Recent Grads

Lindsay Hracs

Lindsay Hracs

PhD Student

I am Lindsay Hracs, a Ph.D. student in Linguistics. I completed both my B.A. and M.A. at UCalgary before landing a job in educational psychology where I used my knowledge of linguistics and language processing in one-on-one remedial therapy sessions. After about 3 and a half years, I realized I was missing the academic life and decided to return to complete my Ph.D. and get answers to all of those burning research questions I still have. I chose to study at UCalgary once again so that I could work with my supervisor, Dr. Susanne Carroll, an expert on input in language acquisition.

Generally speaking, I’m interested in all aspects of Information Structure as well as how Information Structure functions in different languages. My thesis research, however, centres on the acquisition of the focus sensitive particle only. Specifically, I use computational modelling to investigate the interaction of input and learning mechanisms relevant to acquiring syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of only. Currently, I am investigating how building biases into Bayesian Networks and Neural Networks affects learning.

Outside of my studies, I am a competitive axe thrower. I take part in an axe throwing league and have also competed internationally in Round 1 of the National Axe Throwing Championships in January 2019. In my downtime, I love taking my dogs to the park and watching horror movies.

My website can be found at, and my GitHub here. Make sure to visit my GitHub, and view my WCCFL 35 paper, and a SCiL abstract.

Merion Hodgson

MA Student

I am Merion Hodgson and I am grateful to be learning on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot people, also home to Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda people, and Metis. This is important to note for a number of reasons – in particular, these are some of the Indigenous languages you can hear in this area, and you can witness the work by elders, language keepers, and youth in the community to teach, speak, and elevate their languages.

I am interested in supporting these endeavors with my skills and research; I have investigated various aspects of Blackfoot phonology and syntax, and currently focus on phonetics and phonology of Plains Cree and Plains Cree English consonants. I am looking at voice onset time (VOT) in stop consonants to find out how relearners of Plains Cree have navigated between the differences of English and Plains

Cree stop consonants, and how exposure throughout development contributes to differences between a speaker’s L1 and L2. In future work, I aim to further examine the effect of exposure on perception and language attitudes towards Indigenous language features.


Brittany McDonald

MA Student

I am Brittany McDonald from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I completed my B.A. at the University of Manitoba in 2018 majoring in Linguistics and a minoring in Ukrainian. I am a first-year M.A. student studying under Dr. Betsy Ritter. My scholarly interests are strongly rooted in syntax and morphology, language typology, and differential argument marking. In my undergrad, I studied and completed documentation projects on Paraguayan Guaraní and Munsee Delaware (Lenape). I am fluent in English, French, and Spanish. I also have elementary proficiency in European Portuguese and Ukrainian.

Outside of school I enjoy crafting, calligraphy, drinking buckets of tea, and eating popcorn. I also have played fastpitch softball for 18 years and have been coaching for three. I’m so excited to get to know my peers and professors in the SLLLAC and to see all of what U of C has to offer!

Metehan Oguz

MA Student

I am Metehan Oğuz, from Kocaeli, Turkey. I’m currently in the second year of my MA. I got my BA in Foreign Language Education at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. My research interest is experimental syntax with a focus on issues in Turkish. For my MA thesis, I have been working on Raising Structures in Turkish under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Ryan Storoshenko. In addition, I am interested in negation, copula verbs, and indexical shift in Turkish.

I am working as a Teaching Assistant (TA), and as a Research Assistant (RA) at Experimental Syntax Lab under the principal investigator Dr. Dennis Ryan Storoshenko. I am also the website administrator at ‘’ (this website) and one of the editors of Calgary Working Papers on Linguistics (CWPL). 

I am going to start the Linguistics PhD program at University of Southern California in August 2021!

Other than linguistics, I am interested in some sports like soccer, and motorsports. You can find more about me on my personal website: link

Lyndon Rey

MA Student

I am currently in the 1st year of my M.A., focusing on speech perception, and more broadly, computational linguistics. My B.A. honours spec. Linguistics is from the University of Western Ontario, in London Ontario. Specifically, I (along with my supervisor, Dr. Stephen Winters) try to model stress perception in Canadian French and English. I currently am working with the support of an Alberta Graduate Scholarship. I speak Canadian English natively and Canadian French fluently.

Within the linguistics division and the SLLLC, I serve as the linguistics graduate representative. Within U of C as a whole, I play fullback for the Dinos Men’s rugby team.

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Joey Windsor

I completed my PhD in theoretical linguistics in 2017 with a dissertation entitled From Phonology to Syntax–and Back Again: Hierarchical Structure in Irish and Blackfoot supervised by Darin Flynn and Elizabeth Ritter. The focus of that research was investigating measurable phonetic correlates of hierarchical structures in both the phonological and syntactic components, and how the grammatical components related to each other.

I am a postdoctoral associate in an epidemiology lab in Global Health (University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine), where I assist the team in epidemiological research and specialize in knowledge translation: Taking what is learned in the studies we perform and packaging it as accessible publications for a popular audience without “watering down” the content. 

Visit my website for more info.

Aysun Kunduraci

Aysun Kunduraci

I studied for 4 years in Canada, as a doctoral student in Linguistics at the UofC. My dissertation provided a process-based paradigmatic account to morphology in Turkish, centred around compounding, dynamic word-formation paradigms, and possessive inflections; it was supervised by a leading light, Dr. Amanda Pounder.

I can say that to study at the University of Calgary was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, which I always miss and never regret. Upon my graduation, I went (back) to Turkey and started to work as a faculty member at my current institution in İstanbul, Yeditepe University (after a 1.5-year postdoctoral research at Boğaziçi University).

My expertise includes formal linguistics and theoretical morphology; I work on (multi)modular grammars, autonomous morphology, morphosyntax, morphosemantics, and morphophonology.
I am also interested in theoretical philosophy, the philosophy of mind, and the language-mind issues. Considering recent works and heavy demands in experimental psychology, mind-based formal grammars and symbolic minds with mental grammars might seem risky and thorny to study, but for the Aurora Borealis which might lie behind, I consider that they are worth puzzling about.