Monthly Roundup: March to April 2023

May 04, 2023

Past Events

  • March 3 — The department, in collaboration with UBC, invited Jeremy Calder from the University of Colorado Boulder to speak at the LinguisticsNOW Colloquium on "What researching understudied populations can illuminate about social meaning."
  • March 8 — Yifang Yuan successfully defended her PhD proposal on "Asking questions in context: An elicitation study of questions in Mandarin Chinese conversation."
  • March 9 — PhD students Dasha Gluhareva and Sylvia Cho competed at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Dasha won first place on her thesis, "Dynamic Self–and Other–Assessment of Second Language Speech"!
  • March 18-21 — Prof. Suzanne K. Hilgendorf and PhD candidate Tasnim Abedalqader presented their papers at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference held in Portland, Oregon. Prof. Hilgendorf's paper was on "Transnational Media and the Spread of English".
  • March 24 — Grad student Helen Zhang defended her MA thesis on "Creating an Online Hul’q’umi’num’ Dictionary for Teachers and Learners."
  • March 30 — The department invited Nathan Sanders from the University of Toronto to speak at the Linguistics Colloquium on "Teaching linguistics with equity, diversity, and inclusion." The event was followed by a workshop on educational games in linguistics teaching. Here's a recap of the lecture, written by PhD student Danica Reid.
  • April 21 — Ashley Farris-Trimble spoke at UVic’s Linguistics Circle Colloquium series on "What you don't know doesn't hurt you: The acquisition of phonological opacity."


  • Post-doctoral fellow Andrew Cheng published an article on The Conversation, titled “‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ and other Oscars 2023 films show a trend towards linguistic realism in Hollywood.” Read here.


  • Post-doctoral fellow Andrew Cheng has accepted an offer from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics! He will begin his new role in the Fall 2023 semester.

Upcoming Events

2023 Yvonne Becker Colloquium
Thursday, May 11
12:30 – 1:30 PM
RCB 7402
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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day 2023
Friday, May 12
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
In-person and Online
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Northwest Linguistics Conference (NWLC)
Saturday to Sunday, May 13-14
In-person and Online
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