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Current Postdoctoral Fellows


Suyeon Yun
suyeon.yun AT utoronto.ca
Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for French and Linguistics, UTSC
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016

Research interests include understanding how phonetic factors inform phonological universals, and in developing phonological theory to incorporate such factors so that it can explain a wider range of linguistic data. Her dissertation explores the role of auditory factors in consonant cluster perception and vowel epenthesis. She has also worked on compensatory lengthening, morphophonology of the Arabic language, phonology and syntax of right dislocation, etc.

Former Postdoctoral Fellows


Darcie Blainey
darcie.blainey AT utoronto.ca
SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Linguistics (2015-16)
PhD, Tulane University, 2013

Explores effects of language contact on North American varieties of French, with a particular interest in sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology. Postdoctoral research examines schwa use in Louisiana, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick French.


Bronwyn Bjorkman
bronwyn.bjorkman AT utoronto.ca
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Linguistics (2012-15)
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011

Works on issues relating to clause structure and verbal inflection, particularly auxiliary verb constructions. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the use of verbs of motion and position as auxiliaries.

Heather Burnett
heather.susan.burnett AT gmail.com
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Linguistics (2015)
PhD, UCLA, 2012

Heather's research centres around the development of new mathematical tools for the analysis of the syntactic and semantic patterns of natural languages and explores the contributions that studies of dialectal, historical and sociolinguistic variation can make to the development of formal linguistic theory.


Keffyalew Gebregziabher
keffy.gebregziabher AT utoronto.ca
SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Linguistics (2014-16)
PhD, University of Calgary, 2013

Carries out research pertaining to the grammar of possession, particularly examines how alienable and inalienable possession are portrayed mainly in (Ethio-)Semitic languages. Current postdoctoral projects focus on investigating the relationship between clausal and nominal possession, examining the role of possessive markers, and determining the syntactic structure of possessive constructions primarily in (Ethio-)Semitic languages.

Jessamyn Schertz
jessamyn.schertz AT utoronto.ca
Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for French and Linguistics, UTSC (2014-16)
PhD, University of Arizona, 2014

Investigates the structure and malleability of speech sond categories. She is currently working with Yoonjung Kang on the SSHRC Insight Grant "Bilingualism, perceptual drift, and regularization of loadwords."

Nicholas Welch
nicholas.welch AT utoronto.ca
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Linguistics (2012-14)
SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Linguistics (2014-16)
PhD, University of Calgary, 2012

Investigates topics in syntax and its interfaces, primarily in the Dene language family, particularly T???cho? Yat?ì (Dogrib) and Tsúùt'ínà. Current projects include mapping the structure of the right periphery in Dene languages, investigating the syntactic structure of copular clauses, and exploring the relationship between syntactic and prosodic utterance-final structures.