July 09, 2020

MA Thesis Defence - Zack Gilkison

MA Linguistics candidate Zack Gilkison will be defending his thesis early next month. Gilkison's thesis is titled "How What Was Said Was Said: Quotation in Hul’q’umi’num’ Narrative Performance". 

Date:             Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time:            11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location:     via teleconference; no public attendance


This thesis describes the use of quotation in Hul’q’umi’num’ narratives. Hul’q’umi’num’ is the Island dialect of Halkomelem spoken on the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Quotation varies in form throughout Hul’q’umi’num’narratives, occurring as indirect quotation or as direct quotation in varying strength of theatricality marked by prosody and style. The variation in form is based on how the representation of the instance of speech contrasts with the surrounding narrative, where markedly different and theatrical quotation signals high points in the discourse

Key words:  Salish; Halkomelem; prosody; discourse; pragmatics

Members of Examining Committee:
Chair: Dr. Dean Mellow
Senior Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Hedberg
Supervisor: Dr. Donna Gerdts
External Examiner: Dr. Timothy Montler, University of North Texas