Linguistics Student Association

The purpose of Linguistics Student Association at the University of Toronto- Scarborough is to encourage students to address issues affecting the future of Linguistics. As a student body we want to enhance our knowledge, and meet and network with other professionals in the field. Linguistics is always growing, as such we can work as a group to further involve ourselves with these resources. Our association is for anyone that is fascinated by the patterns, sounds and extraordinary power of how we use words. The departmental student association strives to bring together people from diverse backgrounds in Linguistics for qualitative debate, discussion and education. If you have any questions regarding our organization, feel free to send us an email at


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LSA Member Biographies

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Meet Nazia Mohsin, LSA’s President!

Nazia is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Psychology. Nazia hopes to take her passion for Linguistics and Psychology to pursue a career in education or health care. As President, Nazia is responsible for overseeing the overall departmental student association of LSA, contacting faculty and members external to the UTSC community, establishing collaborations with other clubs and DSAs, and organizing and coordinating various events for the Linguistics student body to help foster a sense of community.

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Meet Shingruf Chughtai, LSA’s Vice President!

Shingruf is currently in her fourth-year of studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus. She is currently completing a Specialist degree in Psycholinguistics. Her main interests are in Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, and First Language Acquisition. In the future, she aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist or to teach English as a Second Language. As Vice President, Shingruf supports the President and assists the rest of the team with the logistics of organizing and executing events. Aside from Linguistics, Shingruf enjoys visiting art galleries, travelling, painting and is a foodie! Feel free to stop her if you see her around UTSC for any questions and especially if you've got a recommendation for her next foodie adventure!

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Meet Melanie Lamarca, LSA’s Administrative Assistant

Melanie is a second-year student studying to one day complete a Specialist in Psycholinguistics and a minor in Psychology at UTSC. Her main interests include: Language and the Brain, Speech Disorders, First Language Acquisition and Syntax. With enough diligence and resilience, she hopes to someday become a Speech-Language Pathologist. As the Administrative Assistant, her goals are to keep the LSA team on track through weekly minutes, reminders and positive words of encouragement. When she’s not studying, Melanie is dreaming of going to countries in Europe and Asia, hoping to one day immerse herself in the food and culture. If you ever need to someone to listen to your future travel plans, Melanie’s your girl!

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Meet Hanna Zhang, LSA’s Treasurer

Hanna is a third-year student specializing in Psycholinguistics and minoring in French at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests are in cognitive psychology and speech perception. As Treasurer, her role is to manage event revenue, expenses, and profit, as well as handle funding and reimbursements. In her spare time you can find her painting, sketching, or trying to make friends with one of the rabbits on campus.

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Meet Ayeshah Ali, one of LSA’s Event Directors!

Ayeshah is in her fourth year at the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a double-major degree in Human Biology and Linguistics. Specifically, she has an interest in the topics of child language acquisition, communicative and speech disorders, as well as neurodegenerative diseases. She hopes to continue her studies next year, and aims to pursue a Master's degree in either Speech-Language Pathology or the Rehabilitation Sciences. Ayeshah is one of the Event Directors for LSA, which means that she plans, coordinates and executes all of the events that happen throughout the school year! In her free time, Ayeshah enjoys binge watching tv shows (you read that right), baking desserts, exploring new parts of the city and playing her guitar. She hopes to someday travel the world, and learn about as many cultures, foods and languages as humanly possible.

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Meet Janessa Tam, one of LSA’s Event Directors!

Janessa is a fourth-year student, double majoring in Psychology and Linguistics. Her interests lie in First Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics. She is currently conducting research on code-switching between Chinese and Latin characters among Cantonese youth. She hopes to become a Speech-Language Pathologist and work with children with communication disorders. Janessa’s role in LSA is to plan and organize events for Linguistics students. So if you have any suggestions, feel free to talk to her! She is excited to meet new people and share her experiences. Besides school, she loves yoga and zumba. Also, she is a crazy matcha lover!

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Meet Irene Delicano, LSA’s Website Manager!

Irene is a fourth-year student completing a Linguistics and French double major at UTSC. Her main interests lie in historical linguistics and issues pertaining to language revitalization, especially those of North American Indigenous languages. Her future goals are to become fluent in French and become better at speaking Tagalog, her mother tongue. As for career aspirations, three words: que sera, sera (whatever will be, will be). Filling in the newly established position of Website Manager, Irene hopes to create a central online hub where Linguistics students can easily connect with the Linguistics Student Association. If you need to rant to someone about endangered languages, heavy metal, or your favourite type of squirrel, Irene’s your person!

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Meet Clarissa Bithao, LSA’s Upper-Year Representative

Clarissa is a third-year student specializing in Linguistics with a minor in English Literature at UTSC. A few notable interests of hers are sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and language revitalization. She hopes to become a sociolinguistic researcher, working closely related to law or to write and publish books, but for now she is taking things one step at a time. Her goals as the Upper-Year Representative is to act as an intermediary between linguistic students, help manage the LSA social media sites and assist the other LSA executives. In her spare time you can find her in places like downtown Toronto or nearby any body of water taking photos, being a couch potato reading books, binging TV shows, or somewhere quietly meditating.

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Meet Andrea Leung, LSA’s Lower-Year Representative!

Andrea is a second-year student majoring in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research interest lies in bilingualism, particularly the cognitive and neurological processes involved in second language acquisition. Andrea has yet to figure out what she wants to be in the future, but she hopes her career would be closely related to linguistics and psychology. As a Lower-Year Representative, Andrea will act as a liaison between linguistics students, LSA executives, as well as the Linguistics faculty. She will also help out in managing LSA’s social media platforms to promote LSA’s initiatives to all students. Besides school, Andrea loves cooking and listening to music!

The Wug Life 


A bit about The Wug Life


The Wug Life Initiative is a high school outreach founded by the University of Toronto Scarborough and Mississauga campus's Linguistics clubs; the Linguistics Student Association (LSA) and the Linguistics League (LL) respectively. Our goal is to introduce high school students to the field of Linguistics and why the University of Toronto is the best university to study it. For many high school students, applying to university can be a stressful time. The changing environments and the commitment to studying a field for an extended period of time can be a lot of pressure. Few high school students are aware about what Linguistics is, or has to offer them. The Wug Life wants to remedy this, and ensure that high school students make an informed decision about their field of study. Representatives from the Scarborough and Mississauga campus visit high schools around the GTA to discuss what Linguistics is and what it has to offer them. It is our goal to raise awareness for Linguistics at UofT in a fun and interactive way, one student at a time.


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