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
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
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)
The film Arrival––filmed in Montreal and starring Amy Adams as a fieldworker linguist who saves the world when aliens make contact––was just released last week, and a group of us at McGill got special tickets to a pre-release screening downtown:
Linguists at Arrival
You can read more about my involvement and the press it’s received on McLing, and check out the piece I wrote about fieldwork with aliens for Museum of the Moving Image’s “Science and Film” section: http://scienceandfilm.org/articles/2802/alien-speak-linguist-dr-jessica-coon-on-villeneuves-arrival
A special “Mayan Linguistics” edition of the journal Language and Linguistics Compass was just published, featuring articles by Ryan Bennett, Jessica Coon, and Robert Henderson. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lnc3.v10.10/issuetoc)
Pedro Mateo Pedro (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala; University of Maryland) visited McGill this week in connection with the Chuj lab’s collaborative language research and documentation project. Pedro gave a guest lecture in LING 410 Structure of Mayan, and presented his work with the Field Station in Guatemala, a joint project between U.V.G. and U. Maryland.
Pedro presenting at Ling-Tea
This week Chuj lab says a fond farewell to RA and McGill Linguistics alum Lizzie Carolan, and to recent graduate Cora Lesure. But this year we welcome two new Chujistas: incoming PhD student Clint Parker, and Concordia BA student Justin Royer!
Chuj Lab: Clint, Lizzie, Cora, Magdalena, Jessica, Justin
I just returned from CoLang: The Institute for Collaborative Language Documentation, hosted this summer at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In addition to meeting lots of inspiring people, I took classes on various digital tools, consent and intellectual property rights, and oral annotation methods.
From the press release:
The Institute of Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) has gathered since 20th June, 2016, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). In attendance are language activists, learners, linguists, speakers, students, teachers, elders, wiki bloggers, archivists, and publishers hailing from the Miyako/Ryukyuan, Mohawk, Tlingit, Potawatomi, Tunica/Biloxi, Tututni, Ahtna, Hän, Navajo/Dineì, Dene, Denaakk’e, Unangam Tunuu, Blackfoot/Blackfeet, Wendat, Karuk, Catalan, Kristang, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek, and Ekegusii language communities, among others.
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Congratulations to recently-graduated Fieldwork Lab members! Colin Brown completed his MA, and Douglas Gordon and Cora Lesure received their BAs.
Cora and Jessica at McGill convocation