Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron

PhD Candidate in Linguistics

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Dept. of Linguistics, McGill University
1085 ave du Docteur Penfield, Montreal, QC H3A 1A7
(514) 561 6422



  1. R
  2. Python
  3. Rmarkdown
  4. Git
  5. LaTeX
  6. bash
  7. WordPress
  8. MS Office Suite
  9. Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator


McGill University
PhD Candidate, Department of Linguistics 2011-present Dissertation: “Phonological variability in cross-word processes: the role of speech production planning effects”
Concordia University
B.A. Linguistics (Honours) 2007-2011 Degree awarded with Great Distinction
Honours thesis: “Syntactic effects in high vowel devoicing in contemporary Japanese”
Champlain College St. Lambert
D.E.C. Creative Arts: Photography & Design 2005-2007


Embedded exahustification: evidence from almost 2016 Journal of Semantics. doi: 10.1093/jos/ffw002
Phase domains at PF: Root suppletion and its implications 2016 (to appear) with Heather Newell, Maire Noonan, and Lisa Travis. In Heidi Harley and Daniel Siddiqi (eds), Morphological metatheory. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
The influence of prosodic context on high vowel devoicing in a corpus spontaneous Japanese 2016 In the Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
Almost: scope and covert exhaustification 2015 In Ulrike Steindl, Thomas Borer, Huilin Fang, Alfredo Garca Pardo, Peter Guekguezian, Brian Hsu, Charlie O’Hara, and Iris Chuoying Ouyan (eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 32). 121-130.


Locality and variability in cross-word alternations:
a production planning account
2016 (poster) with Michael Wagner & Meghan Clayards. 15th Meeting of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, July 13-16, 2016. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
The effect of production planning locality on external sandhi: A study in /t/ 2016 with Michael Wagner & Meghan Clayards. 52nd Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, April 21-23, 2016. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


McGill University
Course Lecturer, LING 201: Introduction to Linguistics Summer 2016
Teaching Assisstant, LING 331: Introduction to Phonology Fall 2015 Instructor: Peter Milne
Teaching Assistant, LING 200: Introduction to the Study of Language Winter 2015 Instructors: Bernhard Schwarz & Luis Alonso-Ovalle
Teaching Assisstant,LING 360: Introduction to Semantics Fall 2014 Instructor: Brendan Gillon
Teaching Assistant, LING 200: Introduction to the Study of Language Winter 2014 Instructors: Alexandra Simonenko
Teaching Assisstant,LING 360: Introduction to Semantics Fall 2013 Instructor: Brendan Gillon
Concordia University
Teaching Assistant, LING 200: Introduction to Linguistic Science Winter 2011 Instuctor: N. Fitzgibbons
Teaching Assistant, LING 315: Syntactic Theory Fall 2010 Instuctor: Madelyn Kissock
Teaching Assistant, LING 200: Introduction to Linguistic Science Winter 2010 Instuctor: Madelyn Kissock
Teaching Assistant, LING 373: Descriptive & Instrumental Phoentics Fall 2009 Instuctor: Charles Reiss


  1. 2015 Graduate Scholar Stipend, Centre for Research on Brain Language and Mind ($6,000)
  2. 2015 Cremona Memorial Fellowship in Linguistics ($8,725)
  3. 2015 Lara Riente Memorial Prize in Linguistics ($250)
  4. 2014 Arts Graduate Student Travel Award, Faculty of Arts, McGill University ($1,000)
  5. 2012 Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, SSRHC ($35,000)
  6. 2011 McCall MacBain Fellowship, McGill University ($4,000)
  7. 2011 McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($3,000)
  8. 2009 BPW Montreal Judith Litvack Scholarship ($1,355)
  9. 2008 Classics, Modern Languages & Linguistics Scholarship, Concordia University ($500)
  10. 2008 Arts & Science Scholar, Faculty of Arts & Science, Concordia University


Graduate student representative on 2015 Phonetics job search committee. 2015
Co-editor of McGill Working Papers in Linguistics. 2014–present
Organizing committee for MO(L)T(H) Syntax and Phonology Workshops 2014 March 22–23, 2014. McGill University.
Co-organizer of the McGill Colloquium Series 2013–2014
Session chair 2013 Exploring the Interfaces 2: Implicatures, Alternatives, and the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, May 23 – 25, 2013. McGill University.
Organizing committee 2013 6th Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics Workshop, March 23, 2013. McGill University.
Organizing committee 2012 Exploring the Interfaces 1: Word Structure, May 6–8, 2012. McGill University.
Archivist & assistant editor 2011-2012 McGill Working Papers in Linguistics
Volunteer 2010 Sixth North American Phonology Conference, April 30 – May 2, 2010. Concordia University, Montreal QC.
Chair, Linguistics Student Association. 2009-2010 Concordia University, Montreal QC.
Member Association Councillor (Linguistics) 2009-2010 Arts & Science Federation of Associations. Concordia University, Montreal QC.
Media Officer 2008-2009 Linguistics Student Association. Concordia University.
Community Outreach
Workshop Mentor, Ladies Learning Code 2015 Providing instructor assistance at “Data Insights with Python” workshop, September 25th, 2015.
Linguistics career presenter (with D. Isac) 2013
DJ Sports Club 6th Annual Career Fair, November 2, 2013. Little Burgundy Sports Centre.
Presenter, “Mouth & Mind” Workshop 2010 Space Days, June 2010. St-Lazare, QC.
Linguistic Science Instructor 2009, 2010 Concordia ExpoScience, Dec 12–13, 2009; Nov 6–7, 2010. Pointe-Claire, QC.

Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron | oriana.kilbourn-ceron@mail.mcgill.ca | Dept. of Linguistics, McGill University