University of Calgary

Merion Hodgson

  • Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator

About me:

I am a 2nd year Master’s student in Linguistics. My research interests include phonetics and phonology, language acquisition and reclamation of Indigenous languages. Currently, my focus is on Voice Onset Time (VOT) of stop consonants in Plains Cree and Plains Cree English in relearners, compared to those who speak it as their first language, under the supervision of Darin Flynn. Long-term, I wish to use my skills and experience to contribute to local language revitalization efforts while continuing to explore questions on how exposure to Indigenous languages impacts perception, production, and language attitudes enabled by the findings from my current work.

I chose to do my program at University of Calgary because as an undergrad, I experienced the great support that the people in the Linguistics division provide. Equally as important are the relationships they and the School have with Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuu T’ina elders and language keepers in the area. Outside of studying, I am grateful for opportunities on campus to be involved, especially with the SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement) UCalgary team, and as a tipi helper. Off-campus, I like to run around mountains and rivers, grow food, and make pretty/practical things.

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