October 20, 2021

Congratulations Christopher!

Former MA student Christopher Legerme (now pursuing his PhD at MIT) has won the NWAV student abstract award for his work on Haitian determiners. This work evolved out of his MA Forum paper, which was completed in the summer of 2021 and was supervised by our very own Sali Tagliamonte (Faculty).

We are enormously proud of Christopher and we look forward to his presentation!

The title of his thesis (and NWAV talk) is "Creole on the Cusp: Phonological Variation and Change in Haitian Determiners.

He won this award based on anonymous reviewer comments, which include these (read out at the conference opening):

"super important paper, and the abstract is well-written. We know exactly what has been done and why, and we know the results upon which the interpretations and claims are made."

"Good empirical methods, as long as the nasal/non-nasal distinction can really be coded perceptually. Good engagement with relevant literature. Data on a variety that's well-studied but not with variationist methods."

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