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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!

MCQLL Meeting, 2/5 — Dzmitry Bahdanau

The next MCQLL meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 5th, 1:00- 2:30, in room 117. This week, Dzmitry Bahdanau will present a recent paper from Google brain, Keysers et al., 2020 “Measuring Compositional Generalization: A Comprehensive Method on Realistic Data”.

Morgan Sonderegger at Digging into Data Challenge Conference

Morgan Sonderegger was at the Round Four Digging into Data Challenge Conference last week to present the SPADE project, of which Morgan is PI and James Tanner and Vanna Willerton are involved.  The SPADE team described the project’s results over the past 2.5 years, including demoing the speech analysis software ISCAN developed in the project (by postdoc alum Michael McAuliffe, and many others).

P* Reading Group, 1/28 — Jeff Lamontagne

This Tuesday, Jeff will give a talk entitled “Variation in French Prominence: Is Laurentian French a Blast from the Past or a Window into the Future?” P* Reading Group takes place at 1pm on Tuesdays, in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. All are welcome to attend!

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 1/29 — Justin Royer and Jessica Coon

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday January 29 at 15:30 in room 117.  Justin and Jessica will be presenting work entitled: A puzzle on binding and extraction in Mayan. The recommended reading is Aissen 2000 “Prosodic Conditions on Anaphora and Clitics in Jakaltek”

Welcome Daniel Edmiston!

A warm welcome to Daniel Edmiston, who is a visiting PhD student this term. His (self-)introduction follows: “I’m a PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago in the linguistics department. Broadly, I work on computational linguistics and natural language processing. Narrowly, I’m interested in evaluating continuous representations of linguistic units, such as those produced by […]

P* Reading Group, 1/21 — Organizational Meeting

There will be an organizational meeting this Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00 pm, to discuss how to run the reading group and pick a date for each presentation. P* Reading Group takes place at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. All are welcome to attend!

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 1/22 – Masashi Harada

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday January 22 at 15:30 in room 117. Masashi will be presenting work entitled: Fragment Answers as Specificational Copular Sentences Disguised by Ellipsis Abstract: In many cases, questions such as who wrote this? can be answered not only by a sentence such as Jane wrote it but also by a non-sentential phrase […]

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