- Vincent Rouillard – Minimize Restrictors! Beyond Definite Descriptions
- Francesco Gentile – A new presuppositional semantics for how many-questions
- Chris Bruno – Contrastive negation and alternatives
- Invited speaker: Prof. Junko Shimoyama – On Inverse Trace Conversion and the maximal informativeness analysis of Japanese internally-headed relative clauses (joint work with Keir Moulton, Simon Fraser University)
- Invited speaker: Prof. Luis Alonso-Ovalle – Against the Odds: On the Modal Component of the Ability/Involuntary Action Verbal Inflection in Tagalog (joint work with Henrison Hsieh (McGill University)
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Please join us for an afternoon Bantu Workshop, to celebrate the end of this semester’s Bobangi Field Methods class. There will be presentations by some of the undergraduate and graduate students, our Bobangi consultant Mpoke Mimpongo (UQAM), and invited speaker Jenneke van der Wal (Harvard). All talks will take place in McGill Education Building, room 216. The schedule is below–all are welcome!
12:30–12:45 – Paige Palenski, Syntactic structure of clausal negation in Bobangi
12:45–1:00 – Benjamine Oldham, Object marking in Bobangi: A pronominal incorporation analysis
1:00–1:15 – Renata Masucci, Tone in Bobangi
1:15–1:30 – Paulina Elias, Object asymmetry in Bobangi
1:30–1:45 – BREAK
1:45–2:00 – Sara Carrier-Bordeleau, Verbal reduplication in Bobangi
2:00–2:15 – Jasmine Zhang, Vowel sandhi in Bobangi
2:15–2:30 – Emily Kellison-Linn, Intonation of polar questions and declarative statements in Bobangi
2:30–2:45 – Yeong Park, High boundary tone in Bobangi
2:45–3:00 – Rosie Barnes, Agent nominalizations in Bobangi
3:00–3:15 – BREAK
3:15–3:45 – Mpoke Mimpongo (UQAM), TBA
3:45–4:45 – Invited Speaker – Jenneke van der Wal (Harvard University)
Title: Investigating focus marking in Luganda and Lingala
Abstract: While it is admittedly difficult to investigate information structure in an unfamiliar language, in this talk I hope to show that there are some manageable diagnostics for focus that can be applied in elicitation. Based on data from Luganda and Lingala I show why the discoveries about focus marking in Bantu languages are crucial for understanding both the synchronic analysis and the diachronic development of focus. (full abstract)
Meghan will be traveling to London to give three presentations at the Workshop on Speech Perception and Production across the Lifespan, held at University College London April 26–27th. These include:
- Sarah Colby, Meghan Clayards & Shari Baum: “Top-down and bottom-up perceptual learning for speech is maintained in older adults”
- Elizabeth Wonnacott, Anastasia Giannakopoulou, Helen Brown & Meghan Clayards: “High or Low? Comparing high- and low variability phonetic training in adult and child second-language learners”
- Sarah Colby, Victoria Poulton & Meghan Clayards: “Inhibition predicts lexical competition in older adults’ spoken word recognition”
The full program is available here.
Jessica is returning this week from San Jose, where she spent the weekend at Silicon Valley Comic Con. She gave a public lecture, “The Linguistics of Arrival: Aliens, Fieldwork, and Universal Grammar”, and participated on a panel for women in STEM. She also met some interesting characters:
Recently, she was featured on the BBC Radio 4’s “The Film Programme”. Up-to-date Arrival-related media is on her website.
McGill linguists attended GASLA 14, which was hosted at the University of Southampton on 7-9th April 2017. Here is a list of their presentations:
- Liz Smeets: Ultimate attainment at the syntax-discourse interface: L1 effects and object movement in Dutch
- Heather Goad, Lydia White, Guilherme D. Garcia, Natália B. Guzzo, Marzieh Mortazavinia, Liz Smeets and Jiajia Su: Pronoun interpretation in L2 Italian: effects of pause and stress
- Natália B. Guzzo, Heather Goad, Guilherme D. Garcia: Learners can acquire structurally-conditioned variation: High vowel deletion in Quebec French
Current and past McGill affiliates gathered for a photo:
The 2017 Canadian Linguistics Annual Undergraduate Symposium (CLAUSE̥) took place this past weekend at Concordia University. Talks by McGill linguists included:
- Teresa Addo – Overcoming perceptual illusions: Ultimate attainment by Japanese-speaking learners of English
- Sara Carrier-Bordeleau – Orphan prepositions as DP ellipsis
- Sarah Mihuc – Effects of focus and word order in Kabyle
- Victoria Poulton, Sarah Colby, Meghan Clayards – Investigating influences of working memory and inhibition on lexical frequency effects in older adults
- Clea Stuart – Where the Malagasy adverbs are
There were also two workshops, led by current and former McGill students Sonia Massi and Emilio Assuncao, as well as a plenary talk by McGill PhD (’08) Heather Newell (UQÀM).
Henrison Hsieh presented collaborative work with Luis Alonso-Ovalle at the 24th meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 24), which took place this past weekend at the University of Washington in Seattle. The title of their talk was “Anchored implicatives: Tagalog ability/involuntary action“.
Tim O’Donnell was in Leiden last week for the The Comparative Biology of Language Learning workshop, held at the Lorentz Center April 3–7. He gave a talk Thursday, title and abstract below:
Bayesian Program Learning of Morphophonological RulesBoth children and linguists confront a similar problem of inference:given utterances produced by speakers, together with aspects of themeaning of those utterances, discover the grammatical principles thatrelate form to meaning. We study this abstract computational problemwithin the domain of morphophonology, contributing a computationalmodel that learns phenomena from many natural languages andgeneralizes in humanlike ways from data used in behavioral studies ofartificial grammar learning.Our work draws on two analogies. The child-as-linguist analogy holdsthat both children and linguists must solve the same abstractinductive reasoning problem, even though the nature of the input dataand underlying mental algorithms are surely different in precisedetail. Accordingly we isolate the problem of learningmorphophonological systems, and show that a single solution to thisproblem can capture both linguistic analyses from natural languagesand infant rule learning of artificial languages. We adopt theframework of “Bayesian Program learning” (BPL) – in which learning isformulated a synthesizing a program which compactly describes theinput data. This learning-as-programming analogy lets us exploitrecent techniques from the field of program synthesis to inducemorphophonological rules from data. While child-as-linguist poses thecomputational problem, learning-as-programming offers a solution.
BA Honours student Lydia Felice presented a poster at the 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 48), which took place March 31-April 2 at Indiana University Bloomington. Her poster, based on her Honours thesis work, was titled “On the State Distinction and Case in Kabyle Berber”.
The 2017 Canadian Linguistics Annual Undergraduate Symposium (CLAUSE̥) is coming up this weekend, April 7th–9th, at Concordia University. Though the full program is still TBA, several McGill students will be presenting. We’ll report back with more info next week, or check the website for program updates.
Martha Schwarz presented a poster on “Case Assignment in Nepali” at the Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages conference at MIT, March 4-5th. This poster grew out of her summer fieldwork in India, funded by a MITACs travel grant.
McGill BA student Clea Stuart will be presenting at this year’s MOTH syntax workshop, held at McMaster University April 8th. The title of her talk is “Where the Malagasy Adverbs Are”. The full MOTH program can be found here.
UQAM is hosting the 2017 Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto (MOT) Phonology Workshop on 24th-26th March, 2017. McGill linguists will attend the meeting to present their work:
- Morgan Sonderegger, Michael McAuliffe, Jurij Bozic, Chris Bruno, September Cowley, Jeffrey Lamontagne, Bing’er Jiang, Martha Schwarz, Jiajia Su: Laryngeal timing across seven languages: phonetic data and their relationship to phonological features
- Donghyun Kim, Meghan Clayards: The link between speech perception and production and the mechanisms of phonetic imitation
- Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron: Production planning effects on variable external sandhi: a case study in liaison
- Martha Schwarz: Nepali laryngeal contrasts
- James Tanner: Phonetic and phonological mechanisms of Tokyo Japanese vowel devoicing
- Binger Jiang, Meghan Clayards: Cue weighting of voice quality, pitch, and tonal contour in the tonal register contrast in Chinese Wu dialects
- Jeffrey Lamontagne, Heather Goad, Morgan Sonderegger: Weighting around: Motivating variable prominence assignment in French
The entire program can be found here.
Current and past McGill linguists gathered at MIT Saturday for a surprise workshop in honour of David Pesetsky’s 60th birthday. Attendees presented posters and attended panels, which can be found on the website.
Jessica Coon’s paper, “Two types of ergative agreement: Implications for case” appeared in the Festschrift volume (along with 59 other contributions, including by Bjorkman, Kotek, and Hirsch).
McGill linguists are returning this week from the 43rd annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Lydia Felice and Sarah Mihuc presented posters based on their in-progress McGill honours theses. Justin Royer, incoming McGill PhD student and Chuj Lab member, presented a poster based on his recent Concordia BA thesis.
- Lydia Felice: The Case for KP: An Analysis of the Free State and Construct State in Kabyle Berber
- Sarah Mihuc: Effects of Focus on Word Order in Kabyle Berber
- Justin Royer: Nominal and numeral classifiers in Chuj (Mayan)
McGill linguists past and present attended the 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, and the associated meeetings of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) and the American Dialect Society(ADS), which took place 5–8 January 2017 in Austin, Texas. Their many presentations included:
- George Aaron Broadwell, Lauren Eby Clemens (Postdoc ’14-’15): “Inflectional change in Copala Triqui”
- Lauren Clemens (Postdoc ’14-’15), Jessica Coon, Carol-Rose Little (BA ’12), Morelia Vázquez Martínez: “Encoding focus in Ch’ol spontaneous speech”
- Lauren Clemens (Postdoc ’14-’15): “Prosody, pseudo noun incorporation, and V1 syntax: VP-fronting or Vo-raising?”
- Emily Elfner (Postdoc ’12-’14), Patricia A. Shaw: “Game-based methodology for the study of intonational contours in Kwak’wala”
- Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (Postdoc ’14-’15), Theodore Levin: “On the unavailability of argument ellipsis in Kaqchikel”
- Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (Postdoc ’14-’15): “C-T head-splitting: evidence from Toba Batak”
- Guilherme Garcia: “Adapting inconsistent lexical patterns: a Bayesian approach to weight and stress”
- Daniel Goodhue: “Biased polar questions: VERUM focus is semantic focus, high negation is a distinct phenomenon”
- Natália Brambatti Guzzo, Heather Goad: “Overriding default interpretations through prosody: depictive predicates in Brazilian Portuguese”
- Aron Hirsch (BA ’12): “Fragments, pseudo-clefts, and ellipsis”
- Thomas Kettig (BA ’13): “One hundred years of stability: the case of the BAD-LAD split”
- Hadas Kotek (Postdoc ’14-’16): “Movement and alternatives don’t mix: a new look at intervention effects”
- Jeffrey Lamontagne, Heather Goad, Morgan Sonderegger: “Penultimate prominence in Québec French: internal motivations or English influence?”
- Jeffrey Lamontagne and Gretchen McCulloch (MA ’13): “Wayyy longgg: orthotactics and phonology in lengthening on Twitter”
- Cora Lesure (BA ’15): “Phonologically null morphemes and templatic morphology: the case of Chuj (Mayan)”
- Moti Liberman and Gretchen McCulloch (MA ’13) organized a symposium entitled “Datablitz: Getting High School Students Into Linguistics”
- Michael McAuliffe, Michaela Socolof (BA ’16), Sarah Mihuc, Michael Wagner, Morgan Sonderegger: “Montreal Forced Aligner: an accurate and trainable forced aligner using Kaldi”
- Michaela Socolof (BA ’16): “The position of the negative particle ara and NPIs in Kabyle negation”
- Morgan Sonderegger, Michael McAuliffe, Jurij Bozic, Christopher Bruno, September Cowley, Bing’er Jiang, Jeffrey Lamontagne, Martha Schwarz, Jiajia Su: “Laryngeal timing across seven languages: phonetic data and their relationship to phonological features”
- Lisa Travis: “A typology of VP-fronting”
- Jozina Vander Klok (PhD ’12) and Vera Hohaus: “Building Blocks of Weak Necessity Modality: The View from Paciran Javanese”
Some current and past McGill affiliates gathered for a photo:
McGill BA student Sara Carrier-Bordeleau and Lisa Travis represented McGill Linguistics at the Atelier bilingue en linguistique théorique -Bilingual Workshop in Theoretical Linguistics (ABLT-BWTL) at Concordia University, which took place December 12th and 13th. Their talks were Orphan prepositions as surface anaphora (Sara) and Little words – big consequences (Lisa).
McGill’s linguists attended the 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), which took place on 28th November – 2nd December 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presentations of current McGill affiliates included:
- Hye-Young Bang:
(a) The acoustic counterpart to articulatory resistance and aggressiveness in locus equation metrics and vowel dispersion
(b) The relationship of VOT and F0 contrasts across speakers and words in the German voicing contrast
- Donghyun Kim: Individual differences in the relation between perception and production and the mechanisms of phonetic imitation
- Bing’er Jiang: Cue weighting in the tonal register contrast of Jiashan Wu
McGill affiliates gathered for a photo:
(Left to right: Haruko Saito (McGill, SCSD), Linda Polka (McGill, SCSD), Hye-Young Bang, Donghyun Kim, Bing’er Jiang)
McGill’s linguists attended the The First Annual Morphology in Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto Workshop (Mo-MOT 1) on 18th-20th November, 2016, which took place at Carleton University. Presentations of current affiliates included the following:
- Jurij Bozic: “Two Loci of Morphological Neutralization“
- Lydia Felice & Lisa Travis: “The realization of gender morphemes and the articulation of K in Kabyle“
- Maire Noonan: “The trouble with German lefties“
Current and past McGill affiliates gathered for a photo on Sunday:
Left to right: Gabriel Daitzchman, Jurij Bozic, Lydia Felice, Heather Newell (PhD, 2008), Lisa Travis, Bronwyn Bjorkman (BA, 2006), Elizabeth Cowper (BA, 1972), Kumiko Murasugi (PostDoc, 1993-1994), Maire Noonan.
Carleton University is hosting the The First Annual Morphology in Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto Workshop (Mo-MOT 1) on 18th-20th November, 2016. McGill linguists will attend the meeting to present their work:
- Jurij Bozic: “Two Loci of Morphological Neutralization“
- Lydia Felice & Lisa Travis: “The realization of gender morphemes in Kabyle and the Syntax/PF interface“
- Maire Noonan: “The irksome nature of left members of German compounds“
The entire program can be found here.