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McGill at BUCLD 39

Heather Goad, Alan Munn(BA'87), Lydia White, Theres Grüter(PhD '06), Roumyana Slabakova(PhD'97), Öner Özcelik(PhD '12), Anne-Michelle Tessier(BAHon'01)

Heather Goad, Alan Munn(BA’87), Lydia White, Theres Grüter(PhD ’06), Roumyana Slabakova(PhD’97), Öner Özcelik(PhD ’12), Anne-Michelle Tessier(BAHon’01)

McGill linguists traveled to Boston, USA, for the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 39) on November 7-9.

Presenters included:

Hye-Young Bang, Meghan Clayards & Heather Goad - A Child-specific Compensatory Mechanism in the Acquisition of English /s/  
(the Paula Menyuk Travel Award)


Lydia White (with Roumyana Slabakova (PhD’97))  Pronouns interpretation in the second language: DPBE or not? 

Elena Valenzuela(PhD'05), Roumyana Slabakova (PhD'97) and Lydia White

Elena Valenzuela(PhD’05), Roumyana Slabakova (PhD’97) and Lydia White

Tokiko Okuma The interpretation of Japanese pronouns by L1 English and L1 Spanish speakers (the Paula Menyuk Travel Award)
McGill graduates, including Anne-Michelle Tessier (BAHon ’01), Phaedra Royle (MA ’96), Tania Zamuner(BAHon ’96), Elena Valenzuela(PhD ’05), Theres Grüter(PhD ’06), Öner Özcelik(PhD ’12), also presented their research.
Tokiko Okuma, Silvina Montrul(PhD'97), Hye-Young Bang, Lydia White and Öner Özcelik(PhD '12) out to dinner

Tokiko Okuma, Silvina Montrul(PhD’97), Hye-Young Bang, Lydia White and Öner Özcelik(PhD ’12) out to dinner

Hye-Young Bang at BUCLD 39

Hye-Young Bang was awarded the Paula Menyuk Student Travel Award to present at the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 39) later this week. Her talk is titled A Child-specific Compensatory Mechanism in the Acquisition of English /s/: Children’s Deviant Forms Are Not Always Grammar-driven (with Heather Goad and Meghan Clayards).


Montrealers of past and present at NELS

McLing reporters send photographic evidence of a good time had by all at this year’s NELS 45, hosted by MIT. McGill and Montreal-based linguists of past and present are pictured below.


Dan Goodhue, Michael Wagner, Aron Hirsch (BA ’12), Keir Moulton (Post-doc ’09-’11), Nino Grillo (faculty ’07-’08), Brian Buccola, Mike Hamilton, Bronwyn Bjorkman (BA ’06), Henrison Hsieh


Gretchen McCulloch (MA ’13), Brian Buccola, Erin Olsen (BA ’12), Hadas Kotek, Mike Hamilton, Henrison Hsieh, mitcho Erlewine, Mojgan Sarabi (Concordia)

McLing is also pleased to announce that next year’s NELS 46 will be hosted by Concordia University.

Tokiko Okuma at SLRF2014

Tokiko Okuma just returned from the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF 2014) at the University of South Carolina, which took place October 23–25. She presented a paper titled ‘The OPC and task effect in interpreting Japanese pronouns.”

The full program can be found here.


McGill at the 46th Algonquian Conference

McGill students Douglas Gordon, Michael Hamilton, Yuliya Manyakina, and recent alumna Carol Little (BA ’12) traveled to Uncasville, Connecticut for the 46th Algonquian Conference (Oct. 23–26) which took place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in the Mohegan Tribal Nation.


They presented the following talks:

  • Douglas Gordon – The Distribution of me’ and gi’s in Mi’gmaq
  • Michael David Hamilton – An analysis of ditransitives and ”possessor raising” in Mi’gmaq 
  • Michael David Hamilton, Michael Wagner, Mary Ann Metallic, Janice Vicaire, and Elise McClay (BA ’12) – Focus in Mi’gmaq: Prosodic and syntactic reflexes
  • Carol Little – Negation in Mi’gmq

The full program can be found at the here. You can also read more about the Mi’gmaq Research Partnership in Douglas Gordon’s recent “notes from the field” article, which appeared in the McGill Reporter last week.

McGill heads to the LSA

McGill linguists will be heading to Portland, Oregon this winter for the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Presenters include:

There will also be a tutorial:

…and McGill linguists presenting at the sub-session of the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA):

  • Elizabeth Carolan & Jessica Coon – Negation in Chuj progressives
  • Lauren Eby Clemens & Jessica Coon – Deriving Mayan V1: A fresh look at Chol

Guilherme Garcia and Natália Brambatti Guzzo at Phonology 2014

Gui Garcia and Natália Brambatti Guzzo each presented papers at Phonology 2014 at MIT this past weekend (Sept. 19-21). Gui presented on Weight Gradience in Portuguese  and Natália presented The prosodization of noun-preposition-noun compounds in Brazilian Portuguese—a paper based on her dissertation. This event is an annual meeting on phonology, hosted by different universities (last year hosted by UMass). Congrats Gui and Natália!



McGill at NELS 45

McGill will be well represented at the 45th annual meeting of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS 45), to be held at MIT in late October. Presentations will include work by current graduate students, post-docs, and faculty:

  • Brian Buccola – “Global semantic constraints: The case of Van Benthem’s Problem”
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine – “On the position of focus adverbs”
  • Daniel Goodhue & Michael Wagner – “It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it:  Intonation, yes and no”
  • Michael Hamilton –  ”Default agreement in Mi’gmaq possessor raising and ditransitive constructions”
  • Aron Hirsch & Michael Wagner – “Prosodic evidence that parentheticals are placed by rightward movement”
  • Henrison Hsieh – “Future-oriented actuality entailments: A puzzle from Tagalog”

This year’s NELS is also co-organized by current McGill Mellon Postdoc, Hadas Kotek. The full program can be viewed here.

Erlewine at TEAL

Later this week, Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine will present at the 9th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-9), in Nantes, France.  His talk is “On the position of focus adverbs.”

Tokiko Okuma at EuroSLA 24

Tokiko Okuma presented a paper L2 acquisition of bound variable interpretation of Japanese demonstrative pronouns at the 24th annual conference of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA) at University of York, UK, on September 3-6. She received CRBLM Graduate Travel Grant for this talk. Former PhD students, Roumyana Slabakova (1997) and Mari Umeda (2008) also presented their recent works at this conference. Information about the conference, including all programs, is available here.

A successful ETI 3



Congratulations to the participants and organizers of ETI 3 on a great workshop!

ETI 3 this week

Exploring the Interfaces (ETI) 3: Prosody and Constituent Structure will take place this week, Thursday May 8 through Saturday May 10. Check out the website for the program, registration, and other conference information.
We will also be hosting a pre-ETI gathering at Benelux on Wednesday evening starting at 8pm. Please join us to welcome the conference participants to Montréal!

Montrealers at WSCLA


Montreal-based WSCLA goers wait to see if their flight will make it out of the heavy fog


Mike Hamilton delivers his keynote talk

McGill at WSCLA

McGill linguists will be heading this week to the 19th Workshop on Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA), held this year at Memorial University Newfoundland. Talks will include:

  • Mike Hamilton (invited speaker)Implications of Prosody in Mi’gmaq”
  • Jessica Coon – “Little-v Agreement: Evidence from Mayan”
  • Richard Compton – “Discerning Genuine Object Agreement from Clitics in Inuit”

The full program can be found here. Bon voyage!

Weekend conference roundup

Our McLing correspondents in Chicago and Toronto report successful presentations, mingling, and karaoke (not pictured) at CLS and TOM this weekend!


Liz Smeets talks semantics at TOM

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Jessica, Mike, and Elise post in Hyde Park


Brian Buccola in conversation at TOM

McGill at CLS 50

A group of McGill linguists will travel later this week to Chicago for the 50th meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society.

Talks include Elise McClay and Michael Wagner ”Accented Unambiguous Pronouns: The Effect of Topicality and Focus”, as well as Michael Hamilton and Brandon Fry (Ottawa): “Long-Distance Agreement in Algonquian: Accounting for Syntactic Variation”. Jessica Coon will give an invited talk, “Little-v Agreement: Evidence from Mayan”.

The full program is here.

ETI 3: Prosody and Constituent Structure

We are pleased to announce that Exploring the Interfaces (ETI) 3: Prosody and Constituent Structure will take place on McGill campus from May 8-10, 2014. The website with information about the conference, including the preliminary program, can be found here:

We are asking interested participants to register using the online form by April 25 so that we have accurate numbers for catering. The registration fee is payable in cash on the day of the conference, and will be waived for McGill students (the dinner fee is separate).
We hope to see you there!

McGill at TOM 7

The 7th Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal (TOM) workshop will take place this year on Saturday April 12 at the University of Toronto.

Three of our students have been accepted: Brian Buccola (“A Blocking Solution to van Benthem’s Problem”), Oriana Kilbourn-Cerón (“Almost: Scope and Covert Exhaustification”), and Liz Smeets (“The Structure of Italian Pseudo Relatives: What We Learn from Scope Judgments”, poster session.) Congratulations to them!

You can read more about TOM 7 here:

Notice that the organizers have asked those attending the conference to register before April 1st.


MO{L}T{H} a success

This past weekend McGill linguistics hosted the first joint meeting of the MOTH and MOLT regional syntax and phonology workshops, with a keynote talk by Glyne Piggott. Thanks to hard work by undergraduate and graduate student volunteers, everything went off without a hitch. Talks by locals included:

  • Elise Mcclay & Michael Wagner
    Accented unambiguous English pronouns: Parallel function, or topicality and focus?
  • Michael David Hamilton
    The prosody and syntax of focus in Mi’gmaq
  • Guilherme Garcia
    Weight and stress in Brazilian Portuguese
  • Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron
    Vowel devoicing in spontaneous Japanese
  • Morgan Sonderegger and James Kirby
    Actuation without production bias
  • Michael David Hamilton and Brandon J
    Accounting for patterns of long-distance
    agreement in Algonquian



MO{L}T{H} phonology/syntax conference this weekend

This weekend McGill Linguistics will be hosting a joint meeting of two annual regional workshops: MOLT (phonology) and MOTH (syntax). The combined two-day MO{L}T{H} conference will include a joint session on the syntax–phonology interface, as well as a keynote talk by Glyne Piggott. The full program can be found here.

Things will get started Saturday morning at 9:00 in Leacock 232. If you plan to attend, please take a moment to register here so we can get an accurate head-count for catering.


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