I received both a B.Sc. and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Victoria. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I held a post-doctoral research position at the University of British Columbia. During these years I had the opportunity to study sound patterns and some word-formation processes first hand in the Salish languages Ayajuthem (Mainland Comox), St’at’imcets (Lillooet), Halkomelem and the Wakashan language Nuu-chah-nulth. I am interested in and dedicated to studying Salish and Wakashan languages and have worked in a few communities on various language revitalization projects in addition to documenting and understanding the organization of sound systems and word structures. I am currently a co-investigator on a community-based research project on language revitalization of SENĆOŦEN and Hul’q’umi’num’, two Salish languages that are spoken on the southern part of Vancouver Island. Our partners in this grant are: the Saanich Native Heritage Society, the Hul’q’umi’num’ Treaty Group, the First Peoples’ Heritage Language and Culture Council and First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation. Some of the research that I do is also theoretical in nature --aimed at understanding the principles that underlie the production and patterning of sounds and words in languages. I believe that linguistic theories help to find patterns in language, which can inform documentation and the development of materials for learning Salish and Wakashan languages, and I try to combine the two approaches whenever I can. I have taught courses on phonology, phonetics, morphology, typology, linguistic field methods, and the languages of BC, and I like to introduce people to some of the fascinating features of Salish and Wakashan languages as often as possible.
Selected Recent Works - click to view/hide
2001 Patterns of Reduplication in Lushootseed. New York: Garland. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics. Pp. xi + 254 (including index).
1995 (edited with Jill Beckman and Laura Walsh Dickey) University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 18: Papers in Optimality Theory. Amherst: Graduate Linguistic Student Association. Pp. viii + 705 (including index).
Journal Articles2006 Reduplicative form and the root-affix asymmetry. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Volume 24, Number 1: 179 - 240
1999 (with John Alderete, Jill Beckman, Laura Benua, Amalia Gnanadesikan, and John McCarthy). Reduplication with fixed segmentism. Linguistic Inquiry 30: 327-364.
2007 Reduplication. In Paul de Lacy (ed) Cambridge Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp.
2005 A note on paradigm uniformity and priority of the root. In Laura J. Downing, T. Allan Hall, and Renate Raffelsiefen (eds.). Paradigms in Phonological Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Pp. 296-312.
2005 Enhancing contrast in reduplication. In Bernard Hurch (ed, with editorial assistance of Veronika Mattes), Studies on Reduplication. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, Pp. 211-237.
2004 Plurality and ablaut in Central Salish. In Donna B. Gerdts and Lisa Matthewson, (eds.), Salish Studies in Honor of M. Dale Kinkade. University of Montana Occasional Papers in Linguistics No. 17, Missoula: The University of Montana, Pp. 429-453.
1999 Double reduplications in parallel. In Harry van der Hulst, René Kager, and Wim Zonneveld (eds.), The Prosody - Morphology Interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Pp. 390-428.
2002 (with Joanne Charlie, Brian Thom and Edna Thomas) Themes, thoughts and theories on strategic planning for Hul’q’umi’num’ language revitalization. In Carrie Gillon, Naomi Sawai, and Rachel Wojdak (eds.), Papers for ICSNL XXXVII – The Thirty-Seventh International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages. UBCWPL 9: 357-375.
2001 (with Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins). Maintaining contrast in Nxa'amxcin
reduplication. In K. Megerdoomian and L. A. Bar-el (eds.), Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 20: 101-114. Somerville MA: Cascadilla Press.
2000 The bases of double reduplication. In Roger Billery and Brook Danielle Lillehaugen (eds.), Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 19: 518-531. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
1999 A-templatic reduplication in Halq'eméylem. In Kimary Shahin, Susan Blake, and Eun Sook Kim (eds.), Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics XVII, pp. 655-669. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
1999 Echo vowels in Coast Salish. In Marion Caldicott, Suzanne Gessner, and Eun-Sook Kim (eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas IV, pp. 165-184. UBC Working Papers in Linguistics.
1996 Preliminary remarks on Lushootseed syncope. In Papers for the 31st International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages, pp. 321-325.
1996 Morphological templates in reduplication. Proceedings from the 26th meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society, pp. 425-440. Amherst: Graduate Linguistics Student Association.
1992 Representing glottalized sonorants. In Costas P. Canakis and Grace P. Chan (eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, pp. 530-542.