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P* Reading Group, 2/20 – James Tanner on Williams and Escudero (2014) 

P* Reading Group (Wednesday, 2 pm)

We’ll be having P* Group on Wednesday, February 6th at 1:30 pm in room 831 of SCSD (2001 McGill College, 8th floor), during which James will lead a discussion of  Williams and Escudero’s (2014) “A cross-dialectal comparison of vowels in Northern and Southern British English”. The paper is available at bit.ly/PGroup_2019a. All are welcome to attend!

Syntax Reading Group, 2/21 – Nico Baier and Jessica Coon

This week in Syntax Reading Group, Nico Baier and Jessica Coon will be presenting new work on Mayan Agent Focus constructions and A’-extraction restrictions (collaborative work with Ted Levin). There is no reading for this week.
Our meeting times this semester are Thursdays 12-1pm in Linguistics room 117. All are welcome!

Semantics Group, 2/22 – Grégoire Winterstein (UQAM)

After a long wait, we are happy to announce the first presentation of the Semantics Group in the Winter term. Grégoire Winterstein (UQAM) will give a talk titled “Bayesian argumentation within language: the case of ‘even’ “.

Abstract: In this talk, I will present some evidence that support the idea that some natural language expressions encode argumentative constraints. Practically, this means that the linguistic form of an utterance matters when evaluating the sort of conclusion the speaker is trying to support in discourse, and how effective their utterance is in providing support for these conclusions. To formalize these argumentative effects, I use a Bayesian approach that gives a probabilistic interpretation to argumentation and assumes that semantic meaning also deals with probabilities. To illustrate, I will discuss the case of scalar additive elements such as English “even” that have been analyzed as conveying the argumentative superiority of their prejacent compared to their antecedent. I argue against such an analysis, but still maintain that their semantics is argumentative.

As usual, the meeting will take place in Room 117 starting at 3:00pm. All are welcome to attend!

Word Structure Research Group 2/22 – Ben Oldham:

Next meeting: Friday 22 February 2019, 1h30-3 PM, room DS-3470, UQAM, Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est.

Topic: Bantu reduplication. Presented by Ben Oldham.

Readings:

  • Skinner 2009: Investigations of downward movement, Section 2.2: Reduplication in Ndebele (pg. 71-95) (in Dropbox folder)
  • Myler 2017: Exceptions to the mirror principle and morphophonological “action at a distance”: The role of “word”-internal phrasal movement and spell out (pg. 18-34): prepublication

All are welcome!

Special edition syntax reading group, 2/11

Please join us for another reading group meetings this week in preparation for an upcoming syntax talk in the department.

Monday February 11th, 3:00 in 117
Michael will lead a discussion of Zheng Shen’s paper, “The multi-valuation agreement hierarchy”, to appear in Glossa. Please email Jessica if you need access to a copy.

Semantics Group, 2/15 – Grégoire Winterstein (UQAM)

This Friday, we will have our first meeting in the Winter term. Grégoire Winterstein (UQAM) will give a talk titled “The augmentative properties of ‘even’ “.

As usual, the meeting will take place in Room 117 starting at 3:00pm. All are welcome to attend!

Word Structure Research Group 2/15 – Richard Compton (UQAM)

Next meeting: Friday 15 February 2019, 1h30-3 PM, room DS-3470, UQAM, Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est.

Topic: Locality. Presented by Richard Compton.

Readings: Embick, D. (2010). Localism versus globalism in morphology and phonology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Chapters 1 and 2.
https://babel.ucsc.edu/~hank/mrg.readings/allo-dist-09.pdf

All are welcome!

Special-edition syntax reading group, 2/4

Please join us for another reading group meetings this week in preparation for an upcoming syntax talk in the department.

Monday February 4th, 3:00 in 117
Jessica will lead a discussion of chapter 3 of Michelle Yuan’s dissertation, “Pronominal clitic doubling in Inuktitut and syntactic microvariation”. The full dissertation is available online here, or please email Jessica if you’d like a copy of just chapter 3.

P* Reading Group, 2/6 – Yeong Woo Park

P* Reading Group (Wednesday, 2 pm)

We’ll be having P* Group on Wednesday, February 6th at 1:30 pm in room 831 of SCSD (2001 McGill College, 8th floor), during which Yeong will lead a discussion of  Xu’s (2009) “Timing and coordination in tone and intonation—An articulatory-functional perspective”. The paper is available at bit.ly/PGroup_2019a. All are welcome to attend!

Word Structure Research Group 2/8 – Lisa Travis and Nico Baier

Next meeting: Friday 8 February 2019, 1h30-3 PM, room DS-3470, UQAM, Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est.

Topic: Morphology before phonology (and infixation). Presented by Lisa Travis and Nico Baier.

Reading: Kalin, Laura. Morphology before phonology: A case study of Turoyo (Neo-Aramaic) (https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004258)

All are welcome!

Special-edition syntax reading groups, 1/28 and 1/30

Please join us for two reading group meetings this week in preparation for upcoming talks in the department.

Monday January 28th, 3:00 in 117
Junko will lead a discussion of Martina Martinović’s paper “Interleaving syntax and postsyntax: Spellout before syntactic movement”, to appear in Syntax. The most recent version is available online here.

Wednesday January 30th, 3:00 in 117
Jessica will lead a discussion of Emily Clem’s paper “Amahuaca ergative as agreement with multiple heads”, which appeared last year in NLLT(Please email Jessica if you need access to a copy.)

Syntax Reading Group, 1/31 – Henrison Hsieh

This week in Syntax Reading Group, Henrison Hsieh will be presenting work in progress on Tagalog focus constructions and multiple extraction. There is no reading for this week.
Our meeting times this semester are Thursdays 12-1pm in Linguistics room 117. All are welcome!

Word Structure Research Group, 2/1 – Emmanuel Parenteau

Next meeting: Friday 1 February 2019, 1h30-3 PM, room DS-3470, UQAM, Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est.

Topic: DM vs. Nano

Presented by Emmanuel Parenteau, UQAM

Readings: 

Exploring Nanosyntax, Michael Starke (In Dropbox; contact Lisa if you want access to the file)

Notes on insertion in Distributed Morphology and Nanosyntax, Pavel Caha: https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/002855

Syntax Reading Group, 1/24 – Nico Baier

This week in Syntax Reading Group, Nico Baier will be leading a discussion on extraction of/from PPs in Kabyle. There is no reading for this week.
Our meeting times this semester are Thursdays 12-1pm in Linguistics room 117. All are welcome!

Words Research Group, 1/25 – Vanna Willerton on Bobaljik 1994

This semester, the Words Research Group will be meeting on Fridays 1:30-3pm at UQAM, DS-3470 (Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est) and the topic of discussion is irregularities in word formation (problems with regards to locality, readjustment rules, blocking, etc…).  At this week’s meeting, Vanna Willerton will present Bobaljik, J. (1994) The Morphology-Syntax Connection. MITWPL 22. H. Harley & C. Phillips (eds.).

All are welcome!  For more information, go to https://wordstructure.org/meetings/

P* Reading Group, 1/16

P* Reading Group (Wednesday, 2 pm)

We’ll be having P* Group on Wednesday the 5th at 2 pm in room 831 of SCSD (2001 McGill College, 8th floor), during which Jeff will lead a discussion of Schmitz et al.’s (2018) Exploring the relationship between speech perception and production across phonological processes, language familiarity, and sensory modalities. The paper is available at bit.ly/PGroup_2019a. All are welcome to attend!

Syntax Reading Group, 1/17 – Matt Pearson

This semester, the Syntax Reading Group will be meeting on Thursdays 12-1pm in Linguistics room 117, with our first meeting this week (Jan 17).
For this meeting, Matt Pearson (Reed College) will be presenting work in progress on tense marking on spatial and instrumental modifiers in Malagasy.
We will also use some of the time for organization and planning for the rest of the semester.
As usual, all are welcome!

Syntax Reading Group, 12/5 – Aron Hirsch

This week, Aron Hirsch will discuss joint work in progress with Uli Sauerland on sentential structure in collective conjunction. There is no reading for this week.
We meet Wednesdays 1-2pm in Linguistics room 117. All are welcome!

P* Reading Group, 11/27

P* Reading Group (Tuesday, 11 am)
This week, Alvaro will be leading a discussion on Tremblay et al.’s (2017) The functional weight of a prosodic cue in the native language predicts the learning of speech segmentation in a second language. All are welcome to attend!

Syntax Reading Group, 11/28 – Junko Shimoyama on Bhatt and Dayal

This week, Junko Shimoyama will be leading a discussion on an under review manuscript by Rajesh Bhatt and Veneeta Dayal entitled “Polar Question Particles”, focusing in particular on implications for embedded root phenomena.
As usual, we meet Wednesday 1-2pm in Linguistics Room 117. All are welcome!
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