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2019 student awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of our graduate and undergraduate student awards.
Graduate award winner:
Jurij Bozic (Lara Riente Memorial Prize)
Undergraduate award winners:
  • Beini Wang (Cremona Memorial Prize)
  • Michael Goodale (Excellence in Research)
  • Megan Deegan (Academic Leadership)
  • Hayley Ostrega (Department Citizenship)
  • Aliza Elner (U2 Academic Achievement).
Congratulations to all!

End-of-year news

Paulina Elias (BA ’18) will begin the masters program in Speech Language Pathology at Western University.

Masashi Harada will present a poster at GLOW in Asia Xll in Seoul, South Korea. The poster about his first Eval paper will be titled “Contextual effects on case in Japanese copular constructions”. For this research trip, Masashi will be funded by the CRBLM.

Francesco Gentile and Bernhard Schwarz will be presenting their new joint work on how many questions at the Workshop “Exhaustivity in Questions and Answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches” in Tübingen, Germany. The  title of their talk is: “An argument that higher order wh-quantification is over existentials only“.

Welcome incoming graduate students

Please join us in welcoming our incoming class of first-year graduate students for Fall 2020:

  • Alexander Cucinelli (PhD, Memorial University Newfoundland)
  • Shao-ren Lyu (PhD, National Chiao Tung University)
  • Connie Ting (PhD, University of Toronto)
  • Wei Zhang (PhD Beijing University of Language and Culture)
  • Emily Goodwin (MA, McGill University)
  • Jonathan Palucci (PhD, McGill University)
  • Beini Wang (MA, McGill University)

We are also happy to welcome our first ad hoc joint Linguistics–Education MA in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Tarynne Pachano, joining us from Carleton University.

 

Summer news round-up

Paulina Elias (BA ’18) will begin the masters program in Speech Language Pathology at Western University. Congrats Paulina!

Francesco Gentile and Bernhard Schwarz will be presenting their new joint work on how many questions at the Workshop Exhaustivity in Questions and Answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches in Tübingen in June. The title of their talk is: “An argument that higher order wh-quantification is over existentials only”.

Masashi Harada will present a poster at GLOW in Asia Xll in Seoul, South Korea. The poster about his first Eval paper will be titled “Contextual effects on case in Japanese copular constructions”. For this research trip, Masashi will be funded by the CRBLM.

Vanier graduate fellowship to Mathieu Paillé

Congratulations to second-year PhD student Mathieu Paillé, who was recently awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his doctoral studies. He was featured, together with other fellowship recipients, in last week’s McGill Reporter. The full list of McGill Vanier scholars is here. Congrats Mathieu!

 

Parameters Workshop

The Parameters Workshop in Honour of Lisa Travis took place Friday and Saturday last week at Thomson House, and included a number of current and former McGill affiliates, especially students, colleagues, and collaborators of Lisa Travis.

workshop participants outside Thomson House

The workshop included two full days of talks and posters on the topic of parameters. Special thanks to grad student organizers Masashi Harada, Henrison Hsieh, Mathieu Paillé, and Justin Royer.

Lisa gave the plenary talk

McGill at SALT 29

McGill linguists traveled to California last week for the 29th meeting of SALT (Semantics and Linguistic Theory), held May 17th–19th at UCLA. Talks and posters by McGill affiliates included:

  • Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Esmail Moghiseh – Neutralizing Free Choice Items via Domain Restriction: Farsi -i Indefinites
  • Aron Hirsch and Bernhard Schwarz – Singular “which”, mention-some, and variable scope uniqueness
  • Bernhard Schwarz, Alexandra Simonenko (PhD ’14), and David Oshima – Factive islands from necessary blocking

The full program can be found here. Some current and former McGill linguists gathered for a photo:

McGill @ SALT: Bernhard, Esmail, Luis, mitcho Erlewine (postdoc ’14–
’15), Aron, Maayan Adar (MA ’14)

James Tanner to University of Glasgow

James Tanner has received a FRQNT Internship Award and will spend the Fall 2019 semester at the University of Glasgow. Under the supervision of Jane Stuart-Smith, James will continue his investigation into phonetic variability across English dialects. Congrats James!

McGill at GLOW 42

GLOW 42 was hosted at the University of Oslo between 7-11 May. McGill linguists gave presentations at the conference, and McGill alumnus Jozina Vander Klok (PhD, 2013) was one of its organizers. The full program can be viewed on GLOW’s website here.

McGill’s linguists gathered for a quick photo:

Left-to-right: Jurij Bozic, Jozina Vander Klok (PhD ’12), Cornelia Loos (visiting student, ’06-07)

Vanna Willerton to University of Edinburgh

Vanna Willerton received a Graduate Mobility Award which she will use to make a short visit in August to the University of Edinburgh to complete a computational morphology research project in collaboration with Professor Kenny Smith and the Centre for Language Evolution. Vanna also recently learned that she received CGSM graduate funding. Congratulations Vanna!

Justin Royer in Guatemala with McGill Graduate Mobility Award

Justin Royer is currently doing fieldwork in Yuxquen, a Chuj community located in Guatemala. While in Guatemala, Justin will be working on several projects, including a new project on the interface between syntax and prosody in Chuj, the focus of his second Eval paper. For this research trip, Justin is funded by a McGill Graduate Mobility Award.

Justin in Yuxquen with Yun and Elsa

McGill at MOTH

The 2019 Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton (MOTH) Syntax Workshop took place this past weekend at Carleton University in Ottawa. Lisa Travis gave an invited talk, and Mathieu Paillé presented a talk title “Unergatives in Malay inside-verbals.”

McGill at MOTH: Kumiko Murasugi (postdoc ’93-’94), Lisa, Mathieu, and Bronwyn Bjorkman (BA ’06) 

Tanner, Sonderegger, and Torreira in Frontiers in Psychology

McLing is happy to report that a paper co-authored by James Tanner, Morgan Sonderegger, and Francisco Torreira has just been published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. The title is ‘Durational Evidence That Tokyo Japanese Vowel Devoicing Is Not Gradient Reduction’, and is available here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00821/

Clint Parker at SAIL and NACIL

Clint Parker is at the University of Arizona this week for two conferences.  This past weekend he presented a poster at the Symposium on American Indian Languages.  His poster, based on work from his second Eval paper, was titled “On the roles and responsibilities of universities in Indigenous Language Revitalization: A Canadian Perspective”.  Next weekend he will give a talk titled “Agreement, clitic doubling, and vestigial ergativity in Shughni” at the Second North American Conference on Iranian Linguistics.

Clint with at his poster with SAIL organizer Wilson Silva

McGill at CUNY 2019 Conference on Human Sentence Processing

Graham Adachi-Kriege, Greg Theos, (both undergraduate researchers working with Tim) and Vanna Willerton presented their posters at the CUNY 2019 Conference on Human Sentence Processing (https://www.colorado.edu/event/cuny2019/) held on March 30-April 01. Graham and Vanna covered their recent work on the rate of child over-irregularization errors, focusing on the English past tense. Greg presented his evaluation of a theory of morphological productivity using simulated lexical decision time data.

Syntax Group, 4/4 – Jurij Bozic

This week, Jurij Bozic will be presenting ongoing with on Agreement and Control.
Our meeting will take place at the usual time of 12-1pm in Linguistics Room 117.
All are welcome!

Liz Smeets at GASLA

Liz Smeets is just back from the 15th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA) conference where she presented on her thesis work. Her talk was entitled “Testing L1 transfer at the syntax-discourse interface: the case of CLLD in Italian.” Congrats Liz!

GASLA attendees, including Liz (4th from left) and McGill alumna Silvina Montrul (5th from left)

Clint Parker receives American Councils award

Third year PhD student Clint Parker has been awarded a grant through American Councils for International Education to carry out a nine-month research project titled Effects of Language Contact on Spoken Shughni: Analysis through Documentation. He will complete this project in Khorugh, Tajikistan, a small town in the mountainous region where Shughni is spoken, from October 2019 to June 2020. This work will form the basis of his dissertation on Shughni. Congratulations Clint!

McGill at LSA 2019

The Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America took place this past weekend in New York, and McGill linguists were there presenting. Presentations by current affiliates included:

  • Nico Baier – Anti-agreement in Selayarese
  • Aron Hirsch and Uli Sauerland (ZAS) – Adverbs in collective conjunctions
  • Jeffrey LaMontagne – Acoustic evidence of phonemicization: Lax high vowels in Quebec French

Bozic in Linguistic Inquiry

Congratulations to Jurij Božič, who has recently learned that his paper ‘Strictly Local Impoverishment: An Intervention Effect’ has been accepted for publication by Linguistic Inquiry. An earlier version of the paper can be found on Lingbuzz.

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