McLing would like to (belatedly) welcome Tim O’Donnell, who joined the McGill Linguistics faculty this January.
Tim O’Donnell develops mathematical and computational models of language learning, processing, and generalization. One area of special interest is how language users strike a balance between the ability to creatively express new meanings, on one hand, and conservatively reuse existing words, idioms, and other constructions, on the other. His research draws on experimental methods from psychology, formal modeling techniques from natural language processing and computational linguistics, theoretical tools from linguistics, and problems from all three domains. Recent projects include work on lexicon learning from speech input, morphological productivity, phonotactics, syntactic structure building, and the meaning of verbs.
McLing welcomes incoming graduate student editor, Jurij Bočič, and thanks outgoing editor Dejan Milačić for his year of editing!
McLing hopes everyone had a great summer! As always, we invite you to send us your news: presentations, publications, fieldwork, courses, workshops, departmental events, student projects, jobs, etc., for presentation in upcoming newsletters. Know of a friend, colleague, or student who did something newsworthy? Send us a report and we will follow up.
Happy New Year from McLing and welcome to the Winter 2016 semester! As you enjoy your last days of break, please continue to send us your linguistics-related news (email@example.com).
Welcome back everyone. We will resume our regular news and events updates next week, but wanted to send a quick post with this week’s events. Please send us your news from the summer!
Wednesday, August 27th – Eye-tracking seminar
Please join us on Wednesday, August 27 at 1085 Dr. Penfield (starting in room 117) for a seminar on eye movement research in linguistics. This seminar is aimed especially at introducing the methodology to researchers in theoretical linguistics who might be interested in getting involved in experimental research, with a focus on the sentence/discourse level. The rough schedule for the day is:
10am-12:30: General introduction, the basics of eye movement research in reading (Meg) and in the ‘visual world’ (Jeff).
12:30-1:30: break for lunch (provided)
1:30-4pm: More detailed introduction to the methodology including some hands-on time in the lab.
If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Meg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeff (email@example.com) so we have an idea how many people to expect and how many lunches to order. If you could include a comment about why you might be interested in eye movements it would be very helpful.
Friday, August 29th – pizza lunch to welcome new graduate students!
12:30–2pm in the department lounge, please RSVP to Andria De Luca
Friday, August 29th – FestEval (graduate students present their Eval papers)
Tentative Program, to be held (tentatively) in Linguistics 117:
14.00-14.30 Hye-young Bang: An articulatory, acoustic and aerodynamic account of English alveolar fricative acquisition in different vowel contexts
14.30-15.00 Gui Garcia: Stress and gradient weight in Portuguese
15.00-15.15 Short Intermission with refreshments
15.15-15.45 Dan Goodhue: The contradiction contour and the interpretation of yes-no responses.
15.45-16.15 Oriana Kilbourn: Almost: scope and covert exhaustification
16.15-16.45 Marzieh Mortazavinia: Nuclear Stress Assignment in Persian, revisited
McLing would like to wish you all a great summer vacation! Please continue to send us your news and events, and we will post them in our next issue on September 1st.
McLing hopes everyone had a great summer! As always, we invite you to please send us your summer news: presentations, publications, fieldwork, courses, student projects, etc., for presentation in upcoming newsletters. Know of a friend, colleague, or student who did something newsworthy? Send us a report and we will follow up.
McLing is happy to announce the addition of a new faculty member of the editorial staff, Morgan Sonderegger. Jessica Coon will be taking a break from McLing as she gets ready for maternity leave next month. As always, you are welcome to email your news, events, and announcements to any one of the editors, or to the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome aboard Morgan!
Though we are sad to say goodbye to last year’s grad editor Brian Buccola (who is moving on to become a McGWPL editor), we are pleased to welcome Dan Goodhue to the McLing editorial team. To post something to McLing please send your good news, conference presentations, linguistics-related travel, announcements, and events to one of the editors listed in the sidebar at the bottom right of the blog, or reach the entire group at: email@example.com. To ensure that your posts make it into the Monday morning issue, please send by Sunday afternoon.
Stay tuned for your new undergrad SLUM editor!
It is with great sadness that the editorial board of McLing is forced to go into summer mode. That means that, unfortunately, you will only get occasional posts until the end of August. We hear your pain. Stay tuned, though. The best is yet to come.
Yours, as ever.
The McLing editorial team.
McLing wishes everyone a productive and relaxing reading week. Please send us any news you have from the break, we’ll be back online next week.
This will be the last issue of McLing until the New Year––please continue to send us your news and we’ll publish it when we’re back!
Welcome to the first issue of McLing, the McGill Linguistics Newsletter. This will be a weekly newsletter which will announce departmental events, and be a place to showcase linguistics-related news within the department. Your current editors are Luis Alonso-Ovalle, Brian Buccola, and Jessica Coon. A SLUM editor is on the way!
We’d like to encourage all members of the McGill linguistics community to provide information to this site by emailing one of the editors––this should include regular weekly meetings and talks, news about conferences you are presenting at, jobs, etc.
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