Major research papers

(In effect since 2002)


Fauzia Mughal, 'On the Interaction of Sluicing and Wh-Scope Marking in Hindi-Urdu', Supervisor: Dennis Ott

Leah Gosselin, 'Frequency of Mixing Habits Modulates Code-Switching Costs', Supervisor: Laura Sabourin


Yu Ying Li, 'Is Deep Level Processing Possible for Novel Language Sounds?', Supervisor: Laura Sabourin

Michael Richard Maneen, 'Verbal Negation in French: Evidence from Colloquial Parisian French', Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Gabrielle Lee-Anne Manning, 'Is Negation Difficult? The Electrophysiological Effects of Negation Processing in Simultaneous and L2 Bilingual Speakers?', Supervisor: Laura Sabourin

Xiaoyang Zhang, 'A Comparative Variationist Perspective on Variable Complementizer Use in Child and Adult Speech', Supervisor: Stephen Levey


Jérémie Beauchamp, 'Posture Locatives: Structure and Meaning', Supervisor: Andrés Salanova

Stéphanie Monette, 'Running Head: Acoustics of Bilingual Infant-Directed Speech. Acoustics of Bilingual Infact Directed Speech: Measures of Voice Onset Time and Vowel Space', Supervisor: Christopher Fennell


Louis-Philipppe Auger, 'A Smell of Degree Semantics: The Direct Complements of the Verbs Sentir and Goûter in Quebec French', Supervisor: Ana Arregui

Alwazzan Rawan, 'Reported Speech and Language Variation and Change: A Study Across the Lifespan', Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Phillip Burness, 'Exceptions and Learning: Restricting the Power of Indexed Constraint Theory', Supervisor: Kevin McMullin

Matthew Hunt, 'Rejection Modality', Supervisor: Ana Arregui

Myriam Lapierre, 'Predicting Vowel Systems: An Acoustic Analysis of the Vowels of Mebêngôkre and Panora', Supervisor: Kevin McMullin

Claire Lessage, 'Do We Say the Same Schwa? Comparing Canadian French L2 Speakers and Canadian English Speakers,' Supervisors: Marc Bruenelle and Ian Mackay

Sameer Ratti, 'The Influence of Musicianship and Bilingualism on the Discrimination of Non-Native Speech Contrasts: A Pilot Study', Supervisor: Laura Sabourin

Ray Therrien, 'Weak Pronous as Transfer Remnants', Supervisor: Dennis Ott


Emily Sullivan, 'Phonological Priming in the Developing Mental Lexicon: An Eye-Tracking and Picture-Naming Study', Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Papillon Maxime, 'Learning Novel Contrasts Based on Implausible Phonetics', Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

Thuy Nha Uyên Nguyên, 'Lip Rounding and Labial-Velarization in Southern Vietnamese', Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

Charlotte Moore, 'Boat or bone? The developing speech recognition system and sensitivity to coarticulation', Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Nara Kiranpreet, 'Punjabi tone and stress (Doabi dialect)', Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

Lara Kilbertus, 'Age of Production and Phonological Priming: A Picture-Naming Study', Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Myriam Dali, 'The feminine operator in Arabic', Supervisor: Éric Mathieu

Julie Alexandre Barrette, 'Le Mebengokre, une langue polysynthétiquement analytique?', Supervisor: Andrés Pablo Salanova


Jean-Christophe Leclerc, 'The relevance of manner of acquisition: a cross-language masked priming study', Supervisor: Laura Sabourin

Jumanah Absulaiman, ‘DP argument of generalized quantificational ‘kul’ in Standard Arabic’, Supervisor: Ana Arregui

Jessica-Rose Jackson, ‘Grammar, pragmatics and everything: A sociolinguistic study of general extenders in Ottawa English’, Supervisor: Stephen Levey

Jeffrey Lamontagne, ‘The realization of mid vowels in Laurentian French: Processes affecting the final syllables’, Supervisor: Marie-Hélène Côté 

Nahed Mourad, ‘Codeswitching: Multilinguism in the Levantine community of Ottawa, Supervisor: Stephen Levey

Meredith Lucey-Weinhold, ‘Addressing child data attrition in primed picture-naming tasks with game design principles’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Suzanne Robillard, ‘Assessing the utility of phonetic integration in distinguishing nonce borrowing and code-switching’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Daniel Sachs, ‘Investigating the acoustic properties of Kanien’keha epenthetic vowels’, Supervisor: Jamie White

Vesela Simeonova, 'On evidentials in Bulgarian', Supervisors: Ana Arregui and Maria-Luisa Rivero

Stephanie Strahm, ‘The effect of production on world learning in four- to seven-year old children’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Candice Toth, ‘Deciphering the dative alternation: Assessing aspects often overlooked’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Ana Werkman, ‘On modal strength in Croatian’, Supervisor: Ana Arregui

Christopher Wildman, ‘Learning biases, language, and evolution', Supervisors: Robert Truswell and Ian MacKay


Sarah Colby, ‘Phonological representations in the developing lexicon’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Brandon Fry, ‘Reverse agree and long-distance agreement’, Supervisor: Éric Mathieu

Brendan Henry, ‘The applicability of the iambic/trochaic law to speech perception and the role of perceptual grouping biases for word form recognition’, Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue, ‘Kids say the darndest things? Discours des préadolescents, changement linguistique et évolution de like discursif par la méthode variationniste’ , Supervisor: Stephen Levey

Brendan McDonald, ‘On the expressive interpretation of prosodic cues’, Supervisor: Ana Arregui 

Paul Melchin, ‘Nominal projections and pronoun types’, Supervisor: Robert Truswell

Françoise Moreau-Johnson, ‘Le placement des adjectifs en français’, Supervisor: Stephen Levey 

Elizabeth Morin-Lessard, ‘Spoken word recognition of produced and heard words’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Ana Sofia Niembro, ‘Spontaneous production in monolingual and bilingual phonological development’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Mutsumi Oi, ‘The interaction between accent contrast and vowel devoicing in Tokyo Japanese’, Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

Nova Starr, ‘On ‘her’ case: Default case and absolute constructions in the history of English’, Supervisor: Robert Truswell

Santa Vinerte, ‘Effects of bilingualism on cognitive control’, Supervisor: Laura Sabourin

Tabitha Wilson-Daly, ‘Metrical invisibility: A preliminary investigation into intrisacally nonmoraic syllables’, Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

Meng Yang, ‘The interaction between tone and intonation in Kunming Chinese’, Supervisor: Marc Brunelle


Cassandra Chapman, ‘Evidence of clitic doubling in Laurentian French: Consequences for grammaticalization’, Supervisor: Éric Mathieu

Mélanie Crousset, ‘Attrition et établissement du lexique: revue de la littérature et proposition de recherche’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Shayna Gardiner, ‘Middle Egyptian morphotactics’, Supervisor: Robert Truswell

Katherine Lam, ‘Speech production and the facilitation of word learning and word recognition: A pilot study’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Teodora Mihoc, ‘The Romanian presumptive mood: Inferential evidentiality and upper-end degree epistemic modality’, Supervisor: Ana Arregui 

Robert Prazeres, ‘A study of pronoun case variation in English coordinates’, Supervisor: Stephen Levey

Kate Riccomini, ‘Using multiple agree and cyclic agree to account for plural agreement morphology in Ojibwe transitive verb’, Supervisor: Éric Mathieu

Hugo Saint-Amant Lamy, ‘Voyelles devant /r/: petites révolutions en français laurentien’, Supervisor: Marie-Hélène Côté

Susan Winter, ‘A study of relative clauses: Production and comprehension by hard of hearing adults’, Supervisor: Juana Muños-Liceras


Abdulrahman Alamri, ‘Neighbourhood density in spoken word recognition in Arabic’ Supervisor: Tania Zamuner

Saleh Al-Qahtani, ‘Licensing bare nouns in external argument position in Arabic’, Supervisor: Éric Mathieu

Julie-Anne Blanchard, ‘Revue de la littérature sur la segmentation des mots chez les enfants autistes francophones, comparaison avec la population normale et proposition de recherche’, Supervisor: Chris Fennell

Nooshin Boroumand, ‘Lexical morphology of Modern Farsi’, Supervisor: John Jensen

Natasha Bouchat-Laird, ‘A phonological neighbourhood analysis of the Quebecois adaptation of the CDI and DATA from CHILDES’, Supervisor: Tania Zamuner 

Michele Burkholder, ‘The effect of L2 proficiency on the organization of the bilingual mental lexicon’, Supervisor: Laura Sabourin

Jean-Bruno Chartrand, ‘L’effet de la culture sur le langage : évidence des Pirahãs et de leur absence de termes marquant la numération et la quantification’, Supervisor: Andrés Salanova

Nadia Doré, ‘L’acquisition de la structure syllabique du Français’, Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

Carolyn Hill, ‘Variation in relativization strategies in mainstream Canadian French’, Supervisor: Stephen Levey 


Alexandra Hudson, ‘Come/came variation in African American Vernacular English’, Supervisor: Stephen Levey 

Lyra Magloughlin, ‘An ultrasound study of North American English /ɹ/ production in one typically-developing English-speaking monolingual child’, Supervisor: Jeff Mielke

Dominike Thomas, ‘Étude socio-économique du journal de Jean Héroard’, Supervisor: France Martineau

Tharanga Weerasooriya, ‘On the role of control and raising predicates in Sinhala modal constructions’, Supervisor: Ana Arregui


Marie-Ève Barrette, ‘Review of the evidence for (ART) feature’, Supervisor: Jeff Mielke

Geneviève Briand, ‘Intensification in contemporary Canadian French: Really (vraiment) interesting patterns in adolescent speech’, Supervisor: Stephen Levey 

Anne Lemay, ‘La compétence sociolinguistique : les pronoms forts’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Kaleigh Markell, ‘Tense variation in Canadian English: A quantitative analysis’, Supervisor: Stephen Levey


Christie Brien, ‘The effects of local syntactic constraints on lexical processing in early bilinguals’, Supervisor: Eta Schneiderman

Rebecca Gaulin, ‘Examination of copula omission within the data of Spanish-English twin infants, Leo and Simon: The effects of transfer’, Supervisor: Laura Sabourin

Kana Kannoji, ‘He’s not or he isn’t: AUX/NEG contraction in Canadian English’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Andriy Ryzhyy, ‘OT analysis of vowel alternation in Eastern-Polissian Ukrainian dialect’, Supervisor: Marc Brunelle 

E.G. Seliger, ‘Learning to perceive linguistic tone: Neurobiological and genetic determinants of adult learner success’, Supervisor: Eta Schneiderman

Hélène Tourigny, ‘(Non)-configurationality in Ojibwe: Focus on word order’, Supervisor: Éric Mathieu  


Pascale April, ‘La postériorisation des fricatives alvéo-palatales en français laurentien’, Supervisor: Marie-Hélène Côté

Toni Blanchard, ‘Initial consonant deletion in the speech of English-speaking phonologically-disordered children’, Supervisor: Marie-Hélène Côté

Layna Conibear, ‘Lexical access of interlingual homophones’, Supervisor: Nina Kazanina

Ewelina Frackowiak, ‘Anticausative and impersonal constructions with reflexive clitic in Polish’, Supervisor: María Luisa Rivero

Bethany Lochbihler, ‘The inverse system in Ojibwe’, Supervisors: Éric Mathieu and María Luisa Rivero

Scott Mackie, ‘Finding the limits of feature economy’, Supervisor: Jeff Mielke

Robyn Maler, ‘Language evolution and the universal underlying word order hypothesis’, Supervisor: Eta Schneiderman

Kimberly Miller, ‘La possession dans le français de l’Outaouais : le rôle de l’école et de la communauté’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Yuko Ohashi, ‘Grammatical constraints on Japanese/English code-switching’, Supervisor: Juana Muñoz-Liceras

Carl O’Toole, ‘Perception of allophones of English /l/’, Supervisor: Nina Kazanina 

Sharlène Pilote, ‘Transfer and directionality in the acquisition of null and overt subjects in L2 French and Spanish: A morphosyntactic and pragmatic account’, Supervisor: Juana Muñoz-Liceras

Alison Smith, ‘Schizophrenia as a communication disorder: A means of improved diagnosis and treatment’, Supervisor: Ian MacKay

Sandrine Tailleur, ‘Avoir et être; une ancienne rivalité? Étude de la sélection de l’auxiliaire de parfait en français classique’, Supervisor: France Martineau

Qinghua Tang, ‘The influence of cultural variance on the organization of the bilingual lexicon’, Supervisor: Nina Kazanina


Adrienne Jones, 'Postvocalic /r/ deletion in 19th century Southern White Vernacular English', Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Viktor Kharlamov, ‘Consonant cluster simplification in Russian: an OT analysis’, Supervisor: Marie-Hélène Côté

Yukiko Yoshizumi, ‘She’s got an English thing there: The variation of the stative possessives in Quebec City English’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Lauren Zentz, ‘C’est ça je travaille dessus’ : Orphaned prepositions and relativization in Canadian French’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack


Jackie Adams, ‘Concord variation, convergence, and Quebec English : There’s lots of things to consider’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Amani Bel Abed, ‘On the ‘failed functional features hypothesis’: Null subjects and verb movement in L2 French’, Supervisor: Juana Muñoz-Liceras

Maria Biezma-Garrido, ‘Control and Spanish psychological verbs’, Supervisor: María Luisa Rivero

Lidia-Gabriela Jarmasz, ‘I think I know what I’m thinking: The alternation between simple and progressive forms in stative verbs’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Allison Lealess, ‘En français, il faut qu’on parle bien : Assessing native-like proficiency in L2 French’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Peter Milne, ‘Don’t stress the flap! A functional approach to flapping in English’, Supervisor: Marie-Hélène Côté

Katrina Petrik, ‘Deontic modality in Quebec English: Everything you need to know’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Chelsea Smith, ‘Phonological variation in African-American English and African-Canadian English’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Keren Tonciulescu, ‘Negative polarity items in modern Hebrew’, Supervisor: Paul Hirschbühler


Aloui Bachar, ‘Reading in Down syndrome’, Supervisor: Eta Schneiderman

Julia Colangeli, ‘The influence of otitis media on language and reading skills in children’, Supervisor: Ian MacKay

Marzieh Hassantafaghodtari, ‘French immersion and metacognitive development’, Supervisor: Eta Schneiderman

Mélissa Moloïssa, ‘The effects of durational and spectral cues in vowel perception in L1 and L2’, Supervisor: Ian MacKay

Sarah Moretti, ‘La double négation en français’, Supervisor: Paul Hirschbühler

Atosa Tangestanifar, ‘Persian stress: How mysterious is it?’, Supervisor: John Jensen


Nathalie Dion, ‘L’effacement du que en français canadien : une étude en temps réel’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack 

Dana Geber, ‘Dative quirky subjects in Romanian’, Supervisor: María Luisa Rivero 

Ladan Hamedani, ‘Cohesion and learning to write in a second language’, Supervisor: John Jensen

Martine Leroux, ‘Le passé recomposé : analyse diachronique et multivariée de la valeur temporelle du passé en français oral de Hull’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack 

Sonia Pritchard, ‘Semantic representations in the brain’, Supervisor: Eta Schneiderman

Ulyana Savchenko, ‘Russian anticausative constructions’, Supervisor: María Luisa Rivero

Marie-Claude Séguin, ‘Alcohol and speech: Insights on the forensic perspective’, Supervisor: Ian MacKay 

Hank Walker, ‘Formal features, attraction, and the derivation of WH-fronting options’, Supervisor: María Luisa Rivero


Ali Kiyan Azarbar, ‘Hungarian vowel harmony: A domain-based interpretation under primitive Optimality theory’, Supervisor: John Jensen

Tzu-Fang Chang, ‘Spectral analysis of retroflex fricatives in mandarin Chinese’, Supervisor: Ian MacKay

Michèle Charrette, ‘Speaker-related variability in telephony voice applications’, Supervisor: Ian MacKay

Magdalena Goledzinowska, ‘Maturation of argument structure: The acquisition path of reflexive clitics in Polish’, Supervisor: María Luisa Rivero 

Heather Hepplewhite, ‘Visiting relatives: When dialects contact’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Jennifer Karen Houghton, ‘Phonology, reading skill, and dyslexia’, Supervisor: Ian MacKay 

Lyne Klapka, ‘Étude comparative : l’accord du genre en français parlé au 19e et au 20e siècles’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Karin Nault, ‘Ja, solche sprache-Ø, jetzt geht’s schon los, gell? Zeroing in on German plurals : A variationist approach to German/English language contact’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack 

Olesya Olbishevska, ‘On aspect, telicity and event structure’, Supervisor: Paul Hirschbühler

Rebecca Silvert, ‘How to take a complement: It’s that or nothing’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack

Anne St-Amand, ‘Le subjonctif suivant une expression non-verbale’, Supervisor: Shana Poplack


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