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Santa Vinerte in Japan

Santa Vinerte is one of  only ten Canadians who have been awarded a Mitacs-JSPS summer internship to conduct research in Japan (more info about the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science here). Her internship will last from June until August. She will be returning to Konan University in Kobe (here) to collect data for her project “Role of the Bilingual Environment and Orthography in Language Processing and Cognitive Control”, which will be co-supervised by Laura Sabourin and Nigel Duffield.

Poster presentations and prizes

Students from Introduction to Neurolinguistics and from Introduction to Psycholinguistics presented posters this April, with prizes for the best posters. Here are the winners, with their certificates and WugMug awards. Congratulations to everyone! (thanks to Christie Brien for the news):

The students of LIN2352A: Introduction to Neurolinguistics presented posters of existing research papers selected from within the field of Neurolinguistics. At each of the two presentation sessions, the students cast their votes for the best poster.

The winners of the Student Choice Award for Best Poster in LIN2352 are: Sera Ilaslan and Birsen Ilaslan, and Lauren Desormeau.


The students of LIN3350A: Introduction to Psycholinguistics presented posters to their peers of experimental research that they prepared, carried out, and analyzed themselves. At each of the two presentation sessions, the students cast their votes for the best research poster.

The winners of the Student Choice Award for Best Poster in LIN3350 are:

Rebecca Mackenzie, Erika Giroux, and Adrianna Cote for the research poster: The Stroop Effect in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developed Adolescents

Fardous Sahouli and Ambareen Lalji for the research poster: Music Interference and Stroop



Stacey Grierson: winner of this year’s Edward Sapir Scholarship

A few years ago, Stacey Grierson sold her house and returned to school after a successful stint working with a local elevator company and becoming an essential part of that team. “I realized the only thing holding me back from pursuing my dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist was fear, so I decided to take the plunge and return to school,” said Stacey. She is now in her last semester of her BA in the Psychology-Linguistics joint honours. In doing so, Stacey has maintained a truly extraordinary GPA, excelling in the full range of topics in Linguistics, Psychology, and other degree requirements.

Edward Sapir was a linguist who helped establish the modern discipline of Linguistics. He was a pioneer in the documentation and classification of indigenous languages of the Americas. Sapir worked in Ottawa for the Anthropology Division of the Geological Survey of Canada in the years prior to World War II; he did field work in indigenous languages and advocated for rights of indigenous peoples.

There is an endowed Edward Sapir Scholarship available to a student in their last year of a BA in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, based on academic prowess and promise. Stacey Grierson is this year’s very deserving winner. Congratulations, Stacey!

Brandon Fry wins best student paper award at CLA

Brandon Fry won the award for best student paper at this year’s CLA meeting. The paper’s title was “The derivation of theme-signs in Algonquin Ojibwe: A multiple agree approach“. This is what the committee had to say:

“Fry’s talk addressed the derivational nature of theme-signs in Algonquin Ojibwe, proposing that their form is a morpho-phonological reflex of Multiple Agree of a higher functional head with both the subject and the object. The judges were impressed by the clarity of the presentation of this rather complex topic, by its accessibility for the non-Algonquian specialist, and by Fry’s command of the technical literature referenced in his proposal. In addition, the judges appreciated how Fry engaged the audience and handled the questions that his talk inspired.”

You can find the paper here: http://cla-acl.ca/wp-content/uploads/Fry.pdf. Congratulations Brandon!

Félicitations à Salvatore Digesto et Daiho Kitaoka / Congratulations to Salvatore Digesto and Daiho Kitaoka

Congratulations to Salvatore Digesto, who has been awarded the André Lapierre Bursary, and Daiho Kitaoka, who has been awarded the Dana Mullen Bursary.

Edward Sapir Scholarship in Linguistics

Félicitations à Jérémie Beauchamp et à Myriam Lapierre pour avoir remporté la bourse Edward Sapir en linguistique, attribuée aux étudiants les plus prometteurs qui entament leur quatrième année du programme en linguistique au premier cycle.

Congratulations to Jérémie Beauchamp and Myriam Lapierre for wining the Edward Sapir Scholarship in Linguistics, awarded the most promising students beginning the 4th year of the Honours program in Linguistics.

Juana Liceras: Professor of the Year, Faculty of Arts

Félicitations à Juana Liceras qui a récemment été nommée la professeure de l’année de la faculté des arts. Voici une photo de sa conférence ci-dessous, intitulée: Le genre grammatical dans le lexique mental de l’individu bilingue : La house, el house ou the casa? (en anglais)

Congratulations to Juana Liceras who has been named Professor of the Year.
Below is a picture of Juana’s talk entitled: Grammatical gender in the mind of the bilingual: La house, el house or the casa?

Order of Canada: Shana Poplack

A big congratulations goes out to Shana Poplack for receiving one of Canada’s highest civilian honours – The Order of Canada! Established in 1967, the Order recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Socio Lab members presented her with a temporary (cardboard!) medal while she waits to receive the real thing…

Professor of the Year Juana Muñoz-Liceras

Congratulations to Juana Muñoz-Liceras for receiving the 2014 Faculty of Arts Award of Professor of the Year!

Emily Sullivan – summer intership award at uAlberta

Congratulations to Emily Sullivan who received internship for this summer through the University of Alberta Research Experience program. She’ll be collaborating with Drs. Anja Arnhold, Kara Hawthorne and Juhani Järvikivi at UAlberta’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. The project looks at how children determine what pronouns they hear in spoken language refer to.



Santa Vinerte in Poland

In May, Santa Vinerte took part in the International Workshop on Bilingualism and Cognitive Control in Krakow. Her poster “Effects of Bilingualism on Cognitive Control in Stroop and ANT Tasks” won 3rd place in the conference’s poster competition. Congratulations, Santa!

Vanier Scholarship for Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue

Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue, currently an MA student in our department, has been awarded the highly prestigious SSHRC Vanier Scholarship to pursue PhD studies at McGill University.  The focus of Simon-Pier’s project  will be on the sociological mapping of Québec counterculture authors using paratextual information (forewords, quotes, etc.), under multi-stratal network theory and field theory. The long term objective is to uncover the behavior of subcultures and the organization of literary and sociological movements using sociographic, historical and linguistic data.

Shana Poplack’s article in special issue of “Linguistics”

Shana Poplack‘s seminal article, Sometimes I’ll start a sentence in Spanish Y TERMINO EN ESPAÑOL was the most cited article in the 50-year history of the journal Linguistics. As such, it will be reprinted in a special 50th anniversary issue. Congratulations!!

Medal for André Lapierre

André Lapierre, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Linguistics, is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal! This award honours “significant contributions and achievements by Canadians”. Way to go! Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

(thanks to Natalie Dion)

Department celebration

On Wednesday, 3rd April at 12.30, the Department of Linguistics will be celebrating the SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research (please see links below) recently awarded to Professor Shana Poplack. We will also be celebrating the award of Professeure de l’année to Professor Marie-Hélène Côté.  Please join us in the departmental foyer outside Arts 436, Salon Monet, for the presentations celebrating these major accomplishments for the Department of Linguistics. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!