"I find linguistics particularly fascinating because once you start to dig deeper into it, you realize just how complex and interconnected all the languages of the world are."

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Student Profile: Jesse Weir

Linguistics Master student in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

December 21, 2020
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I am a first year Masters student in Linguistics. My areas of interest in linguistics include language processing, psycholinguistic research, and computational linguistics. I find linguistics particularly fascinating because once you start to dig deeper into it, you realize just how complex and interconnected all the languages of the world are. Learning about the complex brain processes involved in both speaking and understanding human language is very exciting and interesting to me. When I’m not neck deep in papers, I enjoy hiking, running and attending live concerts.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

My undergraduate thesis supervisor encouraged me apply to SFU because he felt that my research interests overlapped with the interests of some of the faculty here. After reaching out and corresponding with Dr. Han, my current supervisor, I knew that it would be an excellent opportunity to grow as a researcher and linguist. Having the chance to move closer to the ocean did not hurt either.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

As technology advances, it becomes increasingly important for us to understand the details of how people process language so that we can teach computers to communicate well. My research is focussed on how people process and interpret imperative sentences with no overt subject using phonetic evidence taken from audio recordings.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I have enjoyed opportunities to connect with like minded people and being able to learn about all the interesting research currently underway here. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be out there in person soon and make use of all of the facilities that SFU has to offer.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

I was honoured to receive the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. This award has helped to give me financial stability that has allowed me to focus on my research and my course work.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM FOR THOSE SEARCHING.

The linguistics faculty is incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable, and happy to assist in any way possible. The program is designed to encourage the development of a base of knowledge and the professional skills that are important for thriving in academia. There are also many opportunities for teaching assistant and research assistant positions to get hand on experience working directly with the faculty.

Contact Jesse: jdw17@sfu.ca