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Workshop on Amazigh Languages, 3/21–3/22

Tomorrow and Friday, March 21st and 22nd, McGill will host a Workshop on Amazigh Languages, featuring invited talks by Karim Achab (University of Ottawa), Hamid Ouali (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Khokha Fahloune (UQAM), as well as short presentations on Kabyle by the students in this semester’s Field Methods course.

Thursday, the talks will be held in Leacock 738. Talks start at 10am, with small refreshments being served from 9:30

All are welcome! Below, find the titles/times of the four long talks for the conference. For a detailed scheduled and abstracts for the talks, please visit the workshop website, linked below.

Thursday, March 21st (Leacock 738)
1:00 — 2:00: Karim Achab — Diachronic and Synchronic Account of Anti-Agreement in Amazigh Languages
2:00 — 3:00: Hamid Ouali — On Tense and Aspect in Tamazight
3:30 — 4:30: Khokha Fahloune — Retour sur les marqueurs sujet et objet en kabyle
4:30 — 5:30: Nico Baier — Person Case Constraint Effects in Kabyle

Please feel free to drop by for any of the talks!

This workshop is supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant.

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Indigenous Ally Toolkit

The Montreal Aboriginal Network has put together this pamphlet for Indigenous allyship, especially useful for those in the Montreal area.

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Bridging communities and universities through language engagement

Last May McGill hosted a Symposium on the Role of the University in Supporting Indigenous Languages. The symposium was organized in response to the Final Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, which called on McGill to strengthen support of Indigenous languages.

The resulting Vision Paper has now been published online, and is available on the symposium webpage here.

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Workshop on Amazigh Languages, 3/21 – Save the date!

McGill linguistics will host a Workshop on Amazigh languages on March 21st. The workshop will have invited talks by Karim Achab (University of Ottawa), Hamid Ouali (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Khokha Fahloune (UQAM), as well as short presentations on Kabyle by the students in this semester’s Field Methods course. A full schedule will be released soon. Attendance is free and all are welcome! For more information, contact organizer Nico Baier.

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Fieldwork Group on Thursday, 1/31 – ELAN Tutorial by Justin

The first Fieldwork Group meeting of the semester will take place on Thursday, January 31, from 4:30-6:00 in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building.  Justin will give a tutorial on the language documentation software ELAN.  Attendees are asked to download ELAN before the meeting in order to follow along, as we will be transcribing some (Quebec!) French data together.  All are welcome!

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Ben Oldham’s research showcased at McGill

BA honours student Ben Oldham‘s research was showcased on McGill’s Faculty of Arts website this week:

Ben conducted summer research funded by a McGill Arts Research Internship Award and will present his work this Monday at the annual McGill Undergraduate Research Event. He summarized his results in this Intro to Fieldwork blog page, which also includes lots of references. Congrats Ben!

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Chuj article published in Journal of Linguistics

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Carol-Rose Little and Morelia Vázquez in the news

See Cornell’s recent article on McGill BA/Fieldwork Lab alum Carol-Rose Little (now a PhD student at Cornell) and her collaborative work with Ch’ol speaker Morelia Vázquez Martínez!

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Assistant Professor position in Indigenous Language Linguistics and Education

The Department of Linguistics and the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill have a new joint tenure-track position in Indigenous languages! Applications are due January 4th, and more information, along with a link to the application, can be found here: https://www.mcgill.ca/linguistics/opportunities-visitors/employment/assistant-professor-indigenous-language-linguistics-and-education

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Fieldwork Lab meeting, 11/29

The last Fieldwork Lab meeting of the semester took will take place November 29, from 4:00-5:30 in Room 002 (basement) of the Linguistics Building. There will be four presentations on language-related community engagement and outreach:

Javier Domingo (UdeM): Ethics in fieldwork and ethnographic relationships: The case of the documentation of Tehuelche (TEH)

Ben Oldham (McGill): ARIA Project on the challenges fieldworkers face in navigating social relationships in the field and the importance of bringing the community into fieldwork in a considerate way

Clint Parker (McGill): Indigenous languages in Canada and McGill’s Symposium on the University’s Role in Supporting Indigenous languages

Robbie Felix (UdeM):  how we can make language transmission more effective and decolonize language transmission, while also respecting indigenous autonomy

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