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Congratulations to Michelle Troberg, who has received a teaching-stream appointment at the rank of Lecturer in the Department of Language Studies at UTM! Michelle completed her PhD with the Department of French at U of T in 2009; her thesis is entitled: "Dynamic Two-place Indirect Verbs in French: A Synchronic and Diachronic Study in Variation and Change of Valence". Following graduation, she completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with Yves Roberge and was involved with the Interface Asymmetry Project (Les asymétries d’interface et le traitement cognitif) that he is a co-investigator for (principal investigator: Anna Maria Di Sciullo (UQAM)). This Project is a collaborative work aimed at developing "a model of the contact points (or interfaces) between the language faculty and the other faculties of the cognitive system." Yves and Michelle had a specific interest on the syntactic representation of event participants, in particular the verb and its complement and non-thematic dative arguments, and Michelle was especially interested in what language variation and change can tell us about these relations.
Although this is a new appointment, Michelle has been teaching at UTM for a few years now. She has taught several introductory linguistics courses, as well as courses on Romance linguistics and historical linguistics. Michelle is teaching English Grammar at UTM during the spring semester, and her official appointment as Lecturer begins on July 1, 2013.