McGill’s linguistis attended the 2016 Annual Meeting on Phonology, which was hosted at the University of Southern California on October 21-23. The presentations given by present McGill affiliates were the following:
- Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron: Speech production planning affects variability in connected speech
- Guilherme Garcia, Heather Goad & Natália Brambatti Guzzo: Footing is not always about stress: formalizing variable high vowel deletion in Québec French
- Guilherme Garcia: Grammar trumps lexicon: Typologically inconsistent weight effects are not generalized
- Peter Milne & Jeffrey Lamontagne: Canadian French high-vowel laxing: A corpus study using automated discrimination
The program can be viewed here. Present and former McGill affiliates gathered for a photo at the conference:
Kie Zuraw, Anne-Michelle Tessier, Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron,
Erin Olson, Sharon Rose, Guilherme Garcia, Natália Brambatti
Guzzo, Jeffrey Lamontagne
McGill linguists presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of North East Linguistic Society (NELS 47), which was hosted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst October 14–16. Presentations by current McGill affiliates included:
McGill affiliates of past and present gathered for a photo at the dinner:
Gui Garcia, Laura Kalin, Michael Wagner, Jessica Coon, Aron Hirsch, Cora Lesure, Bernhard Schwarz, Hadas Kotek
Jessica Coon is just returning from Arezzo, Italy, where she gave an invited talk at the workshop: “What’s in a Label?”. The title of her presentation was “What’s in Pred? Functional categories and the parameterization of predication.’
Papers by Henrison Hsieh (Distinguishing nouns and verbs: Against nominalism for Tagalog), Lisa deMena Travis (The what and where of Out of Control morphemes in Tagalog and Malagasy), and Ileana Paul (PhD 2000) (with Baholisoa Simone Ralalaoherivony and Henriette de Swart: Malagasy maha at the crossroads of voice, causation, and modality) have appeared in the BLS 42 proceedings, which are available online.
GALANA-7 took place last week at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Guilherme Garcia presented a talk titled “Second Language Acquisition of Stress in Second Language Portuguese: Extrametricality and Default Stress.” Roumyana Slabakova (PhD ’97), Öner Özçelik (PhD ’12), and Silvina Montrul (’97) also presented.
Roumyana Slabakova (PhD, 1997), Guilherme Garcia, Öner Özçelik (PhD, 2012) and Silvina Montrul (PhD, 1997)
McGill linguists of past and present were well represented at Sinn und Bedeutung 21, which took place this past weekend in Edinburgh. Presentations and posters included:
PhD student Gui Garcia was recently awarded a CRBLM travel grant. Gui used the grant for his trip to the 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting, where he presented his work on lexical access (“Computing segmental and suprasegmental information in lexical decision.”) as well as joint work with Natália B. Guzzo and Heather Goad (“High vowel deletion in Queìbec French: Evidence for vestigial iambs”).
He was also recently awarded a GST Travel Award (“Schull Yang International Experience Award”), which he will use for his trip to the Global School of Empirical Research Methods at the University of St. Gallen later this month.
SALT wrapped up this past weekend at the University of Texas at Austin, and McGill linguists were present. Poster presentations by current McGill affiliates included:
The full program is available here: http://salt.ling.utexas.edu/26/program
McGill past and present at SALT: mitcho Erlewine (postdoc ’14–15), Robert Henderson (’12–13), Hadas Kotek, Maayan Adar (MA ’14)
The Proceedings of the 22nd meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Society (AFLA 22), edited by Henrison Hsieh, has just been published by Asia-Pacific Linguistics. The volume is freely available for download here: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/101155. AFLA 22 was held at McGill University in Quebec, Cananda in May, 2015
Liz Smeets and Michael Wagner just presented a joint paper at WCCFL 34 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The title of their talk is “The syntax of focus association in German/Dutch: evidence from scope reconstruction.” The full program is available here.
Sasha Simonenko (McGill PhD ’14) and Liz Smeets at WCCFL
The ninth Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal workshop in semantics (TOM 9) took place on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at McGill, in the Ballroom of Thomson House. The workshop was well attended and offered all participants, faculty and students alike, many opportunities for thought provoking exchanges. Congratulations to the organizers: Elena Russo, Chris Bruno, Junko Shimoyama and Bernhard Schwarz.
The ninth Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal workshop in semantics (TOM 9) will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at McGill in the Ballroom of Thomson House. The program includes two talks by students from our department:
Francesco Gentile: “Degree questions and collective predication: a puzzle for interval semantics”
Dan Goodhue: “VERUM focus and epistemic bias in English polar questions”
The full program is available here: http://tom9semantics.wix.com/tom9
There is no registration fee, but those planning to attend are requested to pre-resister at the link provided above.
Colin Brown returned last week from a workshop in São Paolo, Brazil called Putting Fieldwork on Indigenous Languages to New Uses. The workshop was supported by the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP), and was held from March 21st to April 2nd, at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Colin’s presentation was titled “A structural account of split ergativity in Gitskan”.
A subset of the current and past McGill affiliates attending WSCLA 2016 this year at UQÀM, co-organized by Richard Compton and Heather Newell.
back row: Carol-Rose Little (BA ’12), Colin Brown (MA), Lauren Clemens (Post-doc ’14-’15), Jessica Coon, Lisa Travis, Gretchen McCulloch (MA ’13)
front row: Emily Elfner (Post-Doc ’12–’14), Cora Lesure (BA ’15), Henrison Hsieh, Hadas Kotek, Elise McClay (BA ’12), Heather Newell (PhD ’08), Gustavo Beritognolo (MA ’08)
The Mi’gmaq Research Partnership was featured last week in the Montreal Gazette, in connection with Mi’gmaq work being presented at this year’s WSCLA 2016. The full article is here: http://montrealgazette.com/news/indigenous-languages-go-under-the-microscope
This summer, McGill’s prosodylab will be represented at the DGFS summer school in Tübingen on Mapping Meaning: Theory – Cognition – Variation, which is held August 15th – 26th, 2016 in Tübingen/Germany. Early bird registration is open until June 1st.
The course is titled Prosody and Incremental Processing, an abstract is posted here.
This year’s Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton Syntax Workshop (MOTH) will take place April 15th and 16th at the University of Toronto Mississauga. There will be three presentations from McGill students:
The rest of the program is available here: http://moth2016.github.io/#programme