Luis Alonso-Ovalle

Department Chair
Office: 1085 Dr. Penfield | room #113
Office Hours: TBA
luis.alonso-ovalle [at] 

Heather Goad

Undergraduate Student Advisor
Office: 1085 Dr. Penfield | room #320
Office Hours: TBA
heather.goad [at]

Timothy O'Donnell

Graduate Program Director
Office: 1085 Dr. Penfield | room #304
Office Hours: by appointment 
tim.odonnell [at]

Bernhard Schwarz

Graduate Admissions & Funding Director
Office: 1085 Dr. Penfield | room #215
Office Hours: TBA [at]


Administrative Staff

Giuliana Panetta

Office Manager
1085 Dr. Penfield | room #112
(514) 398-2838
giuliana.panetta [at]

Leeza Girolami 

Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator 
1085 Dr. Penfield | room #111
(514) 398-4222
leeza.girolami [at]

Andria De Luca

Maternity Leave


Name Specializations
Luis Alonso-Ovalle Semantics, Pragmatics, Spanish
Charles Boberg Language Variation and Change, Dialectology, North American English
Meghan Clayards Phonetics, Speech Perception
Jessica Coon Syntax, Morphology, Mayan, Algonquian, Field Methodology, Language Documentation and Revitalization
Brendan Gillon Semantics, Pragmatics, Sanskrit Linguistics, Chinese (Mandarin and Classical)
Heather Goad Phonology, First Language Acquisition, Second Language Acquisition
Timothy O'Donnell Computational Models of Language Learning and Processing, Mathematical Linguistics, Probabilistic Inference
Bernhard Schwraz Semantics, Pragmatics, German
Junko Shimoyama Syntax, Syntax/Semantics Interface, East Asian Languages
Morgan Sonderegger Phonology, Phonetics, Computational Linguistics, Language Variation and Change, Quantitative Methods
Francisco Torreira Phonetics, Intonation, Prosody, Interactional Linguistics
Lisa Travis Syntax, Morphology, Language Variation and Language Change, Austronesian (Malagasy, Tagalog)
Michael Wagner Prosody/Syntax, Prosody/Semantics, Phonology, Language Processing

Emeritus Professors

Name Specializations
Michel Paradis Bilingualism, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics
Glyne Piggott Phonological Theory, Historical Phonology, Morphology, Amerindian (Ojibwa)
Lydia White Generative L2 Acquisition

Course Lecturers

To view the current list of individuals who have priority points, visit the Opportunities & Visitors page. 

Fall 2018

Jeffrey Lamontagne

Office: room #204
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30 (room #117) 
jeffrey.lamontagne [at]

Natália Brambratti-Guzzo

Office: room #121
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00
natalia.brambattiguzzo [at]

Winter 2019

Nico Baier

Office: room #121
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00-12:30 or by appointment
nico.baier [at]

Francesco Gentile

Office: room #204
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 14:30-15:30 or by appointment
francesco.gentile [at]

Liz Smeets

Office: room #104
Office Hours: Mondays, 15:00-16:00 or by appointment
liz.smeets [at]


Summer 2019

Natália Brambatti-Guzzo

Office: room #121
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11:30-13:00 or by appointment
natalia.brambattiguzzo [at]

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral research offers recent Doctoral Degree recipients the chance to further their professional development, build on their research, and effectively transition from life as a student to that of an independent scholar. At McGill, postdoctoral candidates have the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s foremost professors and researchers, and to work in an environment that supports and celebrates excellence. For more information, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. 

The Linguistics Department's current Postdoctoral Fellows are listed below:


Name e-mail
Nico Baier  
Natália Brambatti Guzzo  
Aron Hirsch  
Michael McAuliffe  
Ying Li  


Award Recipients

On behalf of the Department of Linguistics, we are pleased to announce the recipients for: the In-House Undergraduate Student Awards, the Cremona Memorial Prize in Linguistics and the Lara Riente Memorial Prize in Linguistics. Visit the Undergraduate page for more details.

Academic Leadership Award

2019 | Megan Deegan

2018 | Oscar Costa

2017 | Lydia Felice

2016 | Daniel Biggs

2015 | September Cowley

2014 | Lauren Garfinkle

2013 | Olivia Ait-Bella

2012 | Hannah Pinsky

2010 | Jonathan Abramsohn

2009 | Katherine Anne McCurdy

Cremona Memorial Prize

2019 | Beini Wang

2018 | Gabriel Daitzschman

2017 | Vincent Rouillard

2016 | Michaela Socolof

2015 | Louisa Bielig

2014 | Misha Schwartz

2013 | Madeleine Leto Revill

2012 | Elise McClay

2012 | Erin Olson

2011 | Aron Zachary Hirsch

2009 | Edwin Howard

2008 | Marc Garellek

2007 | Megan Sabsay Tylee

2006 | Bronwyn Bjorkman

2005 | Margaret Ann Grant

2004 | Janet Nielsen

2003 | Anicka Ruth Fast

Department Citizenship Award

2019 | Hayley Ostrega

2018 | Maya Keshav

2017 | Jacob Schermer

2016 | Christopher Burnett

2015 | Marjorie Labelle

2014 | Andrew MacLachlan

2013 | Roseanne Lau

2012 | Madeleine Revill

2011 | Maude Poirier-Caron

2010 | David Max Fromstein

2009 | Laura Kalin

2008 | Blakey Larsen

2007 | Michelle St-Amour

Excellence in Research Award

2019 | Michael Goodale

2018 | Yunxiao (Vera) Xia

2017 | Sarah Mihuc

2016 | Cora Lesure

2015 | Liam Bassford

2014 | Louisa Bielig

2013 | Thomas Kettig

2012 | Erica J. Yoon

2011 | Tingchun Chen

2010 | Steffani Maartje Scheer

2009 | Anna Howell

2008 | Meaghan Fowlie

2007 | Gwen Gillingham

Lara Riente Memorial Prize

2019 | Juric Bozic

2018 | Donghyun Kim

2017 | Guilherme Duarte Garcia

2016 | Hye-Young Bang

2015 | Daniel Goodhue

2014 | Michael Hamilton and Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron

2013 | Brian Buccola

2012 | Alexandra Simonenko and Jozina Vander Klok

2011 | Walter Andrew Pedersen

2010 | Öner Özçelik

2009 | Eva Dobler

2008 | Alyona Belikova

2007 | Tobin Skinner

2006 | Naoko Tomioka

2005 | Heather Sarah Newell

2004 | Theres Grüter

2003 | Josée Poirier

U2 Academic Achievement Award

2019 | Aliza Ellner

2018 | Beini Wang

2017 | Fiona Higgins

2016 | Eva Portelance

2015 | Michaela Socolof

2014 | Elena Russo

2013 | Jessica Lilly Cooper

2012 | Douglas Herrick

2011 | Claire Rebecca St George

2010 | David Adam Simons

2009 | Jonathan Abramsohn

2009 | Tingchun Chen

2008 | Laura Kalin

2007 | Meredith Tamminga

Graduate Students


Name General Interests e-mail
Jason Borga Syntax, Syntax/Semantics Interface, First Language Acquisition jason.borga [at]
Jacob Hoover Syntax, Semantics, Mathematical Linguistics, Logic jacob.hoover [at]
Esmail Moghiseh Semantics, Pragmatics, Farsi esmail.moghiseh [at]
Savanna Willerton Computational Linguistics, Semantics, Productivity and Storage savanna.willerton [at]
Wilfred Yau Computational and Mathematical Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Formal Semantics, Probabilistic Inference, Artificial Intelligence wilfred.yau [at]


Name General Interests e-mail
Jurij Bozic Morphology, Syntax, Phonology-Syntax Interface jurij.bozic [at]
Amelia Bruno Formal Semantics, Syntax, Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics, Philosophy of Language amelia.bruno [at]
Francesco Gentile Semantics, Syntax-Semantics Interface, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Language francesco.gentile [at]
Masashi Harada Syntax, Interface of Syntax with other Modules of Grammar, East Asian Languages masashi.harada [at]
Henrison Hsieh Syntax, Semantics, Tagalog, and Austronesian in General henrison.hsieh [at]
Bing'er Jiang Phonetics, Phonology, Phonation, Speech Perception and Production, Tone Languages binger.jiang [at]
William Johnston Syntax, Semantics william.johnston4 [at]
Jeffrey Lamontange Corpus Linguistics, Laboratory Phonology, Phonetics, Phonological Variation, Sociolinguistics and Sound Change jeffrey.lamontagne [at]
Gouming Martens Syntax, Syntax/Phonology Interface, Sino-Tibetan Languages, Classical Tibetan gouming.martens [at]
Mathieu Paillé Syntax, Syntax/Phonology Interface, Biolinguistics, Algonquian mathieu.paille [at]
Yeong Woo Park Prosody, Phonetics, Phonology yeongwoo.park [at]
Clinton Parker Syntax, Language Documentation and Revitalization, Corpus Linguistics, Iranian Languages clinton.parker [at]
Justin Royer Syntax, Semantics, Mayan, Documentation, Fieldwork, Typology justin.royer [at]
Liz Smeets Language Acquisition, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and their Interfaces liz.smeets [at]
Michaela Socolof Syntax, Computational Linguistics, Fieldwork michaela.socolof [at]
James Tanner Phonology, Sociophonetics, Psycholinguistics, Quantitative Methods james.tanner [at]