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MCQLL Meeting, 2/5 — Dzmitry Bahdanau

The next MCQLL meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 5th, 1:00- 2:30, in room 117. This week, Dzmitry Bahdanau will present a recent paper from Google brain, Keysers et al., 2020 “Measuring Compositional Generalization: A Comprehensive Method on Realistic Data”.

Morgan Sonderegger at Digging into Data Challenge Conference

Morgan Sonderegger was at the Round Four Digging into Data Challenge Conference last week to present the SPADE project, of which Morgan is PI and James Tanner and Vanna Willerton are involved.  The SPADE team described the project’s results over the past 2.5 years, including demoing the speech analysis software ISCAN developed in the project (by postdoc alum Michael McAuliffe, and many others).

P* Reading Group, 1/28 — Jeff Lamontagne

This Tuesday, Jeff will give a talk entitled “Variation in French Prominence: Is Laurentian French a Blast from the Past or a Window into the Future?” P* Reading Group takes place at 1pm on Tuesdays, in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. All are welcome to attend!

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 1/29 — Justin Royer and Jessica Coon

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday January 29 at 15:30 in room 117.  Justin and Jessica will be presenting work entitled: A puzzle on binding and extraction in Mayan. The recommended reading is Aissen 2000 “Prosodic Conditions on Anaphora and Clitics in Jakaltek”

Welcome Daniel Edmiston!

A warm welcome to Daniel Edmiston, who is a visiting PhD student this term. His (self-)introduction follows: “I’m a PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago in the linguistics department. Broadly, I work on computational linguistics and natural language processing. Narrowly, I’m interested in evaluating continuous representations of linguistic units, such as those produced by […]

P* Reading Group, 1/21 — Organizational Meeting

There will be an organizational meeting this Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00 pm, to discuss how to run the reading group and pick a date for each presentation. P* Reading Group takes place at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. All are welcome to attend!

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 1/22 – Masashi Harada

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday January 22 at 15:30 in room 117. Masashi will be presenting work entitled: Fragment Answers as Specificational Copular Sentences Disguised by Ellipsis Abstract: In many cases, questions such as who wrote this? can be answered not only by a sentence such as Jane wrote it but also by a non-sentential phrase […]

MCQLL Meeting, 1/15 — Alessandro Sordoni

MCQLL meets on Wednesdays at 1:00 in room 117. This week, Alessandro Sordoni will be discussing Natural Language Inference datasets such as MNLI, or paraphrase corpora such as QQP. NLU models trained on those datasets become usually brittle when they are tested on examples that are still grammatically correct but slightly out-of-distribution (see HANS and […]

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 […]

Martina in Senegal

Martina Martinović spent 6 weeks in November and December doing fieldwork on Wolof in Senegal. She was collecting data for her ongoing projects on the structure of copular clauses and progressive constructions, and on tense and aspect with Ryan Bochnak. She also started a new project, looking at how clitic climbing in control clauses can […]

Winter 2020 colloquium schedule

Please save the data for the upcoming colloquium talks this semester: Andrés Salanova (University Ottawa) – February 28th Laura Dilley (Michigan State University) – March 13th Yael Sharvit (UCLA) – April 3rd Colloquiua take place Friday afternoons at 3:30––more details will be announced before each talk. Please contact organizers Francisco, Masashi, and Yeong with any […]

SSILA Archiving Award to Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez and Jessica Coon

The 2019 Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of Latin America Archiving Award was presented to Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez and Jessica Coon for their Chol language archive at the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America. They received the award in New Orleans at the SSILA meeting, which meets concurrently with the LSA. […]

Marielle Côté-Gendreau receives American Name Society Emerging Scholar Award

Congratulations to McGill BA student, Marielle Côté-Gendreau, who was recently awarded the American Name Society Emerging Scholar Award, which recognizes “outstanding scholarship of a names researcher in the early stages of his/her academic or professional career”. She received the award for her submitted article “Tracking Napoleon, his name and his myth in 19th century French Canada: Sociodemographic […]

P* Group Scheduling Announcement

This semester, P* reading group will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm, location TBD. There will be no meeting on Tuesday, January 14; further announcements will be made once a meeting location is secured.

O’Donnell Published in Science

In a study published in the journal Science, Tim O’Donnell together with an international team of researchers led by Sam Mehr at Harvard,  examined the universality of diversity of human song across societies. Amongst other results, the paper showed that all of the cultures studied used song in four similar behavioral contexts: dance, love, healing, […]

McGill at Amsterdam Colloquium

The 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium, hosted by the Institute of Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam, took place December 18-20. It featured a number of presentations by current and former affiliates of our Department, including: Alan Bale (PhD 2006), Bernhard Schwarz & David Shanks (U2): Monotonicity restored: more never means purer (poster) Aron Hirsch (postdoc 2017–19) & Michael Wagner: Only reconstruction and backwards association (talk) […]

McGill at LSA 2020

McGill linguists spent this past weekend in New Orleans for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Presentations by current McGillians included the following: Jeffrey Lamontagne & Francisco Torreira – Production planning mediates phonological variation Carol-Rose Little (Cornell University), Mary Moroney (Cornell University), Justin Royer (McGill University) – Classifying classifiers: Two kinds of […]

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

Francesco Gentile’s PhD defence

Last Tuesday, Francesco Gentile successfully defended his PhD thesis “Modal Adjectives and the Grammar of Non-local Modification”. Congratulations Francesco!

PhD Dissertation Defense, 12/9 — Francesco Gentile

Please join us for the PhD Oral Defense of Francesco Gentile, Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 2:30 pm in the Ferrier Bldg. Rm. 456. The dissertation is titled: “Modal Adjectives and the Grammar of Non-local Modification”. The defence will be followed by a reception in the Linguistics lounge (room 212).

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