Heather Burnett

I am currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

Starting in January 2016, I will be a research scientist (CR2) working for the CNRS, housed within the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle at the Université de Paris 7-Denis Diderot, where I am currently an associate member.

A copy of my CV is availablehereMon CV est aussi disponible en français ici.

You can contact me at:  heather.susan.burnett {at} gmail.com

My main research areas are formal semantics, formal syntax and language variation and change; however, my research also makes contributions to the fields of morphology, pragmatics, the philosophy of language, natural logic, dialectology, historical linguistics and variationist sociolinguistics.  

Although I have worked on a variety of languages from the Germanic, Romance and Austronesian families, a large portion of my research focuses on the description and analysis of languages and dialects from the Gallo-Romance family: varieties of French spoken in Canada (particularly, Québec French, Acadian French and Franco-Ontarien), historical varieties of French (particularly, Old, Middle and Classical French), and endangered non-French Gallo-Romance languages (both Oïl dialects (such as Picard) and Occitan dialects (particularly Languedocien and Gascon)).

Recent Event: I organized an international workshop on Gallo-Romance syntax: SyMiLa 2015 in Toulouse, June 2015!

Upcoming/Recent Presentations:

Heather Burnett & Sali A. Tagliamonte. (2016). Comparative Studies of Sociolinguistic Variation as Evidence for Syntactic Theory. Paper to be presented at the Linguistic Evidence conference. Universität Tübingen. February 2016.

Heather Burnett & Julie Auger. (2015). Mie vs Point in Picard: Semantics, Pragmatics & Power. Paper presented at the Bilingual Workshop on Theoretical Linguistics. University of Western Ontario. November 2015.