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GLAM visits Canadian Centre for Architecture

Sun, 01/29/2023 - 23:13
This month, the Graduate Linguistics Association of McGill (GLAM) organized a trip to the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal to see the ‘Towards Homes’ exhibit on space and building design in Inuit, Sami, and other Arctic communities.

Syntax-Semantics Reading Group, 02/03 — Jonny Palucci

Sun, 01/29/2023 - 23:10
This week’s syntax-semantics meeting will take place Friday, February 3rd at 12pm in room 117. Jonny will present the paper “Rethinking Scope Islands” by Chris Barker. Abstract: Relative clauses and tensed clauses are standardly assumed to be scope islands. However, naturally occurring counterexamples are abundant and easy to find. Therefore, we should revisit analyses that […]

P* Reading Group, 01/31 — Connie Ting

Sun, 01/29/2023 - 23:08
The P* reading group will meet next Tuesday at 13:30 in room 002 (and on Zoom). This week, Connie will be presenting on Francis et al.’s 2006 paper Is fundamental frequency a cue to aspiration in initial stops?, attached here and available on the drive. Below is the abstract: One production and one perception experiment […]

MULL-lab, 1/31 — Willie Myers

Sun, 01/29/2023 - 23:06
MULL-lab will be meeting this Tuesday, January 31st at 3:00 pm. Meetings take place in Rm. 002 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person.  This week, Willie will be presenting a talk entitled:’Exclamatives in Kirundi’.  The abstract is below.  In many languages, exclamatives are marked by the presence of wh-words or […]

P* Reading Group, 01/24 — Massimo Lipari

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 18:09
The P* reading group will meet next Tuesday at 13:30 in room 002 (and on Zoom). This week, I will be presenting on Voeten et al.’s 2022 paper Normalization of nonlinearly time-dynamic vowels, attached here and available on the drive. Below is the abstract:  This study compares 16 vowel-normalization methods for purposes of sociophonetic research. Most […]

MULL-lab, 1/17 — Brandon Chaperon

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 18:06
MULL-lab will be meeting this Tuesday, January 24th at 3:00 pm. Meetings take place in Rm. 002 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person.  This week, Jessica will be presenting a talk entitled: ‘Two agreement puzzles in Kanien’kéha ‘. The abstract is below.  Koenig & Michelson (2015) identify two agreement […]

Syntax-Semantics, 1/27 – Lisa Travis

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 18:05
This week’s syntax-semantics meeting will take place Friday, January 27th at 12pm in room 117. Lisa will present ongoing work on the typology of movement.

P* Reading Group, 01/16 — Tommy Liu

Sun, 01/15/2023 - 22:56
The P* reading group will meet Tuesday, 16 January at 13:30 in room 002 (and on Zoom). Tommy will give a talk on ongoing research titled: Is major place consonant harmony a motor disorder? Below is an abstract: In this talk, I will present my past and upcoming studies, which may shed light on whether […]

MULL-lab, 1/17 — Brandon Chaperon

Sun, 01/15/2023 - 22:32
MULL-lab will be meeting this Tuesday, January 17th at 3:00 pm. Meetings take place in Rm. 002 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person.  This week, Brandon will be presenting a talk entitled:’ A negative alternation: Negation head movement allomorphy in Igala’. The abstract is below.  The alternation of the […]

McGill at NELS 53

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 17:31
McGill linguists of past and present were in Göttingen, Germany for the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS 53), held January 12–14. Presentations by current McGillians included:

Connie Ting in Glossa

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 17:14
Connie Ting’s paper, “Malagasy N-bonding: A licensing approach” has been published in Glossa (available here: https://www.glossa-journal.org/article/id/6386/). This paper is based on Connie’s first PhD Evaluation paper, supervised by Jessica Coon and Heather Goad. Congrats Connie!

End-of-Year Curling Party

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 22:58
To celebrate the end of the year, grad students and professors blew off steam at the local curling rink in the town of Mont Royal.

MULL-lab, 01/10 — First Meeting

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 22:44
The Montreal Underdocumented Languages Linguistics (MULL) Lab will be having its first weekly meeting of the semester on Tuesday, January 10th at 3:00 pm Eastern Time. Meetings are hybrid, with in-person portions held in Rm 002 in the Linguistics building (1085 rue Docteur-Penfield) and a Zoom room open for those who are unable to join us physically. For those […]

MCQLL Meeting, 01/10 — Xuanda Chen and Amanda Doucette

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 21:28
Our first MCQLL meeting of the winter term will be next Tuesday, January 10. It will take place be both in person in room 117 of the McGill Linguistics department at 1085 Dr Penfield and on Zoom here. For our first meeting this semester, we will have two presenters. Xuanda Chen will be presenting When […]

Colloquium, 01/06 — Heather Burnett (CNRS and Université de Paris)

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 16:57
To start off the year on the right foot, we are having our first colloquium of the Winter semester right after the break. The talk will be given by Dr. Heather Burnett (CNRS and Université de Paris) on Friday, January 6th at 3:30PM at 688 Sherbrooke, room 295. The details of the talk are given […]

Masashi Harada to Williams College

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 16:11
Masashi Harada (Mcgill PhD 2022) has recently accepted an offer for a position of Assistant Professor in Japanese at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. At Williams College, Masashi will be joining the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Congratulations, Masashi!

Welcome back to 2023

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 16:10
Happy New Year from the McLing team! As we head into the Winter 2023 semester, don’t forget to send us your news –– new classes, reading groups, conferences, publications, jobs, grants, and all.

P* Reading Group, 12/4 — Irene Smith

Sun, 12/04/2022 - 22:35
Our final meeting of the semester will take place tomorrow. Irene will be presenting some thoughts on Joy Oluchi Uguru’s 2019 paper A formant analysis of vowel disharmony in Ika-Igbo compound nouns. Reading the paper is not required, but the abstract is below: This paper reveals the assimilatory processes that take place in disharmonic and harmonic […]

Colloquium, 12/02 — Alan Bale (Concordia University)

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 21:10
This Friday we are having the last colloquium of this semester! The talk will be given by Dr. Alan Bale (Concordia University) on Friday, December 2nd at 3:30pm in the Education building, room 624. Title: Ignorance and Distraction: A case study that uses experimental methodologies to help distinguish between different theories of inference.  Abstract: Ever […]

Syntax-Semantics Reading Group, 11/30 — Jonny Palucci

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 21:09
This week’s syntax-semantics reading group meeting will take place Wednesday, November 30th at 4pm in room 117. Jonny will present work, “The modal ingredients of causative have”. Abstract: As observed in Myler (2014), causative have constructions are ambiguous between two different interpretations: the cause interpretation and the engineer interpretation. These two interpretations correlate with subject animacy: Mary had John cook dinner vs The […]

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