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McLing summer vacation

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 8th.

Announcement: SIAS Summer Institute 2015-2016

2015–2016 INSTITUTE

The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning: In the Armchair, in the Field, and in the Lab

  • July 20–31, 2015
    Berlin, Germany, organized by the Wissenschaftskolleg and ZAS
  • July 18–29, 2016
    Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, organized by the National Humanities Center

CONVENERS AND GUEST LECTURERS

  • Angelika Kratzer, Professor of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Manfred Krifka, Professor of General Linguistics at Humboldt Universität Berlin and
    Director of the Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin (ZAS)
  • Emmanuel Chemla (ENS and Institut Jean Nicod, Paris); Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia); Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University); Malte Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam).

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Course announcement – Syntax 4 / Topics in Syntax

Syntax 4, LING 675 /

Seminar in Syntax, LING 775

Winter 2015, Jessica Coon

Case and Agreement”  

This course examines topics in the syntax of case, agreement, and the interactions between the two. Broadly speaking, we are investigating the relationship between a predicate and its arguments, and how theoretical accounts of these relationships have developed over the past few decades. We will look at not only morphological reflexes of case (on nominals) and agreement (on predicates), but also the theoretical mechanisms which have been proposed to underly these phenomena, including argument licensing (“abstract Case”) and the relation Agree. We begin with foundational readings on case and agreement, and then see how these theories have developed to cover a wide range of empirical phenomena in languages such as Icelandic, Hindi-Urdu, Dinka, Kaqchikel, Tsez, Tagalog, Nez Perce, and Sakha. Specific topics will include: the relation between abstract and morphological case; theories of structural vs. dependent case; failed agreement and uninterpretable features; the Person Case Constraint and clitic doubling; different alignment types, including ergativity and split ergativity; long distance agreement; and partial agreement.  

Requirements:

LING 675: homework assignments, short class presentation, final paper

LING 775 (Pass/Fail): homework assignments, class presentation

Introducing Tashi Wangyal

A belated welcome to Tashi Wangyal, who is working this semester as the language consultant for LING 415/610, Linguistic Field Methods. The class is studying the dialect of Tibetan spoken in Dharamsala, where Tashi grew up. Tashi can be found many days meeting with students outside of class on the third floor––if you see him around, please say hi!

My name is Tashi Wangyal and I am a Tibetan. I was born and raised in India.  I am married with two children, a boy and a girl, and my wife is also Tibetan, but she was born and raised in Canada. I immigrated to Canada in 1998. In 2012 I decided to pursue my passion in filmmaking, and I was fortunate to be accepted in Concordia’s film production program. Currently I am doing my final year and looking forward to graduating next year.

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Team McGill Linguistics and Friends at Terry Fox Run/Walk

11 McGill linguists and their friends participated in the Terry Fox Run/Walk for cancer research at the Old Port on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Special thanks to those who contributed very kindly to the $415 that the team has raised. The money goes to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. Here are some of the team members before and during the run. We had a great time!

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Departmental picnic: St-Henri edition

McGill linguists took advantage of a glorious late summer day to mark the beginning of the year with delicious food and good conversation, at the department’s annual picnic.  The picnic was for the first time held in picturesque Square Sir-Georges-Étienne-Cartier in St. Henri.  Some documentation provided by attendees:


 

Position in phonetics (and related areas)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 The Department of Linguistics, McGill University, invites applications for a tenure-track position in phonetics and related areas of experimental linguistics at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective August 1, 2015. Applicants should have a research agenda that connects to the existing strengths of the Department. General qualifications are a PhD in linguistics and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in the area(s) of specialization. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, graduate research guidance and administrative responsibilities.

Deadline for applications: November 7, 2014.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

Interested candidates should submit an application consisting of a letter of introduction, a curriculum vitae, samples of research and teaching evaluations. Applicants should also arrange for three referees to submit letters of reference. The application and the letters of reference must be uploaded directly at https://academicjobsonline.org (position ID:McGill Linguistics ASSTPROF #4520).  To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted by November 7, 2014.

Prof. Morgan Sonderegger

Chair, Search Committee

Department of Linguistics

McGill University

Email: jobsearch.linguistics@mcgill.ca

 

Update from Listuguj

Last week, Mary Ann Metallic was presented with the LSA’s first Excellence in Community Linguistics Award for her work teaching Mi’gmaq. Mary Ann was nominated by members of the Mi’gmaq Research Partnernship, an ongoing partnership between the Listuguj Education Directorate and linguists at McGill and Concordia. Congratulations Mary Ann!

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Listuguj Elder Kathy Sorbey presents Mary Ann Metallic with the LSA award

This summer, three McGill affiliates will be living and working in the Listuguj community: PhD student Yuliya Manyakina, BA student Douglas Gordon, and recent alumna Carol Little. They will continue research on the language and assist with language revitalization efforts.

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linguists, students, and teachers in Listuguj

NACLO at McGill

McGill hosted the first round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad this past week, with a good turn-out from area high schools, and one from Toronto. You can learn more about NACLO here. Special thanks to Rebecca LeeGretchen McCullochSarah Mihuc, and James Tanner for helping out!

LSA Award for Mary Ann Metallic

Mary Ann Metallic (Listuguj Education Directorate), a collaborator and key member of McGill’s Mi’gmaq Research Partnership, has just been honoured as the first recipient of the Linguistic Society of America’s “Excellence in Community Linguistics Award,” recently announced here. The LSA notes:

Mary Ann Metallic has done exemplary work to revitalize the Mi’gmaq language in her home community of Listuguj, Quebec. Her infectious passion for Mi’gmaq has led to the development of a successful teaching program, and her work with linguists has resulted in significant contributions to language documentation and linguistic theory.

Mary Ann will travel, together with her daughter Janine Metallic (McGill) to the LSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this January to receive the award in person. Congratulations Mary Ann!

Mary Ann Metallic (center) at the Mi'gmaq Summer Language workshop, co-organized by McGill and the Listuguj Education Directorate. Pictured with Janice Vicaire, Vicky Metallic, Yuliya Manyakina, and Carol Little

Mary Ann Metallic (center) at the Mi’gmaq Summer Language workshop, co-organized by McGill and the Listuguj Education Directorate. Pictured with Janice Vicaire, Vicky Metallic, Yuliya Manyakina, and Carol Little

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 a success

Linguists braved the drizzle last Saturday to attend the beginning-of-the-year departmental picnic in Parc LaFontaine. Delicious food and good conversation were had by all.  Here are some pictures:

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Mi’gmaq Research Partnership summer news

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Discussion group led by Listuguj students

The Mi’gmaq Research Partnership had a busy summer. Research assistants Carol Little (McGill BA 2012) and Yuliya Manyakina (incoming PhD student) spent their summers at the Education Directorate in Listuguj attending Mi’gmaq classes, working on building CAN-8 online language lessons, promoting the Master-Apprentice Program, and conducting their own linguistic research. With help from students in the community, the Mi’gmaq Research Partnership hosted its first Mi’gmaq Language Summer Workshop on August 6th, 2013 in Listuguj, QC.

The goal of the workshop was to inform community members about resources available for Mi’gmaq language-learning, and to foster dialogue between Elders and young language learners. The program included two guest speakers, as well as a focussed discussion groups involving students and Elders. Booths were set up around the venue and included a range of topics. In addition to booths led by community members, McGill PhD student Gretchen McCulloch led a booth on tips for learning an Algonquian language, and Hisako Noguchi (Concordia linguistics) provided information on the benefits of bilingualism.

You can read posts about the workshop from Listuguj community members on the project blog here and here.

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Janice Vicaire, Vicky Metallic, Mary Ann Metallic, Yuliya Manyakina, Carol Littl 

McGill Linguistics team for the Terry Fox Run

This year the McGill Linguistics Department is organizing a team for the Terry Fox Run in Montreal, in support of cancer research. The team is looking for more members to join the team, raise money for a good cause, and have a little fun before the semester gets back in full swing. The event will take place on September 15th. Friends and family are also more than welcome to join too!

The run takes place in the Old Port, and participants can run (or walk or roller blade) 1 to 10km (you decide). If you’re interested, sign up for the team here or contact Alanah McKillen with questions.

(Note: For those registering online, when you select the location details pick: Quebec, Montreal (not Montreal west), then Montreal again.)

McGill linguistics Movember team looking for participants

Movember is coming up soon! Movember is an event where men grow moustaches for the entire month of November to raise money for prostate cancer research. The rules are simple, just shave on November 1st and then do not shave above you lip for the rest of the month. While rocking your ‘stache, you can collect money from friends, family & colleagues that will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada. This year will be the 3rd year that the Linguistics department has taken part. Check out our team page if you would like to join the team, or donate money during Movember (to the team or a team member). Women are welcome to join the team & help with raising donations. Check out the Movember webpage for more information.

McGWPL: call for papers (deadline extended!)

McGill Working Papers in Linguistics (McGWPL) is pleased to invite submissions for issue 22.2. Papers from all fields of linguistics are welcome. Submissions are not restricted to members of the McGill community and submissions from outside the university are encouraged, as well as submissions from both students and professors. Papers can be submitted in French or English and should not exceed 20 pages, single spaced, excluding references and appendices, although exceptions can be made under some circumstances.

For further information and detailed submission guidelines, please see our website: http://www.mcgill.ca/mcgwpl/submissions.

The deadline for submissions has been extended from September 15, 2012 to October 31, 2012.

Welcome new McLing grad editor Dan Goodhue

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: mcling.linguistics@mcgill.ca. 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!

Welcome everybody!

Hello, world. Here we are again. McLing welcomes the new academic year, and, with it, a number of new people joining the department. Besides the new class of students (see this post), we would like to give our warmest welcome to:

Morgan Sonderegger, a new permanent faculty member.

Morgan has completed a joint PhD in Linguistics and Computer Science at the University of Chicago, his dissertation is titled “Phonetic and phonological dynamics on reality television”. Morgan’s research focuses on the dynamics of phonetic and phonological patterns over time, both within individuals and within a speech community, using a range of computational, statistical, and experimental methods.

Alex Drummond, one-year faculty lecturer.

Alex is joining us from Durham University, where he was a postdoc in the Department of Philosophy, working on the Un-Cartesian Linguistics project with Wolfram Hinzen. Prior to that,  Alex completed his PhD in syntax at the University of Maryland in 2011. His research is currently focusing on binding theory, and in particular on the division of labor between the syntax and the interfaces. Previously, he has worked on extraposition, pseudopassivization, and preposition stranding. He also develops and maintains the Ibex software for performing psycholinguistic experiments online.
http://www.dur.ac.uk/alex.drummond/

Tanya Slavin, postdoctoral researcher.

Tanya will be continuing her SSHRC-funded postdoc in the Department this year, working with Glyne Piggott. Her project focuses on investigating the interaction of syntax and phonology in word formation processes in Ojibwe (a Central Algonquian language).
https://sites.google.com/site/tanyaslavin/

Robert Henderson, postdoctoral researcher.

Robert will be working with Lisa Travis and Jessica Coon on the grant, “The mental representation of language variation: macro- and micro- parameters”, which focuses on ergative patterns in grammar from a crosslinguistic perspective. Robert’s dissertation is on pluractional affixes, which often generate entailments about arguments following an ergative pattern. He will be working to understand the source of these patterns and how pluractional affixes can shape clausal morphosyntax more generally.
http://rhenderson.org/

Emily Elfner, postdoctoral researcher.

Emily will be continuing her SSHRC-funded postdoc in the Department this Winter term, working with Michael Wagner. Her current research interests include prosody, the syntax-phonology interface, and  phonological theory, with particular reference to Irish.
http://people.linguistics.mcgill.ca/~emily.elfner/

Professor Bryan Gick, Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia

Professor Gick will be visiting the Department during Fall 2012. He is currently working on a new model for speech/phonetics/phonology, and looks forward to talking with Morgan Sonderegger on computational modeling, Charles Boberg on sound change, and Heather Goad on phonological acquisition.

Professor Jakob Leimgruber, Department of English, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Professor Leimgruber will be visiting the Department from September 12-25 for the purpose of working with Professor Charles Boberg indiscussing his research on language policies and sociolinguistics in Quebec.

Professor Kevin Russell, Department of Linguistics, University of Manitoba

Professor Russell will be visiting the Department during Fall 2012 and Winter 2013. He looks forward to discussing his research with Heather Goad. He is working on a  book that outlinethe findingfrom psycholinguisticssociolinguistics and phonetics that are relevant for phonological theory. He also plans to begin work on a Guarani reference grammar.

The incoming class

McLing is very happy to welcome and introduce to you the new (very impressive!) cohort of graduate students:

Maayan Adar is interested theoretical syntax, Tagalog, Austronesian languages, and ergativity. He completed his BA at the University of Toronto, specializing in linguistics with a minor in Latin.

Hye-young Bang is interested in phonetics. She comes from the University of Queensland, Australia

Guilherme Duarte Garcia wants to work on phonology (and its interfaces) and second language acquisition. He is particularly interested in stress (and its interaction with morphology) and how it is acquired in first and second language contexts. He has a BA in English/Portuguese translation and an MSc in Linguistics from UFRGS, Brazil.

Dan Goodhue‘s interests lie in the intersection of language, logic and thought. He earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont in political science and spent the past year in Montreal studying linguistics full time in our department.

Jiajia Su wants to work in second language acquisition. She has a BA in English from Xinyang Normal University (China) and an MA in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Ningbo University.

Nina Umont is interested in prosody and its intersections with semantics and syntax. She majored in linguistics at Reed College in Portland, OR, USA.

Welcome! We would like to wish you all the best in your new careers. We are all very excited to have you here.

 

Picnic!

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

When: Sunday, September 9th, 4 pm
Where: Parc Lafontaine
What: Bring your own food and drink (plates, cups, etc); sharing is encouraged!

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 baseball field 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!

PS: If the weather forecast is bad, stay tuned for further announcements.
PSS: For pictures from last year, see http://blogs.mcgill.ca/mcling?s=picnic

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