Advice about a student of mine

Danielle E. Cyr dcyr at
Sat Mar 1 15:08:08 UTC 2008

Hi John,

The closest expert I know in that domain is Dr. Huamei Han at Simon Fraser
University in Vancouver, British Columbia, who has a Ph.D in linguistics
(discourse analysis) and religious studies from University of Toronto. She
continues her research on the subject, more specifically on the discourse of
(Chinese) immigrants who have converted to Christianism. She is equally an
outstanding young scholar and her dissertation has been highly praised at U. of

It would be a good idea for Sandy to contact her (huamei at

All the best,
Danielle Cyr

Quoting john at

> Dear Funknetters,
> I'm writing to you all for advice about an MA student of mine, Sandy Habib,
> who is just finishing up his thesis and thinking about where to study for
> his Ph.D. He is an absolutely outstanding student--he received our
> department's
> award for best linguistics student last year--and he is a Maronite and
> a very serious Catholic. He wants to combine linguistics and religious
> studies in his career, addressing controversial issues in the Church but
> from a linguistically sophisticated point of view. He has always maintained
> that he wants to get his doctorate in linguistics, not theology, but
> he wants to address theological issues, at least in part, in his research.
> I don't know how to advise him. I suggested he apply to Georgetown
> because it was the only place I could think of where both linguistics and
> Catholic religious studies are taken seriously, but they didn't even accept
> him in the linguistics department in spite of his outstanding record, with
> the
> only explanation being that maybe he should apply to the religion
> department--
> but it's clear that in terms of intellectual approach he fits linguistics
> more than religion. He's now applying to Lancaster to study CDA (this
> was his idea) but I'm concerned he is going to have zero contact with
> religious scholars there. If any of you have some suggestions about how
> Sandy might complete his studies so as to combine his interests, I would
> very much appreciate your input. I'm really clueless about this.
> Thanks,
> John
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Professor Danielle E. Cyr
Department of French Studies
York University
Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3
Tel. 1.416.736.2100 #310180
FAX. 1.416.736.5924
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