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Languages, Literatures and Cultures


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Gretchen McCulloch

Artsci’11- BAH in Linguistics and World Language Studies

Gretchen McCulloch is the first ever Queen’s graduate with a combination of a Major in Linguistics and a Minor in World Language Studies.  At Queen’s she has served as DSC Representative, Student Representative on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and LING 100 Teaching Assistant. She also wrote an Honours Thesis on definiteness in Modern Standard Arabic. 

Throughout her studies at Queen’s she was recipient of Chancellor Scholarship, Helen McLeod Reeve Scholarship, and Gordon and Myrtle Adams Scholarship – all for the academic excellence, as well as placed on Dean’s Honour List with Distinction.

At the time of her graduation in 2011, she received the Medal for Linguistics and the Prince of Wales Prize, which is awarded to the B.A.H. student with best academic record at Queen’s.

In 2013, she graduated from McGill University with an M.A. in linguistics. Her M.A. thesis is about verb stem composition in Mi’gmaq (Eastern Algonquian).

Currently, she is the editor of the language blog on Slate, Lexicon Valley. Her linguistics-related articles for a general audience, and especially about internet linguistics, have appeared also on The Toast, Grammar Girl, and The Week, as well as her own blog, All Things Linguisti. She has given interviews about internet linguistics to CBC Spark and the BBC Today Programme.

Gretchen is also all about outreach. She has been interested in linguistics since early high school, and now she is trying to give back by reaching out to current “protolinguists”: high school students who would like to learn more about linguistics.

Since 2012, she has helped organize training and competition at McGill for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), an international linguistics competition for high school students.

Looking back at her education at Queen’s, Gretchen found “that since the linguistics program at Queen's is very small, it was easy to get to know my professors and take on responsibilities that might fall to grad students elsewhere. Being a Teaching Assistant, for example, was really good experience in communicating about linguistics, which is very relevant to everything I'm doing now.”

To learn more about Gretchen, please visit her blog.