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Snejina Sonina

Part-time Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Phone: 647-601-4556
Location: MW 342


Besides a Ph.D. in French linguistics from the University of Toronto, Snejina Sonina holds several other postgraduate degrees in diverse areas of specialization: French literature, Romance philology, and medieval studies. Her publications range in subject from French linguistics and fashion terminology ( to collaborative articles in Indo-Slavic comparative studies (, to work in semiotics and didactics ( , Her current research focuses mainly on semiotics, comparative historical studies, and didactics: she has invented the Artalph—a new type of phonetic alphabet based on sound articulation—and is working on its applications in the study of historical linguistic changes, in language comparison, and in teaching techniques.

When teaching language and linguistics courses, she explores computer-assisted methodologies, as well as possibilities of incorporating historical, cultural, and comparative studies into grammar explanations to improve students’ understanding and to broaden their cultural horizons.

Research Interests

Computer and Internet assisted Linguistics and Didactics, innovative and experiential pedagogy; Historical/Comparative Linguistics, Lexicology/Terminology, Semantics/Semiotics and interdisciplinary research

Awards & Grants

Assistant Professor/Lecturer Teaching Award 2017