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Department of Linguistics
McGill University
1085 Dr. Penfield
Montreal, QC H3A 1A7
Phone: (514) 398-4222
Fax: (514) 398-7088
Office: Room 121
Email: peter.milne@mcgill.ca
Homepage: aix2.uottawa.ca/~pmiln099/

Education

  • Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Ottawa, 2014.
    • Dissertation: The variable pronunciations of word-final consonant clusters in a force aligned corpus of spoken French
    • Commitee: Marie-Hélène Côté (Chair), Jeff Mielke, Ian MacKay, Jamie White, Morgan Sonderreger (examiners)
  • M.A. Linguistics, University of Ottawa, 2005.
  • B.A. Linguistics, Cum Laude, University of Ottawa, 2004.

Employment

McGill University, Department of Linguistics

  • Lecturer in Phonology. 2014-present

Carleton University, School of Linguistics and Language Studies

  • Sessional Instructor. 2014

Fields of Research Interest

  • Corpus linguistics and phonological language modelling.

Research

Publications

  • Milne, P.M. (under revision). Improving the accuracy of forced alignment through model selection and dictionary restriction. Journal of Phonetics.
  • Milne, P.M. (in preparation). Phonological predictions as statistical patterns. To be submitted to the Journal of Phonology.
  • Milne, P.M. (2013). The relationship between consonant cluster reduction and schwa insertion in French: A corpus investigation using an analysis of covariance. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 19(1).
  • Milne, P.M. (2012). The effects of syllable position on allophonic variation in Québec French /ʁ/: A corpus analysis using a modified version of the Penn Phonetics Lab Forced Aligner. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 18(2).
  • Milne, P.M. (2011). Finding Schwa: Comparing the results of an automatic aligner with human judgments when identifying schwa in a corpus of spoken French. Canadian Acoustics 39(3).

Teaching

McGill University

Carleton University

University of Ottawa

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • Measuring accuracy of forced alignment with SPLAligner of the variable pronunciations of word-final consonant clusters in French
    • Acoustics Week in Canada, Halifax, NS. October 6-9, 2015.
    • MOT14, McGill University, Montreal, QC. March 22-23, 2014.
    • Canadian Linguistic Association 2014, Brock University, Hamilton, ON. May 24-26, 2014.
  • The relationship between schwa insertion and consonant cluster simplification in French: An analysis of covariance.
    • 36th Penn Linguistics Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. March 25, 2012.
    • Canadian Linguistic Association 2012, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON. May 26, 2012.
    • Les français d'ici 2012, l'Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC. June 13, 2012.
  • Finding Schwa: Comparing the results of an automatic aligner with human judgments when identifying schwa in a corpus of spoken French.
    • Acoustics Week in Canada, Québec City, Québec. October 14, 2011.
    • 162nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, CA. November 1, 2011.
  • The effects of syllable position on allophonic variation in Québec French /ʁ/: A corpus analysis using a modified version of the Penn Phonetics Lab Forced Aligner.
    • NWAV, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. October 29, 2011.
  • Les relations France-Québec: insertion de schwa vs réduction des groupes consonantiques.
    • Journées PFC, Paris, France. December 10, 2009.
    • 78e Congrès de l'ACFAS, Université Montréal, May 12, 2010.
  • Don't stress the flap.
    • Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto Phonology Workshop (MOT), January 15, 2006.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Canadian Acoustic Association, 2011-Present
  • Member, American Acoustical Society, 2011-Present
  • Member, Canadian Linguistic Association, 2012-Present

Honors, Awards, & Fellowships

  • Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award, McGill University, 2015
  • Admission scholarship, University of Ottawa, 2006.