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Julia Thomas Swan

Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Language Development

San José State University


Clark 473 1 Washington Square| San Jose, CA 95192 | juliameghanswan@gmail.com




Ph.D.   University of Chicago (Chicago, IL): Department of Linguistics, August 2016.


Dissertation: Language Ideologies, Border Effects and Dialectal Variation: Evidence from /æ/, /aʊ/, and /aɪ/ in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC


Committee: Alan Yu (University of Chicago), Victor Friedman (University of Chicago), Alicia Beckford Wassink (University of Washington), Panayiotis Pappas (Simon Fraser University)


TESOL Certification Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA): Spring 2015.


M.A.    University of Chicago (Chicago, IL): Department of Linguistics, 2009.


M.A.    Indiana University (Bloomington, IN): French Linguistics, 2006.


B.A.     Indiana University (Bloomington, IN): Majors in French and History (graduated with Distinction), 2005.


Council on International Exchange in Education (Seville, Spain): Advanced Liberal Arts Study, 2004.




Swan, Julia Thomas (Revise and resubmit received from American Speech October 16th, 2017). “Bag across the border: A comparison of /æg/ raising in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC”


Swan, Julia Thomas (2017). “Canadian Raising on the rise in Vancouver? A phonetic comparison of Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA,” Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, May 28th, 2017: Toronto, ON.


Swan, Julia Thomas (2016). “Canadian English in the Pacific Northwest: A phonetic comparison of Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, WA,” Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, May 28th, 2016: Calgary, AB.


Swan, Julia Thomas (2016). Language Ideologies, Border Effects and Dialectal Variation: Evidence from /æ/, /aʊ/, and /aɪ/ in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, B.C. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Chicago, August 2016.


Baglini, Rebekah, Timothy Grinsell, Jon Keane, Adam Roth Singerman and Julia Thomas (eds.) (2014). Proceedings of the 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, vol. 1 & 2.


Wheeler, Rebecca and Julia Thomas (2013). “And Still The Children Suffer: The dilemma of Standard English, social access and social justice.” JAC, volume 33, no. 1-2


Thomas, Julia and Timothy Grinsell (2012). “Finna as a Socially-Meaningful Quasi-Modal in African American English.” Conference Proceedings of the Society on the Underrepresented Languages of the Americas 7, eds. Hannah Greene.


Thomas, Julia (2011). “Gender and /aɪ/ monophthongization in African American English,” Berkeley Linguistics Society: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting: Issue 37.


Yu, Alan; Abrego-Collier, Carissa; Baglini, Rebekah; Grano, Tommy; Martinovic, Martina; Otte, Charles III; Thomas, Julia; and Urban, Jasmin (2011) “Speaker Attitude and Sexual Orientation Affect Phonetic Imitation,” University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 17: Iss. 1, Article 26. Available at: http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol17/iss1/26


Brandt, C., Thomas, J., and Burke, M. (2008). State policies on teacher evaluation practices in the Midwest Region (REL Technical Brief, REL 2008–No. 004). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.






“TBA.” 10th Workshop on Language Variation and Change in Canada, Presentation to be given on April 4th, 2018, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitboa.


“The Third Dialect Shift: A Change in Progress in Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA.” To be presented at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. January 4th-7th, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT.


“Perception in West Coast English: BAG-raising in Three West Coast Cities” with Kara Becker. To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society. January 4th-7th, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT.


“Dialect Identification Across a Nation-State Border: Perception of Dialectal Variants in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.” with Molly Babel. NWAV 46, November 5th, 2017, Madison, WI.


“The Broad Benefits of Bilingualism: A 2017 Perspective” State of the School Address, French American School of Silicon Valley, November 6th, 2017, Sunnyvale, CA.


“Canadian Raising on the Rise in Vancouver?” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association, Toronto, ON, May 29th, 2017.


“Phonologization and Social Meaning” Presented at NowPhon 2017, Vancouver, BC, May 20th, 2017.


“The Effect of Language Ideologies on the Canadian Shift: Evidence from /æ/ in Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA.” Presented at NWAV 45, Vancouver, BC, November 4th, 2016.


“Language Ideologies and Border Effects as Predictors of Phonetic Features: Evidence from the Pacific Northwest” presented at the University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies Language Variation and Change Workshop, June, 3rd, 2016.


“Raising or retraction? A story of /æ/ in Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, Washington.” Presented at NWAV 44, Toronto, Canada, October 23rd, 2015.


“Sociolinguistic Cues and Nationality: A comparison of /æ/ in Seattle and Vancouver,” presented at the Cascadia Workshop on Sociolinguistics, University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada), March 2014.

“Grammmaticization Driven Semantic Change: An Illustration with Finna” Symposium Systematic Semantic Change, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas), April 2013.


“Social Motivations for Language Change,” Guest Lecture, Historical Linguistics, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), May 2012.


Finna as a Socially-Meaningful Modal (and Performative) in AAE,” presented at SULA 7, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), May 2012.


Finna as a Socially-Meaningful Quasi-Modal in AAE,” presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society (Chicago, IL), April 2012.


“A Look at Copula Usage Among School-Age AAE Speakers,” presented at the 36th Penn Linguistics Colloquium (Philadelphia, PA), March 2012.


“A Look at Copula Usage Among School-Age AAE Speakers, Poster Presentation, Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting (Portland, OR), January 2012.


“Sociolinguistics: African American English,” Guest Lecture, Intro to Linguistics, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), December 2011.


“The Role of Gender in African American /aɪ/ Monophthongization,” presented at the 37th Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (Berkeley, CA), February 2011.


“Styleshifting in African American English: Theoretical Implications from a Phonetic Analysis of /aɪ/ Monophthongization,” presented at the Language Variation and Change Workshop, Council on Advanced Studies, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), November 2010.





San José State University (Fall 2017 – Present)

Sociolinguistics, Instructor (Spring 2018)

Language Variation, Instructor (Spring 2018)

Intro to Linguistics, Instructor (Fall 2017)

Language, Culture, and Ethnicity in the U.S., Instructor (Fall 2017 and Spring 2017)

The Nature of Language, Instructor (Fall 2017)


Reed College

Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics (2016-2017)

Bilingualism & Language Contact, Instructor (Fall 2016)

Intro to Language, Culture and Society, Instructor (Spring 2017), two sections

Language, Race and Ethnicity in the West, Instructor (Spring 2017)


Seattle University

Intensive English Program Advanced Speaking, Instructor (Winter 2016 & Spring 2016)

Intensive English Program Advanced Listening, Instructor (Winter 2016 & Spring 2016)

Intensive English Program Advanced Usage (Grammar), Instructor (Winter 2016 & Spring 2016)

  • Class with 9 Advanced Beginner International graduate students
  • Developed curriculum for the early phase of a pilot Intensive English Program
  • Created instructional materials from authentic content to foster speaking, listening and grammar skills and to improve student’s academic skills for graduate study in an English-only environment


Seattle Colleges

College Bridge Reading 4 for International Students, Instructor (Spring 2015 & Fall 2015)

  • Intermediate International students class with 17 students
  • Applied principles of second language reading instruction and assessment
  • Authored innovative instructional materials daily to improve reading skills for academic texts


Academic Writing 5 for International Students, Instructor (Spring 2015 & Fall 2015)

  • High-intermediate International students class with 15 students
  • Designed curriculum and instructional materials to meet program standards
  • Focused on the fundamentals of essay structure, paraphrasing and citing sources for academic writing

Intensive English (Speaking and Listening) for International Students, Teaching Assistant (Winter 2015)

  • Beginning International students class with 11 students
  • Applied principles of second language grammar instruction through aural-oral activities
  • Worked with students from exceptionally diverse language and academic backgrounds


University of Chicago, Department of Linguistics (2010-2012)


Trends in Sociolinguistics, Teaching Assistant (Spring 2012)

  • Upper level undergraduate and graduate level seminar with 15 students
  • Guest-lectured on hip hop language, language and ethnicity, and African American English
  • Assessed student research projects and case studies on unique topics from different language backgrounds


Historical Linguistics/Language Change, Teaching Assistant (Spring 2012)

  • Upper level undergraduate and graduate seminar with 20 students
  • Instructed students based on problems sets of linguistic variation in 15 different languages
  • Guest-lectured on social factors in language variation and change


Intro to Linguistics, Teaching Assistant (Fall 2011)

  • Beginner level class of 40 students providing a survey of all domains of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax and pragmatics)
  • Independently planned and led lab sections of 20 students bi-weekly to present fundamental concepts of descriptive grammar in sound, word and sentence structure
  • Guest-lectured on Sociolinguistics and social justice issues related to African American English



Phonetics and Phonology, Teaching Assistant (Fall 2010)

  • Mixed undergraduate and graduate-level course of 40 students to teach about sounds in human languages including human anatomy related to speech, acoustics, and distributions of sound patterns in the worlds languages
  • Independently planned and led lab sections of 15 students bi-weekly to teach on speech production and grammatical differences in sound structures
  • Assessed problem sets based on principles of descriptive grammar and sound systems in 10 languages


Indiana University, Department of French and Italian (2005-2006)


French 200, Teaching Assistant, 3 sections (2006)

  • Independently instructed 3 sections of 20-25 students each in second year college French
  • Taught intermediate level grammar and culture using immersion methods and proven methods for Second Language Acquisition
  • Collaborated to design assessment materials including creative writing assessments and unit exams


French 150, Associate Instructor, 3 sections (2005-2006)

  • Independently instructed 3 sections of 20-25 students each
  • Used online platforms for homework, assessment and other administrative functions
  • Authored lesson plans using authentic cultural artifacts and realia to support cultural learning



San José State University

Faculty-in-Residence                                                                                                   2017-2018

  • Supported 10 Resident Advisors and 350 first-year residents of Joe West Hall through in person presence and conversation (about 5 hours per week).
  • Planned events in accordance with Residential Life Curriculum designed to bridge the gap between classroom and residential learning.
  • Provided special leadership to B.U.I.L.D. themed floor mentoring students with an interest in business and leadership development
  • Completed additional professional development related to measures to increase student success outside of the classroom (3 hours per week).



San José State University

Curriculum Committee Representative                                                             Fall 2017




University of Chicago Dissertation Year Fellowship                                                                             2014-2015

Graduate Student Association Award for Conference Travel                                                                         2014

FLAS Fellowship Center of Latin American Studies                                                                                      2009

Francois Furet Travel Grant, France Center Chicago                                                                                     2009

Albert and Agnes Kersteiner Award for Excellence in Spoken and Written French                                       2005

Associate Instructor of the Year Finalist, Indiana University                                                                  2005-2006




Phonetics/Phonology, Sociophonetics, Seminar on Vowel Inherent Spectral Change, Advanced Syntax, Pragmatics/Semantics, Semantics Seminar in Modality, Historical Linguistics, French Phonology, French Morphology, French Syntax, French Semantics, Foundations of English Language Teaching: Theories and Applications, Grammar in English Language Teaching, Cultural Issues in English Language Teaching, Materials Development and Resources in English Language Teaching, Pedagogy of Teaching a Foreign Language, Methodology for College (Language) Teaching and Practicum of College Teaching, Intensive Aymara Language and Culture, Intensive Spanish and Latin Culture, Intensive Francophone Culture, Development of Creole Vernacular and Culture, Statistics and Methods for Sociologists, Structure and Development of French





Whole Foods Market (Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA)                                                                             2010-2013

Marketing and Community Relations Team Leader

  • Managed all elements of public relations and communications including media appearances, blogs, websites, publication of distributional fliers and other materials
  • Lead a team of graphic artists and marketers to create and produce publications and art in accordance to brand standards
  • Performed administrative functions to plan events and oversee promotions in a store with 300 plus employees and 9 sub-teams


Center for the Development of Language & Literacy, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)           2011-2012

Research Associate

  • Served as a linguistic consultant to classroom educators and curriculum designers creating a bicultural storybook series
  • Conducted feature-level linguistic analyses using longitudinal data to guide instruction and program development
  • Disseminated results of research to linguists and educators alike through presentations, posters and full-length reports


Research Education Laboratory Midwest at Learning Point Associates (Naperville, IL)                     2007-2008

Research Specialist

  • Served education stakeholders at all levels (classroom, district, to state) with relevant research in a seven-state region in the Midwest
  • Conducted data collection on K-12 projects in schools and by interview, focus group and state policy scans
  • Disseminated research to educators through technical briefs, presentations to State boards of education, and full-length articles


Educational Research Institute of America (Bloomington, IN)                                                         2005 – 2007

Research Assistant and Foreign Language Exam Assessor

  • Designed metrics for the assessment of foreign language exams for middle and high school students
  • Assessed foreign language examinations in French and Spanish
  • Authored efficacy studies of foreign language textbook series




  • Spanish language healthy eating outreach with Stockbox Grocery in South Park (Seattle, WA)
  • Cooking classes for youth recovering from grief and loss with The Healing Center (Seattle, WA)
  • Spanish language service project to Youth of Migrant Farmworkers in Skagit Valley with Catholic Community Services (Mt. Vernon, WA)
  • Healthy eating and garden education for youth struggling with obesity and Type 2 Diabetes at Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, WA)
  • Jane Addams Hull House Museum Community Garden Volunteer (Chicago, IL)
  • Happy Art Center in South Chicago Volunteer (Chicago, IL)
  • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization event promoter (Chicago, IL)





Canadian Linguistics Association                                                                                                 2017

Assessor for Student Presentations and Posters


Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)              2015

Volunteer, Office and Registration                                                                                         

  • Contributed to daily registration and logistical tasks for a month-long institute
  • Welcomed and checked-in visiting faculty and student guests


Council on Advanced Studies, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)                                                 2009 & 2011

Coordinator, Workshop on Language Variation and Change                                                                                           

  • Coordinated biweekly interdisciplinary discussions among faculty, students, and visiting scholars
  • Solicited speakers and arranged travelers for visiting guests
  • Managed all planning logistics for workshop and participants; managed workshop blog


Chicago Linguistic Society                                                                                                             2009 – 2010

Officer, Event Coordinator/Financial Responsible

  • Managed incomes and expenditures related to sales of conference proceedings and publications
  • Planned program, reviewed abstracts and worked with invited speakers to put on a three-day conference
  • Edited, wrote forward and published proceedings volume with co-officers

Chicago Linguistics Society Annual Conference                                                                             2009 & 2011


  • Oversaw guest registration desk for attendees
  • Coordinated food and drink for conference banquet and snacks



Native in American English

Fluent in French

Intermediate Spanish (immersion experiences in each)

Beginner Aymara




Professor Kara Becker

Reed College

Associate Professor of Linguistics

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd

Portland, OR 97202




Professor Alan Yu

University of Chicago

Associate Professor of Linguistics and the College

1115 E. 58th St

Rosenwald 205 F

Chicago, IL 60637




Professor Alicia Beckford Wassink

University of Washington

Associate Professor

Department of Linguistics

Guggenheim Hall

4th Floor, Box 352425




Professor John Goldsmith

University of Chicago

Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor

Departments of Linguistics and Computer Science

1115 E. 58th St

Rosenwald Hall 201B

Chicago, IL 60637




Professor Victor Friedman

University of Chicago

Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities

Department of Linguistics and Department of Slavic Languages and Literature

1115 E. 58th St

Rosenwald Hall

Chicago, IL 60637




Professor Unn Røyneland

University of Oslo

Associate Professor

Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

P.O. Box 1102 Blindern

1317 Oslo, Norway

+47 22 84 40 37



Dr. Michael Harpending

Seattle University

Director of English Language Learning Center

901 12th Ave, P.O. Box 222000

Seattle, WA 98112



Associate Dean Catherine Marzyck

Seattle Central Institute of English

1701 Broadway, BE1113

Seattle, WA 98122