Dr. Suzanne Urbanczyk

Dr. Suzanne Urbanczyk
Associate Professor, Advisor - Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization
Office: Clearihue D361
Area of expertise

Phonology, morphology, language revitalization

I received both a BSc and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Victoria. After completing my PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I held a post-doctoral research position at the University of British Columbia. During these years I had the opportunity to study sound patterns and some word-formation processes first hand in the Salish languages Ayajuthem (Mainland Comox), St’at’imcets (Lillooet), Halkomelem and the Wakashan language Nuu-chah-nulth.

I am interested in and dedicated to studying Salish and Wakashan languages and have worked in a few communities on various language revitalization projects in addition to documenting and understanding the organization of sound systems and word structures. Some of the research that I do is also theoretical in nature, aimed at understanding the principles that underlie the production and patterning of sounds and words in languages. I believe that linguistic theories help to find patterns in language, which can inform documentation and the development of materials for learning and teaching languages.

I have taught courses on phonology, phonetics, morphology, typology, linguistic field methods, and the languages of BC.

Suzanne Urbanczyk's Faces of UVic Research video

Selected Works


2001    Patterns of Reduplication in Lushootseed. New York: Garland. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics. Pp. xi + 254 (including index).

1995    (edited with Jill Beckman and Laura Walsh Dickey) University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 18:  Papers in Optimality Theory.  Amherst: Graduate Linguistic Student Association.  Pp. viii + 705 (including index). 

Journal Articles

2006    Reduplicative form and the root-affix asymmetry.  Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Volume 24, Number 1: 179 - 240

1999    (with John Alderete, Jill Beckman, Laura Benua, Amalia Gnanadesikan, and John McCarthy).  Reduplication with fixed segmentism. Linguistic Inquiry 30: 327-364.

Book Chapters

2007    Reduplication.  In Paul de Lacy (ed) Cambridge Handbook of Phonology.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  Pp. 

2005    A note on paradigm uniformity and priority of the root.  In Laura J. Downing, T. Allan Hall, and Renate Raffelsiefen (eds.).  Paradigms in Phonological Theory.  Oxford: Oxford University Press,  Pp. 296-312.

2005    Enhancing contrast in reduplication.  In Bernard Hurch (ed, with editorial assistance of Veronika Mattes), Studies on Reduplication.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter,  Pp. 211-237.

2004    Plurality and ablaut in Central Salish.  In Donna B. Gerdts and Lisa Matthewson, (eds.),  Salish Studies in Honor of M. Dale Kinkade.  University of Montana Occasional Papers in Linguistics No. 17, Missoula: The University of Montana, Pp. 429-453.

1999    Double reduplications in parallel.  In Harry van der Hulst, René Kager, and Wim Zonneveld (eds.), The Prosody - Morphology Interface.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Pp. 390-428.

Conference Proceedings

2002    (with Joanne Charlie, Brian Thom and Edna Thomas) Themes, thoughts and theories on strategic planning for Hul’q’umi’num’ language revitalization.  In Carrie Gillon, Naomi Sawai, and Rachel Wojdak (eds.),  Papers for ICSNL XXXVII – The Thirty-Seventh International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages.  UBCWPL 9: 357-375. 

2001    (with Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins). Maintaining contrast in Nxa'amxcin
reduplication. In K. Megerdoomian and L. A. Bar-el (eds.), Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 20: 101-114.  Somerville MA: Cascadilla Press.

2000    The bases of double reduplication. In Roger Billery and Brook Danielle Lillehaugen (eds.), Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 19: 518-531.  Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

1999    A-templatic reduplication in Halq'eméylem.  In Kimary Shahin, Susan Blake, and Eun Sook Kim (eds.), Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics XVII, pp. 655-669.  Stanford: CSLI Publications.

1999     Echo vowels in Coast Salish.  In Marion Caldicott, Suzanne Gessner, and Eun-Sook Kim (eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas IV, pp. 165-184.  UBC Working Papers in Linguistics.

1996    Preliminary remarks on Lushootseed syncope.   In Papers for the 31st International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages, pp. 321-325.

1996    Morphological templates in reduplication.  Proceedings from the 26th meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society, pp. 425-440.  Amherst: Graduate Linguistics Student Association.

1992    Representing glottalized sonorants.  In Costas P. Canakis and Grace P. Chan (eds.),  Proceedings of the 28th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, pp. 530-542.