University of Calgary

Kelly Burkinshaw

  • Doctoral Student

Office Hours

LING 201 Room: CHC 102

About me:

I'm Kelly Burkinshaw, from Deer Lake, Newfoundland. I completed a BA in Linguistics, with a minor in English, as well as an MA in Linguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in St. John's. I'm currently working on a PhD in Linguistics here at the UofC - I study first language acquisition in English, and my focus is on how children learn vowels, given the different types of information they have available from adult-directed and infant-directed speech. My supervisor is Dr. Suzanne Curtin, and most days you can find me over in the Speech Development Lab. I chose the UofC for my studies because I wanted to work with Dr. Curtin, and because the (then) Linguistics department seemed fun and welcoming, and I've found the city of Calgary to be a pretty great place to be!

Some of my non-linguistic pastimes include more knitting than any human should be doing, cooking delicious food (I hope?), attempts at non-academic writing, and kickboxing.

Photograph of Kelly Burkinshaw


  • MA - Linguistics
    Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • BA - Linguistics
    Memorial University of Newfoundland

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
    Supervisor: Suzanne Curtin
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