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Student awards

Nicole Hildebrandt-Edgar was awarded the award for best student paper at the 2017 meeting of the Canadian Linguistics  Association for her talk 'I don’t know' in Toronto and Victoria: Comparing analyses of discourse variation.

Gabrielle LaFortune was awarded the 2016 Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Thesis prize for her thesis A Qualitative Study of Anti-Feminist Discursive Strategies in Online Comment Sections, supervised by Professor Susan Ehrlich.

Five of the 2016 Thesis & Dissertation Prize winners and their supervisors

Andrew Peters has won the best student paper contest of the Centre for Research  on Language and Culture Contact. His paper, entitled  "Sometimes Ngo Zau Start to Gong Chinese: The role of pragmatics and information structure in the syntax of codemixing” examines Cantonese-English codemixing on the basis of data from the Toronto Heritage Language Variation and Change corpus, created by Professor Naomi Nagy at the University of Toronto.


Alumni Updates

Our program is delighted that Philip Comeau (MA 2008, PhD 2012) has been granted tenure and promotion in the Département de linguistique of the Université du Québec à Montréal. Upon leaving York, Philip took up a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa in January 2012 and moved on to the UQAM tenure-track position, beginning in July 2013. Philip's ties with York University continue as he is engaged in collaborative research with Ruth King (York) and Carmen LeBlanc (Carleton).


Faculty Publications

Several faculty members have recently published books in the areas of syntax, sociolinguistics and language and law:

Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian. By Gabriela Alboiu and Virginia Hill Oxford University Press, 2016.

Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process. Edited by Susan Ehrlich with Diane Eades and Janet Ainsworth. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Speak English or What? Codeswitching and Interpreter Use in New York City Courts. By Philipp Angermeyer. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Canadian English: A Sociolinguistic Perspective. By James Walker. Routledge, 2015.