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Congratulations Janine Metallic

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’s defense

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!

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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)

 

 

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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting 12/5

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be having our last meeting of the Fall 2016 semester on Monday, 12/5, from 12-1pm in room 002.

Sarah will be presenting about anti-agreement in Kabyle. Recommended reading is Ouhalla (1993) “Subject-Extraction, Negation, and the Anti-Agreement Effect”. The most important sections to focus on are sections 1-3.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our Winter 2017 meeting time and location!

 

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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 11/28

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/28, from 12-1pm in room 002.

Henrison Hsieh will be presenting about semantic fieldwork and Tagalog.

Recommended reading is Matthewson (2004). The most important parts to focus on are Sections 3 and 4.

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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting 11/21

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/21, from 12-1pm in room 002.

Jessica Coon will be presenting her FAMLi4 talk, titled “Building roots in Chuj and Ch’ol”.

Abstract:

In this talk I examine verb-stem forming morphology in two Mayan languages: Chuj and Ch’ol. I show how the inventory of v/Voice heads has an effect on the available types of verbs in each language. Specifically, I investigate the division of labor between the root and functional heads, arguing that roots are not entirely acategorical, but must come minimally with information about whether they assign a thematic role to an internal argument.

Recommended reading is Coon (2016), “Unergatives, antipassives, and roots in Chuj”.

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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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