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Justin Royer at NELS

Justin Royer presented a poster on Chuj nominal classifiers, “Domain restriction and noun classifiers in Chuj (Mayan)”, at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS 49) at Cornell University last week.

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Fieldwork Lab at FAMLi V

Fieldwork Lab members of past and present were in Antigua Guatemala last week for the 5th meeting of Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi V). Jessica gave a plenary talk titled ‘Construyendo verbos en chuj y ch’ol.’ Other talks and posters were:

  • Scott AnderBois, Oscar Chan Dzul, Jessica Coon, and Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez – Free relatives in Ch’ol and Yucatec Maya and the typology of headless relative clauses
  • Paulina Elias (BA ’18) – El rol de los direccionales en construcciones posicionales y locativas en Chu
  • Cora Lesure (BA ’15) – Chuj glottalized vowels across contexts
  • Carol-Rose Little (BA ’12) & Morelia Vázquez Martínez (RA) – La distribución e interpretación de sustantivos en el Ch’ol: Un estudio práctico de corpus
  • Justin Royer (PhD) – Las configuraciones referenciales en Chuj
  • Justin Royer (PhD) & Luis Alonso-Ovalle – La expresión de la modalidad de decisión arbitraria en Chuj

Morelia, Justin, Cora, Paulina, Robert, Jessica, and Carol-Rose

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Jessica Coon and Justin Royer at Headless Relative Clauses workshop

Jessica Coon and Justin Royer participated in workshop 2 of the Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages project, organized by Ivano Caponigro, Harold Torrence, and Roberto Zavala. The second workshop took place May 28th–June 1st at CIESAS-Sureste in San Cristóbal de las Casas, and focused on presentations of the fieldwork carried out since the first workshop.

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Fieldwork Lab at SULA 10

Paulina Elias presented her work on Chuj at the 10th meeting of Semantics of Under-reprented Languages of the Americas (SULA 10), which took place last weekend at the University of Toronto. The title of her poster was “Stage-level Positionals and Locatives in Chuj”.

Carol-Rose Little (McGill BA ’12), now a PhD student at Cornell University, was an invited speaker. Her talk was “Possessed Numerals in Ch’ol”.

Carol-Rose and Paulina at SULA

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Royer and Torres in Guatemala

PhD student Justin Royer is in Guatemala with Fieldwork Lab Chuj consultant Magdalena Torres. Here they are, together with Magdalena’s husband Mateo Pablo in Petanak. Mateo Pablo is one of few survivors of the massacre that took place in this community in 1982––one of many massacre against Maya communities by the military during the war. His experiences are the subject of the documentary film Haunted Land, by Montreal-based film-maker Mary Ellen Davis.

Magda, Mateo, and Justin in Petanak

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Justin Royer in Stuttgart

PhD student Justin Royer traveled to the University of Stuttgart in Germany where he presented a paper titled “Specificity, (in)definiteness, and noun classifiers in Chuj (Mayan)” at the 40th Annual Conference of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS).

Justin in Stuttgart

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Clint Parker at ConCALL 3

PhD student Clint Parker presented some of his recent research on alignment in Shughni at the third Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL 3) at Indiana University March 2-4.  His talk was titled “Vestigial Ergativity in Shughni: Typology and Analysis”.

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Paulina Elias at McGill Arts Undergraduate Research Event

Paulina Elias presented the results of her summer research internship on Chuj January 18th at the McGill 8th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research EventPaulina summer work was funded by an ARIA award and included research on adjectives in Chuj, as well as preparation of Chuj narratives for submission in the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA).

Paulina presenting her poster

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TOMILLA

Chuj lab members Paulina Elias and Justin Royer traveled to Toronto to present their work on Chuj at the first Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Indigenous Languages of Latin America (TOMILLA) workshop at the University of Toronto. Paulina’s talk was “Positionals and directionals in Chuj” and Justin’s was “Noun classifiers, (in)definiteness, and pronouns in Chuj”.

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CILLA VIII in Austin

Current and former McGill Fieldwork Lab members at the University of Texas at Austin for the 8th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA VIII). Justin Royer’s talk is titled “Sistemas de clasificación nominal en chuj (maya)”. Jessica will give a plenary talk, presenting joint work with Lauren Clemens (SUNY Albany), titled “Verb initial word order in Mayan: Causes and consequences.”

Justin Royer, Lauren Clemens (post-doc 2014–2015), Jessica Coon, Robert Henderson (post-doc 2012–2013)

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