Welcome! My name is Colin Gorrie. I am an independent scholar living and working in Hamilton, ON.
In my present research, I am exploring how the conceptual systems of cultural and religious traditions function as tools which help us survive as social creatures in a dangerous world. More pressingly for our current moment, I try to understand what happens when these traditions break down and what can be done about it.
I received my PhD in Linguistics in 2014 from the University of Arizona, where my work focused first on morphology in the Celtic languages, and eventually how the human conceptual system affects how we study language variation and universals. Since then, my interests have broadened considerably to include symbolic systems of all kinds: not only linguistic systems, but cultural systems as well, such as religion.
PhD in Linguistics, 2014
University of Arizona
BA (Hons.) in Linguistics, 2008
University of Toronto