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McCCLU call for papers

The McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates – McCCLU – will be held on March 13-15, 2015. It will be hosted at McGill by the Society of Linguistics Undergraduates of McGill (SLUM).

The aim of this conference is to encourage original endeavors into the world of research as well as to enrich the present academic undergraduate community within the field of linguistics. Although McCCLU remains a smaller-scale conference, it gives students from all subfields of linguistics the opportunity to present their theses and to have them reviewed, often for the first time. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present their research, followed by a 10 minute question period.

Call for Papers:

We are now calling for undergraduate students to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference on any subject matter within the domain of linguistics. Each abstract should detail material for a 20-minute presentation, with a 10-minute question period on issues raised afterward. Abstracts should be a maximum of one page in length (12 point font, 1 inch margins). The call deadline is February 2nd.

Please submit abstracts to mccclu2015gmail.com

LING 415 at Tibetan Bazar

Members of the LING 415 Field Methods class headed to the Montreal Tibetan Bazaar this weekend, where they watched a traditional yak dance, ate momos, and tested their ability to recognize stacked consonants during the calligraphy demonstration.

Summer news round up, undergrad edition

Liam Bassford and Maggie LaBelle both spent time this summer working in Morgan Sonderegger’s Montreal Language Modelling Lab (MLML). They annotated many, many word-initial stops, both voiced and voiceless, to add to Morgan’s data on phonetic variation in the reality TV show, Big Brother UK. Maggie also worked with Thea Knowles (BA ’14) on Plotmish, the interface that Misha Schwartz (also BA ’14) created to measure and annotate vowel formants as another way of modelling phonetic variation.

Louisa Bielig spent six weeks this summer doing fieldwork in Guatemala as part of an ARIA internship on Mayan languages with Jessica Coon. She travelled to Patzun and Tecpan to work on Kaqchikel,  and north to Santa Eulalia to gather Chuj data. In Tecpan, she took a two-week intensive Kaqchikel class to learn the grammatical foundation and basic vocabulary of the language, and then gathered data in Tecpan, Patzun, and Santa Eulalia. The collected data will be used for her thesis this upcoming year.
Louisa, front second-from-left, with Kaqchikel teachers and classmates

Louisa, front second-from-left, with Kaqchikel teachers and classmates

Hannah Cohen spent this summer working for Morgan at MLML and Michael at ProsodyLab. At MLML, she wrote python scripts to analyze data and organize the lab. For ProsodyLab, she was doing truncation, annotation, alignment, and also ran participants in experiments.

Cora Lesure traveled to Barcelona, and where she spent time thinking about language planning, bilingualism, minority language politics and the like. She reports that she was reminded a lot of Montreal, and is now interested in researching the similarities and differences in these bilingual cities. Cora also started reading about spoken Hawaiian and was reminded of some of the nominal classificatory systems she learned about in LING 410 Structure of Mayan last year.

Jielin Liu attended an Amazonian linguistics summer field school in Peru in July. She spent the first two weeks studying theoretical concepts in Amazonian and Andean linguistics in the PUCP campus in Lima. For the second half of the course, the group traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to do field work on Kakataibo (Panoan). They created a small multilingual dictionary and recorded an oral history.

Jielin at work

Jielin at work

Joyce Xiao worked this summer for Postdoctoral Fellow Jakob Leimgruber. She also put her Linguistics skill to work helping friends who are trying to learn English and Japanese.

Congratulations graduates

Congratulations to this year’s BA Linguistics concentrators who graduated before the storm hit Tuesday! Among the graduates were this year’s award recipients. More information on the awards can be found here.

  • Cremona Memorial Prize in Linguistics – Misha Schwartz
  • Academic Leadership Award – Lauren Garfinkle
  • U2 Academic Achievement Award – Elena Russo
  • Department Citizenship Award – Andrew MacLachlan
  • Excellence in Research Award – Louisa Bielig

News is still trickling in about what this year’s graduates will be up to next year, but we can tell you that linguistics major Jason Kobelski Olszewski will be joining the Masters in Multilingualism program offered by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and neuroscience major Yan Jun Chen will be staying at McGill to study Speech Pathology. Lizzie Carolan has just returned from a trip to Guatemala researching Mayan languages and will work part-time next year as an RA for Jessica Coon. Andrew MacLachlan will head to University of Toronto in August to study Law and Kaylee Avrashi will head to graduate school for Speech Language Pathology at University of Ottawa.

We also have news of graduates from previous years. Liwen Hou (’13) will begin a PhD program in Computer Science at Northeastern University this fall where she plans to study Natural Language Processing. Ruth María Martínez (’13) is enrolled in the MA program at UdeM.

Future Week – 3/25-3/28

SLUM’s Future Week is this week. There are a few events that may be of interest to graduate students (and others):

Tuesday, March 25th – Panel of Professionals, 2:30-4:30pm, Room 002 (Ling Building).
A panel of linguistics professionals from several fields and backgrounds will be explaining how they got to where they are today and how you can get there too. They’ll share their professional and education stories, but will also be open to questions.

Wednesday, March 26th – Speech Pathology Info Session, 11:00-12:00pm, Room 002 (Ling Building).
Two speech pathologists from the HSCD department will be discussing the field of speech pathology with us. They’ll be talking about the program here at McGill and might even give out some tips for future applicants. If you’re interested in speech pathology as a potential future career, this will be a very informative event.

Friday, March 28th

– Sociolinguistics Info Session, 2:00-4:00pm, Room 117 (Ling Building).
Anne Marie Trester, a sociolinguist from Georgetown University, will be giving a talk about life as a sociolinguist, how she got her start in the field, and how you can pursue a career in sociolinguistics too. We are very lucky to have this special guest join us this year, so don’t miss out! Especially if you’re interested in sociolinguistics and related fields, this will be a very interesting talk.

– Sociolinguist Wine & Cheese, 4:00-6:30pm
To wrap up the week and thank our special guest, there will be a wine & cheese directly following the info session.

McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, 3/14-3/16

This weekend (March 14th-16th), SLUM will be holding its annual undergraduate conference, McCCLU. The Conference starts on Friday evening with a Wine & Cheese, as well as a keynote address by Matthew Masapollo, continues on Saturday and Sunday with a series of ten presentations given by undergraduate students from Ontario, Quebec, and the Northeastern U.S., and concludes on Sunday afternoon with a keynote address by Gretchen McCulloch.

You are all, of course, invited to attend McCCLU and we would be very happy to see you there!

For a more detailed schedule and information about the venues, please see our webpage, Facebook, or Twitter:
http://mccclu2014.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/637976112918655/
https://twitter.com/McCCLU2014

Louisa Bielig to present at Arts Undergraduate Research Event – 2/6

Linguistics undergraduate Louisa Bielig will present this Thursday at the 4th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event (4pm Leacock 232). Louisa will present the results of her Fall independent study course, co-supervised by Jessica Coon and Richard Compton. With the help of iLanguage Lab’s Gina Cook, Louisa used the collaborative database application LingSync to turn a copy of an Inuktitut bible into a searchable corpus. The corpus was used to investigate the distribution of ergative and antipassive patterns in the language. All are welcome to attend!

McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates (McCCLU)

March 14-16, 2014

SLUM is looking for speakers for the next McCCLU – a three-day conference held in the spring each year. Undergraduate Linguistics students will be coming from all over the Northeastern U.S., Ontario, and Quebec to give talks about their research. For more information, or to submit an abstract, please see our post on the Linguist List: http://linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=169873
All are welcome (and encouraged) to attend!

Language Exchange: Russian, 11/14 – RUSS and SLUM

Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30-7:00
688 Sherbrooke, Room 495

SLUM’s second Language Exchange event will be happening this Thursday. This time we will be joined by the Russian Undergraduate Students’ Society, who will be talking a bit about the Russian language, Old Church Slavonic, the Cyrillic alphabet, and more. All are welcome and Russian-themed snacks will be provided.

McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates

March 14-16, 2014

SLUM is looking for speakers for the next McCCLU – a three-day conference held in the spring each year. Undergraduate Linguistics students will be coming from all over the Northeastern U.S., Ontario, and Quebec to give talks about their research. For more information, or to submit an abstract, please see our post on the Linguist List: http://linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=169873
All are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.

2012–2013 BA Honours thesis round-up

This term, 43 linguistics undergraduates––including honours, joint honours, majors, and minors––are graduating from McGill. We are happy to report on some of this year’s Honours Theses:
Olivia Ait-Bella – “Variation in the pronunciation of French place names by Montreal Anglophones”
David Fleischer – “Syntactic effects on phonological perception”
Douglas Herrick – “Imitation and accommodation: The effects of dialect contact in Montreal French”
Liwen Hou – “Agent Focus in Chuj reflexive constructions”
Thomas Kettig – “The Canadian Shift in a Montreal community: Change and variation in perception and production of the non-high short vowels”
Ruth Martinez –“The usage of lunfardo by Argentineans living in the provinces of Quebec and Buenos Aires”
Madeleine Revill –  “Speaking queerly: The search for acoustic correlates of perceived homosexuality”
Congratulations graduates!

Graduates’ future plans, pt. 1

Kristina D’Orsi will be interning at a social media marketing company.

Allison Filler will be interning at Rock the Vote.

SLUM president Roseanne Lau will be interning at Elle Canada.

Ex-president Maddie Revill will be working at a robotics company in California.

Marla Vicente will be completing an MA in Speech Pathology at McGill.

Future Week

To kick off SLUM’s Future Week 2013, we will be hosting a B&P at Gert’s tomorrow from 5-7pm, and all linguistics students are welcome! The rest of the schedule is posted below, but be sure to check the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/502167063178792/?fref=ts) for updates on all events throughout the week.

MONDAY, MARCH 25: B&P @ GERT’S
Come join us for beverages and pizza at Gert’s between 5:00 and 7:00pm. This is a great chance to mingle with some really cool linguistics people, and learn about upcoming Future Week events as well as how to get involved in SLUM for next year!

TUESDAY, MARCH 26: EVEN MORE BOBERG
An extension of Undergraduate Advisor Professor Boberg’s office hours from 2-5pm for academic advising.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27: SPEECH & SNACKS IN SSMU
Dr. Rosalee Shenker, a speech pathologist from the Montreal Fluency Center, will be giving a talk about her experience as a speech language pathologist, how she got to where she is today, and the day in the life of a SLP in Lev Bukhman (in SSMU) at 2:00pm. A reception will follow.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28: EXPERT PANEL & PEER ADVISING
Expert Panel: Young professionals with experience in the field of linguistics will be talking about how they chose their careers in the SSMU Lev Bukhman room at 2:30pm.

Peer Advising: Drop by the Linguistics Lounge (1085 Dr. Penfield, rm. 212) from 3:30-5:30pm for some peer advising as an exciting wrap-up to Future Week before the long weekend

McCCLU

SLUM is proud to announce the imminent arrival of McCCLU, the McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, the weekend of March 15-17! You can keep up-to-date with the goings-on at https://www.facebook.com/events/114400825410401/

Call for UNDERGRAD papers and presenters still open!

The 2013 version of McCCLU (the McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates) is still in search of students who would be interested in presenting original research. The presentations will be from March 15th to 17th. Click here to submit an abstract.

Additionally, the inaugural edition of the undergraduate journal is always in search of papers, whether previously submitted for a class (with a grade of A- or better) or not. Email cellardoorjournal@gmail.com with your papers!

Call for UNDERGRAD papers & presenters

The 2013 version of McCCLU (the McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates) is still in search of students who would be interested in presenting original research. The presentations will be from March 15th to 17th. Click here to submit an abstract.

Additionally, the inaugural edition of the undergraduate journal is always in search of papers, whether previously submitted for a class (with a grade of A- or better) or not. Email cellardoorjournal@gmail.com with your papers!

Call for UNDERGRAD presenters / papers: McCCLU / Cellar Door

The 2013 version of McCCLU (the McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates) is in search of students who would be interested in presenting original research. The presentations will be from March 15th to 17th. Click here to submit an abstract.

Additionally, the inaugural edition of the undergraduate journal is in search of papers, whether previously submitted for a class (with a grade of A- or better) or not. Email cellardoorjournal@gmail.com with your papers!

2012 student awards

The Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce this year’s award recipients. Congratulations all!

 

Departmental Awards

Lara Riente Memorial Prize in Linguistics: Alexandra Simonenko and Jozina Vander Klok

Cremona Memorial Prize in Linguistics: Elise McClay and Erin Olson

 

In-House Undergraduate Student Awards

Academic Leadership: Hannah Pinsky

Department Citizenship Award: Madeleine Revill

Excellence in Research Award: Erica J. Yoon

U2 Academic Achievement Award: Douglas Herrick

Undergraduates travel to New York to present

Two McGill undergraduates, Thea Knowles and Carol Little, will head to the Hunter Undergraduate Linguistics and Language Study (HULLS 2) conference in New York this coming weekend. They will present their collaborative work: “Didja know: A comparative study of affrication across word boundaries in Canadian and American English.” Carol will also present work from her joint honours thesis “American Regional Lexical Survey: Age and gender in lexical change in the South”

Linguistics department receives 3 ARIA internships

We are pleased to announce that the linguistics department has received 3 ARIA internships to support undergraduate research projects over the summer: “The purpose of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) is to support undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member.” You can learn more about the program on the ARIA webpage.

Erica Yoon (Cognitive Science honours) will work with Junko Shimoyama, on a research topic that examines, both experimentally and theoretically, the nature of scopal interactions between negation and quantificational DPs in Korean. Part of the internship will take place in Seoul, Korea, where Erica will run an experiment with adult native speakers of Korean.

Kalyna Franko (Linguistics & Psychology major) will work in the neurolinguistics lab on a project that examines the behavioral and neural reflections of the processing of different quantifier types. Together with Galit Agmon, Isabelle Deschamps and Yosef Grodzinsky, Kalyna will be working on the design, implementation and analysis of a Reaction Time experiment, as well as a functional MR imaging study, of positive and negative degree and proportion quantifiers such as many, few, more-than-half and less-than-half.

Madeleine Revill (Linguistics honours) will experimentally examine the acquisition of Spanish plural by native speakers of English, under the supervision of Heather Goad. The topic will be examined from the perspective of the Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis which states that difficulties that learners have with the production of functional morphology stem from constraints on prosody that are transferred from the native language grammar.

Congratulations all!

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