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P* Reading Group, 1/26 — Tommy Liu

This week, Tommy Liu will be leading discussion on his thesis proposal. The title of the presentation is “Questions raised by markedness: a cross-linguistic comparison”. This week, P* Group will be meeting on Tuesday at 3:00pm. All are welcome! For information on how to join the meeting, please register here.

MCQLL Meeting, 1/28 — Dzmitry Bahdanau

This week’s MCQLL meeting, on Thursday, Jan 28th at 1:30-2:30pm, will feature a talk from Dzmitry (Dima) Bahdanau, a research scientist at Element AI, a research group at ServiceNow. Speaker Bio: I am a research scientist at Element AI that has just been acquired by ServiceNow. I am also a Core Industry Member of Mila and Adjunct Professor […]

Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 1/28 — James Crippen

The next Fieldwork Lab meeting will be January 28th, 2021, at 4:00pm. James Crippen will be giving a talk about morphosyntactic and semantic elicitation. Contact Carol-Rose Little if you would like to attend and do not have the zoom link. Abstract: I will talk informally about the art and craft of morphosyntactic and semantic elicitation based […]

Syntax/Semantics group, 1/29 – Mathieu Paillé on homogeneity and plural semanticas

This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Friday,  January 29th at 2:30pm. Mathieu Paillé will be reviewing some of the literature on homogeneity and plural semantics. Stay tuned for more information closer to the meeting! Please register for the meetings beforehand at the following link (you will only have to register once, not every week): https://mcgill.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfu2urDorGNLIitibwaKV8aF5bholSave Also, […]

Alonso-Ovalle and Royer to appear in Journal of Semantics

A paper by Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Justin Royer has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Semantics. The paper is entitled “Random choice from Likelihood: The case of Chuj (Mayan)”, and is available at the following link on LingBuzz: https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/005715. Congrats both! Random choice from Likelihood: The case of Chuj (Mayan) Abstract: Research on […]

MCQLL Meeting, 1/21 — Koustuv Sinha

This week’s MCQLL meeting on Thursday, Jan 21, 1:30-2:30pm will feature a talk from Koustuv Sinha. Koustuv is a third year PhD candidate at McGill University / Mila / Facebook AI Research, and is supervised by Joelle Pineau and Will Hamilton. His primary research interest lies in understanding systematic reasoning and generalization in discrete modalities, encompassing […]

Linguistics ARIA recipients to present research projects – 1/26

On January 26th, undergraduate recipients of Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA) will present the results of their summer linguistics research projects. Four linguistics students will be presenting their work, listed below. More information and details for how to attend can be found on the ARIA website: https://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/events-0/annual-undergraduate-research-event “The Status of Mid-Level Nuclear Accents in English” – Sijia […]

Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 1/14

The Fieldwork Lab will resume meetings this semester, with their first meeting at 4pm on Thursday January 14th. Please contact Carol-Rose Little if you would like to be added to the Fieldwork Lab slack channel for more information on meetings.

Welcome new postdoctoral fellow Hermann Keupdjio

McLing is happy to welcome Hermann Keupdjio [kə́pʒʲò], who is joining McGill Linguistics this January as a postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. James Crippen. Hermann recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Ph.D in Linguistics. His research program spotlights the following research areas: (i) theoretical syntax (the mechanics of Move […]

Guzzo and Little at LSA and SSILA 2021

McGill postdocs Natália Brambatti Guzzo and Carol-Rose Little each presented their work at this year’s annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, which took place virtually January 7–10. The Acquisition of Complexity: Affrication versus Branching Onsets in Québec French – Natália Brambatti Guzzo Base-generating V1 – Carol-Rose Little Carol-Rose also presented “Clusivity marking across Mayan languages” […]

Royer et al. in Tlalocan

A paper by Justin Royer, Pedro Mateo Pedro (U. Toronto), Elizabeth Carolan (BA ’14), Jessica Coon, and Magdalena Torres has been accepted for publication in Tlalocan, a journal that specializes on the documentation of texts and narratives from Indigenous languages of Mesoamerica. The paper is entitled “Atz’am k’ik’ atz’am: The story of Xuwan and a grammatical sketch […]

Syntax-semantics meetings – Winter semester scheduling

If you plan on attending syntax-semantics meetings this winter, please fill the following poll by Friday Jan 15th: http://whenisgood.net/xcmtdzz All are welcome!

Guzzo and Garcia in Journal of Language Contact

The article ‘Phonological variation and prosodic representation: Clitics in Portuguese-Veneto contact’ by Natália Brambatti Guzzo and Guilherme D. Garcia (PhD ’17) has been published in the Journal of Language Contact. Guzzo, Natália Brambatti and Guilherme Duarte Garcia. 2020. Phonological variation and prosodic representation: Clitics in Portuguese-Veneto contact. Journal of Language Contact 13(2): 389–427. Abstract In […]

Two new LING courses for Winter 2021

Registration has just opened for two new Linguistics courses to be taught by incoming professor James Crippen this winter: an introductory undergraduate course LING 211 (Introduction to Indigenous Languages) and a mixed gradute/undergraduate course, LING 411/511 (Structure/Analysis of an Indigenous Language).

Coon, Baier, and Levin to appear in Language

A paper by Jessica Coon, Nico Baier (McGill postdoc ’18–’19), and Ted Levin has been accepted for publication in the journal Language. The paper is titled “Mayan Agent Focus and the Ergative Extraction Constraint: Facts and Fictions Revisited”, and is available on LingBuzz. Abstract: Many languages of the Mayan family restrict the extraction of transitive (ergative) subjects for […]

Lydia White listed among top 2% of most cited academics worldwide

James McGill Professor Emeritus Lydia White appears on a recently published list of the top 2% of academics in the world, as determined by citation indicators (Ioannidis, J., Boyack, K. and Baas, J. 2020. Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators. PloS Biol 18(10).) There were almost 160,000 names in the top 2%, so presumably […]

Syntax/semantics group, 12/10 – Connie Ting

In this week’s syntax/semantics group meeting on Thursday December 10th at 1:30, Connie Ting will present her current Eval 1 work on Malagasy. All are welcome! In Malagasy, genitive DPs are bound to a preceding head via a morphological process called N-bonding (Keenan 1995). This process is reported to occur in constructions involving agents of […]

AFLA 28 at McGill

McGill Linguistics will jointly host the 28th Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association meeting (AFLA 28) with National University of Singapore May 25th–28th 2021 (to be held virtually). The list of invited speakers and more information about the call for papers can be found on the AFLA website here: https://lingconf.com/afla28/. The Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) promotes the study […]

Alonso-Ovalle and Menéndez-Benito in Blackwell Companion to Semantics

Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Paula Menéndez-Benito’s handbook article on free choice items, to appear in the The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Semantics, went online in November at the publisher’s website: Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Paula Menéndez-Benito  (2021). Free Choice Items and Modal Indefinites. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Semantics, First Edition. Edited by Daniel Gutzmann, Lisa Matthewson, Cécile Meier, […]

Syntax/Semantics Reading Group, 12/3 — Will Johnston

This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Thursday, December 3th, at 1:30pm.Will Johnston will present work titled: “Nonspecific promises: restitutive ‘again’ and intensional transfer-of-possession verbs.” Abstract: So-called transfer-of-possession (ToP) verbs, such as ‘give’ and ‘send’, have been argued to take small-clause complements. This proposal is supported by the availability of multiple readings for the adverb […]

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