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Gloria Mellesmoen

PhD Candidate


Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism, The Communicating Mind and Body

Gloria is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics interested in questions related to language variation and change, particularly within the context of endangered languages. She is studying the morphology and semantics of reduplication across all twenty-three Salish languages, under the supervision of Dr. Henry Davis. Part of this project involves the ongoing documentation of reduplicative processes in ʔayʔaǰuθəm, the Mainland dialect of the language traditionally spoken by the K’ómoks, Tla’amin, Homalco, and Klahoose First Nations.

Some of her other research interests include phonological theory, sound change, fricative production and perception, pluractionality, and the relationship between glottalization and emergent pitch-accent patterns.

In addition to studying Salish languages, Gloria also studies the phonetics and phonology of the British Columbia dialect(s) of English.