News for May 2019

Derek with poster "Data Collection Reciprocity as service-in-return"It’s been a busy start to my summer after an equally busy semester.

In January I presented with my ROP students at the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society and presented with Alex Motut at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Photo below of me with me and Alex’s poster.

In March, the students from my graduate seminar and I presented at the Buffalo-Toronto Workshop on our work on TH-stopping in Multicultural Toronto English. Photo below of, (l to r) Tim Gadanidis, Poco Umbal, Lisa Schlegl, and Lauren Bigelow. I was also teaching LIN256, Sociolinguistics which is always fun.

the "THeam" presenting our talk

My MA student from last year, Tim Gadanidis, won a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship: one of the most prestigious graduate studies awards in Canada! He’ll continue his groundbreaking work on the social meanings of uh and um.

Currently, I am supervising a Jackman Humanities Institute Scholars-In-Residence project on the social meaning of Toronto Slang. My team of five undergraduates, from a diversity of fields (neuroscience, English, criminology, linguistics, psychology and more!) and I are three weeks into our four project. Starting, tomorrow Paul Kerswill will be visiting us for a few days from the University of York.

Coming up, I’ll be presenting a talk at the Change and Variation in Canada conference in St. John’s with my current master’s student Lauren Bigelow. I’ve also been invited to be a plenary speaker at two upcoming conferences: the Rural-Urban Workshop at UofT in October and DiPVaC 5 in Melbourne next June.