Education

Ph. D. Linguistics, Cognitive Systems (COGS) stream, The University of British Columbia, 2013-in progress

Dissertation: “Emergent Phonology in the Visual-Manual Modality: Factors Enabling Sublexical Componentionality”

Committee: Carla L. Hudson Kam (supervisor), Bryan Gick, Douglas Pulleyblank

M.A. Linguistics, The University of Haifa, 2013

Thesis: “The Basic Noun-Verb Distinction in Two Young Sign Languages.”

Supervisor: Wendy Sandler

B.A. Linguistics (Chinese Studies minor), The University of Haifa, 2009

 

Member of:

UBC Language and Learning Lab

Interdisciplinary Speech Research Lab (ISPL)

 

You can find my full CV here

 

Courses Currently Teaching

 

Publications:

Bicevskis, Katie, Jonathan de Vries, Laurie Green, Johannes Heim, Jurij Božic, Joe D’Aquisto, Michael Fry, Emily Sadlier-Brown, Oksana Tkachman, Noriko Yamane, & Bryan Gick. (2016). “Effects of mouthing and interlocutor presence on movements of visible vs. non-visible articulators.” Canadian Acoustics 44 (1), 17-24. http://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2655

Meir, Irit & Oksana Tkachman. (March 28, 2014). “Iconicity.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics. Ed. M. Aronoff. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199772810/obo-9780199772810-0182.xml?rskey=Q61TJd&result=41

Tkachman, Oksana & Wendy Sandler (2013). The noun-verb distinction in two young sign languages. Gesture 13:3, 147-180https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/gest.13.3.02tka/details

 

Proceedings Papers:

Oksana Tkachman, Kathleen Currie Hall, André Xavier and Bryan Gick. (2016) “Sign Language Phonetic Annotation Meets Phonological CorpusTools: Towards a Sign Language Toolset for Phonetic Notation And Phonological Analysis.” In Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Meeting in Phonology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/amp.v3i0.3667 http://journals.linguisticsociety.org/proceedings/index.php/amphonology/article/view/3667

Tkachman, Oksana and Carla L. Hudson Kam. (2016) “Arbitrariness of Iconicity: The Sources (and Forces) of (dis)similarities in Iconic Representations.” In S.G. Roberts, C. Cuskley, L. McCrohon, L. Barceló-Coblijn, O. Feher & T. Verhoef (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11). Available online: http://evolang.org/neworleans/papers/164.html

Xavier, André, Oksana Tkachman, & Bryan Gick. (2015) “Towards Convergence of Methods for Speech and Sign Segmentation.” Canadian Acoustics 43 (3), 122-123. http://awc.caa-aca.ca/index.php/AWC/AWC15/paper/view/165

 

Qualifying Papers:

The status of third person pointing signs in American Sign Language. Filed: January 12, 2015

Iconicity sources and feature selection in visual-manual modality. Filed: June 7, 2016

Areas of Interests:

I am interested in modality-independent and modality-specific properties of human language, the independent role of different channels (e.g., gesture) and their interaction in communication, co-influence of linguistic form and non-linguistic perception (e.g., visual perception) and other nonlinguistic factors (e.g., spatial relations), factors affecting language development, and experimental ways of testing formal linguistic hypotheses.

Previously, I was affiliated with the Sign Language Research Lab at the University of Haifa, where I investigated the noun-verb distinction and compounding in Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL) and Israeli Sign Language (ISL). I also participated in preparation of a dictionary of ABSL where I prepared the part of compounds and morphologically complex signs.

Most recently, I focus on:

  • The  role of iconicity in human communication;
  • Phonetic properties of signs in natural sign languages and their consequences for sign phonology;
  • Linguistic frames of reference and spatial relations;
  • Reference in language and gesture;
  • Information structure in multichannel communication.

 

Selected Talks and Presentations

Oksana Tkachman and Carla L. Hudson Kam. Naming Body Parts in a Novel Created Signed Lexicon (NCSLex). The 12th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference. November 12-14, 2016. Albuquerque, USA.

Oksana Tkachman and Carla L. Hudson Kam. Arbitrariness of Iconicity: The Sources (and Forces) of (dis)similarities in Iconic Representations. The 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language. March 21-24, 2016. New Orleans, USA.

Oksana Tkachman. Novel Compounding in Two Sign Languages: Lexical Conventionalization versus Structural Conventionalization. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research 12. January 4-7, 2016. Melbourne, Australia.

Oksana Tkachman, Kathleen Currie Hall, André Xavier and Bryan Gick. Sign Language Phonetic Annotation Meets Phonological CorpusTools: Towards a Sign Language Toolset for Phonetic Notation And Phonological Analysis. Poster presented at Annual Meeting in Phonology 2015. October 9-11, 2015. Vancouver, Canada.

André Xavier, Oksana Tkachman and Bryan Gick. Towards Convergence of Methods for Speech and Sign Segmentation. Acoustic Week in Canada 15. October 6-9, 2015. Halifax, Canada.

Oksana Tkachman and Irit Meir. Compounding and the Emergence of Structure in Young Sign Languages. The 10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting, Quo Vadis Morphology. Grammar, Cognition and Computation. September 7-9, 2015. Haifa, Israel.

Oksana Tkachman. The Basic Noun-Verb Distinction in Two Young Sign Languages.
Minerva-Gentner Symposium on Emergent Languages and Cultural Evolution. June 20-22, 2013. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Oksana Tkachman. Size-and-Shape Specifiers (SASSes) in Two Young Sign languages.
May 12, 2013, Classifiers Study Group, Department of Linguistics, Ramat-Gan, Bar-Ilan University.

Oksana Tkachman. Nouns and Verbs in Two Young Sign Languages.
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 LIPP Symposium 2012, Parts of Speech across Languages, in Acquisition, Mind and Brain. July 6-7, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.

 

 

 

 

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