University of Calgary

Joseph Windsor

  • Sessional Instructor

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

  • Theoretical Phonology (Prosodic Phonology)
  • The Phonology-Syntax Interface (Match Theory)
  • Theoretical Syntax (Nominal Syntax and Parallelism)
  • Sociolinguistics (Language Revitalization, Language Policy, and Planning)
  • Celtic Linguistics (Irish)
  • Indigenous Canadian Linguistics (Blackfoot and Michif)


From phonology to syntax -- and back again: Hierarchical structure in Irish and Blackfoot. Dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics at the University of Calgary. Supervisors: Dr. Darin Flynn and Dr. Elizabeth Ritter.

The focus of my research is on the phonology-syntax interface, and how an understanding of one of the grammatical components can augment an analysis of the other. I have used this methodology to be able to separate different levels of the prosodic hierarchy for stress analysis in Irish (discovering differences between prosodic word and phrase prominence) and to be able to use phonological phenomena to argue for the syntactic status of demonstratives in Blackfoot.


Book Chapters/Contributions - Peer Reviewed


  • MA - When nothing exists: The role of zero in the prosodic hierarchy
    University of Calgary, 2012
  • BA (Hons) - Phono-morphosyntax and all points in between: Irish lenitions and the prosodic phrase
    University of Calgary, 2010
  • BA (Hons) - The Irish Language Question: What is the current state of Irish Gaelic
    St. Francis Xavier University, 2007
  • BA - Englsih: The role of circumstance against Eve in Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'
    St. Francis Xavier University, 2006
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