Sky Onosson, Ph.D. 

This site contains information on my research & work as a linguist. I am a research affiliate at the University of Manitoba and a sessional lecturer at several universities. I am always open to interesting opportunities of all kinds, so feel free to get in touch!

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ORCID: 0000-0001-9308-7202

Institutional Address and Email:
Department of Linguistics
University of Manitoba
534 Fletcher Argue Building
15 Chancellor’s Circle
Winnipeg MB Canada R3T 5V5



About me

My research revolves around the fields of phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, and quantitative methodology. A lot of my work has looked at the temporal/dynamic properties of vowel production, such as diphthongs, from both phonological and phonetic points of view.

I am a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Victoria (Ph.D.).

My academic work and research experience includes teaching courses in Linguistics at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and Simon Fraser University, serving as a research assistant and lab instructor at the University of Victoria, presenting at a variety of linguistics conferences large and small, and volunteering as editor and conference organizer on multiple occasions.

My academic CV contains much more information on all of the above. I also have an industry-facing resume for non-academic purposes, should they arise.


Research projects

I am currently involved in several active research projects which include, in no particular order:

  • Variation and change in contemporary Brazilian Portuguese. Since 2015, in collaboration with Christiani Pinheiro Thompson (University of Saskatchewan), we have recorded more than 80 multi-media intervews with nearly 180 middle-school children in urban Rio de Janeiro. We recently presented some of our findings at the Canadian Linguistic Association 2021 meeting, and are preparing a related article with several others also in the works.

  • The vowels of Media Lengua. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Jesse Stewart (University of Saskatchewan). Media Lengua is a mixed language spoken in Ecuador whose lexicon is mainly Spanish-origin, fitted into a vowel system which derives from that of Quichua. Our current work focuses on how vowel-sequences from different-origin source languages are handled in Media Lengua, from both phonetic and phonological perspectives. Two papers resulting from this collaboration have recently been published by Language and Speech and Laboratory Phonology.

  • Ethnoloinguistic variation in Manitoba/Prairie English. This research is centred on Dr. Nicole Rosen’s Canada Research Chair-funded Languages in the Prairies Project (LIPP). I have documented some distinctive ethnolinguistic patterns in some phonological processes within the Filipino and Mennonite communities in Manitoba, leading to two conference presentations, including a published proceedings, with another article currently under peer review.

  • Phonetic analysis of Hul’q’umi’num’ and Tsilhqot’in (Indigenous Languages of British Columbia). This work is a collaboration with Dr. Sonya Bird (University of Victoria), involving the Coast Salish language Hul’q’umi’num’ spoken on Vancouver Island, and the Athabaskan language Tsilhqot’in spoken in the interior of B.C. My prior work on Hul’q’umi’num’ has involved comparing production differences between fluent elders and language learners, which has produced two conference presentations, including a published proceedings. Currently, I am part of a larger research team which will focus on child language acquisition/development in Hul’q’umi’num’.


Research output

This site hosts archived copies of most of my published or presented work going back to my 2010 master’s thesis, all of which are listed on my full CV. The list below combines peer-reviewed publications, current papers I have in some state of preparation, conference presentations, invited talks, workshops, and media interviews, in chronological order, and includes active links to copies of publications which are available for download:

Year Title (local download links) Journal / Forum / Venue (external links)
2021 The effects of language contact on non-native vowel sequences in lexical borrowings: The case of Media Lengua (with Jesse Stewart) Language and Speech
  A multi-method approach to correlate identification in acoustic data: The case of Media Lengua (with Jesse Stewart) Laboratory Phonology
  Phonetic change in the grammaticalization of Brazilian Portuguese tipo (with Christiani Thompson) Canadian Linguistic Association
  A phonetic case study of Tŝilhqot’in /z/ and /zʕ/ (with Sonya Bird) Under review
  Prevelar vowel raising and merger in Manitoba English Under review
  Form, function, and reduction: Phonetic erosion in the grammaticalization of Brazilian Portuguese tipo (with Christiani Thompson) In preparation
  An acoustic speech study of the anglophone Mennonite communities of southern Manitoba In preparation
  Canadian Shift amidst demographic shift: Ethnolinguistic effects in Western Canadian English vowels (with Nicole Rosen and Lanlan Li) In preparation
  Quotative constructions in spoken vernacular Brazilian Portuguese (with Christiani Thompson) In preparation
2020 The effects of language contact on non-native diphthongs in lexical borrowings: The case of Media Lengua (with Jesse Stewart) Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, New Orleans LA
  Ethnolinguistic Vowel Differentiation in Manitoba English American Dialect Society, New Orleans LA
  TRAP-raising and the Canadian/Low-Back-Merger Shift in Prairie English (accepted–did not present due to Covid19) Canadian Linguistic Association, Western University
2019 Workshop on Statistics for Linguistics University of Manitoba
  Differences In Vowel-glide Production Between L1 And L2 Speakers Of Hul’q’umi’num’ (with Sonya Bird) International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne
  Ethnolinguistic Differentiation and the Canadian Shift (with Nicole Rosen and Lanlan Li) International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne
  Acoustic Phonetics and Language Revitalization in the Hul’q’umi’num’ Community (with Sonya Bird) Prairie Workshop on Languages and Linguistics V, University of Winnipeg
2018 Best practices in automatic vowel production analysis Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, University of Auckland
  Joining the Western Region: Sociophonetic Shift in Victoria (with Rebecca Roeder and Alex D’Arcy) Journal of English Linguistics
  An Acoustic Study of Canadian Raising in Three Dialects of North American English Doctoral dissertation, the University of Victoria
2017 Canadian Raising or Canadian Shortening? Comparing and contrasting dynamic models of vowel duration Workshop on Dynamic Modeling in Phonetics & Phonology, University of Chicago
2016 Urban youth in Rio de Janeiro: Contemporary linguistic variation in Brazilian Portuguese (with Christiani Thompson) New Ways of Analyzing Variation 45, Simon Fraser University
  Yod variation in Victoria, B.C.: An acoustic-centred approach American Dialect Society, Washington DC
2015 Simultaneous Innovation & Conservation: Unpacking Victoria’s Vowels (with Rebecca Roeder and Alex D’Arcy) New Ways of Analyzing Variation 44, University of Toronto
  There’s a New Ethnolect in Town: Vowel Patterning of Filipino English in Winnipeg (with Nicole Rosen and Lanlan Li) New Ways of Analyzing Variation 44, University of Toronto
  City, province or region: What do the vowels of Victoria tell us? (with Rebecca Roeder and Alex D’Arcy) American Dialect Society, Portland OR
  Acoustic Phonetics Lab Manual (with Sonya Bird, Qian Wang and Allison Benner) Course textbook, University of Victoria
2014 The Prosodic Structure of Canadian Raising Proceedings of the Canadian Linguistic Association
  The Prosodic Structure of Canadian Raising Canadian Linguistic Association, Brock University
  Analyzing complex vowel articulations from acoustic data Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics, University of Victoria
  Finding our voice: A primer on the Manitoba dialect (interview) David Sanderson: The Winnipeg Free Press
2010 Canadian Raising in Manitoba: Acoustic Effects of Articulatory Phasing and Lexical Frequency Master’s thesis, University of Manitoba

Teaching and work experience

Year Course Title or Position Institution
2022 Academic Writing RHET-1105 University of Winnipeg
2022 Phonetics and Phonology LING-2001/ANTH-2401/ENGL-2803 University of Winnipeg
2019–2021 SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship University of Manitoba
2021 Academic Writing RHET-1105 University of Winnipeg
2021 Topics in Linguistics: Practical Statistics for Linguistics LING 4920 University of Manitoba
2021 Child Language Development LING/PSYC-3860 University of Manitoba
2021 Topics in Linguistics: Hul’q’umi’num’ Language Acquisition LING 480 Simon Fraser University
2021 Phonetics and Phonology LING-2001/ANTH-2401/ENGL-2803 University of Winnipeg
2020 Language Acquisition / Child Language Development LING/PSYC-3860 University of Manitoba
2018–2019 Research Assistant, Languages in the Prairies Project University of Manitoba
2019 Language and the Media LING 1620 University of Manitoba
2019 Phonetics and Phonology LING-2001/ANTH-2401/ENGL-2803 University of Winnipeg
2013–2017 Research Assistant, Victoria English Project University of Victoria
2014–2016 Linguistic Consultant GSD/Google
2015 Language Acquisition / Child Language Development LING/PSYC-3860 University of Manitoba
2013 Phonetics and Phonology LING-2001/ANTH-2401/ENGL-2803 University of Winnipeg
2012 Phonetics and Phonology LING-2001/ANTH-2401/ENGL-2803 University of Winnipeg



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