Here are some photos from Sinn und Bedeutung 20 at the University of Tübingen, Germany, previously announced here. Polina Berezovskaya (Graduate Research Trainee 2010-11) was part of the hard-working organizing team.
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Donghyun Kim was recently granted CRBLM Graduate Travel Funding to attend the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia in October. The title of his paper for the conference is “A longitudinal study of individual differences in the acquisition of novel vowel contrasts”, which is a joint work with Meghan Clayards and Heather Goad. Congratulations Don!
Jessica Coon is just returning from Ottawa where she presented collaborative work with Alan Bale (Concordia, McGill PhD) at Gender, Class, and Determination: A Conference on the Nominal Spine. The title of their talk was “Counting banana trees: Cross-linguistic consequences for the syntax and semantics of classifiers”. The abstract can be found here.
- Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten (UMass, postdoc-to-be with Junko Shimoyama and Keir Moulton (SFU, former postdoc)): Constructing beliefs and desires (talk)
- Brian Buccola: Severing maximality from ‘fewer than’: evidence from genericity (talk)
- Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (NUS, recent postdoc) and Hadas Kotek : Relative pronoun pied-piping, the structure of which informs the analysis of relative clauses (talk)
- Aron Hirsch (MIT, McGill BA) : A compositional semantics for wh-ever free relatives (poster)
- Edwin Howard (MIT, McGill BA) : The pragmatics of verb-initial conditional antecedents in English (poster)
- Anna Howell (Tübingen, McGill BA) : A Hamblin semantics for alternative questions in Yoruba (poster)
- Hadas Kotek : On the semantics of wh-questions (poster)
- Junko Shimoyama: Syntactic and semantic connectivity in afterthought right dislocation, sluicing and fragments (invited talk) joint work with Alex Drummond (Queen Mary Univ. of London, recent postdoc), Bernhard Schwarz and Michael Wagner
McGill linguists present and past gave a number of talks and posters at the 18th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences, held in August 2015 in Glasgow, all with associated proceedings papers:
- Hye-Young Bang, Morgan Sonderegger, Yoonjung Kang, Meghan Clayards, Tae-Jin Yoon: The effect of word frequency on the timecourse of tonogenesis in Seoul Korean
- Meghan Clayards, Thea Knowles (BA ’12): Prominence enhances voicelessness and not place distinction in English voiceless sibilants
- Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron: The influence of prosodic context on high vowel devoicing in spontaneous Japanese
- Fatima Hamlaoui, Marzena Żygis, Jonas Engelmann, and Michael Wagner (2015). Acoustic correlates of focus marking in Polish.
- Morgan Sonderegger: Trajectories of voice onset time in spontaneous speech on reality TV
- James Tanner (MA ’15), Morgan Sonderegger, Michael Wagner: Production planning and coronal stop deletion in spontaneous speech
- Sara MacKenzie (postdoc alum), Paul De Decker, Rosanna Pierson: An acoustic and articulatory study of /l/ allophony in Newfoundland English
- Michael McAuliffe (new postdoc) and Molly Babel: Attention, word position, and perceptual learning
Oriana, Hye-Young, and James all received IPA Student Awards to attend the conference.
Here are some pictures of us at ICPhS, and friends:
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 Sonderegger: The role of prosodic variability in explaining segmental variability: Two corpus studies
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.
The 8th Annual Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Workshop on Semantics is taking place on April 11 at Carleton. Our own Dan Goodhue and Henrison Hsieh are presenting.
You can check the program here:
McGill Linguistics was well represented at this year’s Montreal-Ottawa-Laval-Toronto Phonology Workshop (MOLT), which took place this past weekend at the University of Toronto. There were talks by graduate students, undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty (subset pictured below). The full program can be found here.
- Jeffrey Lamontagne – Sociophonetic patterns in Laurentian French vowel fronting
- Misha Schwartz (BHon 2013) and Heather Goad – Evidence available for the acquisition of a subset grammar
- Hye-Young Bang, Morgan Sonderegger, Meghan Clayards, & Yoonjung Kang – A lexical and contextual path of tonogenesis: Evidence from Seoul Korean
- Natália Brambatti Guzzo & Guilherme Duarte Garcia – Frequency of vowel raising and clitic prosodization in Brazilian Portuguese
- Ruth Martinez (BA 2013) – The naïve non-native perception of Brazilian Portuguese nasal vowels by French and English speakers
- Donghyun Kim – Perception and production of English tense/lax vowel contrasts by native Korean speakers from two different dialects
- Heather Newell (PhD 2004) – Illusory strata
This year’s McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergrads–McCCLU–will take place Saturday March 14th at New Residence Hall. The program is below, and the full conference booklet is here: McCCLU 2015 Program. In addition to talks by our very own Liam Rogers Bassford and Louisa Bielig, there will be a keynote talk by postdoctoral fellow Hadas Kotek. Hope you can make it!
Tokiko Okuma has just returned from presenting a paper at the 13th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference at Indiana University on March 4-6. The title of her talk was “Typology of pronouns and L2 acquisition of the OPC effect in Japanese”. The full program can be found here.
Okuma starts working as a full-time lecturer (one-year contract) at the University of Shizuoka, Japan, and a part-time lecturer (one-term contract) at Osaka University, Japan, from April 2015. Congrats!
Mi’gmaq Research Partnership members Carolyn Anderson, Joel Dunham, Yuliya Manyakina, Madelaine Metallic, Conor Quinn and Lola Vicaire traveled to Honolulu, Hawai’i for the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2015). The following talks were presented:
- Douglas Gordon (McGill), Carol-Rose Little (Cornell), Yuliya Manyakina (McGill), Madelaine Metallic (Listuguj Education Directorate) and Lola Vicaire (Listuguj Education Directorate) - Bringing a Community Closer: A report on the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Summer Workshops (poster)
- Joel Dunham (UBC), Jessica Coon (McGill) and Alan Bale (Concordia University) - LingSync: web-based software for language documentation
- Conor Quinn (University of Maine/University of Southern Maine) - Taking down the barriers: Accessibility by detechnicalization and minimalist presentation
McGill linguists, psychologists and speech-language pathologists traveled to University of Maryland to present at the 6th bi-annual Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition – North America (GALANA), held on February 19-21. Presenters included:
- Misha Schwartz (McGill) & Heather Goad (McGill): Indirect Positive Evidence in the Acquisition of a Subset Grammar in Phonology
- Erica Yoon (Stanford), Heather Goad (McGill), Jennifer McManus (McGill), Elisa Bucurel (McGill) & Kristine Onishi (McGill): Use of allophonic cues to detect word-medial syllable boundaries
- Tokiko Okuma: L1 transfer in bound variable use of L2 Japanese demonstrative pronouns
Full program may be found here.
Tokiko Okuma heads to the University of Maryland this week to present a poster/alternate talk at the 6th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2015) on February 19-21.
She has been awarded a GALANA travel grant. The title of her work is ‘L1 transfer in bound variable use of L2 Japanese demonstrative pronouns’. The full program can be found here.
Guilherme Garcia was recently awarded a CRBLM travel grant. Gui used the grant for his trip to the 12th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP), where he presented joint work with Natália Brambatti Guzzo: ‘The prosodization of neoclassical elements in Brazilian Portuguese: Evidence from vowel reduction’. OCP is an annual conference and this year it was in Barcelona (at UAB and Universidad de Barcelona).
Michael Hamilton is returning from the 2015 meeting of the Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA), held this year at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The title of Mike’s talk was “Flavors of Voice in Mi’gmaq”. The rest of the program can be found here.
The McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates – McCCLU – will be held on March 13-15, 2015. It will be hosted at McGill by the Society of Linguistics Undergraduates of McGill (SLUM).
The aim of this conference is to encourage original endeavors into the world of research as well as to enrich the present academic undergraduate community within the field of linguistics. Although McCCLU remains a smaller-scale conference, it gives students from all subfields of linguistics the opportunity to present their theses and to have them reviewed, often for the first time. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present their research, followed by a 10 minute question period.
Call for Papers:
We are now calling for undergraduate students to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference on any subject matter within the domain of linguistics. Each abstract should detail material for a 20-minute presentation, with a 10-minute question period on issues raised afterward. Abstracts should be a maximum of one page in length (12 point font, 1 inch margins). The call deadline is February 2nd.
Please submit abstracts to mccclu2015gmail.com
Many McGill affiliates spent the first part of the new year in Portland, Oregon for the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America.
- Daniel Goodhue & Michael Wagner: The effect of the contradiction contour on the interpretation of ambiguous yes-no responses
- Michael Hamilton: Ditransitives and ”possessor raising” in Mi’gmaq
- Michael Hamilton & Brandon Fry: Algonquian Long-Distance Agreement: a syntactic account
- Michael Erlewine: On the position of focus adverbs
- Michael Erlewine, Theodore Levin, and Coppe van Urk: Voice morphology as extraction marking
- Hadas Kotek: A new compositional semantics for wh-questions
- Alan Bale, Jessica Coon, Joel Dunham, Gyle Gorman, Michael Wagner: LingSync and ProsodyLab-Aligner: Tools for Linguistic Fieldwork and Experimentation
Also in concurrent meetings…
American Dialect Society:
- Charles Boberg: World War I and the consolidation of Canadian English
Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas:
- Elizabeth Carolan – An exploration of tense in Chuj
- Elizabeth Carolan & Jessica Coon – Negation in Chuj progressives
- Lauren Eby Clemens & Jessica Coon – Deriving Mayan V1: A fresh look at Chol
- Michael Erlewine – Restructuring and Agent Focus in Kaqchikel
The full LSA program can be found here: http://www.linguisticsociety.org/node/3901/schedule.
- July 20–31, 2015
Berlin, Germany, organized by the Wissenschaftskolleg and ZAS
- July 18–29, 2016
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, organized by the National Humanities Center
CONVENERS AND GUEST LECTURERS
- Angelika Kratzer, Professor of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Manfred Krifka, Professor of General Linguistics at Humboldt Universität Berlin and
Director of the Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin (ZAS)
- Emmanuel Chemla (ENS and Institut Jean Nicod, Paris); Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia); Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University); Malte Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam).