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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab – 2/3

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 2/3, fro 1-2pm in room 117.

Martha Schwarz will be presenting different ways of accounting for person-based and semantically-based splits in the context of Nepali’s optional ergativity.

All are welcome!

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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 1/27

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 1/27, from 1-2pm in room 117.

This week, three students will present their posters in preparation for the undergraduate poster session at the 43rd annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Presenters:

Justin Royer – Numeral and Noun Classifiers in Chuj

Sarah Mihuc – The Effects of Focus on Word Order in Kabyle Berber

Lydia Felice – An Analysis of the State Alternation in Kabyle Berber

All are welcome!

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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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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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