June 27, 2017

Michael Iannozzi in the National Post on Ciociaro in Sarnia and Italy

Michael Iannozzi (BA 2014), now a graduate student at Western, was profiled by the National Post on his research on Ciociaro, a dialect of Italian widely spoken by Italian immigrants in Sarnia. Check it out: http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-keepers-of-a-dying-dialect-italian-immigrants-in-sarnia-ont-still-speak-an-ancient-language/

"Because the majority of the people who came from Ciociaria had little education, they didn’t have the opportunity to “lose their dialect,” Iannozzi said. To test the theory, Iannozzi is planning to travel to Italy to interview Ciociaro speakers there, and compare that version of the dialect to the one in Sarnia."

June 26, 2017

Farewell Aaron!

Aaron Dinkin (faculty) is leaving to join the linguistics department at San Diego State University. We'll miss you Aaron, including your habit of walking into the lounge with a pencil behind your ear and letting us in on any interesting or funny thoughts that happened to cross your mind!

Cake! (Credit: Marisa Brook)

(L-R): Savannah Meslin (MA), Brea Lutton (MA), Katharina Pabst (PhD), Naomi Nagy (faculty), Aaron Dinkin (man of the hour), Julie Doner (PhD). (Credit: Marisa Brook)

June 24, 2017

2016-17 Cowper Prize and Dresher Prize winners

Congratulations to Virgilio Partida Penalva (PhD), winner of the 2016-17 Elizabeth Cowper Syntax Prize for outstanding work in a graduate syntax course, and Andrei Munteanu (MA), winner of the 2016-17 Dresher Phonology Prize for outstanding work in a graduate phonology course!

June 23, 2017

Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics Volume 38

A new volume of TWPL has been released! Check it out here: http://twpl.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/twpl/index

Table of Contents:

Ewelina Barski: Nominal case restructuring: A case study on a Polish heritage speaker
Elizabeth Cowper and Vincent DeCaen: Biblical Hebrew: A formal perspective on the left periphery

Patrick Murphy: Complement coercion and aspectual adjectives in Canadian English
Sherry Yong Chen: Movement constraints on the relative order of double topics in Mandarin Chinese
Shay Hucklebridge: Relational and partitive inalienable possession in Slave
Doug Hitch: Vowel spaces and systems
Na-Young Ryu: Perception of Korean contrasts by Mandarin learners: The role of L2 proficiency
Eduard Sviridenko: Features of Russian affricate production by Native English speakers

June 21, 2017

LIN398 to Slovenia for fieldwork and workshop

In July, the students of LIN398 Research Excursion Program will visit Slovenia to conduct fieldwork on nasal harmony, palatalization and vowel harmony with Peter Jurgec (faculty). The trip will also feature a Workshop on Slovenian Phonology. Presentations from UofT:
  • Deepam Patel & Rosemary Webb: Examining nasal harmony in Slovenian
  • Rachel Chiong & Andrea Macanovic: Secondary palatalization in Zadrečka Valley Slovenian
  • Wenxuan Chen: Vowel harmony in Slovenian
  • Peter Jurgec: The phonology of binomials in Slovenian

June 20, 2017

A toast to Alana and Diane

Sali leads a toast to Alana and Diane, both set to retire on July 1 2017. (Photo: Yves Roberge)

June 19, 2017

Congratulations, Naomi!

Naomi Nagy (faculty) got married in Brooklyn, NY on June 9th, 2017. Here's a picture of her with her husband Craig. More pictures are available on Naomi's website here. Congratulations Naomi, we wish you two the best!

(Photo credit: Yves Roberge)

June 14, 2017

Alana shines light on a problem at the Inuktitut Workshop

A cool picture from the Inuktitut Language and Linguistics Workshop (held May 30-31, 2017, in honour of Alana Johns):

A sunbeam catches Alana, allowing her to illuminate the event. (Photo: Diane Massam)

June 12, 2017

Shayna Gardiner's thesis defense party

Thanks to Marisa Brook for these pictures from Shayna Gardiner's thesis defense party!

Lots of people!

Dan and Shayna

Radu and Shayna


More food!

June 5, 2017

Canada Research Chair for Sali Tagliamonte

Sali Tagliamonte (faculty) has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Language Variation and Change. Congratulations, Sali!

June 4, 2017

Christina Cuervo in the Toronto Star on bilingualism

Christina Cuervo (faculty) has been featured in the Toronto Star on the benefits of bilingualism. Check it out: The health benefits of learning a second language

June 2, 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Gardiner!

Shayna Gardiner successfully defended her thesis "Yours, Mine & Ours: What Ancient Egyptian Possessives Can Tell Us About Language Change and Stable Variation" on Friday, May 19, 2017. On the committee were Naomi Nagy (supervisor), Elizabeth Cowper, Ronald Leprohon, Aaron Dinkin, Sali Tagliamonte, and Ann Taylor (University of York, External Examiner). Congratulations, Dr. Gardiner!