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Departmental picnic 2017 – Parc La Fontaine

This year’s departmental picnic took place at Parc La Fontaine on September 16th at 12pm. McGill’s linguists enjoyed the warm September weather and had good conversation over delicious food.


 

Departmental retreat

Students and faculty on a hike at McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve

 

Students and faculty engaged in discussion

Students and faculty gathered outside

 

 

 

Beginning-of-year picnic

All McGill linguists, plus family and friends, are invited to our annual Beginning-of-Year picnic, to be held this year Sunday September 6th at noon at Parc Laurier in the Plateau. The picnic will be potluck style: please bring some some kind of dish and perhaps something to drink.  Hope to see you all there!

Jonathan Bobaljik “Dependent Case and Case-Dependent Agreement” workshop, 1/29

McLing is pleased to announce that Jonathan Bobaljik will be visiting Montreal next week, sponsored by the Concordia LSA and McSIRG.

What: Mini workshop: “Dependent Case and Case-dependent Agreement” (presenting in part joint work with Mark Baker)

Coordinates: Thursday January 29th, 5:30–7pm in Linguistics 117; to be followed by a dinner reception in the Linguistics Lounge

In this tutorial/workshop, we’ll work through some of the evidence for treating case on an NPs as primarily reflecting syntactic configuration (transitivity / whether there is another NP in the same domain, Marantz 1991, Baker to appear) rather than by a relationship to a designated functional head (as in Chomsky 1981 et seq). Time and audience interest permitting, we will look at some of the following:

    •  critical examination of arguments that ergative case is ‘inherent’ (tied to a theta-role assigning head)

    • arguments that case and agreement are not ‘two sides of the same coin’ but are distinct grammatical operations

    • arguments that agreement depends (imperfectly) on case (Bobaljik 2008, Baker 2008), with attention to putative counter-examples

    • different distribution of ‘active’ patterns in case vs. agreement (and the implications of this for the questions above)

      Please RSVP to Jessica if you are interested in attending.

Information for the colloquium at Concordia is as follows:

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Sasha Simonenko’s Dissertation Party

Sasha Simonenko successfully defended her dissertation on Friday 4. A party was held at Bernhard and Junko’s place to celebrate the event and, as usual, McLing reporters were in attendance to bring you some pictures.

Congratulations, Sasha!

Zimmermannfest!

Following Thomas Ede Zimmermann’s colloquium talk last Friday, there was a party at Junko and Bernhard’s place. In the interest of our readership, McLing reporters rushed to the scene and came back with some pictures proving that, once more, good food, good company and interesting conversations go together.

Pictures from Student Open House Party

Last Thursday, our current graduate students organized a party for the admitted students as part of our Open House. Many thanks to those who helped organize the evening. We hope to see some familiar faces in the coming school year!

(Photos courtesy of Yuliya Manyakina)

Smiling and Eating

Smiling and Eating

Socializing

Socializing

More socializing!

More socializing!

The food, or what remained of it. :)

The food, or what remained of it. 🙂

Pictures from the post-colloquium dinner

After Alan Yu’s colloquium on Friday, students, faculty, and alums made the trek to Petite Patrie for Indian food and homemade dessert, courtesy of Dan, Maayan, and Morgan.  A good time was had by all. Some pictures, from Dan :

Linguists and a moose

Linguists and a moose

Linguists and maps

Linguists and maps

Alan Yu and Morgan eyeing Indian food

Alan Yu and Morgan eyeing Indian food

 

    

 

Language Exchange: Russian, 11/14 – RUSS and SLUM

Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30-7:00
688 Sherbrooke, Room 495

SLUM’s second Language Exchange event will be happening this Thursday. This time we will be joined by the Russian Undergraduate Students’ Society, who will be talking a bit about the Russian language, Old Church Slavonic, the Cyrillic alphabet, and more. All are welcome and Russian-themed snacks will be provided.

Rajesh Bhatt’s visit

As we previously announced, Rajesh Bhatt visited the department to give a talk at the Syntax/Semantics Reading Group and a presentation in LING 417.  McLing reporters attended both events and brought with them some pictures to share with you.

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Rajesh Bhatt talking about relatives in LING 417

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Rajesh Bhatt talking to students about computational linguistics.

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Rajesh Bhatt having dinner at an undisclosed location

 

Apple picking re-scheduled

By popular demand, the apple picking excursion has been rescheduled a week later on Sunday October 6. The complete details are:
What: Apple picking excursion!
When: Sunday October 6

WhereParc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno

330 Rang des Vingt Cinq Est
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC
J3V 4P6
450-653-7544

the cost per adult is $6.00, children from 6 to 17 years are $2.75, and children under 6 years are free. This park offers apple picking, picnic tables (if anyone is interested), as well as a hiking trail. Everyone attending will meet in the parking lot behind the Linguistics Building at 10:00 am on Sunday the 6th.

Andria has posted a sign-up sheet in the photocopy room (109). If you are interested in attending, please sign-up by Friday, September 27th at noon. If you are planning on taking your car and have space for others, please indicate this on the sign-up sheet.

Hope to see you all there!

Apple picking on September 28th

What: Apple picking excursion!

When: Saturday September 28th

WhereParc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno

330 Rang des Vingt Cinq Est
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC
J3V 4P6
450-653-7544

This year’s apple picking excursion will take place on Saturday, September 28th at Parc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno; the cost per adult is $6.00, children from 6 to 17 years are $2.75, and children under 6 years are free. This park offers apple picking, picnic tables (if anyone is interested), as well as a hiking trail. Last year, we had to cancel due to weather, but this year the forecast looks sunny!

Everyone attending will meet in the parking lot behind the Linguistics Building at 10:00 am on Saturday the 28th.

Andria has posted a sign-up sheet in the photocopy room (109). If you are interested in attending ,please sign-up by Friday, September 20th at noon. If you are planning on taking your car and have space for others ,please indicate this on the sign-up sheet.

Hope to see you all there!

McGill Linguistics team at Terry Fox Run/Walk for cancer research

Fifteen McGill linguists, friends and family members participated in this year’s Terry Fox Run/Walk for cancer research at the Old Port on Sunday September 15. This is their report:
“We ran or walked at our own pace, choosing our own distance (from 1km to 10km), and had a great time. Big thanks to the participants, and most of all, to the donors, whose generous support of $452 in total will be used to fund cancer research. We look forward to the next year’s Terry Fox Day.”
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Departmental picnic – 9/7 at 12pm

Let’s celebrate the beginning of the academic year with an informal picnic!

When: Saturday, September 7th, 12 pm

Where: Parc La Fontaine http://goo.gl/maps/oHqmf (Well-served by public transportation: e.g., Buses #11, #24, #29, #97, #144; Metro Sherbrooke or Metro Mont-Royal)

What: Bring your own food and drink (as well as plates, cups, utensils, etc); sharing is encouraged! Balls, boules/bocce, frisbees, badminton rackets, jumping ropes, or any other games are welcome.

We’ll try to find picnic tables in the area just east of Avenue Calixa Lavalee (which runs north-south in the middle of the park), and south of the volleyball courts and the grey city building; it’s more or less in the center of the park (and the same place as last year).

All are welcome! You can find photos from previous years here.

Pictures from Friday night’s dinner

The dinner party after Kai von Fintel’s colloquium last Friday was a a lot of fun. Special thanks to Oriana, Sasha and Sepideh for making this party a possibility. Here are some pictures taken by Bernhard.

Holiday Party 2012

McGill linguists gathered last Friday for the department’s annual Holiday Party, hosted in Lydia White and James White’s beautiful home.  Students, faculty, and staff joined forces to dispatch a diverse spread of dishes.  These pictures just in — send more!

 

Three New PhDs! (and a Food Festival)

As readers of McLing may know, Bethany Lochbihler (‘Aspects of Argument Licensing’), Jozina van der Klok (‘TAM Markers in Paciran Javanese’), and David-Etienne Bouchard (‘Long-Distance Degree Quantification and the Grammar of Subjectivity’) have successfully defended their Ph.D dissertations in the past two weeks. Congratulations again!
McLing reporters managed to send some pictures to the newsroom documenting the happy lives of the new doctors. The graphic documentation also includes proof of the food festival prepared by Marzieh Mortazavinia (here seen cooking) and her team, after Martina Wiltschko’s colloquium last Friday.
Life is good around the McLing headquarters.

More pictures from Friday night’s dinner

Thanks to everyone who made this party happen, and especially to our host and chefs, Sepideh, Oriana and Jeff.

Apple Picking Sunday September 30th

This year’s apple picking excursion will take place on Sunday, September 30th at Parc National Du Mont-Saint-Bruno (http://www.sepaq.com/pq/msb/index.dot?language_id=1); the cost per adult is $6.00,children from 6 to 17 yrs is $2.75 and  under 6 yrs are free. This park offers apple picking, picnic tables (if anyone is interested) as well as a hiking trail.

Everyone attending will meet in the parking lot behind the Linguistics Building at 10:00 am on Sunday the 30th. There is a ign-up sheet in the photocopy room (109); if you are interested in attending please sign-up by Wednesday, September 26th at 12:00 noon.  If you are planning on taking your car and have space for others please indicate this on the sign-up sheet. If you have any questions please, contact Andria.

All are welcome to attend!

Department Picnic

A couple of weekends ago, the department kicked off the academic year with a picnic in Parc La Fontaine. It was a bit chilly, but good food, good friends and good frisbee kept us warm. Check out the pictures below!

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