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 (ISRL)

 

You can find my full CV here

 

Courses Currently Teaching

 

Publications:

Oksana Tkachman & Irit Meir. (2018). “Novel compounding and the emergence of structure in two young sign languages.” Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 3(1), 136. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.632

Meir, Irit & Oksana Tkachman. (2018). “Iconicity.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Ed. M. Aronoff. New York: Oxford University. http://linguistics.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.001.0001/acrefore-9780199384655-e-343

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:

Tkachman, Oksana, Gracellia Purnomo & Bryan Gick. 2018. Cyclic movement primitives underlying two-handed alternating signs in signed languages. Canadian Acoustics. 2pp.

Liu, Yadong, Megan Keough, Felicia Tong, Oksana Tkachman, Kate Radford, & Bryan Gick. 2018. Lateral bias in lingual bracing during speech. Canadian Acoustics. 2pp.

Hall, Kathleen Currie, Scott Mackie, Michael Fry, & Oksana Tkachman. 2017. SLPAnnotator: Tools for implementing Sign Language Phonetic Annotation. In Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2017), Stockholm, Sweden. Papercode Wed-SS-6-11-1

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

Tkachman, Oksana. Gestural contribution to information structure of spoken utterances. GIVEN!  A workshop to celebrate the life and work of Michael Rochemont. Vancouver, Canada. December 5-6, 2018.

Tkachman, Oksana, Gracellia Purnomo, & Bryan Gick. Cyclic movement primitives underlying two-handed alternating signs in signed languages. Poster presented at the joint 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada and 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of AmericaVictoria, Canada. November, 2018.

Tkachman, Oksana and Carla L. Hudson Kam. The link between iconic sources and conceptual categories in iconic signs. Sign CAFÉ 1, The first international workshop on cognitive and functional explorations in sign language linguistics. July 30-31, 2018. Birmingham, UK.

Tkachman, Oksana, Robert Fuhrman, Kathleen Currie Hall, Yurika Aonuki and Bryan Gick. Visible Energy in Signed Languages: Explaining a Trade-off Between Sign Location and Sign Handedness. Poster presented at LabPhon16, Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology. June 19-23, 2018. Lisbon, Portugal.

Hall, Kathleen Curie, Scott Mackie, Michael Fry and Oksana Tkachman. SLPAnnotator: Tools for implementing sign language phonetic annotation. InterSpeech 2017, Situated Interaction. August 20-24, 2017. Stockholm, Sweden.

Hall, Kathleen Curie, Scott Mackie, Michael Fry and Oksana Tkachman. SLPAnnotator: A resource for phonetically transcribing sign language corpora. Poster presented at the workshop: Corpus-based approaches to sign language linguistics: Into the second decade. The 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference. July 24-28, 2017. Birmingham, UK.

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. Poster presented at 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.

 

 

 

 

You can find my full CV here: Tkachman CV

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