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P* Reading Group, 10/16

P* Reading Group (Tuesday, 11 am)
This week, Jeff will be leading a discussion on Baumann and Winter’s (2018) “What makes a word prominent? Predicting untrained German listeners’ perceptual judgments”. P* Group will take place in room 002 of the Linguistics Building, from 11 am until noon. All are welcome to attend!

MQLL Meeting, 10/17

At next week’s meeting, Wilfred will be presenting the following paper: “Learning Semantic Correspondence with Less Supervision” by Liang et al. (2009). Please find the abstract below:

A central problem in grounded language acquisition is learning the correspondences between a rich world state and a stream of text which references that world state. To deal with the high de- gree of ambiguity present in this setting, we present a generative model that simultaneously segments the text into utterances and maps each utterance to a meaning representation grounded in the world state. We show that our model generalizes across three domains of increasing difficulty—Robocup sportscasting, weather forecasts (a new domain), and NFL recaps.

Meeting will be Wednesday Oct 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at room 117.

Semantics Group, 10/19

The Semantics Group will exceptionally meet this Friday from 2:30pm until 4:00pm in room 117, in order for a midterm to take place at 4:00pm in the same room. In this week’s meeting, Francesco Gentile will present his ongoing research on modal adjectives and non-local modification. All are welcome to attend!

McGill at Annual Meeting on Phonology

McGill linguists attended the Annual Meeting on Phonology that took place at UC San Diego on October 5-7. The following posters were presented by current members of the department:
  • “Native and non-native patterns in conflict: Lexicon vs. grammar in loanword adaptation in Brazilian Portuguese” — Natália Brambatti Guzzo
  • “Evidence for a pitch accent in Saguenay French” — Jeffrey Lamontagne, Heather Goad and Morgan Sonderegger
  • “Evidence of phonemicization: Lax vowels in Canadian French” — Jeffrey Lamontagne
In the picture, from left to right:
Natália Guzzo, Marc Garellek (BA 2008), Sara Mackenzie (post-doc 2010-2011), Jeff Lamontagne, Erin Olson (BA 2012), Joe Pater (PhD 1997), Sharon Rose (PhD 1997)

P* Reading Group, 10/9

P* Reading Group (Tuesday, 11 am)
This week, James will be leading a discussion on Rathke and Stuart-Smith’s (2016) “On the Tail of the Scottish Vowel Length Rule in Glasgow” ahead of Jane Stuart-Smith’s colloquium. P* Group will take place in room 002 of the Linguistics Building, from 11 am until noon. All are welcome to attend!

Semantics Group, 10/5

The Semantics Group will be meeting on Friday from 3pm until 4:30pm in room 117. In this week’s meeting, Junko Shimoyama will give a practice talk titled “On apparent embedding of positively biased negative polar questions in Japanese”. All are welcome to attend!

 

 

P* Research Group, 9/25

The P* Reading Group will be meeting on Tuesday from 11 am until noon in room 002. This week’s meeting will focus on planning when group members will present, so please come with your preferred dates for presenting — and, if possible, the article or topic you’d like to present on!

Semantics Research Group, 9/28

The Semantics Research Group will be meeting on Friday from 3pm until 4:30pm in room 117. In this week’s meeting, Justin Royer will give a practice talk in preparation for NELS. The title of the talk is “Domain restriction and noun classifiers in Chuj (Mayan).”  All welcome to attend!

 

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