenure-stream position at the Université du Québec à Montréal. As of July 1st, he will be an assistant professor (in French: professeur régulier) in the Department of Linguistics (Département de linguistique).

In further good news, Richard has also been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. The project title is "Nominal and verbal incorporation in Inuit".

Great news, Richard!

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Keren gives convocation address for University College

Keren Rice gave the convocation address for University College this week! Convocation ceremonies can be streamed on the U of T website. You can hear her part at 14:42-27:50.


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19 June 2014

Seminar on Speech Production and fieldwork on Sorbian in Germany

Alexei Kochetov (faculty) and Phil Howson (Ph.D.) attended the 10th International Seminar on Speech Production was held in Cologne, Germany in May 5-8.

Alexei gave a talk, "Vowel coarticulatory effects on Kannada retroflex stops" (co-authored with N. Sreedevi, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing). Phil presented a poster, "An EMA examination of Czech alveolar and post-alveolar fricatives", co-authored with Alexei.

After the conference, Phil visited the Max-Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Leipzig to collect phonetic data on Sorbian, an endangered Slavic language indigenous to the easternmost state of Saxony, Germany. He also visited the towns of Bautzen, Schleife, and Cottbus, the centres of the areas where the main dialects of Sorbian are still spoken. Phil's trip was funded by the University of Toronto Germany-Europe Fund.

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CRC-Sponsored Summer Phonetics/Phonology Workshop

The CRC-Sponsored Summer Phonetics/Phonology Workshop is taking place today, June 19, in Woodsworth College (WW) 120. The program features an invited talk by Sharon Rose (UCSD) at 4:15, "Transparency and centralization in Moro vowel harmony: phonetics and phonology", and also the B. Elan Dresher Phonology Prize Talk by Avery Ozburn, "Statistical laryngeal harmony in Oromo".

Here is the full list of presentations:

Yoonjung Kang (UofT Linguistics, UT Scarborough) & Andrea Hòa Pham (U Florida)
French loanwords in Vietnamese: the role of input language phonotactics and contrast

Peter Avery (York U)
Consonant-tone interactions

Graziela Pigatto Bohn (U São Paulo)
The acquisition of pre-tonic vowels in Brazilian Portuguese

Erin Hall (UofT Linguistics)
Style and substance in the Canadian Shift: New evidence from Toronto

Maida Percival (UofT Linguistics)
Counter-bleeding opacity in Hul’q’umi’num’ vowel harmony

Kazuya Bamba (UofT Linguistics)
An OT analysis of Dagbani ATR harmony

Radu Craioveanu & Ross Godfrey (UofT Linguistics)
A nonagreement analysis of long-distance vowel-consonant assimilation in Harari

Avery Ozburn (UofT Linguistics)
Statistical laryngeal harmony in Oromo

Ranjan Sen (U Sheffield)
Pre-Classical prevarication in Latin feet: Stratal synchronic structure and discretionary
diachronic development

Holman Tse (U Pittsburgh)
Retroflexion in Somali Kizigua: Language relatedness as a facilitating factor in a
typologically rare sound change?

Daphna Heller (UofT Linguistics)
Morphological activation during spoken word recognition: beyond sound and meaning?

Ross Godfrey (UofT Linguistics)
Morphologically conditioned durational effects in English: Phonetic implementation or
lexical access?

Gillian de Boer (UofT Speech Language Pathology)
Application of linear discriminant analysis to the Long Term Averaged Spectra of
simulated resonance disorders: A pilot study

Holman Tse (U Pittsburgh) & Naomi Nagy (UofT Linguistics)
Exploring automated formant analysis for variationist study of Heritage Cantonese

Anneke Slis (UofT Speech Language Pathology)
The effect of articulatory constraints on gestural intrusion and reduction errors

Sharon Rose (UCSD)
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