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P* Group, 12/16 – Avleen and Heather

At this week’s P group meeting, Dec 16 1pm, Avleen and Heather will give a presentation on “Obstruent-approximant-vowel strings in Hindi”. Abstract: In this paper, we examine the syllabification of obstruent-approximant-vowel (CAV) strings in Hindi. We propose four alternative representations for CAV: CA may form a complex onset; AV may form a light diphthong; A […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 12/17 – Henry Davis

Our final presentation this semester will be Henry Davis and it will take place this Friday, December 17th at 2:30pm. Reminder that this week’s meeting will once again take place in a hybrid format, where the speaker and some of us will be in room 117, and others will be on Zoom as usual. We’d […]

Martinović to appear in NLLT

A paper by Martina Martinović titled “Reversibility in specificational copular sentences and pseudoclefts” has been accepted for publication in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. The abstract is below, and a link to the pre-published version is here: https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003198. Congrats Martina! Specificational sentences have long been attracting the attention of researchers, due to their syntactic, semantic and pragmatic characteristics. In this […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 12/10 – No Meeting

There will be no syntax-semantics reading group meeting this week. Our final presentation this semester will be Henry Davis and it will take place on December 17th at 2:30pm. That week’s meeting will once again take place in a hybrid format, where the speaker and some of us will be in room 117, and others will be on Zoom […]

Shimoyama at UMass Amherst

Junko Shimoyama gave a colloquium talk last Friday at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (virtually) on joint work with Daniel Goodhue (PhD 2018). The title of the talk was “Two types of non-canonical negation in Japanese: reducing one to the other and learning about embedding strategies along the way”.

McGill at TOMILLA 3

McGill linguists traveled to the University of Ottawa last week for the 3rd Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Indigenous Languages of Latin America (TOMILLA 3) workshop December 3rd and 4th. McGill talks included: Willie Myers – “High, low, and no absolutive Mayan syntax: effects of object raising in heritage Mam” (based on work with McGill BA student Ix Jimenez-Haham) […]

P* Group, 12/09 – David Shanks

At this week’s P group meeting, Dec 9 1pm, David will give a presentation on “The sounds of Southern Tutchone”. Abstract: Southern Tutchone is an understudied Dene (Athabaskan) language spoken in the Yukon. It has a privative tone system with two level and two contour tones, a large phonemic inventory, and highly complex morpho-phonological processes. […]

MULL-Lab, 12/07 – David Shanks

MULL-Lab will be meeting Tuesday, December 7 at 4:30pm. David Shanks will give a talk titled Possession in Southern Tutchone. 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. Description: Southern Tutchone is an indigenous language of the Dene (Athabaskan) family […]

P* Group, 12/2 – Tommy Liu

December 2nd at 1pm, Tommy will give a presentation on “Silent Heads and Pwd-Edges in Quebec French”.    Abstract: In the first part of my talk, I present novel phonetic evidence from my corpus (Montreal metro annoucements) to support the theory of silent heads in French. With this theory, I will examine C-clusters at the edges of […]

The Word Structure Research Group, 12/3 – Richard Compton

The Word Structure Research Group/Groupe de recherche sur le mot (https://wordstructure.org/) will have a Zoom meeting Friday, December 3rd, 1:30-2:30. Richard Compton (UQAM) will give a talk: Les pronoms en inuktitut. Contact Lisa Travis (lisa.travis@mcgill.ca) if you are interested in attending.

MCQLL Meeting, 11/30 – Julien Carrier

MULL-Lab will be meeting Tuesday, November 30 at 4:30pm. Julien Carrier (UQAM) will give a talk titled Topicality and referentiality in Inuktitut. 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: In this talk, I argue that Inuktitut is a […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 12/03 – No Meeting

There will be no syntax-semantics reading group meeting this week.

Colloquium, 11/26 – Ewan Dunbar

Please join us Friday, November 26th 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 […]

Syntax-semantics reading group, 11/26 – No Meeting

There will be no syntax-semantics reading group meeting this week. We will resume the following week.

P* Group, 11/25 – Rachel Soo

At this week’s P group meeting, Nov 25 1pm, Rachel Soo, a PhD student in University of British Columbia, will give a presentation on “Recognition and representation of Cantonese sound change variants in a bilingual lexicon”. Abstract: Systematic phonetic variation within and across languages and dialects exposes listeners to different pronunciation variants. While previous research […]

MCQLL Meeting, 11/23 – Vikash Mansinghka

At this week’s MCQLL meeting on Tuesday, November 23 at 4:00 PM, Vikash Mansinghka will give a talk titled “Scaling towards human-like AI via probabilistic programming.” An abstract and speaker bio follows. This week we’ll be meeting an hour later, at 4:00, rather than 3:00. This time change only applies to this meeting. If you haven’t […]

Martina Martinović at UQAM

Martina Martinović will give a colloquium talk this Wednesday 11/24 from 12:45-1:45 at UQAM. The talk will be in the De-Sève building, room DS-3470. Note that proof of vaccination is required to attend. Title: Reversibility in specificational copular sentences and pseudoclefts: Evidence from Wolof Abstract: Specificational sentences have long been attracting the attention of researchers, due to […]

Mathieu Paillé at Humboldt University of Berlin

Linguistics PhD student Mathieu Paillé gave an invited talk online at Humboldt University of Berlin on November 9th, entitled “Derivational morphemes exhaustify roots: a hypothesis on the relationship between language and concepts.” Abstract: Non-scalar content vocabulary taken from a particular conceptual domain is usually interpreted as mutually exclusive, as seen in examples like #This comedy is […]

MULL-Lab, 11/16 – Clint Parker

MULL-Lab will be meeting Tuesday, November 16 at 4:30pm. Clint Parker will give a talk titled Toward an analysis of Shughni causative constructions. A description for the talk is below. If you would like to attend but haven’t registered for MULL-Lab, you can do so here. Description: Shughni (Iranian; Tajikistan & Afghanistan) has at least […]

The Word Structure Research Group, 11/19 – Lisa Travis

The Word Structure Research Group/Groupe de recherche sur le mot (https://wordstructure.org/) will be meeting Friday, November 19th, 1:30-2:30 at UQAM DS3470 (https://carte.uqam.ca/pavillon-ds). Lisa Travis (McGill) will give a talk on Prefixes as E-merged Adjuncts. Full vaccination is required to attend. Contact Lisa if you are interested in attending through Zoom or have any other questions.

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