Samantha Jackson

Samantha Jackson

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Fellow
Language Studies

Dr. Samantha Jackson completed her Ph.D. at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2019. Her research used data from 147 Trinidadian preschoolers to establish norms of acquisition and mastery of consonant singletons and clusters by employing a new methodology. It also examined factors influencing children’s choices between English or Creole phonemes. Her work has been presented at conferences in Aruba, Jamaica and Austria. Dr. Jackson’s postdoctoral project will investigate how language and language attitudes can act as barriers to employment for newcomers to Toronto from different places of origin. Working with Prof. Derek Denis, Dr. Jackson will explore how genuine recruiters evaluate recordings of job applicants and the ideologies motivating their decisions. She is also interested in conlangs and recreational conlanging.