Archive for the 'Conferences' Category
Henrison Hsieh and Lisa Travis will head to Berkeley later this week for the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Henrison’s talk is titled “Distinguishing nouns and verbs: Against the nominalist hypothesis for Tagalog” and Lisa will present “The position of Out of Control morphemes in Malagasy and Tagalog.”
McGill linguists are in Washington DC for the 90th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America which takes place January 7–10th. The LSA meeting also includes sessions of the American Dialect Society and the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of Latin America.
- Charles Boberg (McGill University): Newspaper dialectology: harnessing the power of mass media in collecting dialect data (ADS)
- Colin Brown (McGill University): Genitive/ergative in Gitksan (SSILA)
- Bing’er Jiang (McGill University), Jianjing Kuang (University of Pennsylvania): Consonant effects on tonal registers in Jiashan Wu
- Hadas Kotek (McGill University), Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore): Unifying definite and indefinite free relatives: evidence from Mayan
- Cora Lesure (McGill University), Lauren Clemens (SUNY Albany): Prosodic boundary marking in Ch’ol: acoustic indicators and their applications (SSILA)
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!
- Modal Selectivity in the Nominal Domain: Spanish “Uno Cualquiera” – Luis Alonso-Ovalle (McGill), Paula Menéndez-Benito (Pompeu Fabra)
- Locality Exponence in Distributed Morphology: Root Suppletion in Slovenian – Jurij Božič (McGill)
- When Adverbs Embed Clauses: An explanation of variability in Kaqchikel Agent Focus – Jessica Coon (McGill), Robert Henderson (U. Arizona)
- Epistemic must is not evidential, it’s epistemic – Daniel Goodhue (McGill)
- Toward a bestiary of English intonational contours – Daniel Goodhue (McGill), Lyanna Harrison (McGill), Yuen Tung Clémentine Su (McGill), Michael Wagner (McGill)
- Unifying Definite and indefinite free relatives: Evidence from Mayan – Hadas Kotek (McGill), Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (U. Singapore)
- Two accounts of factive islands – Bernhard Schwarz (McGill), Alexandra Simonenko (Labex EFL)
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.”
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.
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