The collection of Chuj narratives that the Chuj team here as been working on together with Pedro Mateo Pedro has just been published to the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), and is available here. Special thanks to Paulina Elias for a lot of recent work organizing and updating the files, and to the team at AILLA for getting everything online!
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Current and former McGill Fieldwork Lab members at the University of Texas at Austin for the 8th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA VIII). Justin Royer’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.”
Linguistics undergrad and Fieldwork Lab member 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. Congrats Paulina!
Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez (CIMSUR) and I recently wrote a review of the book Chol (Mayan) Folktales: A Collection of Stories from the Modern Maya of Southern Mexico (Hopkins, Josserand, and Cruz Gúzman), which was published today in the International Journal of American Linguistics (IJAL).
Recent graduate Sarah Mihuc spent part of her summer at the Yale Grammar Bootcamp led by Claire Bowern, and recently made an appearance in Yale News.
Congratulations to Janine Metallic, who successfully defended her dissertation in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education yesterday. The title of her dissertation is: Nta’tugwaqannminen (our stories): Language stories and experiences of young adult Mi’gmaq.
Janine worked as the Mi’gmaq language consultant for the 2011 Field Methods class, and played an integral role in Mi’gmaq language research and documentation at McGill and beyond. Congratulations Janine!
Current and past McGill students are spending most of June in Patzún, Guatemala in connection with the University of Maryland’s Guatemala Field Station. For the first two weeks they took Kaqchikel immersion classes, and and spent the second two weeks conducting research on Mayan languages.
Incoming PhD student Justin Royer, and recent BA graduate Sarah Mihuc, worked together with Juana Gómez on a Chuj documentation project led by Jessica and Pedro Mateo Pedro.
The group also presented work at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Altiplano:
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)