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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!

SLUM’s final exam review sessions (FREE!)

SLUM is offering free review sessions for all linguistics classes! Some review sessions are led by students who have previously taken the class, and others are informal reviews for you to get together with other students in the class to go over course material. All review sessions will take place in the linguistics building (1085 Dr. Penfield). Below is the schedule for the April 2012 exam season:

LING 455: Monday April 16, 2:30-4:30, ling lounge (informal review)

LING 330: Wednesday April 18, 2:30-4:30, ling lounge

LING 350: Thursday April 19, 2:30-4:30, ling lounge (informal review)

LING 200: Friday April 20, 2-4pm, rm. 117

LING 371: Tuesday April 24, 2:30-4:30, ling lounge (informal review)

LING 201: Tuesday April 24, 2:30-4:30, rm. 117

LING 320: Thursday April 26, 2:30-4:30, ling lounge

Post-McGill plans, round 1

Many of our finishing and recently-finished linguistics undergraduates have exciting plans for the coming year. This post presents just a few, please continue to let McLing know of your plans!

  • Recent graduate Aron Hirsch will begin MIT’s PhD program in linguistics this fall
  • Hannah Pinksy will head to UVM to begin a program in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Recent graduate Alexandra Piwowarek will begin an MA program in Saarbrücken this fall
  • Maude Poirier-Caron will spend a year off in England and then plans to head to graduate school in the future

Congratulations and good luck to all!

Conferences round-up

This was a busy weekend of conferences for McGill students. First year student Gretchen McCulloch traveled to Oklahoma to present her work on indefinites in Mi’gmaq at the Oklahomah Workshop on Native American Languages (OWNAL). This workshop is  part of the 40th Symposium on the American Indian.

Sasha Simonenko traveled to Santa Cruz to present at the 30th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). Her talk is based on her first Evals paper and is titled “Clitic-hood as a Phonological Correlate of Phase-head Status: Evidence from the Germanic DP“.

Last but not least, local linguistics undergraduates Thea Knowles, Carol Little, and Yuliya Manyakina presented this weekend at Harvard’s Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium. Carol and Thea presented collaborative dialectology work titled “Didja know? A comparative study of affrication across word boundaries in Canadian and American English”. Yuliya, a Concordia student who has been involved in the McGill Mi’gmaq project, prestented “Obviation and Number Marking in Mi’gmaq”.

SLUM Future Week 2012 recap

Future Week was a huge success! Every year, SLUM organizes a week of activities for undergraduates to get them thinking about their futures. This year, thanks to many generous people, we put on many presentations for McGill Linguistics students with much success.

We started out the week with Academia Day on Monday, with presentations from two professors and a graduate student. Professor Jessica Coon, graduate student Michael Hamilton, and Professor Heather Goad gave talks based on their experiences involving grad school and academia. On Tuesday, we provided several types of advising for undergraduates through appointments with Professor Junko Shimoyama, our undergraduate advisor, and drop-in peer advising with upper-year students. Our Future Week Beer & Pizza event at Gerts had a huge turn-out; we also announced our new SLUM Exec for next year! To finish off the week, Dr. Rosalee Shenker, executive director of the Montreal Fluency Centre, gave a talk full of advice and information for those wishing to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.

All in all, Future Week was a big hit, and SLUM would like to extend our deepest thanks Professor Coon, Professor Goad, Michael Hamilton, Professor Shimoyama, Dr. Shenker, and all students who volunteered their time to help make this series of events a huge success. We’re already looking forward to Future Week 2013!

Announcing the 2012-2013 SLUM Exec!

This has been a whirlwind of a year for SLUM. This year’s exec — Madeleine Revill, Kristina D’Orsi, Hannah Pinsky, Roseanne Lau, Timo Green, and Ross Kettleson — has worked hard to represent McGill Linguistics, put on social and academic events, and provide both fun and academic services for the undergraduate Linguistics student body. SLUM Exec 2011-2012 deserves a huge thank you for everything this year.

We are happy to present to you the new SLUM Exec for next year!

President: Roseanne Lau

VP External: Ross Kettleson

VP Finance: Kristina D’Orsi

VP Communications: Liam Bassford

VP Events: Olivia Ait-Bella

VP Academic: Gillian Aluin Kemp

Congratulations to next year’s SLUM exec! We’re looking forward to another fantastic year!

SLUM’s Future Week

SLUM’s Future Week is right around the corner!! This will be a week of activities designed help you plan your future with a linguistics degree. See below for the updated schedule of events.

NOTE: ROOM CHANGE FOR THURSDAY’S SLP PRESENTATION, NOW IN EDUCATION ROOM 613

 

MONDAY, MARCH 26TH: ACADEMIA DAY

Talks: 2:30-4, 1085 Dr Penfield Room 002
Reception: 4-6, 1085 Dr Penfield, Room 212 (linguistics lounge)

If you’re interested in going to graduate school for linguistics, this day is all for you! There will be a graduate school info session, and presentations from a professor and a graduate students. They will all be available to answer questions.

2:30: presentation by professor Jessica Coon
3:00: presentation by graduate student Michael Hamilton
3:30: graduate school info session by professor Heather Goad
4-6: reception with refreshments in the lounge

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 27th: ADVISING DAY

Professor Shimoyama advising, by appointment: 1-3
Peer advising, drop-in: 11:30-4, 1085 Dr Penfield rm. 212 (linguistics lounge)

Need advice on anything and everything linguistics-related? Make an appointment with Professor Shimoyama, or just stop on by to ask an upper-year student about classes, advice, or anything at all. For an appointment with Professor Shimoyama, e-mail hannah.pinsky@mail.mcgill.ca to get a 20 minute appointment and get all of your questions answered! To talk to an upper-year student, just stop on by the ling lounge. We will also holding elections during this time, so you can come get your questions answered and cast your vote for next year’s exec.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th: FUTURE WEEK B&P

When: 5 PM
Where: Gerts

Come socialize with your fellow linguistics students, meet the nominees for next year’s exec, and cast your vote! We’ll be hosting a Beer and Pizza at Gerts with the Russian Undergraduate Students’ Society!

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 29th: SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST PRESENTATION

Presentation by Dr. Rosalee Shenker: 2:30, Education building Room 613 (NOTE: ROOM CHANGE)
Reception: following the presentation, in the linguistics lounge (1085 Dr Penfield, Room 212)

Interested in a career in SLP? Come see a presentation from Dr. Rosalee Shenker, Executive Director of the Montreal Fluency Centre and long-time speech-language pathologist. She will have all sorts of helpful info for anyone interested in SLP, and she will be there to answer all of your questions! Then come relax in the lounge for a reception with refreshments right afterwards.

 

See you all next week!!

McCCLU 2012

This year’s McCCLU was a great success! We had six presenters from McGill, and another eight presentations from other Canadian and North American universities.With topics ranging from syntax to sociolinguistics, this year’s presentations were diverse and exciting. We kicked things off Friday night with a talk by Dr. Luis Alonso-Ovalle, and a reception followed.

After a full day of presentations Saturday, dinner that night was well attended- we squeezed about 30 people into la Caverne Greque! Our out of town visitors saw a bit of Saint Laurent Blvd, and we wrapped up Sunday afternoon with an interesting discussion of ergativity by Dr. Jessica Coon.

This conference would not be possible without the help of many people, so thank you again to faculty liaison Jessica Coon, SLUM, and all other McCCLU volunteers.

–The organizers: Olivia Eit-Bella, Jessica Cooper, and Maddie Revill

SLUM Future Week

Future Week is almost here!! From March 26th-29th, SLUM has a week of activities planned to help you plan your future with a linguistics degree. Here is the schedule of events:

MONDAY, MARCH 26TH: ACADEMIA DAY
Talks: 2:30-4, 1085 Dr Penfield Room 002
Reception: 4-6, 1085 Dr Penfield, linguistics lounge (2nd floor)
Professor Goad will be holding a graduate school info session, and there will also be presentations from Professor Coon and a graduate student. There will be a reception to follow in the lounge.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27th: ADVISING DAY
Professor Shimoyama advising, by appointment: 1-3
Peer advising: drop-in, in the linguistics lounge 11:30-4
Make an appointment with Professor Shimoyama, or just stop on by to ask an upper-year student about classes, advice, or anything at all. For an appointment with Professor Shimoyama, e-mail hannah.pinsky@mail.mcgill.ca to get a 20 minute appointment and get all of your questions answered! To talk to an upper-year student, just stop on by the ling lounge.

*We will also holding elections during this week, so drop by the lounge during Peer Advising to cast your vote for next year’s exec.*

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th: FUTURE WEEK B&P
When: exact time TBD
Come socialize with your fellow linguistics students, meet the nominees for next year’s exec, and cast your vote! We’ll be hosting a Beer and Pizza at Gerts with the Russian Undergraduate Students’ Society.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29th: SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST PRESENTATION
Presentation by Dr. Rosalee Shenker: 2:30, 1085 Dr Penfield Room 002
Reception: following the presentation, in the lounge
Come see a presentation from Dr. Rosalee Shenker, Executive Director of the Montreal Fluency Centre and long-time speech-language pathologist. She will have all sorts of helpful info for anyone interested in Speech Language Pathology, and she will be there to answer all of your questions! Then come relax in the lounge for a reception with refreshments right afterwards.

Hope to see you all there!

McCCLU schedule, March 9–11

Hello everyone!

SLUM is hosting its annual McCCLU (McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergrads) March 9th to 11th. This is a great chance to come out and hear about what linguistic undergrads have been working on, as well as hearing presentations from our keynote speakers, Dr. Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Dr. Jessica Coon! Students from universities across Canada and the US will be presenting their research, and we would love for you to attend the conference.

Dr. Alonso-Ovalle will be presenting Friday evening, in Arts Room 160 at 6:15. A reception will follow. Undergraduate presentations will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau de l’UQAM (300 Boulevard de Maisonneuve East) from 10:00 to 17:00, and 10:00 to 13:00, respectively. Breakfast is included both mornings, and the cost of registration is $10. Dr. Jessica Coon will be closing the conference with a presentation at 12:15 Sunday.

Here is a quick breakdown of events. Please visit the McCCLU website for the full program of speakers and titles. A PDF program can also be downloaded here.  Feel free to come to just a few of the events, or join us for the entire time!

FRIDAY:
Where: McGill University – Arts 160
When: 6:00 – 8:00 (including wine and cheese)
What: Keynote by  Dr. Luis Alonso-Ovalle

SATURDAY:
Where: Centre Pierre-Péladeau de l’UQAM (300 Boulevard de Maisonneuve East)
When: 9:45 – 5:00
What: Presentations by linguistics undergrads (breakfast and coffee included)

SUNDAY:
Where: Centre Pierre-Péladeau de l’UQAM (300 Boulevard de Maisonneuve East)
When: 9:45 – 1:30
What: Presentations by linguistics undergrads (including closing keynote by Dr. Jessica Coon)

We look forward to seeing you there!

McCCLU 2012 Coordinators

Mark your calendars: McCCLU March 9–11

In just under two weeks we will host McCCLU: the McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, March 9–11. The program includes both local presenters, as well as many who will travel to Montréal for the event. New faculty additions (and McLing editors) Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Jessica Coon will give invited talks. Please mark your calendars, everyone is encouraged to attend. Program details will be available on the website soon.

Cellar Door: call for undergraduate papers & editors

SLUM is starting a new undergraduate journal for McGill Linguistics: Cellar Door. We are looking for undergraduate papers and editors for the inaugural volume. This is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates to get your work published for FREE!

SUBMISSIONS:

Please submit papers concerning any topic in linguistics: syntax, semantics, phonetics, historical, socio-, phonology, etc. Since this is the first ever issue, feel free to submit any papers you wrote in past years! Papers must be at least 8 pages long, and must have, if submitted for a class, have received a minimum grade of an A-.

Please send your submissions to cellardoor.journal@gmail.com by February 15.

EDITORS:

Interested in joining the editorial board for Cellar Door? Please submit a writing sample to cellardoor.journal@gmail.com by February 15!

Housing for McCCLU participants needed

McCCLU (the McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates) is less than a month away! This is a great opportunity to see some of the undergraduate research bring done int he field. In order to enable as many participants as possible, McCCLU is offering housing for presenters from other universities outside of Montreal.

If you would be willing to house a linguistics student (or a few) for the weekend of March 9-11, please email Olivia Ait-Bella (olivia.ait-bella@mail.mcgill.ca).

SLUM midterm review sessions

SLUM offers FREE review sessions for all undergraduate linguistics classes at McGill. Here is the schedule for this semester’s midterm season:

LING 200: Wednesday, Feb. 29; 4-6pm; rm. 117

LING 201: Monday, Feb. 27; 2:30-4pm; rm. 002

LING 320: Wednesday, Feb. 29; 4-6pm; ling lounge

LING 330: Friday, Mar. 2; 2-4pm; ling lounge

LING 350: Wednesday, Feb. 15; 2-4pm; ling lounge

LING 455: Friday, Mar. 2; 2-4pm; rm. 117

LING 521: Tuesday, Feb. 14; 4-6pm; ling lounge

All midterm review sessions take place in the linguistics building (1085 Dr. Penfield).

Cellar Door: call for undergraduate papers & editors

SLUM is starting a new undergraduate journal for McGill Linguistics: Cellar Door. We are looking for undergraduate papers and editors for the inaugural volume.

SUBMISSIONS:

Please submit papers concerning any topic in linguistics: syntax, semantics, phonetics, historical, socio-, phonology, etc. Since this is the first ever issue, feel free to submit any papers you wrote in past years! Papers must be at least 8 pages long, and must have, if submitted for a class, have received a minimum grade of an A-.

Please send your submissions to cellardoor.journal@gmail.com by February 15.

EDITORS:

Interested in joining the editorial board for Cellar Door? Please submit a writing sample and a brief letter of intent (100 words max.) to cellardoor.journal@gmail.com by February 15!

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