- PhD Candidate
- Very from Vancouver (Ladner, actually)
- Languages I’ve worked on/learned more than a bit: English (maybe), Gitksan, German, Mandarin
My area of research is on various facets of the Gitksan language. I am currently focusing on neologism (new word) formation as it relates to reduplication, transitivity, and preverbal/prenominal morphology. I am currently also involved in projects concerning tense and aspect as well as SSHRC-funded projects to create e-Dictionaries and e-Grammars.
More broadly, I have an interest in language documentation and revitalization efforts as well as community engagement and knowledge dissemination.
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.
- 2020 – UBC Public Scholars Award
- 2020 – Jacobs Research Fund Grant
- 2015 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
- 2014 – UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship
- 2013 – SSHRC Institutional Grant Award
- 2013 – University of Toronto Fellowship
- 2013 – UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference Award – Poster Presentation
- 2012 – UBC Arts Undergraduate Research Award