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UBC Department of Linguistics
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Vancouver, British Columbia
Dissertation research: The effect of task difficulty on phonetic convergence
Phonetic convergence in spontaneous conversational contexts
Methodologies for collecting spontaneous conversational material
Forensic linguistics and phonetics
Phonetic pedagogy: in particular, what skills can different kinds of phonetic training (linguistics, speech pathology/audiology, forensic phonetics, music/theatre/voice) develop in students
Linguistics education pedagogy: can linguistics education be incorporated into the elementary and/or secondary curriculum, and how might this help foster cross-cultural understanding
2009-- Ph.D. program, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Molly Babel
Advanced to candidacy August 2012. Projected completion date Winter 2014.
2002 M.A. in Linguistics, University of Calgary
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Ritter
Thesis: "That crazy idea of Jen's: The English double genitive as focus construction"
1999 B.A. (Honours First Class), Special Field concentration in Language and Linguistics, Queen's University at Kingston
1993-1995 Undergraduate studies in Drama, University of Alberta
2010-2011 Teaching Assistant for Linguistics 317 (Instrumental Phonetics), University of British Columbia
2006 Sessional Instructor for Linguistics 203 (Introduction to Linguistics II), Department of Linguistics, University of Calgary
2004-2009 Sessional Instructor, Department of Languages and Cultures, Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University), Calgary
Courses covered: Linguistics 2211 (The Nature of Language I), Classics 2211 (now Classics 1111; The Technical Terms of Medicine and the Life Sciences)
2003-2008 Writing Instructor/Workshop Facilitator, Effective Writing Centre, University of Calgary
2003 Instructor, Linguistic Structures Module, Southern Alberta Heritage Language Association (SAHLA) Professional Development Program, Language Research Centre, University of Calgary.
2000-2001 Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Calgary
Courses covered: Linguistics 201 (Introduction to Linguistics I), Linguistics 401 (Syntactic Analysis I), Linguistics 431 (Child Acquisition of Syntax and Morphology)
Ottmann, Jacqueline, Jennifer Abel, Darin Flynn, and Stan Bird. 2007. A Survey of the Literature on Aboriginal Language Learning and Teaching. Prepared for the Alberta Education Curriculum Branch under the auspices of the Language Research Centre, University of Calgary. Edmonton, AB: The Crown in Right of Alberta, as represented by the Minister of Education.
Abel, Jennifer. 2006. That crazy idea of hers: The English double genitive as focus construction. Canadian Journal Of Linguistics 51(1): 1-14.
Abel, Jennifer, Adriano Vilela Barbosa, Alexis Black, Connor Mayer, and Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson. 2011. The labial viseme reconsidered: Evidence from production and perception. 9th edition of the International Seminar on Speech Production, Montreal, QC, June 2011.
Abel, Jennifer. 2012. Phonetic imitation, accommodation, and audience design in Canadian radio interviews. Annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Waterloo, ON, May 2012.
Abel, Jennifer, Molly Babel, and Alexis Black. 2011. Phonetic imitation in contexts of stimulus-directed and non-stimulus-directed attention. 162nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, CA, November 2011.
Abel, Jennifer, Molly Babel, and Alexis Black. 2011. The effect of divided attention on phonetic imitation. 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA, May 2011.
Mayer, Connor, Jennifer Abel, Adriano Vilela Barbosa, Alexis Black, and Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson. 2011. The labial viseme reconsidered: Evidence from production and perception. 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA, May 2011.
I'm currently a staff member in the UBC Research Commons, a new joint venture between the Humanities and Social Sciences division of the UBC Library, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. The Research Commons supports graduate students across UBC with various aspects of the research process; currently, I'm our team lead for thesis formatting.
I've been the technical reviewer for the 5th, 6th and 7th editions of the textbook Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction, edited by William O'Grady and John Archibald, published by Pearson Education Canada, as well as the proofreader for the accompanying study guide.
I attended the 2008 and 2011 (advanced session) editions of the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis at Aston University (Birmingham, UK).
I once applied to be an astronaut.