McGill was well-represented in talks and posters presented at the 44th New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference held at the University of Toronto October 22-25:
- Liam Bassford (BA ’15), Peter Milne, & Morgan Sonderegger : “Attentive speech and clear speech in Quebec French diphthongization”
- Charles Boberg: “Internal relations among the short vowels of Canadian English”
- Natalia Brambatti Guzzo & Guilherme Garcia: “When phonological variation tells us about prosody”
- Thomas Kettig (BA ’13) and Bodo Winter: “The Canadian Shift in production and perception: New evidence from Montreal”
- Donghyun Kim, Louisa Bielig (BA ’15), Amanda McConnell, Ryan Kazma (BA ’15): “Variation in /AE/ in Montreal and New Brunswick English: With reference to the Canadian Shift”
- Jeffrey Lamontagne & Jeff Mielke: “Perceptual salience of vowel rhoticity in Canadian French”
- Morgan Sonderegger, Jane Stuart-Smith, Rachel Macdonald, Thea Knowles (BA ’12), & Tamara Rathcke : “Stability and change in Scottish stops: a real-time study of three acoustic cues in Glasgwegian vernacular”
Gretchen McCullouch (MA ’14) also led a Wikipedia Editathon.
Here are some of them, under the McGill crest (in the Great Hall of Hart House):
Jessica Coon and BA Honours student Cora Lesure are at the University of Texas at Austin this week for the 7th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA). The title of Jessica’s talk is “Inergativos, antipasivos y la categorización de raíces: Evidencia en Chuj.” Cora is presenting collaborative research with recent Postdoc Lauren Clemens (SUNY Albany): “An investigation of the acoustic correlates of prosodic phrasing in Chol.”
Postdoctoral fellow Meaghan Fowlie gave an invited talk at Computation, Language, Biology: Workshop on Minimalist Parsing held at MIT October 10th and 11th. The title of her talk was “Parsing Adjuncts”, and the slides can be found on her website.
Later this week Concordia University will host the 46th Northeast Linguistics Society annual meeting. McGill linguists will be presenting a number of talks and posters. Hope to see you there!
First-year PhD student Amanda Rizun will travel to Hungary later this week to present at the Workshop on Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Quantification. She will be presenting collaborative work with Jeremy Hartman (UMass Amherst). The title of their talk is “Acquisition of Exceptives in Quantified Sentences.”
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.
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 (Meghan, Oriana, Morgan, James, Hye-Young) with postdoc alumna Sara MacKenzie, McGill Psych alum Doug Schiller
Linguists walking towards the Science Centre: Oriana, James, Michael M
McGill linguists present and future (Michael, Mehgan, Gustav, Francisco, Morgan) with Linda Polka and A.J. Orena from McGill SCSD
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
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:
The Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton Syntax Workshop (MOTH 2015) Syntax Workshop is taking place at the University of Ottawa on March 28th and 29th.
will present “Two Types of “Incorporation” in Mi’gmaq” and Jiajia Su
will present “On the ‘Numeral Classifier de Noun’ Construction in Mandarin Chinese.” Jessica Coon
will be the keynote speaker. The full program is available at https://2015moth.wordpress.com/programme/
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.
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)
Right to Left: Metallic, Vicaire and Manyakina with 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
The full schedule may be found here. Stay tuned at migmaq.org to read some blog posts about the travelers’ experiences.