Monthly Archive for June, 2015

Michael Erlewine to Singapore

Congratulations to current postdoctoral fellow Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, beginning in July. Please join McLing in wishing him a fond farewell!

lalala meeting

A couple weeks ago, some of us went to McGill’s gorgeous Gault nature reserve for a language labs lab meeting (lalala).

Students from Meghan Clayards‘s Speech Learning Lab, Florian Jaeger‘s HLP lab, Chigusa Kurumada‘s Kinder Lab, Morgan Sonderegger‘s Montreal Language Modeling Lab, and Michael Wagner‘s prosody.lab presented on current projects.

gault2[photo: gui garcia]

Research presentations:

  • Esteban Buz: Contextual confusability, feedback and their effects on speech production
  • Guilherme Garcia: Stress and gradient weight in Portuguese
  • Dan Goodhue: It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it: Intonation, yes, and no
  • Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron: Phrasing and phonological variability
  • Linda Liu: Learning under causal uncertainty in speech perception
  • Amanda Pogue: Exploring expectations based on speaker-specific variation in informativity

Idea talks:

  • Zach Burchill: Are accents hard to learn?
  • Guilherme Garcia: Second language acquisition of English stress by Québec French speakers
  • Sarah Colby: Effects of normal aging on perceptual flexibility for speech
  • Dan Goodhue: Towards a probabilistic explanation of contextual evidence
  • Dave Kleinschmidt: Learning to adapt
  • Maryam Seifeldin: Adaptation to and generalization of unfamiliar phonetic features

Gui Garcia receives Arts Travel Award

Gui Garcia has received an Arts Graduate Student Travel award, which he will use to attend the 2015 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute in Chicago this July.

Congratulations, Gui!

 

 

 

McLing summer vacation

McLing would like to wish you all a great summer vacation! Please continue to send us your news and events, and we will post them in our next issue on September 8th.

McGill at ETAP 3

McGill linguists present and past presented a number of talks at the third Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody conference (ETAP3), held May 28-30 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

  • Emily Elfner (postdoc 2012-14): Prosodic juncture strength and syntactic constituency in Connemara Irish
  • Aron Hirsch (BA 2011) and Michael Wagner: Syntactic constraints on the variability of prosodic phrasing and parenthetical placement
  • Morgan SondereggerThe role of prosodic variability in explaining segmental variability: Two corpus studies

 

Congratulations BA graduates!

45 Linguistics concentrators––Majors, Minors, Honours, and Joint Honours––students will be graduating from McGill today, June 1st01. Nice work everyone!

Congratulations award recipients!

Congratulations to this year’s Linguistics award recipients!

  • Cremona Memorial Prize in Linguistics – Louisa Bielig
  • Academic Leadership Award – September Cowley
  • U2 Academic Achievement Award – Michaela Socolof
  • Department Citizenship Award – Maggie Labelle
  • Excellence in Research Award – Liam Bassford

More information on the awards can be found here.

AFLA 22 a success

Last weekend McGill hosted the 22nd meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 22). With over 30 presentations, posters, Balinese dancing, and a great line-up of invited speakers, it was deemed a success by all! Organizers included Lisa Travis, Lauren Clemens, Michael Erlewine, Henrison Hsieh, Jiajia Su, and a team of undergraduate volunteers.

Lauren Clemens to SUNY Albany

McLing would like to bid a fond farewell to postdoctoral fellow Lauren Clemens, who will be leaving McGill to take up a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University at Albany, State University of New York’s program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Her new position begins September 1st. Congratulations Lauren!

Carolyn Anderson to UMass Amherst

Congratulations to post-BA Fulbright Fellow Carolyn Anderson, who is finishing up her project at McGill and will begin the PhD program at UMass Amherst in the fall. Carolyn was supervised by Jessica Coon as part of the Mi’gmaq Research Partnership. While here, she was a main organizing force behind the new Learn Mi’gmaq website. Good luck Carolyn!

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