Guilherme D. Garcia

I’m originally from Brazil—I was born in a small town near Porto Alegre, the southernmost capital city in the country. In the late 19th century, some of my ancestors left Europe (Portugal and Italy) and moved to South America. The Portuguese side of my family comes from Castro Laboreiro, a cute small village in northern Portugal (quite close to the Spanish border). The Italian side of my family originated in Vicenza, and is more distant than the Portuguese side.

I got interested in Linguistics after I started teaching English to Portuguese speakers in Brazil. That led me to do a BA in Letters, which in my case was a combination of Portuguese, Brazilian and English Literature, Linguistics, and Translation studies—later I became an official translator in Brazil. My MA focused on linguistic theory (Phonology and Second Language Acquisition). In 2012, I immigrated to Canada to do my PhD at McGill.

Because my research interests connect phonology and quantitative methods, I enjoy coding and developing scripts to automate experiments and data analysis in R. I have designed and taught different workshops on data analysis for linguists (focusing on linguistic data). I am also interested in Bayesian statistics, and how linguistic assumptions can be encoded in different statistical models.


Outside academia, I enjoy travel and photography (see portfolio below), Thai and Indian food, technology, swimming, and guitars. These are some of my favorite books: The Language Instinct, The Origins of Grammar, Thinking, Fast and Slow, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Behave, and The Universe in a Nutshell.


Small portfolio     Student spotlight, Linguistic Society of America (May 2017)



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