April 25, 2013

Congratulations to Sara Mackenzie!

Sara Mackenzie (PhD 2009) has accepted a tenure-stream appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at Memorial University (St. John's, Newfoundland). Congratulations, Sara!

Research Groups: Psycholinguistics (April 26/2013)

Post courtesy of Daphna Heller

The next meeting of the Psycholinguistics Group is this coming Friday, April 26th @ 10:15am. Marina Sherkina-Lieber will present her work entitled "Effects of the second language on the first in sequential bilingual children: heritage Russian in Canada".

Research Groups: Syntax/Semantics (April 26/2013)

Post courtesy of Julie Doner

There will be a meeting of the syntax/semantics research group this Friday, April 26th, from 12-2 pm in SS560A. Clarissa Forbes will be presenting "Number and associativity in the Gitksan determiner system" and Elizabeth Cowper will be presenting some joint work with Daniel Currie Hall, "A neoparametric approach to variation and change in English modals."

April 22, 2013

Photos of Outstanding Teaching Award Ceremony

Photo courtesy of Taylor Roberts
Here are some great pictures from the Outstanding Teaching Award ceremony held last week for Cristina Cuervo and the other award recipients. Thanks to Taylor Roberts for the photos. You can see more at the following link:


Photo courtesy of Taylor Roberts

Photo courtesy of Taylor Roberts

April 19, 2013

New Phonology Professor

We are pleased to announce that Peter Jurgec will be joining our faculty as a tenure stream Assistant Professor!

Peter completed his PhD at the University of Tromsø in 2011 under the supervision of Curt Rice and Bruce Morén-Duolljá; his thesis is entitled “Feature Spreading 2.0: A Unified Theory of Assimilation”. He also completed an ScD in Linguistics at the University of Ljubljana in 2008.
Peter is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University, and he holds a Rubicon grant from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research for his project on the phonology of Slovenian. His research interests include feature theory, assimilation, loanwords, and tone.
Peter will be joining our department from January 1, 2014, and we look forward to having him here.

Welcome, Peter!

April 12, 2013

Two new linguists at the Centre for French & Linguistics (UTSC)!

Posted courtesy of Karen McCrindle

We are delighted to announce the addition of two new faculty members to the Centre for French and Linguistics, both with a starting date of July 1, 2013.  

Dr. Philip Monahan earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 2009. He also holds a Certificate in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland and both an M.A. and B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Florida. His work focuses on how the brain encodes phonetic information, how phonological structure is used to interpret the speech signal, and the time-course of access to morphological structure. He integrates approaches from linguistics, experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Since 2010, Dr. Monahan has been a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain. Phil's appointment is in the tenure stream at the rank of Assistant Professor. He will teach linguistics and psycholinguistics courses in the CFL and will be a member of the graduate Department of Linguistics at the St. George campus.  

Dr. Eri Takahashi also holds a Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Maryland (2009). She has a Certificate of Completion from the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute at Harvard University/Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from the Division of Language at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Takahashi's research focuses on the acquisition of syntax in children; she has worked on the acquisition of pronominal reference and has examined statistical learning mechanisms for syntax. She has Japanese language teaching certification and a broad range of teaching experiences in linguistics. Since 2010, Dr. Takahashi has worked as a Research Assistant, Lab Coordinator and Linguistics instructor at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language. Eri's appointment is in the teaching stream at the rank of Lecturer; she will teach linguistics and Japanese language courses in the CFL.  

Please join us in welcoming Phil and Eri to the University of Toronto!

Research Groups: Syntax/Semantics (April 12/2013)

Syntax project will be held this Friday, April 12th, from 12-2 in SS560A. Michela Ippolito will be giving a talk entitled, "Counterfactuals and conditional questions under discussion."

April 9, 2013

Interview with Sali in U of T News

This week's edition of U of T News features a more personal interview with Sali Tagliamonte, as one of U of T's recipients of this year's Killam Research Fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts. In the interview, Sali discusses her journey into linguistics (and U of T), as well as the significance of her research and her advice for students interested in becoming sociolinguists. You can read the full article here.

April 4, 2013

Research Groups: Language Variation and Change (April 5/2013)

Posted courtesy of Marisa Brook

This week's speaker is Anastasia Riehl (Queen's University), giving us an overview of her data-collection on Wolfe Island near Kingston. We'll be in SS 560A as usual.

Our last meeting of the semester will be on the 19th, and then we of the U of T will be hosting Change and Variation in Canada 7 over the first weekend in May (http://linguistics.utoronto.ca/cvc7/).

Research Groups: Phonetics/Phonology (April 5/2013)

Posted courtesy of Joanna Chociej
Phonetics/phonology group is scheduled to meet this Friday, April 5th at 10am in SS560A.

Yu-leng Lin will be presenting A production study on coronal sibilants of Taiwanese Mandarin.
Phil Howson is also scheduled to present.

Elaine's Language Museum in the Bulletin

Posted courtesy of Jack Chambers

The Bulletin has a very colourful spread on the new Inuit exhibit by the Canadian Language Museum. Elaine Gold's name is not prominently displayed but most of us know how much work and thought she has put into it. Her picture is there, along with lots of other people we know. http://www.languagemuseum.ca/exhibits/?

April 1, 2013

Snapshots of Canadian Language Museum's Exhibit Opening

Please enjoy these pictures taken by Radu Craioveanu for the opening of the Canadian Language Museum's Speaking the Inuit Way exhibit!

The exhibit will be displayed in Wilson Lounge, New College until April 11, 2013. Its next stop is the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto (April 14 - May 12, 2013). Please feel free to drop by and enjoy the exhibit while it is still here!