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MCQLL, 02/22 – Amanda Doucette

At this week’s MCQLL meeting on February 22 at 3:00-4:00PM, Amanda Doucette will be giving a talk on Software Engineering Practices for Research Code. If you’d like to attend, please register for the Zoom meeting here if you haven’t already. Abstract: Writing clean, readable, working code for research projects isn’t easy. Because clear requirements can’t be defined […]

Banting post-doctoral fellowship to Justin Royer

McLing is thrilled to announce that 5th-year PhD student Justin Royer has been awarded a two-year Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Justin will spend the next two years at UC Berkeley Linguistics, working under the supervision of Peter Jenks. Justin’s project grows out of his dissertation research and is entitled: “Documentation of Chuj and Mam, two Mayan languages: […]

Colloquium, 2/18 – Gillian Ramchand

Please join us Friday, February 18th 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 […]

P* Group, 2/16 – Xuanda Chen

At this week’s P group meeting, Feb 16 12pm,  Xuanda will lead a discussion on the paper “Comparing acoustic analyses of speech data collected remotely” (Zhang et al., 2021). Abstract: Face-to-face speech data collection has been next to impossible globally as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions. To address this problem, simultaneous recordings of three […]

MULL-lab, 2/16 – Lisa Travis

The MULL-lab will be meeting on Wednesday, February 16th at 4pm. Lisa Travis will be presenting the second part of Event structure through the lens of Malagasy morphology. Please see the abstract below. Abstract: This talk will present a particular view of event structure as suggested by the morphological breakdown of particular verb forms in Malagasy.  The proposal is that Malagasy […]

P* Group, 2/9 – Morgan Sonderegger

At this week’s P group meeting, Feb 9 12pm,  Morgan will lead a discussion on the paper “A surprisal–duration trade-off across and within the world’s languages” (Pimentel, T. et al., 2021). Abstract: While there exist scores of natural languages, each with its unique features and idiosyncrasies, they all share a unifying theme: enabling human communication. […]

MULL-lab, 2/9 – Lisa Travis

The MULL-lab will be meeting on Wednesday, February 9th at 4pm. Lisa Travis will be presenting Event structure through the lens of Malagasy morphology. Please see the abstract below. Abstract: This talk will present a particular view of event structure as suggested by the morphological breakdown of particular verb forms in Malagasy.  The proposal is that Malagasy has morphemes for v […]

Public lecture: Anne H. Charity Hudley, “A Model for Linguistic Reparations”, 2/11

On Friday February 11th at 3:30pm Anne H. Charity Hudley (Stanford University) will give a public lecture as part of the McGill Linguistics colloquium series titled “A model for linguistic reparations.” The pre-registration link is here.  This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, the Faculty of Arts, the Arts Undergraduate Society, and the […]

P* Group, 2/2 – Meghan Clayards

At this week’s P group meeting, Feb 2 12pm,  Meghan will lead a discussion on the paper “A Cross-Language Acoustic Space for Vocalic Phonation Distinctions” (Patricia Keating et al., 2021). Abstract: Many languages use multiple phonation types for phonemic or allophonic distinctions. This study examines the acoustic structure of the phonetic space for vowel phonations […]

MULL-lab, 2/2 – Willie Myers

The MULL-lab will be on Wednesday, February 2nd at 4pm. Willie Myers will be presenting Nasals, Glides and Complex Onsets in Kirundi. Please see the abstract below. Abstract: This talk presents three phonology puzzles based on preliminary fieldwork in Kirundi. The first puzzle examines NC clusters with a focus on nasal + voiceless stop clusters (which are commonly prohibited in Bantu […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 2/4 – Will Johnston

Our first meeting will take place this Friday, February 4th, at 3:30pm. Our first presenter is Will Johnston, who will present ongoing work, “Verb serialization as event-building: Evidence from Hmong”.  Abstract: A key property of so-called ‘serial verb constructions’ (SVCs) is the notion that an SVC describes a single event. I take that notion seriously: […]

Alonso-Ovalle and Royer AND Bale, Schwarz, and Shanks in Journal of Semantics

The most recent issue of Journal of Semantics (volume 38, issue 4) contains two new articles by McGill linguists, both collaborations between students and faculty members: Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Justin Royer – Random Choice from Likelihood: The Case of Chuj (Mayan) Alan Bale (PhD ’06), Bernhard Schwarz, David Shanks – Monotonicity Revisited: Mass Nouns and Comparisons of […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 01/28 – No Meeting

There will be no syntax-semantics meeting this Friday, January 28th. Instead, the first meeting will take place on February 4th at 3:30pm. In the meantime, you can register for the meetings using the following link (you will only need to register once):  https://mcgill.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdu-sqDMqGtdIk5QyjSWSmkYGFwobg0yM After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You can […]

P* Group, 01/26 – First Meeting

This semester our p group meeting will happen every Wednesday 12-1pm. The first meeting will be next Wednesday, Jan 26. Note that you need to first register at this link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcO-rqzsiHNRdMTmpnjjT_BGciaTWWoNM and you will get a zoom link for all our meetings this semester.

MCQLL, 01/25 – Jacob Louis Hoover

At this week’s MCQLL meeting on Tuesday, January 25 at 3:00-4:00, Jacob Louis Hoover will give a talk titled ‘Processing time is a superlinear function of surprisal.’ If you’d like to attend, please register for the Zoom meeting here if you haven’t already Abstract: The incremental processing difficulty of a linguistic item is related to its predictability. Surprisal theory […]

MULL-Lab, 01/26 – Will Johnston

The MULL-lab will be on Wednesday, January 26th at 4pm. Will Johnston will be presenting ‘Disposal’ constructions in Hmong. Please see the abstract below. Abstract: In this talk, I present three interrelated puzzles involving so-called ‘Disposal’ serial verb constructions (SVCs) in Hmong. These involve the use of two or more transitive verbs (with shared subject and object arguments) to jointly describe […]

Colloquium, 01/21 – Maribel Romero

The next talk of the 2021-2022 McGill Linguistics Colloquium Series will be held on Friday, January 21st at 3:30pm. The talk will be given by Maribel Romero (University of Konstanz). The title of the talk is “A unified semantic analysis of the Q-Particle in Sinhala across interrogative types“. The abstract is below.     In a wide variety […]

MULL-lab, 01/19 – First meeting

This semester, the MULL-lab will be meeting Wednesdays at 4 pm on Zoom. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 19th. Please register in advance at the link below to receive the Zoom link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfumsrTsoGNy1hDF4Y6B-kGgUQXE_Zcr1 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Syntax-semantics reading group meetings

This semester’s Syntax-Semantics reading group meetings will take place on Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm (except when there is a colloquium talk). The first meeting will take place on January 28th. There will be more information about the first meeting as we approach the date. In the meantime, you can register for the meetings using the following […]

McGill @ LSA 2022

McGill linguists presented at this year’s meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, held this past weekend in hybrid format in Washington DC. The full program is available at: https://www.linguisticsociety.org/node/36129/schedule. Talks: Kathryn Franich (University of Delaware) & Hermann Keupdjio (McGill University): Tonal and Rhythmic Factors in the Alignment of Speech and Co-Speech Gesture in Medʉmba Alexander Göbel […]

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