I’m well into the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year and am consistently inspired by my two courses: English Worldwide and a grad seminar on multiethnolects. I’m full of ideas that I hope will come to fruition soon! Last weekend I was at NWAV supporting UofT grad students and enjoying the latest from the world of variationist sociolinguistics.
I’ll be back in New York in January to present at the American Dialect Society and the Linguistic Society of America annual meetings. My talk at the ADS is with my summer research students (see below!) and my poster at the LSA is with Alex Motut (UofT/NUTMEG).
August has been a busy month for my multiethnolects in the GTA project. My research team and I have been busy transcribing, force aligning, and analyzing data we collected in during our fieldwork trips. We presented a poster at the UTM ‘Smarti Gras’ Undergraduate Summer Research fair. Here is a photo of us.
Me with two of my students from summer research courses, Nur Sakinah Nor Kamal (left) and Srishti Prashar (right). Maria Velasco and Vidhya Elango were also coauthors but couldn’t attend.
We hope to bring our research to a conference in the near future!
For the remainder of the month I will be prepping for my new course, English Worldwide, which I’ll be teaching for the first time in the Fall as well as a graduate seminar on multiethnolects.
June was a busy month for me. Two new papers are now available online to read. The first, in American Speech, is a critical take on current ideas in the World Englishes paradigm. Alex D’Arcy (UVic) and I deal with our own settler status in this country and interrogate how settler colonialism has shaped views on English varieties around the world.
The second paper, written with Martina Wiltschko (UBC) and Alex D’Arcy, appears in Language in Society. We take a transdisiplinary perspective and attempt to deconstruct the Canadian pragmatic marker eh.
While it’s always great to see the final results of a project, especially a collaboration, it’s maybe even more exciting to be at the very beginning. The rest of the month has been filled with the initial stages of my new research project which aims to document what I am calling Multicultural Toronto English. Me and several student RAs have been collecting data in different neighbourhoods and hope to start talking about what we’re finding soon!
This month I’ll be presenting at two conferences.
The first weekend of May I was in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory, for the Change and Variation in Canada 10 conference. I presented a paper on was/were variation in earlier, rural Ontario English with my research assistant Isra Saghir.
At the end of the month I’ll be in Helsinki for the fourth Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change conference. My Master’s student, Tim Gadanidis, and I will be presenting a paper titled Before the rise of ‘um’ which investigates variation in filled pauses/hesitation markers in earlier Canadian English.
Also be on the look out for a new paper, co-authored with Alex D’Arcy, that should be coming out in American Speech any time now called “Settler Colonial Englishes are distinct from Postcolonial Englishes”.