Welcome to the McGill Linguistic Fieldwork Lab! This semester (Winter 2019), Fieldwork Lab is meeting once a month in Linguistics Department room 117. You can find information about upcoming meetings on McLing, or contact Clint Parker for details.

Currently there is active research by students and other group members on Chichewa (Bantu), Kabyle (Amazigh), Chuj (Mayan), Ch’ol (Mayan), Malay (Austronesian), Shughni (Pamir), Georgian (Kartvelian), 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:


Who's involved
  • Georges Awaad – BA student; Chuj
  • Kanontienentha Brass – BA student; Kanien’kéha
  • Henrison Hsieh – PhD Student; Tagalog
  • Clint Parker – PhD student; Pamir languages
  • Justin Royer – PhD student; Chuj
  • Tarynne Pachano – MA Indigenous Language Revitalization; Cree
  • Matthieu Paillé – PhD student; Malay, Ojibwe
  • Vanessa Racine – BA student; Ojibwe
  • Michaela Socolof – PhD student; Georgian
  • Magdalena Torres – Chuj language consultant
  |   Connections
  |   Former members
  • Carolyn Anderson – Fulbright Fellow 2015; Mi’gmaq Research Partnership
  • Nico Baier – Postdoc; Amazigh languages
  • 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
  • Paulina Elias – BA Student; Chuj
  • 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 language 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
  • Ben Oldham – BA Honours 2019; Bantu languages
  • Karima Ouazar – Kabyle language consultant
  • Martha Schwarz – MA 2017; Nepali, Kabyle
  • Joyce Xiao – BA 2015; Chuj research
  • Tashi Wangyal – Filmmaker; Tibetan language consultant




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Invited Speaker Kari Chew, 11/19

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Fieldwork Lab at CILLA IX

McGill linguists of past and present gathered at UT Austin last week for the 9th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA IX). Presentations by current affiliations included:

  • Scott Anderbois (Brown), Miguel Oscar Chan Dzul (U Oriente), Jessica Coon (McGill), Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez (CIMSUR-UNAM): Las construcciones relativas “superlibres” en lenguas mayas [“Super-free” relative constructions in Mayan languages]
  • Justin Royer (McGill): La distribución de los sufijos de categoría en chuj y la interfaz entre sintaxis y prosodia [The distribution of status suffixes in Chuj and the syntax–prosody interface]

The full program is available here.

Cora Lesure (BA ’16), Lauren Clemens (Post-Doc ’14–’15), Jessica Coon, Justin Royer, Robert Henderson (Post-Doc ’13–’14)

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Indigenous languages in McGill news

A recent McGill news article spotlighted Indigenous languages and the need for universities to act as allies to ongoing efforts in communities. The article features discussion with Janine MetallicKahtehrón:ni Stacey, and Jessica Coon, and is available here: https://giving.mcgill.ca/all-stories/bringing-indigenous-languages-back-life

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Fieldwork Lab Meetings

This semester regular Fieldwork Group meetings will take place at UQAM, roughly one Friday per month, organized by Matthew Schuurman. The first meeting will be next week Friday, Oct 11th at 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. in DS-3470 at UQAM. All are welcome!

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Teaching at EGG

Last week I came back from teaching “Intro to Ergativity” and a mini course on hierarchy effects at the Eastern Generative Grammar (EGG) summer school, held in Wrocław, Poland. Here’s a picture of the group:

EGG group photo

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Gretchen McCulloch’s “Because Internet”

McGill Linguistics Fieldwork Lab alumna Gretchen McCulloch‘s new book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, was published with rave reviews and made the New York Times Best Sellers list last week. Before Gretchen became a professional internet linguist, she wrote her 2013 McGill MA thesis on Mi’gmaq preverbs. Nice work Gretchen!

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Georges Awaad on CTV news

Georges Awaad, along with his new work on Chuj with Jessica Coon, was featured on CTV news this past weekend! Watch the full story here.

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Bale, Coon, and Arcos López in Glossa

Collaborative work with Alan Bale (Concordia University) and Nicolás Arcos López (Universidad Intercultural de Tabasco) on numeral classifiers in Ch’ol (Mayan) was published in the journal Glossa.

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51st Algonquian Conference at McGill – Call for Papers

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Georges Awaad in McGill Reporter

The McGill Reporter picked up Georges Awaad’s story, now with video, more on Chuj and interviews with me and with Justin Royer. Nice work Georges!

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