Welcome to the McGill Linguistic Fieldwork Lab! This semester (Fall 2017), Fieldwork Lab is meeting alternate weeks with the Syntax group, Fridays at 10:00am in Linguistics Department room 117. You can find information about this week’s meeting on McLing, or contact me for details.
Currently there is active research by students and other group members on Bobangi (Bantu), Kabyle (Amazigh), Mi’gmaq (Eastern Algonquian), Chuj (Mayan), Ch’ol (Mayan), Shughni (Pamir), and Tagalog (Austronesian). Scroll down for current news and events and contact me if you’d like to get involved.
Many of these projects have grown out of Field Methods classes taught at McGill:
- Nico Baier – Faculty lecturer; Berber
- Paulina Elias – BA Student; Chuj
- Henrison Hsieh – PhD Student; Ergativity Lab, Tagalog
- Ben Oldham – BA student; Mayan
- Clint Parker – PhD student; Ergativity Lab; Chuj; Pamir
- Justin Royer – PhD student; Chuj
- Karima Ouazar – Kabyle consultant
- Matthieu Paillé – PhD student; Algonquian
- Magdalena Torres – Chuj consultant
| Former members
- Carolyn Anderson – Fulbright Fellow 2015; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Louisa Bielig – BA 2015; Chuj morphosyntax, Ergativity Lab
- Colin Brown – MA 2016; Gitskan
- Lizzie Carolan – BA 2014; Chuj Lab Manager; Chuj, tense and aspect
- Lauren Clemens – Postdoctoral Fellow 2014–2015; Chol prosody
- Richard Compton – Postdoctoral Fellow 2013–2014; Inuktitut & Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Michael Erlewine – Postdoctoral Fellow 2014–2015; Ergativity Lab, Chuj, Tibetan
- Nadia Famularo – BA 2015; Tibetan
- Lydia Felice – BA Honours 2017; Student; Kabyle
- Douglas Gordon – BA 2016; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Michael Hamilton – PhD 2015; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Robert Henderson – Postdoctoral Fellow 2012–2013; Mayan
- Liwen Hou – BA Honours 2013; Chuj syntax
- Hadas Kotek – Postdoctoral Research fellow; Chuj, Tibetan
- Cora LeSure – BA Honours 2015; Ch’ol prosody, Chuj
- Carol Little – BA Honours 2012; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Yuliya Manyakina – MA 2015; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Madeleine Mees – BA 2015; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership, Tibetan
- Janine Metallic – PhD Education; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership, Mi’gmaq consultant
- Sarah Mihuc – BA Honours 2017; Kabyle, Chuj
- Dejan Milacic – MA student 2017; Kabyle
- Elise McClay – BA Honours 2012; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Gretchen McCulloch – MA 2013; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
- Martha Schwarz – MA 2017; Nepali, Kabyle
- Joyce Xiao – BA 2015; Chuj research
- Tashi Wangyal – Filmmaker; Tibetan speaker
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
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.
Members of the National Geographic-funded Ch’ol documentation project convened June 7th and 8th at CIESAS-Sureste in San Cristóbal de las Casas for a workshop focused on file management and transcription, organized by Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez and Jessica Coon, and with ELAN and audio file editing tutorials by Justin Royer and Sandra Cruz Gómez.
the group at work transcribing
Groups traveled from Oxolotán Tabasco (led by Nicolás Arcos López) and Yajalón, Chiapas (led by Bernabé Vázquez Sánchez). Altogether, they had collected more than 30 hours of Ch’ol recordings during the first phase of the project (see Workshop 1, here). During phase 2, they will select their favorite narratives to transcribe and translate. At the end, all materials will be uploaded to the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA).
Workshop 2 participants, back row: Bernabé Vázquez Sánchez, Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez, Sandra Cruz Gómez, Nicolás Arcos López, Félix López López, Jessica Coon, Justin Royer, Morelia Vázquez Martínez Front row: Patricia López Vázquez, Nilda Gúzman López, Lourdes Méndez Sánchez, Matilde Vázquez Vázquez
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
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
Two members of the Fieldwork Lab presented at the 23rd Workshop on Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 23), held last week at the University of Ottawa. Paulina Elias presented “The role of directionals in positional and locative constructions in Chuj”, and Nico Baier presented collaborative work with Zachary O’Hagen (Berkeley), titled “Morphological Reflexes of Subject Extraction in Caquinte”.
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
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”.