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.
Congratulations to recent McGill PhD and Mi’gmaq Research Partnership member Michael Hamilton, who has just accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Linguistics Department at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Mike finished his PhD in 2015 on Mi’gmaq and is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. Nice work Mike!
Recent BA graduate Cora Lesure presented her work from her Summer 2015 ARIA award at this year’s Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event. This work formed part of her Honours thesis on Ch’ol prosody, which she completed this past semester co-supervised by Jessica Coon and recent postdoc, Lauren Clemens. Congrats Cora!
McGill field-working linguists were in Washington DC for the 90th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, January 7–10th. The LSA meeting also includes the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of Latin America.
Presentations from McGill fieldworkers of past and present include…
BA student Douglas Gordon presented at the seventh Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates (OCLU) December 4th and 5th. His talk was based on ongoing work on Mi’gmaq, and titled “Asymmetric coordination in Mi’gmaq”.
McGill BA student Nadia Famularo, recent graduate Madeleine Mees, and Tibetan consultant Tashi Wangyal, traveled to UC Santa Barbara last week to present collaborative work at ICSTLL: The International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. The work grew out of the 2014 Field Methods class on Tibetan. The title of their talk was “Ergative marking in Dharamsala Tibetan”.
Congratulations to Mike Hamilton, who successfully defended his dissertation, “The syntax of Mi’gmaq: A configurational account” this past Monday. Mike begins a Mellon Postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University this fall. Mike has been an active member of the Mi’gmaq Research Partnership since it began in 2011.
Congratulations to Yuliya Manyakina who just completed her MA thesis on noun incorporation in Mi’gmaq. Her thesis can be downloaded here. Yuliya first began working on Mi’gmaq during the 2011 Field Methods course at McGill, and has been an active member of the Mi’gmaq Research Partnership.