Congratulations! Dr. Stan Anonby Successfully Defends his PhD Thesis

September 01, 2020

We would like to congratulate Dr. Stan Anonby on his successful PhD Thesis Defence on August 13, 2020. Anonby's thesis was titled "Prolonged Multilingualism among the Sebuyau: An Ethnography of Communication", which described the Sebuyau language, using an ethnographic method to explain how this small group maintained their culture and way of speaking in the shadow of very large languages like Malay, English and Chinese.

Before joining the department in September 2011 to work under Dr. Panayiotis Pappas and Dr. Donna Gerdts, Anonby worked with the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in Brazil for over 10 years. During his time at SFU, he was able to continue enjoying his fieldwork. He mentions that his snow retreat at Manning Park in 2012 is another highlight of his degree. 

Anonby has published several articles in journals during his PhD, which are listed below.

  • Anonby, Stan J. 2018. A Sociolinguistic Survey of the Ethnolinguistic Groups Around the Intersection of the Marmelos River and the Trans-Amazon Highway. SIL Electronic Survey Reports. 25 pp. 
  • Anonby, Stan J. 2015. “The Extended Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale applied in Brazil.” In M. Paul Lewis & Gary F. Simons (eds.) Ecological perspectives on language endangerment: Applying the Sustainable Use Model for language development, pp. 27-49. Dallas: SIL International.
  • Anonby, Stan J. 2013. A report and comparative-historical look at the Cinta Larga, Suruí, Gavião and Zoró. Working Papers of the Linguistic Circle. Vol. 23, No.1. University of Victoria. pp. 14-31

In the near future, Anonby plans to continue working with Dr. Panayiotis Pappas, publishing articles, and to continue doing fieldwork in Southeast Asia. He would like to give extra acknowledgments to Irina Presnyakova for her support when he was "in a pinch", and acknowledges Dr. Nancy Hedberg for her encouragement throughout his doctoral degree.