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Welcome back to McLing

Welcome to the (virtual!) 2020 Fall semester. As always, we invite you to your news (presentations, publications, grants, fieldwork, courses, workshops, departmental events, student projects, jobs, etc.) for upcoming weekly newsletters. News can be sent to mcling.linguistics@mcgill.ca.

McLing summer hiatus

This will be the last issue of McLing for the summer. We’ll be back in the fall with regular news and events. Have good summers everyone!

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 Nisga’a and Tsimshian territories in Northern BC. She studied Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at McGill and graduated in Spring 2019. She is excited to be working at McGill to better Indigenous community life and support the growth of the Indigenous Studies program.

Welcome Ella!

Welcome new faculty member, Siva Reddy!

Siva Reddy is joining as a joint faculty in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Computer Science. He is a Facebook CIFAR AI Chair at MILA (Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute). Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.
Siva’s research aims to enable machines with natural language understanding abilities such that conversing with machines feels as natural as conversing with humans. Along this process, he hopes to discover fundamental representations of language, both symbolic and distributional, that allow us to study the connections between language and meaning. His expertise includes building symbolic and deep learning models for language understanding. In the space of linguistics, he is interested in developing formal models for language (type-theoretical syntax-semantics interfaces) and in interpreting how deep neural networks represent linguistic phenomena. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton or being in nature.

Have a good break!

McLing would like to wish everyone a good winter break. We’ll return in 2020 with more McGill Linguistics news. As always, please send your news, events, talks, publications, and linguistics-related travel to us at mcling.linguistics@mcgill.ca

New McLing student editor, Will Johnston

Will Johnston will be joining the McLing team as the new graduate student editor, replacing outgoing editor Francesco Gentile. Will joins faculty editors Jessica and Tim. Welcome aboard Will, and thanks for all your work Francesco!

 

Welcome back!

McLing hopes everyone had a great summer! As always, we invite you to your news (presentations, publications, grants, fieldwork, courses, workshops, departmental events, student projects, jobs, etc.) for upcoming weekly newsletters. News can be sent to mcling.linguistics@mcgill.ca.

Have a good summer!

This will be McLing’s last issue for the 2018/2019 academic year. We’ll back in the fall, have a good break!

Happy break everyone!

This is McLing’s last newsletter of 2018. We hope you all enjoy the break, keep sending us your news in the new year!

Welcome back!

Welcome to the 2018–2019 academic year from McLing, your weekly McGill linguistics newsletter digest. This year’s faculty editors are Jessica and Tim, and Francesco is joining the team as graduate student editor. Throughout the year, don’t forget to send McLing your linguistics news and events!

Welcome back!

McLing hopes everyone had a great summer! As always, we invite you to send us your news: presentations, publications, fieldwork, courses, workshops, departmental events, student projects, jobs, etc., for presentation in upcoming newsletters. Know of a friend, colleague, or student who did something newsworthy? Send us a report and we will follow up.

Welcome Tim O’Donnell

McLing would like to (belatedly) welcome Tim O’Donnell, who  joined the McGill Linguistics faculty this January.

Tim O’Donnell develops mathematical and computational models of language  learning, processing, and generalization. One area of special interest is how language users strike a balance between the ability to creatively express new meanings, on one hand, and conservatively reuse existing words, idioms, and other constructions, on the other. His research draws on experimental methods from psychology, formal modeling techniques from natural language processing and computational linguistics, theoretical tools from linguistics, and problems from all three domains. Recent projects include work on lexicon learning from speech input, morphological productivity, phonotactics, syntactic structure building, and the meaning of verbs.

Tim

Welcome new grad student editor, Jurij Božič

McLing welcomes incoming graduate student editor, Jurij Bočič, and thanks outgoing editor Dejan Milačić for his year of editing!

Welcome back!

McLing hopes everyone had a great summer! As always, we invite you to send us your news: presentations, publications, fieldwork, courses, workshops, departmental events, student projects, jobs, etc., for presentation in upcoming newsletters. Know of a friend, colleague, or student who did something newsworthy? Send us a report and we will follow up.

Welcome back!

Happy New Year from McLing and welcome to the Winter 2016 semester! As you enjoy your last days of break, please continue to send us your linguistics-related news (mcling@mcgill.ca).

Welcome back! This week’s events…

Welcome back everyone. We will resume our regular news and events updates next week, but wanted to send a quick post with this week’s events. Please send us your news from the summer!

Wednesday, August 27th – Eye-tracking seminar

Please join us on Wednesday, August 27 at 1085 Dr. Penfield (starting in room 117) for a seminar on eye movement research in linguistics. This seminar is aimed especially at introducing the methodology to researchers in theoretical linguistics who might be interested in getting involved in experimental research, with a focus on the sentence/discourse level. The rough schedule for the day is:

10am-12:30: General introduction, the basics of eye movement research in reading (Meg) and in the ‘visual world’ (Jeff).

12:30-1:30: break for lunch (provided)

1:30-4pm: More detailed introduction to the methodology including some hands-on time in the lab.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Meg (margaret.grant@gmail.com) or Jeff (jeffrey.klassen@mail.mcgill.ca) so we have an idea how many people to expect and how many lunches to order. If you could include a comment about why you might be interested in eye movements it would be very helpful.

Friday, August 29th – pizza lunch to welcome new graduate students! 

12:30–2pm in the department lounge, please RSVP to Andria De Luca

Friday, August 29th – FestEval (graduate students present their Eval papers)

Tentative Program, to be held (tentatively) in Linguistics 117:

14.00-14.30 Hye-young Bang: An articulatory, acoustic and aerodynamic account of English alveolar fricative acquisition in different vowel contexts

14.30-15.00 Gui Garcia: Stress and gradient weight in Portuguese

15.00-15.15 Short Intermission with refreshments
15.15-15.45 Dan Goodhue: The contradiction contour and the interpretation of yes-no responses.
15.45-16.15 Oriana Kilbourn: Almost: scope and covert exhaustification

16.15-16.45 Marzieh Mortazavinia: Nuclear Stress Assignment in Persian, revisited

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 1st.

Welcome back, and please send us your news!

McLing hopes everyone had a great summer! As always, we invite you to please send us your summer news: presentations, publications, fieldwork, courses, student projects, etc., for presentation in upcoming newsletters. Know of a friend, colleague, or student who did something newsworthy? Send us a report and we will follow up.

Welcome new McLing editor: Morgan Sonderegger

McLing is happy to announce the addition of a new faculty member of the editorial staff, Morgan Sonderegger. Jessica Coon will be taking a break from McLing as she gets ready for maternity leave next month. As always, you are welcome to email your news, events, and announcements to any one of the editors, or to the group at mcling.linguistics@mcgill.ca.

Welcome aboard Morgan!

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!

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