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Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Calgary

Darin Flynn is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary. He teaches and does research mainly in Indigenous languages from Canada — their analysis, documentation, and revitalization — and in phonology — how humans arrange speech sounds into utterances.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Affiliated member, Language Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • 2014–present
    Associate professor, Division of Linguistics, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, University of Calgary
  • 2004–2020
    Visiting lecturer, Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute, University of Alberta
  • 2010–2017
    Visiting lecturer, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, University of British Columbia
  • 2001–2014
    Assistant professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Calgary
  • 2000–2001
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Education

  • 2001 
    University of British Columbia, PhD in Linguistics
  • 1995 
    University of Ottawa, MA in Linguistics

Publications

  • 2021
    "Language Documentation in Roam Research: Recognizing Relationships in Field Notes", with Kody Tufts, presented at the 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, HI.
  • 2021
    “Vowel Harmony and Other Morphological Processes in Turkish”, with Eyüp Bacanlı and Amanda Pounder, in B. Palaz & L. Stromdahl (eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Turkic and Languages in Contact with Turkic (Vol. 5, pp. 16–30). Linguistic Society of America.
  • 2021
    "Indigenous Languages in Canada", in G. N. Devy (ed.), Key Concepts in Indigenous Studies: Orality and Language. New York, NY: Routledge, 131−156.
  • 2020
    “Plains Cree and the Ambiguity Between Lexical and Phrasal Prosody”, with Quinn Goddard and Angeliki Athanasopoulou, presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, New Orleans, LA, January 2–5.
  • 2020
    “Radical Allomorphy in Southwestern Turkish Dialects”, with Eyüp Bacanlı, presented at the 5th Workshop on Turkic and Languages in Contact with Turkic, Newark, DE, February 8–9.
  • 2020
    "Indigenous Languages in Canada", in William O’Grady and John Archibald (eds.), Contemporary Linguistic Analysis, 9th edn. Toronto: Pearson, 298–314.
  • 2019
    “View from Turkish: Morphology as Executive, Phonology as Executor”, with Eyüp Bacanlı and Amanda Pounder, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Vancouver, BC, June 1–3.
  • 2019
    “Aspiration in Blackfoot and Plains Cree”, with Merion Hodgson and Joseph W. Windsor, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Vancouver, BC, June 1–3.
  • 2019
    “Lexical Stress in Plains Cree: An Acoustic Account”, with Quinn Goddard and Angeliki Athanasopoulou, presented at Acoustics Week in Canada 2019, Canadian Acoustical Association, Edmonton, AB, October 9–10.
  • 2018
    “Vowel Length Distinctions in Plains Cree”, with Angeliki Athanasopoulou. Canadian Acoustics, 46(4), 34–35.
  • 2017
    “Disentangling Stress and Pitch Accent in Munster Irish”, with Joseph W. Windsor and Stephanie Coward, in William G. Bennett, Lindsay Hracs and Dennis Storoshenko (eds.), WCCFL 35: Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • 2017
    “Weak Syllable Refitting in Late-Stage Phonological Development”, presented at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the NorthWest Phonetics & Phonology Conference (NoWPhon), Vancouver, BC, May 19–21.
  • 2017
    “The Phonetics of Prominence of the Word and Phrase in Three Irish Dialects”, with Joseph W. Windsor and Stephanie Coward, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Toronto, ON, May 27–29.
  • 2016
    “Refillable Syllables in Child English”, presented at the 1st Annual Conference on Child Language Acquisition Research in Alberta (CLARA), Lethbridge, AB, November 24–26.
  • 2016
    “On the Development of North Wakashan”, with Emmon Bach (†), presented at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Washington, DC, January 7–10.
  • 2014
    “Acoustic Phonetic Features in Athabaskan Sound Change”, with Sean Fulop. Diachronica, 31(2), 192–222. [DOI: 10.1075/dia.31.2.02fly]
  • 2014
    “The Black Vernacular versus a Cracker’s Knack for Verses”, in Scott F. Parker (ed.), Eminem and Rap, Poetry, Race: Essays. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 65−88.
  • 2012
    “Dentals are Grave”, with Sean Fulop. Canadian Acoustics, 40(3), 20–21. [https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2519/2268]
  • 2011
    “Floating yet Grounded: Feature Transmutation in Optimality Theory”, Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 56(3), 377−402. [DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S000841310000205X]

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Linguistic Association
  • Linguistic Society of America

Research Areas

  • Linguistics (2004)
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) (200408)