Paul Poirier, undergraduate linguistics student, has been awarded one of 6 Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellowships, 2014-2015. The theme this year is humour, play, and games. Paul's project is "Playing with Words: A syntactic analysis of verse." He will be working with JHI Faculty Research Fellow Supervisor Professor Simon Dickie
Paul's project will examine word play in poetry and song and determine whether or not it conforms to the same principles as those that constrain everyday language. He will also consider other forms of word play (e.g. language games) to explore on a larger scale what role (if any) UG plays in creative language use.