Category Archives: Fieldwork

Chuj collection available on AILLA

The collection of Chuj narratives that the Chuj team here as been working on together with Pedro Mateo Pedro has just been published to the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), and is available here. Special thanks to Paulina Elias for a lot of recent work organizing and updating the files, and to the team at AILLA for getting everything online!

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Fieldwork Lab in Guatemala

Current and past McGill students are spending most of June in Patzún, Guatemala in connection with the University of Maryland’s Guatemala Field Station. For the first two weeks they took Kaqchikel immersion classes, and and spent the second two weeks conducting research on Mayan languages.

Justin Royer, Jessica Coon, Michaela Socolof, Sarah Mihuc, and Anouk Dieuleveut in Antigua

Incoming PhD student Justin Royer, and recent BA graduate Sarah Mihuc, worked together with Juana Gómez on a Chuj documentation project led by Jessica and Pedro Mateo Pedro.

Jessica, Juana, Justin, and Sarah taking a break from Chuj work

The group also presented work at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Altiplano:

 

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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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