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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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Pedro Mateo Pedro’s visit

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

Pedro presenting at Ling-Tea

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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 on 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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CoLang 2016!

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.

CoLang 2016

CoLang 2016

 

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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