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. (2015). "Probabilistic Minimalist Grammars for the Analysis of Syntactic Variation." Poster to be presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 44. University of Toronto. October 2015.

Heather Burnett. (2015). "La négation dans les langues romanes de France: Données de l'Atlas linguistique de la France." Paper to be presented at the Déterminants et Inférences workshop. Université Paris-Sorbonne. June 2015.

Heather Burnett and Anne Dagnac. (2015). "Hard and soft patterns in Picard negative concord." Paper to be presented at the SyMiLa 2015 conference. Université de Toulouse 2-Jean Jaurès. June 2015.

Toni Bassaganyas, Heather Burnett & Josep Maria Fontana. (2015). "Resultative Secondary Predication in Old Romance: Evidence from Old French and Old Catalan." Poster presented at the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe 8. University of Leipzig. May 2015.

Heather Burnett, Patrick Caudal & Michelle Troberg. (2015). "Les facteurs de choix de l'auxiliaire en ancien français: étude comparative et quantitative." Paper presented at Diachro VII: Colloque international sur le français en diachronie. Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle. Paris, France. February 2015. handout