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Semantics Research Group, 4/28 – Linmin Zhang

The Semantics Research Group will be meeting on Friday April 28. Linmin Zhang (from Concordia) will be presenting a practice talk of her upcoming SALT presentation. Title and abstract to follow.

WORDS Group, 4/7

The WORDS Group will be meeting on Friday 7th April, at UQAM (room DS-3470) at 10-11.30.  Heather Goad and Lisa Travis will present on the following topic:

The role of phonology in the Navajo Mirror Principle problem. 

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting – 4/7

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 4/7, from 1-2pm in room 117.

Jessica will be presenting Baier (2017) “Antilocality and Antiagreement”, which can be found here. All are welcome!

P* Reading Group, 3/28

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Tuesday (Mar. 28) 1-2 pm in Room 117, Jeff will lead a discussion of Kaye (1995). “Derivations and Interfaces”. Frontiers of Phonology, edited by Jacques Durand & Francis Katamba, 289–332. London & New York: Longman. Everyone is welcome!

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting – 3/31

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, March 31, from 1-2pm in room 117.

Clint Parker will be presenting about agreement in Shughni and Bobangi.

All are welcome!

P* Reading Group, 3/21

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Tuesday (Mar. 21) 1-2 pm in Room 117, Heather will lead a discussion of Elfner (2006). “Contrastive syllabification in Blackfoot”. Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (pp. 141–149). Everyone is welcome!

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting – 3/24

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 3/24, from 1-2pm in room 117.

We will be returning to our discussion of Levin (2015). Lisa Travis will be presenting additional data from Indonesian that are relevant to Levin’s (2015) argument.

All are welcome!

P* Reading Group

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Tuesday (Feb. 21) 1-2 pm in Room 117, Morgan will lead a discussion of Shih & Inkelas (2016). “Morphologically-conditioned tonotactics in multilevel Maximum Entropy grammar”. Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology(Vol. 3). Everyone is welcome!

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting – 3/24

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 3/24, from 1-2pm in room 117. Henrison Hsieh will be presenting apparent exceptions to the Tagalog extraction restriction. All are welcome!

P* Reading Group, 3/7

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Tuesday (Mar. 7) 1-2 pm in Room 117, Hye-Young will lead a discussion of Kirby & Ladd (2016). Effects of obstruent voicing on vowel F0: Evidence from “true voicing” languages. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(4), 2400–2411. Everyone is welcome!

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting – 3/10

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 3/10, from 1-2pm in room 117.

We will be reading Baier (2017) “Antilocality and Antiagreement”. All are welcome!

P* Reading Group, 2/21

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Tuesday (Feb. 21) 1-2 pm in Room 117, Oriana will lead a discussion of Cohen-Goldberg (2015). “Abstract and lexically specific information in sound patterns: Evidence from /r/-sandhi in rhotic and non-rhotic varieties of English”. Language and Speech, 58(4), 522–548. Everyone is welcome!

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 2/24 – Richard Compton

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 2/24, from 1-2pm in room 117 of the Linguistics Building.

Richard Compton will be presenting his work on Inuit.

All are welcome!

P* Reading Group, 2/14

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Tuesday (Feb. 14) 1-2 pm in Room 117, James will lead a discussion of Bailey (2016). Automatic detection of sociolinguistic variation using forced alignment. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 22(2). Everyone is welcome!

LingTea, 2/16 – Daniel Harasim

In this week’s LingTea, on Thursday (Feb. 9th and 16th) 12-1pm in room 117, Daniel Harasim will give his second talk with the title “Musical Syntax“.

Title: “Musical Syntax”.

Abstract: Musical structures can be formalized similar to the syntax of natural languages. The syntax of western music is based on a harmonic tension-resolution structure that is intuitively perceivable. In this talk, I will shortly explain musical syntax using music text book examples and Jazz standards. Then I will focus on the formalization of musical syntax using dependency structures in a generative framework. I will end by explaining core challenges of parsing musical structures and its implementation using a meta-rule formalism in a general parsing framework.

WORDS Group, 2/17

The WORDS Group will be meeting with Boris Harizanov on Friday February 17, 10:30-11:30 in room 117, McGill Department of Linguistics.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

https://wordstructure.org/

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting – 2/10

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 2/10, from 1-2pm in room 117 of the Linguistics Building.

Lisa Travis will be presenting Chapter 3 (Caseless Adjacency) of Levin’s (2015) MIT thesis Licensing without Case.

All are welcome!

P* Reading Group, 2/7

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Tuesday (Feb. 7) 1-2 pm in Room 117, Martha will lead a discussion of Gallagher (2015). Natural classes in cooccurrence constraints. Lingua, 166(Part A), 80–98. Everyone is welcome!

Semantics Research Group, 2/5

The semantics research group will be meeting next week, Friday, February 5th, at 15:00 in room 117.

Chris Bruno will be presenting a 2015 paper by Simons, Beaver, Roberts, and Tonhauser, on presupposition projection in factive predicates. Title and abstract below. It is relevant to some of what was talked about at our last colloquium with Jeremy Hartman.

Simons, Beaver, Roberts, Tonhauser (2015)

Title: The Best Question: Explaining the Projection Behaviour of Factives

Abstract: This paper deals with projection in factive sentences. The paper first challenges standard assumptions by presenting a series of detailedobservations about the interpretations of factive sentences in context,showing that what implication projects, if any, is quite variable and thatprojection is tightly constrained by prosodic and contextual information about the alternatives under consideration. The paper then proposes an account which accommodates the variability of the data and sensitivity to contextual alternatives. The account is formulated within a modified version of Roberts 1996/2012 question-based model of discourse.

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 2/3 – Martha Schwarz

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 2/3, from 1-2pm in room 117.

Martha Schwarz will be presenting different ways of accounting for ergative marking that is determined by factors of the subject in the context of Nepali.

All are welcome!

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