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McGill @ TOM 16

Sun, 05/19/2024 - 19:48
The 2024 Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics Workshop (TOM 16) took place this past weekend at the University of Toronto. Presentations and posters by current McGill affiliates included: Laurestine Bradford: A source of conativity in Tlingit pluractional verbsKatya Morgunova: Interaction of negation and modality in Kanien’kéhaWillie Myers: The repetitive prefix and objectless presupposition in Kanien’kéhaMichael Wagner: Syntactic alternative […]

McGill @ ASA 2024

Sun, 05/19/2024 - 19:46
McGill linguists presented work at the Acoustic Society of America Meeting (ASA) in Ottawa from May 13 to 17th. Wei Zhang: Duration Imitation is not Mediated by Phonological Contrast: Evidence from a Checked-unchecked Tonal Contrast in Taiwanese Southern MinAlex Zhai: Do Individual Differences Correlate Across Speech Perception Tasks?Massimo Lipari: Spectral properties of Quebec French sibilantsIrene […]

FRQSC postdoctoral fellowship to Will Johnston

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:35
Sixth-year PhD student William Johnston has recently accepted a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The fellowship, which begins this fall, is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, and will be carried out under the supervision of Richard Compton. It focuses on the comparative syntax […]

McGill @ Iakwarihwí:saks

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 09:15
McGill students Kanontienéntha’ Brass, Sophia Flaim, Terrance Gatchalian, Austin Kraft, Simon LiVolsi, and Willie Myers presented at Iakwarihwí:saks, a workshop held May 16th at the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center (KORLCC), as part of the collaborative Kanien’kéha language research and documentation project. Presentations focused on the results of collaborative work during the past academic year […]

McGill @ GASLA 17

Mon, 05/06/2024 - 10:53
Lydia White, Heather Goad, Gui Garcia, Natália Guzzo, Liz Smeets, and Jiajia Su presented a paper at the 17th meeting of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA–17), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2-4 2024, on Pronoun interpretation in English: When native speaker performance is unexpected.

Student Fellowship News – Part I

Sun, 05/05/2024 - 22:28
McLing is happy to report graduate students who received the FRQSC fellowship this round: FRQSC MA to Austin Kraft and Simon LiVolsi; FRQSC doctorial fellowship for Alex Zhai, Massimo Lipari, and Willie Myers. Congratulations to all!

Luis Alonso-Ovalle at UNAM (Mexico City) & El Colegio de México

Mon, 04/29/2024 - 13:45
Last week, Luis Alonso-Ovalle visited UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and El Colegio de México, where he gave a few lectures on modality, attended presentations by graduate students, and presented “Quantity DPs: Decoupling Quantities from Entities” (joint work with Bernhard Schwarz).

McGill @ WSCLA 2024

Sun, 04/28/2024 - 18:50
The 2024 annual meeting of the Workshop on Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA) took place this past weekend at the University of Toronto, and McGill linguists were well represented. Presentations and posters by current McGill affiliates included:

[motʰ] 2024 at McGill

Sun, 04/21/2024 - 20:43
McGill Linguistics hosted the 2024 [motʰ] Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton Phonology/Phonetics Workshop on Apr. 19-20th. The program of the workshop can be found at the conference website: https://moth2024.github.io/. McGill linguists gave the following talks on past and current projects:

SLUM Name Change

Sun, 04/21/2024 - 20:29
Starting from the 2024-2025 academic year, The Society of Linguistics Undergraduates at McGill (SLUM) will be changing its name to the Linguistics Undergraduate Association (LINGUA).

Clint Parker to Nazarbayev University

Tue, 04/16/2024 - 19:09
McLing is happy to report that Clint Parker (PhD ’23) has recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.  He will begin his position in August and looks forward to continuing his research with the languages of Central Asia while living in the heart of […]

Syntax-Semantics group, 4/18 — Luis Alonso-Ovalle, Bernhard Schwarz

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 12:02
The Syntax-Semantics reading group will be meeting for the last time this semester on Thursday, April 18th at 1pm in Rm. 117 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person. This week, Luis and Bernhard will be presenting a talk entitled: ‘Quantity DPs: Decoupling quantities from entities’. The abstract is below: In […]

McGill Arts Undergraduate Society Awards

Sun, 04/14/2024 - 20:04
Congratulations to Yanran Mou who was awarded Most Outstanding Departmental President at the 2024 McGill Arts Undergraduate Society Awards.

P* Group, 04/15 — Practice Talks for [moth]

Sun, 04/14/2024 - 19:59
The P* reading group will be meeting for the final time this semester this Monday, 15 April from 10:00 to 12:00 in room 117 (and on Zoom, at the following link). Please note the change in time/location. This week, students will be giving practice talks in preparation for [moth]. Relevant documents will be available on the Google Drive. The full schedule for the […]

McGill @ WCCFL 42

Sun, 04/14/2024 - 15:33
McGill linguists of past and present attended the 42nd annual West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 42), held April 12–14th at UC Berkeley. McGill presentations included:

Syntax-Semantics group: MULL-themed talk, 4/11 — Chase Boles

Mon, 04/08/2024 - 00:01
The Syntax-Semantics reading group and MULL-lab will be meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 1pm in Rm. 117 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person. This week, Chase will be presenting a MULL-themed talk entitled: ‘Stowaway nominals: Incorporation and nPs in Kanien’kéha’. The abstract is below: Northern Iroquoian languages […]

Syntax-Semantics group: MULL-themed talk, 4/4 — Martin Renard

Sun, 03/31/2024 - 22:56
The Syntax-Semantics reading group and MULL-lab will be meeting on Thursday, April 4th at 1pm in Rm. 117 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person. This week, Martin will be presenting a MULL-themed talk entitled: ‘Discourse and Prosody in Kanien’kéha’. The abstract is below: Like many other Indigenous languages […]

P* Group, 03/25 — Jeanne Brown

Sun, 03/24/2024 - 22:06
The P* reading group will be meeting again this Monday, 25 March at 15:30 in room 002 (and on Zoom, at the following link). This week, Jeanne will be leading discussion on Claudia Duarte-Borquez, Maxine Van Doren and Marc Garellek’s 2024 paper Utterance-Final Voice Quality in American English and Mexican Spanish Bilinguals. Below is the abstract: We investigate utterance-final voice quality […]

Syntax-Semantics group: MULL-themed talk, 3/28 — Willie Myers

Sun, 03/24/2024 - 22:04
The Syntax-Semantics reading group and MULL-lab will be meeting on Thursday, March 28th at 1pm in Rm. 117 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person. This week, Willie will be presenting a MULL-themed talk entitled: ‘The Repetitive Prefix and Presupposition in Kanien’kéha’. The abstract is below: In this talk, […]

Terrance Gatchalian at Ktunaxa language gathering

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 20:16
Over March 15 – 17th, participants of Tuesday and Thursday evening Ktunaxa language classes gathered for a Language Learners Gathering in ʔa·k̓isqakⱡiʔit (Cranbrook), BC. Pictured here is the teaching team of the Thursday night Ktunaxa langauge classes: Elise McClay (McGill BA’ 12), PhD student Terrance Gatchalian, Violet Birdstone, and Mara Nelson.

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