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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


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.

TOM 8 at Carleton

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 at MOTH

The Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton Syntax Workshop (MOTH 2015) Syntax Workshop is taking place at the University of Ottawa on March 28th and 29th.
Yuliya Manyakina 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

McGill at MOLT 2015

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.


McLing Special Issue – McCCLU Conference Saturday March 14th at New Residence Hall


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!

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Tokiko Okuma at GASLA 2015

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 at ICLDC 4

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

    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 to read some blog posts about the travelers’ experiences.

McGill at GALANA 2015

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 to GALANA 2015

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 receives CRBLM grant

IMG_5841Guilherme 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).


Mike Hamilton at WSCLA

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.

McCCLU call for papers

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

McGill at the LSA

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. 




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:

Announcement: SIAS Summer Institute 2015-2016

2015–2016 INSTITUTE

The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning: In the Armchair, in the Field, and in the Lab

  • 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


  • 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).

Continue reading ‘Announcement: SIAS Summer Institute 2015-2016′

Clemens and Coon to FAMLi 3

Lauren Clemens and Jessica Coon will travel to Mexico City this week to present at the 3rd Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi 3) workshop held December 4th and 5th at El Colegio de Mexico. Their talk is titled “Un primer acercamiento a la relación entre sintaxis y prosodia en chol”. The full program can be found here, and more about the workshop, which Jessica has helped organize, can be found here.

Charles Boberg – recent travels

Charles Boberg has given several talks in the past couple of months. On October 24th he presented a paper called “Cross-border convergence in loan phonology: Foreign (a) in North American English” at NWAV 43 in Chicago.
The following week he traveled to Fredericton, NB, where he presented “Variation and Change in Gaspé English” to the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association.
Finally, on Novermber 21st he presented an invited talk to the Linguistics Colloquium Series at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, titled “Manitoba and the westward diffusion of Canadian English.”

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.

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