Friday, November 2, 2018

Department of Linguistics, 100 St. George Street, 4th floor
Wine & cheese
Posters of research past and present

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor
08:45–9:10Registration & Breakfast
Panels (Ballroom East)
09:10–09:30Welcoming Remarks
Sali Tagliamonte, Chair
Pamela Klassen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International
Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs
09:30–10:00Indigenous Languages
Patricia A. Shaw
Patricia completed her PhD thesis on Theoretical issues in Dakota phonology in 1967, after her MA here in 1973, and her BA at the University of Manitoba. (The thesis is republished this year by Routledge.) She taught in Linguistics at York University for four years, before joining the Linguistics Department at UBC in 1979. She is the Founding Director (1996–2012) of the First Nations Language Series at UBC Press. In 2017, she served as Director of the inaugural BC Breath of Life Archival Institute for First Nations Languages. She received the Dean of Arts Award in 2015, and the Ken Hale Award from the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) in 2017. (webpage)

Alana Johns
Alana was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto until 2017. She taught syntax and morphology, conducted research on Inuktut grammar and dialects, with a focus on verb paradigms, complex predicates, ergativity, noun incorporation and language revitalization. As Professor Emeritus, she is lead investigator in a SSHRC funded project Sinâni, which involves the collection and transcription of Inuttut oral audio/video materials for linguistic analysis and as a community resource. (webpage)

Clarissa Forbes
Clarissa is one of the most recent PhD graduates of the U of T linguistics department, defending her thesis Persistent ergativity: Agreement and splits in Tsimshianic in September 2018. Her MA was also from U of T (2013), and her BA was from UBC (2012). She has just joined the University of Arizona as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow.
10:00–10:30Language Innovation
David Heap
After an Honours BA in French and Spanish with a Minor in Linguistics, and an MA in French at U of T, David Heap entered the rarely undertaken doctoral program in Romance Languages and Linguistics. His 1996 PhD thesis was entitled La variation grammaticale en géolinguistique: les pronoms sujet en roman central. He has worked ever since in French and Linguistics at the University of Western Ontario. He collaborates with the Atlas Lingüístico de la Península Ibérica (Spain) and the Thesaurus Occitan (Thésoc) in Nice, France.

Alexandra D'Arcy
Alex her PhD in variationist sociolinguistics at U of T in 2005, after her BA in English Language at UBC and her MA in Sociolinguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was a faculty member in Linguistics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand from 2006 to 2009, and then repatriated herself when she joined the Department of Linguistics at University of Victoria in 2010, where she is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab. (webpage)

Derek Denis
Derek completed his PhD dissertation on The development of pragmatic markers in 2015 and also holds an MA (0T9) and HBA (0T8) from the Department of Linguistics. He was active in the department during grad school, serving three terms as LGCU president, as well as serving as GSU rep, CUPE3902 picket captain, LGCU treasurer, pub emailer, and a record 5 years as fridge cleaner. Before joining the faculty in the Department of Language Studies at UTMississauga in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Linguistics, he spent two years as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Victoria. He is happy to be home, despite missing the mountains, ocean, coffee, and beer.
10:30–11:00Break (Snacks and more in the Armory Suite!)
11:00–11:30Methodologies in Theory
Nicole Rosen
Nicole completed her PhD thesis on Domains in Michif phonology in 2006, after a BA (Honours) in Languages and Linguistics at Queen's University (1995) and an MA in French Linguistics at the University of Toronto (1999). She taught French and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Lethbridge from 2004 through 2013, but like any good Winnipegger, she eventually managed to move back to her hometown. In 2014 she moved to the Department of Linguistics at the University of Manitoba to take up a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Language Interactions, where she is now an Associate Professor focusing on language interactions on the Canadian Prairies.

Daniel Currie Hall
Daniel completed three degrees in Linguistics at the University of Toronto (BA 1997; MA 1998; PhD 2007), and has taught courses on all three U of T campuses. He moved to the Netherlands in 2009 to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Meertens Instituut and Leiden University, and returned to Canada in 2010 to take up a position at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, where he is now an associate professor and coordinator of the Program in Linguistics. Despite living in a different time zone, he continues to be an active member of F-Zero. (webpage)

Rebecca Tollan
Rebecca completed her MA at the University of Toronto in 2013 and is currently in the final stages of her PhD, also at U of T. Her research interests are in syntax and psycholinguistics, and her PhD dissertation investigates sentence processing in the Polynesian language Niuean.
11:30–12:00Theory: The Forest in the Trees
B. Elan Dresher
Elan completed his Ph.D. thesis on Old English and the Theory of Phonology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1978, after his BA (Mathematics) at McGill. He taught in the Linguistics departments of Brown University, UBC, and the University of Ottawa before joining the University of Toronto in 1986. He was Chair of the department from 2008 to 2011, and has been Professor Emeritus since 2012. (webpage)

Elizabeth Cowper
Elizabeth completed her BA at McGill in 1972, and her PhD at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1976, before joining the U of T in 1976. She worked on all three campuses over the years, teaching at UTM and serving as Chair of the Department of Humanities at UTSC, as well as Vice-Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. She retired from teaching and administration in 2014, and still misses being Graduate Coordinator of the department. (webpage)

Jack Chambers
Jack joined the faculty of the Centre for Linguistic Studies in 1970 after completing his PhD thesis on Focused Noun Phrases in English Syntax at the University of Alberta. He was hired specifically to mount a new course in transformational syntax, and he taught many other courses in the first decades. Later on, as the Centre became a department and the faculty increased, he taught mainly in language variation and change. (webpage)
12:00–14:00Lunch (Ballrooms Centre & West)
14:00–14:30Three-Minute Thesis Competition
Peter Avery, On the representation of voicing in phonology (MA 1982; PhD 1996)
Sucheta Heble, Structural and sociolinguistic aspects of code-switching, with illustrations from the Toronto Marathi community (MA 1992)
Ruth Maddeaux, The role of the individual's cognitive profile in propagating language change (current PhD)
Kinza Mahoon, Prosodic cues and wh-word domain doundaries (current PhD)
Keir Moulton, Structure and meaning (MA 2002; faculty)
Nathan Sanders, Patterns of movement in sign language lexicons (faculty)
Jila Ghomeshi
After completing a BA in linguistics at York University, Jila Ghomeshi went to the University of Toronto, where she wrote her MA thesis on a Bengali verb (1990) and her PhD thesis on Persian inflection and projection (1996). After taking up a SSHRC postdoc at UMass and UQAM, and a one-semester teaching position at CSU Fresno, she joined the Department of Linguistics at the University of Manitoba in 1998, where she has been ever since. She was the 2014 recipient of the National Achievement Award from the Canadian Linguistic Association. (webpage)

Elaine Gold
Elaine has been associated with U of T's Linguistics Department for over 25 years. She completed her Ph.D. thesis Aspect, tense and the lexicon: Expression of time in Yiddish in 1997. Since then she taught at Queen's University and at the University of Toronto, where she was Undergraduate Coordinator from 2007 to 2012. In 2011 she initiated the founding of the Canadian Language Museum and has been supervising the Museum's exhibits and operations since that time. She retired from teaching at U of T in 2017 to devote herself to directing the Museum.

Kinza Mahoon
Kinza her BA and her MA at University of Toronto before entering the PhD program in 2018. Her special interests are syntax, phrase theory, and variation. The title of her MA thesis was Where, oh where has the vP phase gone? An examination of phase boundaries in Hindi-Urdu. She is active in student affairs, and chairs the LCGU Outreach committee.
15:30–16:00Beyond Linguistics
Marshall Chasin
Marshall completed his BA at U of T in Mathematics and Linguistics (1974–1978). He went on to graduate studies in Linguistics in 1978–1979, with a Forum paper on a computer simulation and experiments on nasality. He enrolled in the M.Sc. Audiology and Speech Sciences program at the University of British Columbia in 1979 and graduated in 1981. After working as a clinical audiologist until 1985 at the Canadian Hearing Society, he went into private practice specializing on the prevention of hearing loss by musicians. He has written or edited eight textbooks and published over 20 peer-reviewed articles. He received the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2003. He has taught acoustic phonetics (LIN323/LIN1126) in the Linguistics Department at U of T since 1989.

Shayna Gardiner
Shayna completed her PhD thesis, Yours, mine & ours: What Ancient Egyptian possessives can tell us about language change and stable variation, in 2017, after her BA at Queen's University and her MA at the University of Ottawa. She works as a Computational Linguist and Data Scientist at Receptiviti, a technology company in Toronto that uses language to provide insight into workplace psychology.

Christopher Spahr
Chris completed his MA in 2011 and PhD in 2016 at the University of Toronto, where he worked on theoretical issues in phonology. After finishing graduate school, he decided to build on his hobby programming and pursue a full-time career in tech. He is currently employed as a Platform Software Developer at Tulip Retail.
Geoff Nathan
Geoff attended U of T in 1968–1971 and received his (unofficial) BA in Linguistics, back when there were 3-year BAs. He started a PhD in Linguistics the following year at the University of Hawaii, along with three other U of T grads (Shelly Harrison, Nicole Cyr Harrison, and Susanne Hancock), and graduated in '78 with a thesis on Syntax and semantics of the English existential construction. He taught for one year as Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Montana 1977–78, and at Hawaii in 1978–80. He moved to Southern Illinois University in 1980, and eventually changed specialization to phonology/phonetics, publishing an intro textbook in Cognitive Linguistics in 2008. He became interested in academic computing while on sabbatical at the University of Edinburgh in 1994, and led a modernization of SIU's computing division. He moved to Wayne State University in Detroit in 2002 when Margaret Winters, his wife, became Associate Provost. There, he served as Faculty Liaison to Computing, became full Professor in 2007, Chief Privacy Officer in 2015, and retired as Emeritus in 2017.

Tim Stowell
Tim was a student at U of T from 1972–1977. He received his BA with a specialization in Linguistics in 1976, and spent another year in the Department as an MA student, completing his MA thesis about clausal embedding in Okinawan in the fall of 1977. He then spent four years in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the PhD program at MIT, where he completed his dissertation (Origins of phrase structure) in September 1981—six hours before beginning his drive across the US to California. He has taught at UCLA for 37 years (so far); among other adventures, he spent several years as Chair of the Linguistics Department and Dean of Humanities. He has spent time as a visiting professor or visiting scholar in the Department of Linguistics at UMass (Amherst), the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in Wassenaar, the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam, and the Institut für Sprachwissenschaft at the University of Vienna. (webpage)

Peter Avery
Peter completed his BA in 1979, his MA in 1982, and his PhD in 1996 (finally!!), all at U of T. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University and is currently Associate Dean Students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Susan Ehrlich
Susan completed her MA in 1979 and PhD in 1986, both in the Linguistics Department at University of Toronto. Her PhD dissertation was entitled A linguistic analysis of point of view in fiction. Since 1985, she has taught in the Linguistics Section of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University where she is currently Professor and Chair of the Department. (webpage)

...and more!
Other reminiscers will be invited to take the floor. If you'd like to share some fond memories or anecdotes in this segment, please contact the organizing committee!
17:30–18:30Music by F0, our celebrated student/alumni/faculty band
18:30–22:00Banquet (Ballrooms Centre & West)

Floor Plan of Chestnut Conference Centre, second floor