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Bobangi Field Methods end-of-class photo

Bobangi Field Methods class photo

Bobangi Field Methods class photo

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by | April 12, 2017 · 12:59 pm

Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 4/7

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 4/7, from 1-2pm in room 117.

Jessica will be presenting Baier (2017) “Antilocality and Antiagreement”, which can be found here. All are welcome!

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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting – 3/31

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 3/31, from 1-2pm in room 117.

Clint is giving a talk titled “Two possibilities for Bobangi agreement and their implications”.

Abstract: Clint is planning to present on nominal concord and subject-verb agreement in Bobangi, which is the Bantu language the Field Methods class is currently studying. There is some ambiguity in whether or not certain types of agreement are grammatical, and he will be presenting about the analyses of each possibility (i.e. what happens if they are grammatical, what happens if they aren’t).
Recommended readings are the following:
1. When agreement is for number and gender but not person (Baker 2011) – sections 1 and 2
2. A theory of nominal concord (Norris 2014 – PhD dissertation) – Introduction (and subsections 3.4-3.5 for anyone who is feeling ambitious)

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Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab Meeting, 3/10

The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 3/10, from 1-2pm in room 117.

Jessica will be presenting Baier (2017) “Antilocality and Antiagreement”, which can be found here. 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 11/21

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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Fieldwork… with aliens

The film Arrival––filmed in Montreal and starring Amy Adams as a fieldworker linguist who saves the world when aliens make contact––was just released last week, and a group of us at McGill got special tickets to a pre-release screening downtown:

Linguists at Arrival

Linguists at Arrival

You can read more about my involvement and the press it’s received on McLing, and check out the piece I wrote about fieldwork with aliens for Museum of the Moving Image’s “Science and Film” section: http://scienceandfilm.org/articles/2802/alien-speak-linguist-dr-jessica-coon-on-villeneuves-arrival

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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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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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