Judith A. Nylvek (B.A. (Honours), M.A., Ph.D.) completed her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria in 1992 and has taught in the department since July 1991. She is currently classified as a Continuing Sessional Instructor. Courses taught include: Linguistics 100A, 100B, 195, 230, 250, 252, 360, 361, 388, 389, 390 and 395.
Recently, Dr. Nylvek has been interested in using instructional technology in order to enhance and maintain her students' interest in the subject matter and to get them actively involved in the basics of linguistic analysis. Dr. Nylvek received a Learning & Teaching Development Grant (2000-2001) from the Learning & Teaching Centre for Developing and Implementing a WebCT Question Database for Use in Introductory Linguistics Courses. This database was developed for Ling 100A and B, and is used to present students with electronic assignments (i.e., e-homework). In order to do the assignments, the student will logon to the WebCT site (password protected) where the assignments can be accessed. When an assignment is completed, the student submits it and it is marked automatically by matching the students responses with predetermined responses in the database. The student can then access the results and received almost immediate feedback on which to judge his or her mastery of the material. On some assignments, some questions must be marked by "by hand" as longer answers cannont be predicted in advance. The student response to the e-homework assignments has been very favourable.
Interest and research also continues in the areas of Canadian English, with the specific focus being Canadian English in Saskatchewan, sociolinguistics, dialectology, and the application of statistical methods in the analysis of linguistic data. Noteworthy achievements related to this research include the publications "Is Canadian English Becoming More American?" in American Speech 1992 (also presented at the Learned Societies Conference, 1990) and "A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Canadian English in Saskatchewan: A Look at Urban Versus Rural Speakers" in Focus on: Canadian English 1993, and the paper "The Advantage of a Multivariate Statistical Procedure in Social Dialectology: A Canadian English Example" presented at Methods 8: International Conference on Dialectology (1993).
As a graduate student, Dr. Nylvek received University of Victoria Fellowships for her M.A. (1982-1984) and Ph.D. (1984-1987), British Columbia Post-Secondary Scholarships (1986 and 1987), a "Presidential Honorary Membership" in the American Dialect Society (1987-1990), and Graduate Teaching Awards (UVic 1990 - 1992). Membership continues in the American Dialect Society as well as the Canadian Linguistics Society.