Current and past members of the Fieldwork Lab spent this past weekend in New Orleans for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Presentations by current McGill affiliates included:
- Carol-Rose Little (Cornell University), Mary Moroney (Cornell University), Justin Royer (McGill University) – Classifying classifiers: Two kinds of numeral classifiers across languages
- Michaela Socolof – Cyclic Spell-out and impoverishment in Georgian
Morelia Vázquez (Ch’ol consultant/RA); Jessica Coon; Carol-Rose Little (BA ’12); Nico Baier (course lecturer/post-doc ’17–’19); Colin Brown (MA ’16), Jeffrey LaMontagne; Justin Royer; Lydia Felice (BA ’17); Michaela Socolof
Jessica Coon received the LSA’s 2020 Linguistics, Language, and the Public award.
The 2019 Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of Latin America Archiving Award was presented to Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez and Jessica Coon for their Chol language archive at the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America. They received the award in New Orleans at the SSILA meeting, which meets concurrently with the LSA. The archive was created through a project supported by a National Geographic Explorers Grant, and involved training of Ch’ol-speaking undergraduate students to record and transcribe narratives in their home communities.
Susan Gehr presents Jessica and Juan with the award
McGill linguists of past and present gathered at UT Austin last week for the 9th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA IX). Presentations by current affiliations included:
- Scott Anderbois (Brown), Miguel Oscar Chan Dzul (U Oriente), Jessica Coon (McGill), Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez (CIMSUR-UNAM): Las construcciones relativas “superlibres” en lenguas mayas [“Super-free” relative constructions in Mayan languages]
- Justin Royer (McGill): La distribución de los sufijos de categoría en chuj y la interfaz entre sintaxis y prosodia [The distribution of status suffixes in Chuj and the syntax–prosody interface]
The full program is available here.
Cora Lesure (BA ’16), Lauren Clemens (Post-Doc ’14–’15), Jessica Coon, Justin Royer, Robert Henderson (Post-Doc ’13–’14)
A recent McGill news article spotlighted Indigenous languages and the need for universities to act as allies to ongoing efforts in communities. The article features discussion with Janine Metallic, Kahtehrón:ni Stacey, and Jessica Coon, and is available here: https://giving.mcgill.ca/all-stories/bringing-indigenous-languages-back-life
This semester regular Fieldwork Group meetings will take place at UQAM, roughly one Friday per month, organized by Matthew Schuurman. The first meeting will be next week Friday, Oct 11th at 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. in DS-3470 at UQAM. All are welcome!
Last week I came back from teaching “Intro to Ergativity” and a mini course on hierarchy effects at the Eastern Generative Grammar (EGG) summer school, held in Wrocław, Poland. Here’s a picture of the group:
EGG group photo