Snejina Sonina

Snejina Sonina
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
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Building MW 342


Snejina Sonina has been part-time student and part-time professor throughout her academic career. Thus, in addition to her PhD in French Linguistics from the University of Toronto, she holds several postgraduate degrees: a KN in Romance Philology (Herzen University), an MA in Medieval Studies (Central European University), and an MSt in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology (University of Oxford).

Dr. Sonina teaches mainly French Linguistics courses—Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology and Syntax, History of the French Language—but also counts Business French and French language courses among her offerings. In her language and linguistics classes, Dr. Sonina explores computer-assisted methodologies and incorporates historical, cultural, and comparative elements to make learning more accessible, improve students’ understanding of linguistic phenomena, and broaden their cultural horizons. Her current research focuses on historical-comparative studies and didactics.

In 2021, Dr. Sonina licensed a new version of her Pictographic Phonetic Alphabet (PPA or Pictabet, previously ArtAlph)—an alphabet representing sound articulation—and now is working on its applications in historical linguistics, language comparison, and, of course, in teaching pronunciation.

Research Interests

Computer- and web-assisted phonetics and didactics; innovative and experiential pedagogy; historical and comparative linguistics; lexicology/terminology; interdisciplinary research.

Awards & Grants

Assistant Professor/Lecturer Teaching Award 2017