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
Supervisor: Wendy Sandler
B.A. Linguistics (Chinese Studies minor), The University of Haifa, 2009
You can find my full CV here
Courses Currently Teaching
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, 147-180. https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/gest.13.3.02tka/details
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
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.
17. LIPP Symposium 2012, Parts of Speech across Languages, in Acquisition, Mind and Brain. July 6-7, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.