Throughout April, three of our graduate students completed the first ever virtual defences held in our department.
S On April 6, XIZI DENG successfully defended her MA Thesis "Processing Tone and Vowel Information in Mandarin: An Eye-tracking Study of Contextual Effects on Speech Processing." Her examining committee members included senior supervisor Dr. Henny Yeung, supervisors Dr. John Alderete and Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble, and external examiner Dr. Philip Monahan of the University of Toronto.
S On April 8, LUCA CAVASSO successfully defended their MA Thesis "English as a voicing and aspirating language: Evidence from nonnative speech perception." Their examining committee members included senior supervisor Dr. Henny Yeung, supervisor Dr. Murray Munro, and external examiner Dr. Chandan Narayan of York University.
S On April 14, NOUREDDINE ELOUAZIZI successfully defended his PhD Dissertation "The Formal Syntax for Licensing Parenthetical Verb Clauses." His examining committee members included senior supervisor Dr. Nancy Hedberg, supervisor Dr. Jamal Ouhalla, internal examiner Dr. Réjean Canac-Marquis, and external examiner Dr. Nicole Dehé of the University of Konstanz.
S This year's North West Linguistic Conference was moved online in light of the global pandemic. Even so, several of our graduate and undergraduate students were able to present their work to the broader linguistics community.
MA students SANDER NEDERVEEN and LUCAS CHAMBERS gave a recorded talk about their work "Tense Doesn't Like to Agree: The Case of Swiss German."
Undergraduate student KEVIN TYSON presented the poster "Canadian Raising in Slang" about work he has done with PhD student Irina Presnyakova.
Undergraduate student LAURENS BOSMAN also presented a poster entitled "NEG Raising in Dutch."
S In addition to conference presentations, professor PANAYIOTIS PAPPAS presented a lecture called "Youth Language in the Media" on April 27 as part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Power Lectures. These lectures are aimed towards showing prospective students what the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has to offer.
S This month, the Language and Brain Lab published three articles in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
Cho, Sylvia, Allard Jongman, Yue Wang, and Joan A. Sereno. (2020). Multi-modal cross-linguistic perception of fricatives in clear speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(4), 2609-2624.
Leung, Keith K.W. and Yue Wang. (2020). Production-perception relationship of Mandarin tones as revealed by critical perceptual cues. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(4), EL301-306.
Tupper, Paul, Keith Leung, Yue Wang, Allard Jongman, and Joan A. Sereno. (2020). Characterizing the distinctive acoustic cues of Mandarin tones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(4), 2570-2580.