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Candide Simard

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Candide Simard
Department of Linguistics

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Candide Simard
Email address:
21/22 Russell Square
Office No:
T401, 21/22 Russell Square
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 12noon-1pm


I first joined SOAS in 2003–04 as a student in the MA in Language Documentation and Description. I then enrolled for a PhD at the Université Paris 7 on the prosody of Jaminjung, an endangered language of the Victoria River District in the Northern Territory of Australia, as part of a larger documentation project led by Prof. Eva Schulze-Berndt. I moved to Manchester University and was awarded a PhD in 2010. I have now joined SOAS again as senior teaching fellow and post-doctoral researcher.



My research interests are in prosody and in Australian and in Oceanic languages. I am also interested in language contact and information structure. I am particularly interested in developing ways to better integrate the prosodic phenomena of endangered or under-described languages in linguistic descriptions. I am now a post-doctoral researcher with the DOBES funded project ‘Discourse and prosody across language family boundaries: two corpus-based case studies on contact-induced syntactic and prosodic convergence in the encoding of information structure’.


Authored Books

Marchant Jones, Judy and Bardbariya, Dolly and Raymond , Eileen and Roberts, Doris and McDonald, Duncan and McDonald, Dinah and McDonald, Margaret and Simard, Candide and Moerkerken, Colleen and Wightman, Glenn (2011) Jaminjung, Ngaliwurru and Nungali plants and animals: Aboriginal flora and fauna knowledge from the Bradshaw and Judbarra/Gregory National Park area, north Australia. Darwin: Dept. of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport & Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation. (Northern Territory Botanical bulletin ; no. 38)

Book Chapters

Simard, Candide and Schultze-Berndt, Eva (2011) 'Documentary linguistics and prosodic evidence for the syntax of spoken language.' In: Haig, Geoffrey and Nau, Nicole and Schnell, Stefan and Wegener, Claudia, (eds.), Documenting Endangered Languages: achievements and challenges. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 151-176. (Trends in Linguistics: Documentation Series)


Simard, Candide and Wegener, Claudia (2017) 'Fronted NPs in a verb-initial language – clause-internal or external? Prosodic cues to the rescue!' Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 2 (1;51). pp. 1-32.

Simard, Candide (2016) 'Fronted NPs in a verb-initial language — clause-internal or external? Prosodic cues to the rescue!' Glossa. (Forthcoming)

Simard, Candide and Wegener, Claudia and Lee, Albert and Chiu, Faith and Youngberg, Connor (2014) 'Savosavo word stress: A quantitative analysis.' Proceedings of the 7th International conference on Speech Prosody. pp. 512-514.

Simard, Candide (2013) 'Prosodic encoding of declarative, interrogative and imperative sentences in Jaminjung, a language of Australia.' INTERSPEECH 2013, 14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association.

Schultze-Berndt, Eva and Simard, Candide (2012) 'Constraints on noun phrase discontinuity in an Australian language: The role of prosody and information structure.' Linguistics, 50 (5). pp. 1015-1058.

Simard, Candide 'Prosody and function of “iconic lengthening” in Jaminjung.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 16.

Conference or Workshop Items

Simard, Candide and Schultze-Berndt, Eva (2105) On the topic of insubordinate clauses. In: 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 2nd - 5th September 2015, Leiden, Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Simard, Candide (2015) On being First. In: Workshop on Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora (ISSLaC2), 2-4 December 2015, CNRS, Paris, France.

Simard, Candide and Schultze-Berndt, Eva (2015) Topics: what does prosody have to say? In: Information structure in Endangered Languages , 8-9 May 2015, SOAS. (Unpublished)

Wegener, Claudia and Simard, Candide (2015) Information structure in Gela: with special attention to word order variation. In: Information structure in Endangered Languages, 8-9 May 2015, SOAS. (Unpublished)

Simard, Candide (2015) Prosody in linguistic description: making sense of TOPICS in Ngarinyman. In: Guest Lecture, 22 January, 2015, University of Dusseldof. (Unpublished)

Simard, Candide (2014) Language(s) in Context. In: Plants.Animals.Words, 3rd - 5th October 2014, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. (Unpublished)

Simard, Candide and Chiu, Faith and Schultze-Berndt, Eva (2014) A study of the prosodic encoding of TOPICS as a category of information structure in Ngarinyman, a language of Australia. In: Labphon 2014 , 24-28 July 2104, Tokyo, Japan. (Unpublished)

Simard, Candide (2013) Another look at right-detached NPs. In: Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4 Conference (LDLT4), 7th - 8th December 2013, London, United Kingdom.

Schultze-Berndt, Eva and Wegener, Claudia and Simard, Candide (2013) The expression of argument focus in Ngarinyman, Jaminjung, Savosavo and Gela. In: Workshop on Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora (ISSLaC), 10-12 June 2013, University of Bielefeld, Germany. (Unpublished)

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