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
- Dejan Milacic – MA student; Kabyle
- 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
- 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
I spent last week at the first workshop on The Morphosyntax and Semantics of Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages, at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. I’ll head back to CIESAS in January, where I’ll spend the second half of my sabbatical as a visiting researcher.
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”.
The collection of Chuj narratives that the Chuj team here as been working on together with Pedro Mateo Pedro has just been published to the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), and is available here. Special thanks to Paulina Elias for a lot of recent work organizing and updating the files, and to the team at AILLA for getting everything online!
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)
Linguistics undergrad and Fieldwork Lab member Paulina Elias was one of the first SEURA (Social Equity Undergraduate Research Award) recipients during this award’s first year at McGill. Paulina’s research project this past summer focused on the documentation of Chuj, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala and by speakers here in Montreal, and was supervised by Jessica Coon. Last week they attended the SEURA Symposium, where they participated in a discussion panel that centred around social equity in research. Congrats Paulina!
Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez (CIMSUR) and I recently wrote a review of the book Chol (Mayan) Folktales: A Collection of Stories from the Modern Maya of Southern Mexico (Hopkins, Josserand, and Cruz Gúzman), which was published today in the International Journal of American Linguistics (IJAL).
Recent graduate Sarah Mihuc spent part of her summer at the Yale Grammar Bootcamp led by Claire Bowern, and recently made an appearance in Yale News.
Congratulations to Janine Metallic, who successfully defended her dissertation in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education yesterday. The title of her dissertation is: Nta’tugwaqannminen (our stories): Language stories and experiences of young adult Mi’gmaq.
Janine worked as the Mi’gmaq language consultant for the 2011 Field Methods class, and played an integral role in Mi’gmaq language research and documentation at McGill and beyond. Congratulations Janine!
Current and past McGill students are spending most of June in Patzún, Guatemala in connection with the University of Maryland’s Guatemala Field Station. For the first two weeks they took Kaqchikel immersion classes, and and spent the second two weeks conducting research on Mayan languages.
Justin Royer, Jessica Coon, Michaela Socolof, Sarah Mihuc, and Anouk Dieuleveut in Antigua
Incoming PhD student Justin Royer, and recent BA graduate Sarah Mihuc, worked together with Juana Gómez on a Chuj documentation project led by Jessica and Pedro Mateo Pedro.
Jessica, Juana, Justin, and Sarah taking a break from Chuj work
The group also presented work at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Altiplano: