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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting 11/14

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/14, from 12-1pm in room 002.

Martha Schwarz will be presenting “Ergative in Hindi/Urdu: Reconciling the perfective oblique and the heavy imperfective analysis”, by Raghavachari Amritavalli.

 

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Fieldwork Lab Meeting 11/7

The Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/7, from 12-1pm in room 002.

Richard Compton, Lisa Travis, and Jessica Coon will discuss important first steps in every fieldwork project, such as recruiting consultants, the REB, and consent forms. Recommended reading is Bowern (2008) Chapter 11, “Ethical Field Research”.

 

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Fieldwork Lab Meeting 10/31

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, October 31, from 12-1pm in room 002.

Justin Royer will be presenting about nominal classifiers in Chuj.

The required reading is Craig (1986), “Jacaltec Noun Classifiers: A Study in Grammaticalization”. Sections 2, 5, and 6 are the most important parts of the paper for Justin’s presentation, so please focus on those sections.

 

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Fieldwork Lab Meeting 10/24

The Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 10/24, in room 002. The focus of this meeting will be ergativity. Meghan, Lisa, and Clint will be presenting the ergativity questionnaire.

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Fieldwork Lab Meeting 10/17

The Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, October 17th, from 12-1pm in room 002.

Lydia Felice will be presenting about the Free State/Construct State distinction in Kabyle.

Recommended reading: Guerssel (1992) “On the Case System of Berber”

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No Fieldwork Lab Meeting 10/10

There will be no Fieldwork Lab meeting this Monday, October 10th.

The next meeting will be on Monday, October 17, from 12-1pm in room 002. Lydia Felice will be presenting on Kabyle. Stay tuned for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fieldwork Lab Meetings

Welcome back!

This semester, the Fieldwork Lab and the Ergativity Lab will be having joint weekly meetings on Mondays from 12-1pm in room 002. Information will also be posted here, as well as onĀ McLing. All are welcome!

At this week’s meeting, Mikael Vinka will be presenting on Saami.

Abstract:

This presentation will bring up two themes. On the one hand, when working with an endangered indigenous language like South Saami, it is not uncommon to encounter disparities in grammaticality judgments among L1 speakers. At least some of these inconsistencies are probably best viewed as heritage speaker effects. I will illustrate the issue with data on VP anaphora in South Saami.

The second theme deals with training L1 speaking elders in language documentation. The elders have mastered transcription programs such as ELAN and PRAAT. 45 audio transcription of spoken South Saami are published at http://digitaltmuseum.no/search?page=2&type_filter=Audio&query=saemien%20sijte, as a result of efforts in the local community.

If you have any questions, or want to be added to the Fieldwork Lab email list, please contact me (Lydia) at lydia.felice@mail.mcgill.ca. I am the lab organizer this semester, and I would love to hear from you!

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