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Name: Kimary  N. Shahin (IPA: ˈkɪ.mə.ɹi ʃə.ˈhin)
Institution: University of British Columbia
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://sfu.academia.edu/KimaryShahin
State and/or Country: Canada   
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Phonetics
Phonology
Language Acquisition
Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Lillooet
Language Family(ies): Interior Salish
Selected Publications: My publications on or referencing Salish, in large part my own original data work, include:

in press “Acoustic testing for phonologization”. Canadian Journal of Linguistics Special Issue on the Phonetics-Phonology interface.

in press 'Salish and the oral-and-laryngeal model of speech production'. In Leo Wetzels & Matt Coler (eds.) Brill Studies in the Indigenous languages of the Americas. Leiden: Brill.

2011 “Pharyngeals”. In M. van Oostendorp, C. Ewen, E. Hume & K. Rice (eds.), Companion to Phonology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (invited)

2010 “Promotion of secondary place in St’át’imcets”. In D. Beck (ed.), A Festschrift for Thomas M. Hess on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, 177-192. Bellingham: Whatcom Museum Publications.

2008 “On the phonetics of schwa in Sliammon (M. Comox) Salish: implications for the representations of Salish vowels”. Canadian Acoustics 36:42-43. (with Susan J. Blake)

2007 Xwemalhkwu Intermediate Language Textbook. Campbell River: Homalco First Nation. (with Susan J. Blake)

2007 “An acoustic study of schwa production in two St’át’imcets varieties”. In K. Jóhannsdóttir & M. Oberg (eds.), UBC Working Papers in Linguistics 20: 383-390.

2004 “A phonetic study of schwa in St’át’imcets (Lillooet Salish)”. In L. Matthewson and D. Gerdts (eds.), Studies in Salish Linguistics in Honor of M. Dale Kinkade (University of Montana Occasional Papers in Linguistics 17), 311-327. Missoula: University of Montana Dept of Linguistics. (with Susan J. Blake)

2002 Postvelar Harmony (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 224). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Benjamins.

I've been deep in Salish data and revitalization efforts for many years, on the following assignments:

2009 – present Investigator, “Lower St’át’imcets documentation” cooperative two-year project with the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council, funded by Endangered Languages Programme (Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project administered by SOAS, London) grant to myself

2008 – 2009 Linguist consultant, Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council, for Lower St’át’imcets documentation, revitalisation, relationship building, and grant applications (First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council, Endangered Languages), funded by Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council

2007 – 2008 Linguist Consultant, Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council, for communities survey for the project “Lower Stl’atl’imx language survey”, funded by First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council grant to the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council, BC, Canada

2006 – 2007 Linguist Consultant, Homalco Indian Band, for fieldwork for Xwelmalhkwu intermediate textbook project, funded by First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council grant to the Homalco Indian Band, BC, Canada

2001 – 2006 Linguist consultant, Douglas Band and Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council for Lower St’át’imcets documentation, revitalisation, relationship building, and grant application co-preparation, unfunded

1998-1999 Linguist fieldworker in Mission, BC, Canada, and investigator, “Three issues in St’át’imcets phonology” project, funded by Jacobs Funds grant to myself
Announced on LINGUIST :  Rural Palestinian Arabic, 2nd Edition
 Palestinian Arabic Texts
 Postvelar Harmony
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Postvelar Harmony
Dissertation Abstract: Postvelar Harmony: An examination of its bases and crosslinguistic variation
Reviewer of: Phonology/Phonetics: Silverman (1997) (LL Issue 10.170)



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