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MCQLL meeting, 4/1 — Guillaume Rabusseau

The next meeting of the Montreal Computational and Qualitative Linguistics Lab will take place on Wednesday April 1st, at 1:00, via Zoom (meeting ID: 912 324 021). This week, Guillaume Rabusseau will present on “Spectral Learning of Weighted Automata and Connections with Recurrent Neural Networks and Tensor Networks”. Abstract: Structured objects such as strings, trees, and graphs are ubiquitous in […]

Michael Wagner in Snippets

A new paper by Michael Wagner was recently published in the journal Snippets. The full citation and link are: Wagner, Michael (2019). Disjuncts must be mutually excludable. Snippets 37.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7358/snip-2019-037-wagn

McGill at WCCFL

Jacob Hoover and Mathieu Paillé traveled to Vancouver last weekend for the 2020 meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), held at UBC. Jacob’s talk was titled “Accounting for variation in number agreement in Icelandic DAT-NOM constructions”, and Mathieu presented “Exhaustivity and the meaning of colour terms”.  

P* Reading Group, 3/10 — Francisco Torreira

This Tuesday, Francisco will lead a discussion of Baese-Berk et al.‘s (2019) “Not just a function of function words: Distal speech rate influences perception of prosodically weak syllables.” The reading is available at bit.ly/PReadingGroup. P* Reading Group takes place at 1pm on Tuesdays, in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. All are welcome to attend!

Colloquium, 3/13 — Laura Dilley

We are pleased to announce that the next talk in our 2019-20 McGill Linguistics Colloquium Series will be by Laura Dilley (Michigan State University) on Friday, March 13 at 3:30 pm in the Education Building room 433. The title of the talk is TBA. We will make an updated announcement shortly with the updated title and abstract. All are welcome to attend.

Morgan Sonderegger and James Tanner at SPADE-PAC-PFC Workshop

Morgan Sonderegger and James Tanner traveled to Glasgow to give two talks at the SPADE-PAC-PFC Workshop, held at the University of Glasgow 20-21st February:  Morgan Sonderegger – SPADE Project overview James Tanner, Morgan Sonderegger, Jane Stuart-Smith (Glasgow) – Vowel variation across English dialects

Clint Parker to appear in Glossa

Congratulations to Clint Parker, whose paper “Vestigial ergativity in Shughni: At the intersection of alignment, clitic doubling, and feature-driven movement” has been accepted for publication in the journal Glossa. The paper is based on his first PhD Evaluation paper, cosupervised by Jessica Coon and Nico Baier. Congrats Clint!

P* Reading Group, 2/25 — Connie Ting

Next week, Connie will lead a discussion of Wiener & Turnbull’s (2016) “Constraints of tones, vowels and consonants on lexical selection in Mandarin Chinese”. P* Reading Group meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 2pm in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. The paper is available at bit.ly/PReadingGroup.

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 2/26 — Jacob Hoover

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday February 26 at 3:30 in room 117. Jacob will be presenting work entitled: Accounting for variation in number agreement in Icelandic DAT-NOM constructions. Abstract: I investigate Icelandic constructions where the subject takes dative, and the object takes nominative, using the ‘feature gluttony’ mechanism for agreement proposed by Coon […]

Colloquium, 2/28 — Andrés Salanova

We are pleased to announce that the next talk in our 2019-20 McGill Linguistics Colloquium Series will be by Andrés Salanova (University of Ottawa) on Friday, February 28 at 3:30 pm in Wilson Hall WP Room. The title of the talk is TBA – we will make another announcement shortly with the updated title and abstract shortly. All are welcome to attend.

P* Reading Group, 2/18 — Alex Cucinelli

Next week, Alex will lead a discussion of McAllister Byun et al.‘s (2016) “The A-map Model: Articulatory Reliability in Child-specific Phonology“, on Tuesday from 1 to 2pm in room 117 of in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. The paper is attached and available at bit.ly/PReadingGroup.

MCQLL Meeting, 2/19 — Vanna Willerton

This week at MCQLL, Vanna Willerton will be discussing the (over)application of irregular inflection, and exploring how it can influence our understanding of morphological productivity. She will review existing studies, as well as a recent large-scale corpus study of child speech with Graham Adachi-Kriege, Shijie Wu, Ryan Cotterell, and Tim O’Donnell, and current work analyzing […]

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 2/19 — Mathieu Paillé

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday February 19 at 15:30 in room 117. Mathieu will be presenting work entitled: Tucking-in in nominative-third languages. Abstract: It is widely accepted in minimalist syntax that a head H may have more than one specifier, and when more than one XP moves to Spec-H, the […]

Congratulations Jacob Hoover and Bing’er Jiang

Belated congratulations to Jacob Hoover and Bing’er Jiang, who were both awarded CRBLM Graduate Student Stipends in December 2019 for their computational modeling projects.

MCQLL Meeting, 2/5 — Kushal Arora

The next MCQLL meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 12th, 1:00- 2:30, in room 117. This week, Kushal Arora will be presenting the EMNLP Tutorial by Joel Grus et al. from AllenAI discussing “effective methods and best practices for writing code for NLP research”. He might also add some of his experiences with writing […]

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 2/12 — Jonny Palucci

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday February 12 at 15:30 in room 117. Jonny will be leading a discussion on Crnič’s (2020) “Number in NPI Licensing.”

Colloquium, 2/14 — Juhani Järvikivi

The next talk in the Linguistics colloquium series will be presented by Juhani Järvikivi (University of Alberta) on Friday, February 14th at 3:30 pm in Wilson Hall WP Room. The talk is entitled: Personality and Political Ideology in Language Comprehension. Abstract: The last couple of decades of psycholinguistics have uncovered many ways in which context (broadly-understood, […]

Welcome Ella Martindale

Ella Martindale has recently (re)joined McGill as the Administrative Coordinator for the Mellon-funded Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative, currently directed by Jessica Coon. She will have an office in the Indigenous Studies Program in MISC, but also be spending time in the Linguistics Department working with Jessica. Ella is Quw’ustun and grew up on […]

P* Reading Group — No Meeting This Week

There will no P* Reading Group next week. The next meeting will be on Feb. 18th.

P* Reading Group, 2/4 — Heather Goad

This Tuesday, Heather will lead a discussion of Diaz-Campos & Killam‘s (2012) “Assessing Language Attitudes through a Matched-guise Experiment: The Case of Consonantal Deletion in Venezuelan Spanish“. The reading is available at bit.ly/PReadingGroup. P* Reading Group takes place at 1pm on Tuesdays, in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. All are welcome to attend!

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