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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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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 on McLing. All are welcome!

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


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, 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 I am the lab organizer this semester, and I would love to hear from you!

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McGill at WSCLA

This year’s Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA) will take place at UQÀM, April 1st–3rd. Presentations by current and former Fieldwork Lab affiliates include…

  • Colin Brown (McGill) – Revisiting ergativity in Gitksan
  • Lauren Clemens (SUNY-Albany) and Jessica Coon (McGill) – Deriving Mayan V1: A Fresh Look at Ch’ol
  • Hadas Kotek (McGill) and Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (Singapore National University) – Non-interrogative wh-constructions in Chuj
  • Carol-Rose Little (Cornell) – Agreement and animacy on Mi’gmaq transitive verbs
  • Elise McClay (UBC) and Violet Birdstone (UBC) – Interpretation of Ktunaxa wh-indefinites

WSCLA is co-organized by former Post-doc Richard Compton. The rest of the program is available here.

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Learn Mi’gmaq website, now live!

The Mi’gmaq Research Partnership is proud to announce the Learn Mi’gmaq website: Special thanks to Fulbright Fellow, Carolyn Anderson, and everyone at the Listuguj Education Directorate. Full credits here.

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