About

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta and an Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University.  My primary research interests are in the areas of language contact, sociolinguistics, language documentation and description, language revitalization, and corpus development. I have a special interest in Algonquian languages, particularly Plains Cree and Sauk.

I hold Master’s degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language and Linguistic Anthropology. My Master’s thesis at the University of Oklahoma focused on strategies for developing neologisms for the Sauk language, with a view toward language revitalization. My doctoral dissertation provides a usage-based analysis of grammatical gender in Michif, a contact language based on Plains Cree and French, drawing on multimodal documentation of spoken Michif that I assembled collaboratively with Michif-speaking communities in Canada (funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, Phillips Fund for Native American Research, and Jacobs Research Funds).