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P* Reading Group, 10/25

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:40

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Wednesday (Oct. 25), 11am-12pm in Room 117, Bing’er will lead a discussion of Richter et al. (in press). “Evaluating Low-Level Speech Features Against Human Perceptual Data”. Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Everyone is welcome!

WORDS Group, 10/27

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:20

The WORDS Group will be meeting on Friday 27th October, at McGill, Dr. Penfield Ave. 1085 (room 117) at 1pm-2.30pm. This session will take place in the shape of a Mini Workshop on Person, where we will discuss various examples of morphologically complex pronouns that we have come across.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

McGill to present at NELS 48

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:00

McGill’s linguists will present at NELS 48 on 27-29th October 2017, which is hosted by the University of Iceland, in Reykjavík, Iceland. Here is a list of their presentations:

  • Bernhard SchwarzOn the locus of question exhaustification.
  • Daniel GoodhueA minimal theory of verum focus and context dependent bias in questions.

The program can be found here.

McGill at CILLA

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 01:50
Justin Royer and Jessica Coon head to the University of Texas at Austin later this week for the 8th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA). Justin’s talk is titled “Sistemas de clasificación nominal en chuj (maya)”. Jessica will give a plenary talk, presenting joint work with Lauren Clemens (SUNY Albany), titled “Verb initial word order in Mayan: Causes and consequences.”

P* Reading Group, 10/18

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 02:40

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Wednesday (Oct. 18) 11 am -12 pm in Room 117, Emily will lead a discussion of Dmitrieva et al. (2015). ”Phonological status, not voice onset time, determines the acoustic realization of onset f0 as a secondary voicing cue in Spanish and English”. Journal of Phonetics,49, 77-95.
Everyone is welcome!

Syntax reading group, 10/20

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 02:20

The Syntax reading group is meeting this Friday, October 20th at 10am in room 117 of the Linguistics building. Our speaker of the week is Justin Royer with a talk titled “Towards a unified account of noun classifiers in Chuj (Maya).”

All are welcome!

WORDS Group, 10/20

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 02:20

The WORDS Group will be meeting on Friday 20th October, at McGill, Dr. Penfield Ave. 1085 (room 117) at 1pm-2.30pm. Gabe Daitzchman will present the first three chapters of Harbour (2016) and also data on Hebrew and Nama.

Reading: Harbour, Daniel. (2016). Impossible Persons. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Semantics Research Group, 10/20

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 02:20

The Semantics Research Group will be meeting Friday, October 20th in room 117 from 15h-16h30. Bernhard Schwarz will be presenting a talk in preparation for NELS, titled “On the locus of question exhaustification”. The abstract and some suggested reading is below.

Abstract:
Heim (1994) argued that wh-questions are systematically ambiguous between non-exhaustive (Hamblin 1973, Karttunen 1977) and exhaustive (Groenendijk and Stokhof 1984) readings. Question exhaustivity has been credited to a syntactically represented operator, with two different views regarding its position: (i) “high exhaustification” applies to the question meaning as a whole (Heim 1994, Beck and Rullmann 1999); (ii) “low exhaustification” applies in the wh-question nucleus, below the wh-phrase (Guerzoni & Sharvit 2014, Nicolae 2015). I will offer an argument that only high exhaustification exists.

Suggested reading: Nicolae , Andreea: 2015. Questions with NPIs. Natural Language Semantics, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 21–76

P* Reading Group, 10/11

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 02:40

In this week’s P* Reading Group on Wednesday (Oct. 11) 11 am -12 pm in Room 117, Jiaer will lead a discussion of Kim et al. (2012). ”How does context play a part in splitting words apart? Production and perception of word boundaries in casual speech “. Journal of Memory and Language,66/(4).
Everyone is welcome!

Fieldwork lab, 10/13

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 02:20

We’re having our next Fieldwork meeting at 10am this upcoming Friday October 13th in room 117 of the Linguistics building, where graduate student Masashi Harada will be leading our discussion.

Everyone is welcome!

WORDS Group, 10/13

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 02:20

The WORDS Group will be meeting on Friday 13th October, at McGill, Dr. Penfield Ave. 1085 (room 117) at 1pm-2.30pm. Gabe Daitzchman will present on Ackema & Neeleman (2013):

  • Ackema, Peter, and Neeleman, Ad. (2013). Person features and syncretism. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 31(4). 901-950.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Semantics Research Group, 10/13

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 02:20

The semantics research group will be meeting on Friday the 13th October in 117 at 15h. Chris Bruno will be presenting an article from the recent special edition of Linguistics & Philosophy on numerals: Jefferson Barlew’s “Focus on Numbers”.

McGill at AMP 2017

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 01:50

McGill Linguists past and present presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Phonology last month at NYU:

  • Jeffrey Lamontagne, Heather Goad & Morgan Sonderegger: “Variability in French prominence: Evidence for weight sensitivity”
  • Jeffrey Lamontagne & Francisco Torreira: “Production planning and directionality in external sandhi”
  • Martha Schwarz (MA 2017), Morgan Sonderegger, & Heather Goad: “Representing a four-way contrast: Nepali, voiced aspirates and laryngeal realism”
  • Öner Özçelik (PhD 2012): “Phonological markedness and extraprosodicity as predictors of morphological errors in SLI”

Paulina Elias at SEURA symposium

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 01:50

Linguistics undergrad Paulina Elias was one of the first SEURA (Social Equity Undergraduate Research Award) recipients during this award’s first year at McGill. Paulina’s research project this past summer focused on the documentation of Chuj, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala and by speakers here in Montreal, and was supervised by Jessica Coon. Last week they attended the SEURA Symposium, where they participated in a discussion panel that centred around social equity in research.

McGill at MIT Workshop on Simplicity

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:13

McGill linguists presented at the MIT Workshop on Simplicity in Grammar Learning on Sep 23:

  • Richard Futrell and Tim O’Donnell: “A generative model of phonotactics”
  • Kevin Ellis and Tim O’Donnell: “Inducing phonological rules: Perspectives from Bayesian program learning”
  • Aron Hirsch (postdoc) and Ezer Rasin: “An evolutionary effect of simplicity bias on the typology of logical operators”

 

 

 

McGill Ling at Montreal AI Symposium

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:08

McGill linguists past and present presented at the Montreal AI Symposium on Sep 26:

Chris Bruno, Eva Portelance (BHons ’17), Tim O’Donnell: “Unsupervised induction of natural-language dependency structures”

Elias Stengel-Eskin, Emily Kellison-Linn, Tim O’Donnell: “Variational Inference for Unsupervised Lexicon Learning”

Syntax Group, 10/06

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 02:20

We’re having our second Syntax reading group meeting at 10am this upcoming Friday October 6th in room 117 of the Linguistics building. Everyone is welcome!

WORDS Group, 10/6

McLing Newsletter - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 02:20

The WORDS Group will be meeting on Friday 6th October, at McGill, Dr. Penfield Ave. 1085 (room 117) at 1pm-2.30pm. Lisa Travis will present her joint work with Ileana Paul on Malagasy pronouns. The suggested reading is:

  • Zribi-Hertz, Anne and Liliane Mbolatianavalona. 1999. Towards a modular theory of linguistic deficiency: Evidence from Malagasy personal pronouns. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 17: 161–218.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

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