Tuesday, April 28, 2009

SLAM mixer, April 09

SLAM at Relay For Life

SLAM Executive 2009

Here is an excellent picture of the Executive members of Student Linguistics at Memorial (SLAM) for 2009. From left to right, we have Megan Simmonds, Catherine Burgess, Heidi Rice, Lucille O'Neill-Bidaud, Alethea Power, Stephanie Pritchett, and Gina Whelan. Thank you for your wonderful contributions to our social life in the 2008-9 academic year, SLAM!

MUN Linguistics team helps create Innu language children's books

Marguerite MacKenzie and Laurel Anne Hasler of the Linguistics CURA project facilitated a second workshop for writing children's books in the language of the Innu of Labrador. The workshop was led by Donna-Lee Smith, specialist in writing and Director of the First Nations and Inuit Education Programs at McGill University. Classroom assistants and staff of Peenamin Mackenzie school in Sheshatshiu and the Mushuau Innu Natuashish school attended. Four books from the fall workshop had been printed for use in classrooms and a further six were completed this time.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Linguistics Faculty Involved in Cree Language and Education Initiative

Marguerite MacKenzie and Julie Brittain have been invited to join a committee which will, over the coming months, be working toward producing a written report overviewing the Cree Nation of Quebec's Cree-medium education program (Cree as a Language of Instruction Program: CLIP). The Cree School Board has nine schools, one in each of the Cree communities in northern Quebec. CLIP offers Cree-medium education to children up to Grade 3 (or Grade 2, depending on the community). The committee had its initial planning meeting in Montreal April 15th. The review is being conducted on behalf of the Cree community.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Kevin Terry receives prestigious 'Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies' award

Congratulations to Kevin Terry, who recently received the title of 'Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies' at Memorial University. This award recognizes outstanding academic achievement throughout a graduate program. A certificate and pin will be presented at the upcoming Graduate Awards Ceremony in recognition of the award.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Earlier this month, Gerard Van Herk and Jennifer Thorburn presented papers at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics in New Orleans. Gerard's paper was on early African American English corpora and Jennifer's was a comparison of a phonological variable in two dialects of English.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sandra Clarke's retirement party

We belatedly publish these pictures of Dr. Clarke's retirement party. The party took place on September 28, 2006.

Pictures: Sandra Clarke (above)
John Hewson, department founder.
Peter Trudgill and Sandra Clarke.
Christophe dos Santos, Jennifer Thorburn, and Laurel-Anne Hasler

Memorial Working Papers in Linguistics

Volume 1 of the Memorial Working Papers in Linguistics is now available on the department website at http://www.mun.ca/linguistics/MLWPL/index.php. This volume contains a selection of excellent undergraduate student papers from the 2006-7 academic year.