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Syntax-semantics reading group, 11/12 – Christopher Davis

This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Friday, November 12th at 2:30pm. Christopher Davis will be presenting joint work with Rajesh Bhatt, “Number and Honor in Hindi-Urdu”. This week’s meeting will take place in a hybrid format, where the speaker and some of us will be in room 117, and others will be on Zoom […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 11/05 – Michael Wagner

This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Friday, November 5th at 2:30pm. Michael Wagner will be presenting his work “Projecting and Operating over Syntactic Alternatives”. This is a continuation of his previous talk.   Abstract: Many grammatical phenomena have been analyzed based on the assumption that constituents can introduce semantic alternatives, and that these […]

The Word Structure Research Group, 11/05 – Audrey Laurin and Heather Newell

The Word Structure Research Group (Groupe de recherche sur le mot), co-organized by Lisa Travis, will be meeting this semester at UQAM every other Friday from 1:30-2:30 in DS3470 (https://carte.uqam.ca/pavillon-ds). This week (Nov 5th) Audrey Laurin (UQAM) and Heather Newell (UQAM) will be presenting their work on the morphosyntax and phonology of pronouns. Full vaccination is […]

MULL-Lab, 11/02 – Willie Myers

MULL-Lab will be meeting Tuesday, November 2 at 4:30pm.  Willie Myers will give a talk titled High, Low, and No Absolutive Mayan Syntax: Effects of No Object Raising in Heritage Mam.  An abstract for the talk is below.  If you would like to attend but haven’t registered for MULL-Lab, you can do so here. Abstract: Coon et al. (2014) propose that […]

Colloquium, 11/05 – Heidi Harley

Please join us Friday, November 5th at 3:30pm for our next talk of the 2021-2022 McGill Linguistics Colloquium Series. If you are planning to attend talks and have not yet registered, you can do so here (you only need to register once for the 2021-2022 year). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Speaker: Heidi Harley (University of Arizona) Abstract: Hiaki (Yaqui) exhibits an interesting formal overlap between […]

MCQLL Meeting, 10/26 — Tom McCoy

At this week’s MCQLL meeting on October 26 at 3:00 PM, Tom McCoy will give a talk titled “Discovering implicit compositional representations in neural networks.” An abstract of the talk follows. If you haven’t already registered for the Zoom meeting, you can do so here. ———————————- Abstract: Neural networks excel at processing language, yet their inner workings […]

McGill @ NELS

McGill linguists will be presenting their work at the upcoming 52nd meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS 52), hosted virtually by Rutgers University October 29–31. More information and the full program are available here: https://sites.rutgers.edu/nels-52/. Talks: Subeventive modal projection: the case of Spanish subjunctive relative clauses Luis Alonso-Ovalle (McGill University), Paula Menendez-Benito (University of Tuebingen), […]

Michael Wagner @ Michigan State

Michael Wagner gave a colloquium talk at Michigan State University October 14th titled “Projecting and operating over syntactic alternatives”. The handout is available here: https://osf.io/h9cxn/ Abstract: Many grammatical phenomena have been analyzed based on the assumption that constituents can introduce semantic alternatives, and that these alternatives can project by point-wise semantic composition, following Hamblin’s 1973 analysis of […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 10/29 – No Meeting

There will be no syntax-semantics reading group meeting this week. Since NELS is taking place this Friday (and continuing throughout the weekend), everyone is encouraged to attend that instead and listen to some interesting talks! We will resume meeting on Friday, November 5th at 2:30pm.

MULL-Lab, 10/26 – Jessica Coon and Justin Royer

MULL-Lab will be meeting Tuesday, October 26, at 4:30pm.  Jessica Coon and Justin Royer will be presenting their paper titled Object raising bleeds binding: A new correlate of high-absolutive syntax in Mayan (see abstract below).  If you have not registered for MULL-Lab but would like to attend, you can register here. Abstract: A subset of Mayan languages prohibit the extraction of subjects from […]

MULL-Lab, 10/21 – Sigwan Thivierge

MULL-Lab will be meeting this Tuesday at 4:30pm.  Sigwan Thivierge (Concordia University) will be presenting on community-led language reclamation.  If you would like to attend but haven’t registered, you can do so here.

P* Group, 10/21 – Wei Zhang

At this week’s P group meeting, Oct 21 1pm,  Wei will lead a discussion on the paper “A non-contrastive cue in spontaneous imitation: Comparing mono- and bilingual imitators” (Kwon, 2021). Abstract: This study tests the hypothesis that imitators of different native languages imitate the same targets in distinct ways predicted by their native phonology, by investigating […]

McGill @ AMP 2021

McGill Linguistics was represented at the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2021, held Oct. 1-3 (virtually) in Toronto: Morgan Sonderegger gave an invited talk, “Corpus studies of variation in obstruent ‘voicing’ across languages and speakers: phonetic variation and implications for phonology” Jeff Lamontagne (PhD ’20, now at Indiana University) gave a talk: “Contrasting Community and Individual Grammars in Laurentian […]

MULL-Lab, 10/12 – Will Johnston

MULL-Lab will be meeting Tuesday, October 12, at 4:30pm.  This week, Will Johnston will be presenting on motion predicates in Hmong.

Syntax-semantics reading group, 10/15 – Jonny Palucci

This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Friday, October 15th at 2:30pm. Jonny Palucci will be discussing the paper “Affected Experiencers” by Bosse et al. The paper can be downloaded here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11049-012-9177-1. Abstract: Numerous languages permit an NP that is not selected by the verb to be added to a clause, with several different possible […]

Montreal Underdocumented Languages Linguistics Lab (MULL-Lab) launched

We are happy to report that the former McGill Fieldwork Lab has been reconfigured into the Montreal Underdocumented Languages and Linguistics Lab (MULL-Lab), led by McGill faculty members Jessica Coon, James Crippen, and Martina Martinović, together with Lisa Travis, Richard Compton (UQAM) and Sigwan Thivierge (Concordia). Learn more at the new website:

P* Group, 10/07 – Connie Ting

At this week’s P group meeting, Oct 7 1pm,  Connie will lead a discussion on the paper “Tonogenesis” (Michaud and Sands, 2020). Abstract: Tonogenesis is the development of distinctive tone from earlier non-tonal contrasts. A well-understood case is that of Vietnamese (similar in its essentials to that of Chinese and many languages of the Tai-Kadai […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 10/8 – Zoë Belk

This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Friday, October 8th at 2:30pm. Zoë Belk will be presenting joint work with Kriszta Eszter Szendrői, “Word order in Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish”.   Abstract: Yiddish has been variously argued to be an OV language with innovative VO effects, a VO language with remnants of OV characteristics, and even as […]

Alonso-Ovalle at SENSUS 2

Luis Alonso-Ovalle presented collaborative work with Paula Menéndez-Benito (U. Tübingen) and Aynat Rubinstein (Hebrew University Jerusalem) last week at the 2nd meeting of SENSUS Constructing Meaning in Romance, hosted virtually by UMass Amherst. The title of their talk was “Subeventive Modal Projection: The Case of Spanish Subjunctive Relative Clauses” (abstract).

MULL-Lab Meeting, 09/28 – Richard Compton

MULL-Lab (formerly Fieldwork Lab) will be meeting Tuesday, September 28, at 4:30pm.  Richard Compton (UQAM) will be presenting a paper titled On the structure of (personal) pronouns in Inuktitut.  If you would like to attend but still haven’t registered, you may do so here.

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