I’m a Linguistics Ph.D. student here at UBC… Vancouver born and raised t’boot! (Ladner, actually, but you probably don’t know where that is…?)

Education

  • 2014 – MA Linguistics, University of Toronto
    • Forum Paper: A preliminary description of the acoustics of Canadian English ejectives — Supervisor: Dr. Philip Monahan
  • 2013 – BA Hons. Linguistics w/ Minor in Asian Language and Culture (Mandarin Chinese), University of British Columbia
    • Honours Essay: An acoustic description of glottalized obstruents in Gitksan — Supervisor: Dr. Molly Babel

Languages!

  English –   L1
  German –   Heritage?
  Gitksan –   Beginner-Intermediate
  Mandarin –   Rusty Intermediate

 

Courses Currently Teaching

None Currently

Teaching Experience – Teaching Assistant

2011-Present Doreen Jensen Memorial Gitxsan Language Class Native Education College
2014 LIN200 – Introduction to Language University of Toronto
2013 LIN100 – Introdution to General Linguistics University of Toronto

Publications

Hall, Kathleen Currie, Aidan Pine, & Michael Schwan. (2018). Doing phonological corpus analysis in a fieldwork context. In Lisa Matthewson, Erin Guntly and Michael Rochemont (Eds.) Wa7 xweysás i nqwal’utteníha i ucwalmícwa: He loves the people’s languages. Essays in honour of Henry Davis (pp. 615-630). Vancouver, BC: UBC Occasional Papers in Linguistics Vol. 6.

Forbes, Clarissa, Henry Davis, & Michael David Schwan. (2017). Three Gitksan texts. In Andrei Anghelescu, Michael Fry, Marianne Huijsmans, and Daniel Reisinger (Eds.) Papers for the International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages 52, University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 45. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Brown, Jason, Henry Davis, Michael Schwan, & Barbara Sennott. (2016). Gitksan. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. doi:10.1017/S0025100315000432

Keough, Megan, Avery Ozburn, Elise Kedersha McClay, Michael David Schwan, Murray Schellenberg, Samuel Akinbo, & Bryan Gick. (2015). Acoustic and articulatory qualities of smiled speech. Canadian Acoustics, 43(3).

Akinbo, Samuel, Thomas J. Heins, Megan Keough, Elise Kedersha McClay, Avery Ozburn, Michael David Schwan, Murray Schellenberg, Jonathan de Vries, & Bryan Gick. (2015). Smiled speech in a context-invariant model of coarticulation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(4), 2304-2304

Schwan, Michael David. (2013, June). Acoustic characteristics of glottalized obstruents in Gitksan. In Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 060292). Acoustical Society of America

Presentations and Posters

Schwan, Michael David. (2017, August). Three Gitksan texts. Presentation at the 52nd International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

Schwan, Michael David. (2017, May). Asymmetrical Reduplicant Lenition. Poster presented at 22nd Workshop on the Constituency and Structure of Languages of the Americas, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Bicevskis, Katie, and Michael David Schwan. (2015, August 5). Tests for lexical aspectual classes in Gitksan. Presentation at the 50th International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Schwan, Michael David. (2013, June 7). Acoustic characteristics of glottalized obstruents in Gitksan. Poster presented at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics, Montreal, QC.

Anghelescu, Andrei, and Michael Schwan. (2013, June 2). Nuclear consonants in Gitksan. Poster presented at Canadian Linguistic Association Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Schwan, Michael. (2013, March 23). An acoustic description of glottalized obstruents in Gitksan. Poster presented at Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference 2013, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Interests

Gitksan, Tsimshianic, language revitalization & documentation, phonetics (acoustics and perception of glottal states), semantics (lexical and grammatical aspect), and some broader interests including methodologies and the accessibility of research to the public (i.e. effective dissemination, reduction of jargon).

Research Experience

2016-Present Coordinator UBC Gitksan Research Lab
2011-Present Research Assistant UBC Gitksan Research Lab
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