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”.
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”.
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
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
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.
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”.
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.
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 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 email@example.com. I am the lab organizer this semester, and I would love to hear from you!
This week Chuj lab says a fond farewell to RA and McGill Linguistics alum Lizzie Carolan, and to recent graduate Cora Lesure. But this year we welcome two new Chujistas: incoming PhD student Clint Parker, and Concordia BA student Justin Royer!
Chuj Lab: Clint, Lizzie, Cora, Magdalena, Jessica, Justin
Colin Brown is in Northern British Columbia from May 2nd until May 12th working with Gitksan speakers across five villages (photos below are of neighbouring Nisga’a territory).
Congratulations to Martha Schwarz, who will be spending the summer doing fieldwork in India through a MITACS Globalink Research Award. She will be staying in the Nepali-speaking Darjeeling region, collecting data on Nepali ergativity and Nepali laryngeal contrasts. The ergativity project is co-supervised by Ayesha Kidwai (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi). Martha recently present work on Nepali ergativity at the MOTH Syntax Workshop at University of Toronto Mississauga.
Collaborator Pedro Mateo Pedro has begun training Chuj speakers to record and transcribe Chuj narratives in Guatemala. This project is a joint project between McGill and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, supported by a SSHRC Connection Grant.
Chuj project trainees recording a narrative