October Monthly Roundup
The Department of Linguistics celebrated its most recent graduating class at the fall convocation reception on October 10. The Department also took this opportunity to recognize four undergraduate students and two graduate students for their outstanding academic achievements.
- Trevor Block, MA
- Regena Seward-Wilson, MA
- Lucas Chambers, BA
- Susanna Firley, BA
- Kevin Kong, BA
- Holly Wilbee, BA
Professor MARIANNE IGNACE is being recognized for her achievements in knowledge mobilization and Indigenous language revitalization with the SSHRC Impact - Partnership Award. Ignace will be honoured at an award ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa later in December this year.
Cormack Teaching Symposium
The 2019 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Autumn Reception and Cormack Teaching Symposium took place on October 17 at the Diamond Alumni Centre, SFU Burnaby Campus.
Associate professor PANAYIOTIS PAPPAS and professor MARIANNE IGNACE received the Cormack Teaching Award in recognition of their accomplishments and dedication to excellence in teaching. Both later presented a lightning talk on the theme 'Why Care? Teaching and the Ethic of Care'.
S VASUNDHARA GAUTAM graduated in Spring 2019 from the Computing Science and Linguistics joint major program. Now, she is being featured on one of five advertisements launched by SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The advertisement is being displayed at transit shelters across the Lower Mainland, in the Surrey NOW newspaper, and on a multi-platform digital ad campaign.
"After being accepted to Simon Fraser University, Vasundhara gained valuable experience with SFU's Discourse Processing Lab and Phonological Processing Lab and is now employed to her dream career as a computational linguist.
Apply to SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for the program, choices and opportunities you need to seize your career."
S Language Development is back in Science World! For the third time, students in LING 350 are visiting the Wonder Gallery, a children's exhibit in Science World, to share what they're learning with local families, and to learn more about real-life research with children.
This experiential learning project, run by LANGDEV LAB and assistant professor HENNY YEUNG, was launched with support from the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines. Ten groups of students (~35 students in total) are visiting Science World from late September until late November.
Look out for this poster in the Wonder Gallery during their remaining visits this month: Saturday mornings on November 2 and November 23.
S Associate professor D. MELLOW and PhD student DASHA GLUHAREVA published an article in The Conversation titled "Canada's ethics watchdog may have misinterpreted a key SNC-Lavalin conversation".
Mellow and Gluhareva described their research analyzing the SNC-Lavalin phone conversation between former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould and Michael Wernick, a former clerk of the Privy Council. The article received over 24,000 views leading up to the federal election, and prompted one of the most influential online French news sources in Canada, La Presse, to reach out to Mellow for an interview.
S Associate professor PANAYIOTIS PAPPAS, professor MAITE TABOADA and DR. KATHRYN ALEXANDER published an article in the Teaching in Linguistics section of the journal Language. The article discusses how the teaching of written argumentation in an introductory linguistics course can improve both writing skills and content retention.
Pappas, Panayiotis A., Maite Taboada and Kathryn Alexander. 2019. Teaching linguistic argumentation through a writing-intensive approach. Language (online, Teaching in Linguistics section), 95.3: e339-e363.
S The University of Kansas (KU) reported on professor YUE WANG and LABLAB's NSERC project "Communicating Pitch in Clear Speech" in one of its new releases. The study is an inter-disciplinary research project done collaboratively with faculty members in other SFU departments as well as two KU professors of linguistics.
S Lecturer HEATHER BLISS is one of the chapter contributors to the newly released Routledge Handbook of North American Languages. A copy of the book will soon be available at the SFU Library. Bliss is one of the authors for the book's eighth chapter, "Inverse Systems and Person Hierarchy Effects".
S Associate professor PANAYIOTIS PAPPAS presented at the 48th New Ways of Analyzing Variation Conference (NWAV48) held at the University of Oregon, October 10-12, 2019. Pappas presented evidence from a variety of sources (lay commentary, films, TV ads and internet memes) about the negative stigmatization of unstressed high vowel deletion and unstressed middle vowel raising in the variety of Northern Greek. They also explored how this stereotype plays out in the speech of first generation Greek Canadians.
Pappas, Panayiotis and Symeon Tsolakidis. 2019. Exploring the history of a linguistic stereotype in Modern Greek. Paper presented at the 48th New Ways of Analyzing Variation Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene OR, October 10-12 2019
S On November 2, lecturer HEATHER BLISS will be presenting in the showcase at the ‘Celebrating Indigenous Languages in Alberta’ event at the University of Calgary. Bliss' presentation is co-authored with Siksika student Charm Breaker and her grandmother, Siksika Elder Ikino’motstaan Noreen Breaker. The title of the presentation is Siksikáípowahsin Áítsinikiyo’p (“Blackfoot Storytelling”).