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Indigenous language reclamation is about the efforts of Indigenous people who are learning their languages, and learning about their languages. This is happening in various places including schools, community centres, and on the land, and we are coming together to celebrate that.

In conjunction with local Indigenous groups, the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures and other University partners invite you to join us in celebrating reclamation of the languages of Indigenous peoples in Alberta.

The University of Calgary’s School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures and Linguistics Division are hosting a workshop on pronouns. This is the latest in a series of workshops on the syntax of nominal (and related) structures, rotating across Canada for the past 15 years.

The workshop will take place at the University of Calgary on November 15 and 16, 2019.

Save the dates for plenty of exciting talks. Linguistics Division presents the list of speakers that will share their current work with us and give a talk on their research.


  • Nov. 1: Gunnar Hanson (UBC)
  • Nov. 2: Celebration of Indigenous Languages in Alberta: Language Reclamation
  • Nov. 14, 7pm: Kirby Conrod, Public lecture on non-binary pronouns - Calgary Public Library
  • Jan. 10: Jamison Cooper-Leavitt
  • Jan. 24: Inge Genee, Lethbridge
  • February (TBD): Juhani Järvikivi, Alberta
  • Mar. 25: Jill Thorson, University of New Hampshire

Almost ready for tomorrow’s (05 October) #OpenHouse! Our faculty and student volunteers will warmly welcome queries from potential students and their families at this display in the Jack Simpson gym from 10am to 3pm.


The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary invites you to the 2019 NorthWest Conference on Phonetics & Phonology. NoWPhon 2019 will be held at the University of Calgary.

You may view the conference program here. Oral presentations will be held in ICT 114. Poster session will be held in Craigie Hall CHE 212.

NowPhon Poster

NoWPhon Dry Run

This is to let you know that the NoWPhon practice talks will be in Craigie Hall D 419 on Tuesday 3:00-6:00pm, September 17th. Each presenter will have 20 minutes for presenting their work and 15 additional minutes for questions and comments. 


  • 3:00-3:35: Brett C. Nelson (Talk): Right-edge phonological phenomena in Kaqchikel
  • 3:35-4:10: Dušan Nikolić (Talk): Perception of L2 Lexical Pitch Accents
  • 4:10-4:45:Elias Abdollahnejad (Poster): Qualitative and quantitative features of English /i:/ and /ɪ/ in the interlanguage of advanced L1 Persian speakers
  • 4:45-5:20: Quinn Goddard (Poster): The Phonetic Realization of Word Stress in Plains Cree
  • 5:20-6:00: Mohammad Alsamaani (Talk) Swahili speakers’ mimicking of VOT and F0 contrasts: Does imitation matter?

New Academic Year!

Welcome to the new 2019/2020 academic school year! Let’s make it more enjoyable and more efficient than the previous one. Start by checking out the academic calendar – don’t miss the important dates! 

Cloud Linguistics

MA Thesis Defense - Mingyu & Mahyar

Two MA Theses will be defended on June 27, CHD 419! Please feel free to attend and provide support for our two brilliant MA students. 

  • 10 AM - Mingyu Qiu
  • 1 PM - Mahyar Nakhaei

LaTeX Workshop with Dr. Storoshenko

The LaTeX workshop will be held on July 30th from 2-4pm (location TBD). The plan is to work through an abstract template which will give you experience in typesetting, creating linguistic examples, and citing sources in LaTeX. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

CLA Dry Run

This is to let you know that the CLA practice talks will be in Craigie Hall C room 110 on Thursday and Friday 1:30-4:00pm, May 23rd and 24th.


  • 1:30-2:10: Duaa Abuamsha (Talk): A Grammaticalization Approach to the Progressive Marker in Palestinian Arabic
  • 2:10-2:50: Peng Han (Talk): Testing contexts’ effects on the Mandarin reflexive anaphor ziji’s interpretation
  • 2:50-3:10: Adam Daniel (Poster): A phonological mirage: The elision of two word-final segments in Welsh
  • 3:10-3:50: Brett Nelson (Talk): Examining 'No Question Particles' in WALS: Evidence from Tunica and Others


  • 1:30-1:50: Merion Hodgson (Poster): Voice Onset Time in Plains Cree: The Case of Relearners
  • 1:50-2:30: Elias Abdollahnejad (Talk): Persian ditransitives: Movement for specificity?
  • 2:30-2:50: Lyndon Rey (Poster): Continuous-Q-Theory: Representing Phonological Tone Contours as Continuous Functions
  • 2:50-3:10: Lindsay Hracs (Poster): Revisiting the Interface Hypothesis: A Theoretical Discussion of its Claims and Predictions for Second Language Acquisition
  • 3:10-3:50: Dr. Dennis Storoshenko (Talk): Plurality and Binding within the English th…sel{f/ves} Paradigm

Annual Performance Review Workshop

Dr. Mary O’Brien, GDP for the LLAC program, is hosting a workshop on the Annual Performance Review (APR) on April 24 at 12:00 pm in CHC309. All continuing students and their supervisors are required to fill out an annual performance report every year. The reports will be made available to you online on May 1. The goal of the workshop is to work through all of the sections of the report and to answer any questions you may have. A sample copy of the report will be provided so that you can take notes in preparation for filling it out in May. 


Brown Bag Series

Our Division organizes weekly meetings. The aim of these meetings is to create an environment for informal discussion about ongoing research, and to give everyone (faculty and students alike) an opportunity to get feedback on work in progress from the excellent set of linguistic minds we have here, and also to increase how much we know about what our other colleagues are up to in their research.


  • March 8: Dr. Ritter
  • March 15: Visiting speaker Lila Daskalaki (no Brown Bag)
  • March 22: No Brown Bag
  • March 29: No Brown Bag, Verbatim colloquium
  • April 5: Visiting speaker: Seunghun Lee, CHD 420, 3pm (no Brown Bag)
  • April 12: Dr. Storoshenko

Visiting speaker: Seunghun Lee

Dr. Lee will give a talk on prosodic effects of DP-internal word order variation in Xitsonga (4 April, Friday, CHD 420, 3pm).

Abstract: Bantu languages generally have a noun-initial DP word order. However, all (or nearly all) Bantu languages also allow for demonstratives and sometimes a quantifier meaning ‘each, every’ to precede the noun. Beyond this, Bantu languages generally allow changing the relative order of the post-nominal modifiers which leads to subtle (focus-related) changes in meaning but generally Bantu languages do not allow for adjectives, numerals and possessives to appear before the noun. However, Tsonga(S53), Tswana (S31), Haya (JE22) and Basaá (A43a) allow these kinds of nominal modifiers to appear in the pre-nominal position. While the general properties of Bantu noun phrases are well documented, there are few studies about the specific ordering constraints in the various Bantu languages (Carstens 1991, 2006, 2009; Rugemalira 2007; Iorio 2009, Letsholo and Matlhaku 2014), nor any larger cross-linguistic comparisons. Discussions of Bantu language noun phrases generally focus on nominal morphology (Schadeberg 2003) or the augment (du Blois 1970; Ferrari 2008; Halpert 20015, to appear). Bantu languages also have penultimate lengthening where the penultimate syllable of a sentence is lengthened. There is an extensive literature on penultimate lengthening in Bantu languages (Hyman 2009), but none of this addresses DP-internal patterns. This talk seeks to address this gap by introducing and analysing syntactic and phonological patterns, including new data from Xitsonga, a southern Bantu language. Xitsonga allows for multiple modifiers to appear pre-nominally with N Adj Num being able to appear in any of the logically possible orders. This pattern has not been reported for other Bantu languages, except for Basaá (Bassong 2018) and violates Greenberg’s Universal 20 (Greenberg 1966:11) and Cinque’s  predictions on possible and impossible ordering (Cinque 1996, 2000, 2005). We offer an overview of noun phrase word order patterns in Xitsonga and analyse these patterns in terms of prosodic effects on penultimate lengthening.

9th Annual Colloquium

The 9th Annual Colloquium organized by Verbatim will take place on Friday, March 29, in the Scholar’s Academy Lounge in Mackimmie Library. The event will run from 10am to 4pm, with undergraduate students presenting their research throughout the day. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a longer break halfway through for lunch.

Your attendance at this event would show our presenters support for their work, as well as help contribute to the strong relationship between Verbatim and the members of the SLLLC. There is no need to RSVP – just showing up to listen to our students’ presentations is enough! As always, we appreciate your support and consideration of our club’s endeavours. We hope to see you there! 


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