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P* Reading Group, 10/30 — Michael Wagner

This Friday, Michael will be giving a practice talk titled “What homophones tell us about focus semantics”. P* Reading Group takes place on Fridays from 12-1pm on Zoom. All are welcome! To get information on how to join the meeting, please register here.

MCQLL Meeting, 10/21 — Jacob Hoover

At this week’s MCQLL meeting (Wednesday, October 21st, 1:30-2:30pm), Jacob Louis Hoover, a PhD student at McGill and Mila, will present on the connection between grammatical structure and the statistics of word occurrences in language use. Abstract and bio are below. If you would like to attend and have not already signed up for the MCQLL […]

Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 10/22 — Zoë Belk

At this week’s Fieldwork Lab Meeting (Thursday, October 22 at 4:00pm), Zoë Belk will present work titled “Loss of case and gender in two generations: Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish worldwide”. Zoë is a postdoctoral research associate, in the Department of Linguistics at University College London. All are welcome! If you would like to attend and are not […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 10/22 – Emily Goodwin on systematic syntactic parsing

This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Thursday October 19th at 1:30pm. Emily Goodwin will be presenting her ongoing work on systematic syntactic parsing: ABSTRACT: Recent work in semantic parsing, including novel datasets like SCAN (Lake and Baroni, 2018) and CFQ (Keysers et al., 2020) demonstrate that semantic parsers generalize well when tested […]

MCQLL, 10/14 — Alain Tapp

At this week’s MCQLL meeting (Wednesday, October 14th, 1:30-2:30pm), we will hear from Alain Tapp, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (DIRO) at the Université de Montréal. Professor Tapp is a multidisciplinary researcher with contributions to quantum mechanics, computational complexity, cryptography, information theory, algorithms, ethics of algorithm, machine learning, and […]

Syntax/Semantics reading group, 10/15 – Carol-Rose Little and Justin Royer

The next syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Thursday October 15th at 1:30pm. In preparation for Peter Jenks’ upcoming colloquium talk, Carol-Rose and Justin will be leading a discussion on Jenks’ (2018) LI paper Articulated definiteness without articles. Abstract: While it lacks a definite article, Mandarin makes a principled distinction between unique and anaphoric […]

Colloquium, 10/16 — Peter Jenks

The next talk in our 2020-2021 McGill Linguistics Colloquium Series will be given by Peter Jenks (UC Berkeley) on Friday, October 16th at 3:30pm. The title of the talk is “Are indices syntactically represented?”. The abstract is below. If you have not yet registered for the colloquium series, please do so here (you only need to register once […]

P* Reading Group, 10/16 — Beini Wang

This Friday, Beini will lead a discussion of “Assimilation and anticipation in continuous spoken word recognition” (Gow 2001). P* Reading Group takes place on Fridays from 12-1pm on Zoom. All are welcome! To get information on how to join the meeting, please register here.

MCQLL, 10/7 — Mika Braginsky

At this week’s MCQLL meeting (Wednesday, October 7th, 1:30-2:30pm), Mika Braginsky, a graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, will discuss their work investigating linguistic productivity and child language acquisition. Talk abstract is below. If you would like to attend and have not already signed up for the MCQLL mailing list, please fill out this […]

Syntax/Semantics reading group, 10/04 – Carol-Rose Little

The syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Thursday October 4th at 1:30pm. If you haven’t done so, please register at the following link to join meetings: https://mcgill.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsc-uupzMiGNDqNbAYrfn2b0ffCR0GDMJ2?fbclid=IwAR2XsoMQrLoYaaw9iejJJvfGrykVWSAPPegdGF-iiIKT51Yo7dz1eWxPXmM   This week, Carol-Rose Little will present work entitled Participant plurals across Mayan and the treatment of features.  Abstract Drawing on data from the morphology of participant plurals across Mayan languages, […]

P* Reading Group, 10/9

This Friday, Tommy will lead a discussion of “Uncovering French syllable structure with Verlan” (Weinberger & Lefkowitz 1991). P* Reading Group takes place on Fridays from 12-1pm on Zoom. All are welcome! To get information on how to join the meeting, please register here.

Luis Alonso-Ovalle at SENSUS

Luis Alonso-Ovalle was a keynote speaker at SENSUS (Constructing Meaning in Romance), where he presented joint work with alumni Vincent Rouillard, and Elizabeth Heredia-Murillo.

MCQLL, 9/30 — Maya Watt

At this week’s MCQLL meeting (Wednesday, September 30th, 1:30-2:30) Maya Watt will be presenting her research on the rates of over-irregularization of English past-tense verbs. See below for the talk abstract and Maya’s bio. If you would like to attend and have not already signed up for the MCQLL mailing list, please fill out this google […]

Syntax/Semantics Group – no meeting this week

Syntax/Semantics Group will resume regularly schedule meetings next week, stay tuned!

P* Reading Group, 10/2 — Meghan Clayards

Meghan will lead discussion during this week’s P* Reading Group — the paper will be announced and distributed to the group mailing list prior to the meeting. P* Reading Group takes place on Fridays from 12-1pm on Zoom. All are welcome! To get information on how to join the meeting, please register here.

Congratulations Jeff Lamontagne!

Jeff Lamontagne successfully defended his thesis on Sept 25th. Jeff’s thesis is entitled “Interaction in Phonological Variation: Grammatical Insights from a Corpus-based Approach” and it was supervised by Heather Goad and Francisco Torreira. Congratulations Jeff!! Jeff has already started a tenure-track position in the Department of French & Italian at Indiana University Bloomington. Colleagues, friends, and family gathered by […]

MCQLL, 9/23 — Emily Goodwin

This week at MCQLL (Wednesday 1:20-2:30), Emily Goodwin will present her ongoing work on systematic syntactic parsing. Abstract and bio are below. If you would like to join the mailing list and/or attend the meeting, please fill out this google form (as soon as possible). ABSTRACT: Recent work in semantic parsing, including novel datasets like SCAN (Lake and […]

Syntax/Semantics reading group, 09/24 – Alex Göbel

The first syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Thursday February 24 at 1:30pm. Please register in advance at the following link in order to join meetings: https://mcgill.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsc-uupzMiGNDqNbAYrfn2b0ffCR0GDMJ2?fbclid=IwAR2XsoMQrLoYaaw9iejJJvfGrykVWSAPPegdGF-iiIKT51Yo7dz1eWxPXmM For our fist meeting, postdoc Alex Göbel will present work entitled On the role of Focus-sensitivity for a typology of presupposition triggers. We will also set up the schedule for the Semester, […]

Dissertation defence, 9/25 – Jeff Lamontagne

Jeff Lamontagne will be defending his PhD dissertation, “Interaction in Phonological Variation: Insights from a Corpus-based Approach” on Friday September 25th at 9:15am (following the pre-defence meeting at 9:00). The defence will be live streamed on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUqXeDr0Rc1VgEB8IVpQ5TA All are welcome to attend!

P* Reading Group — No Meeting

There is no P* Group meeting this week. Hope to see you all again on October 2!

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