Author Archives: Jessica

Bantu Workshop – May 3rd in Education 216

Please join us for an afternoon Bantu Workshop, to celebrate the end of this semester’s Bobangi Field Methods class. There will be presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, our Bobangi consultant Mpoke Mimpongo (UQAM), and invited speaker Jenneke van der Wal (Harvard). All talks will take place in McGill Education Building, room 216. The schedule is below–all are welcome!

12:30–12:45 – Jiaer Tao, A Study on object asymmetry in Bobangi

12:45–1:00 – Benjamine Oldham, Object marking in Bobangi: A pronominal incorporation analysis

1:00–1:15 – Renata Masucci, Tone in Bobangi

1:15–1:30 – Paulina Elias, Object asymmetry in Bobangi

1:30–1:45 – BREAK

1:45–2:00 – Sara Carrier-Bordeleau, Verbal reduplication in Bobangi

2:00–2:15 – Jasmine Zhang, Vowel sandhi in Bobangi

2:15–2:30 – Emily Kellison-Linn, Intonation of polar questions and declarative statements in Bobangi

2:30–2:45 – Yeong Park, High boundary tone in Bobangi

2:45–3:00 – Rosie Barnes, Agent nominalizations in Bobangi

3:00–3:15 – BREAK

3:15–3:45 – Mpoke Mimpongo (UQAM), TBA

3:45–4:45 – Invited Speaker – Jenneke van der Wal (Harvard University)

Title: Investigating focus marking in Luganda and Lingala

Abstract: While it is admittedly difficult to investigate information structure in an unfamiliar language, in this talk I hope to show that there are some manageable diagnostics for focus that can be applied in elicitation. Based on data from Luganda and Lingala I show why the discoveries about focus marking in Bantu languages are crucial for understanding both the synchronic analysis and the diachronic development of focus. (full abstract)

 

 

Comments Off

Filed under Announcements, Events

Bobangi Field Methods end-of-class photo

Bobangi Field Methods class photo

Bobangi Field Methods class photo

Comments Off

by | April 12, 2017 · 12:59 pm

Lydia Felice at ACAL

BA Honours student Lydia Felice presented a poster on Kabyle at the 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 48), which took place March 31-April 2 at Indiana University Bloomington. Her poster, based on her Honours thesis work, was titled “On the State Distinction and Case in Kabyle Berber”.

Comments Off

Filed under Presentations, Student news

Coon and Carolan Chuj article in Glossa

This issue of the journal Glossa includes an article on Chuj by Jessica Coon and Lizzie Carolan (BA ’14 and former Chuj Lab manager): ‘Nominalization and the structure of the progressives in Chuj Mayan’. The full article is available on the Glossa page.

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 2.24.25 PM

Comments Off

Filed under Publications, Student news

Martha Schwarz at FASAL

Martha Schwarz presented a poster on “Case Assignment in Nepali” at the Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages conference at MIT, March 4-5th. This poster grew out of her summer fieldwork in India, funded by a MITACs travel grant.

Comments Off

Filed under Presentations, Student news

Mayan languages presentation at “Midis Autochtones” at UQAM

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 9.15.36 PM

Comments Off

by | February 23, 2017 · 2:17 am

Fieldwork lab at BLS 43

Fieldwork Lab members are returned last week from the 43rd annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Lydia Felice and Sarah Mihuc presented posters based on their in-progress McGill honours theses on Kabyle (Berber). Justin Royer, incoming McGill PhD student and Chuj Lab member, presented a poster based on his recent Concordia BA thesis on Chuj classifiers.

  • Lydia Felice: The Case for KP: An Analysis of the Free State and Construct State in Kabyle Berber
  • Sarah Mihuc: Effects of Focus on Word Order in Kabyle Berber
  • Justin Royer: Nominal and numeral classifiers in Chuj (Mayan)
Sarah, Justin, and Lydia at Berkeley

Sarah, Justin, and Lydia at Berkeley

Comments Off

Filed under Presentations, Student news

Lydia Felice presents Kabyle work at Undergraduate Research Event

Lydia Felice presented her honours thesis research on Kabyle at the 7th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event, which took place Tuesday, 1/17. The event featured posters and presentations by students who received an Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award in Summer 2016. Lydia’s poster was titled: “Free State/Construct State Alternation in Kabyle.”

Lydia presents her poster

Lydia presents her poster

 

Comments Off

Filed under Presentations, Student news

Public lecture on Arrival and Fieldwork at McMaster

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 11.07.40 AM

Comments Off

by | January 27, 2017 · 2:54 pm

Fieldwork Lab at FAMLi IV

McGill Fieldwork Lab members of past and present were at the 4th Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi IV) last week, which took place in at the Universidad de Oriente in Valladolid, Mexico. The full program is available here.

Cora Lesure (BA '15), Robert Henderson (Post-Doc '12–'13), Carol-Rose Little (BA '12), Justin Royer (Chuj RA)

Cora Lesure (BA ’15), Robert Henderson (Post-Doc ’12–’13), Carol-Rose Little (BA ’12), Justin Royer (Chuj RA)

Comments Off

Filed under Presentations, Student news