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).
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”.
A new paper on roots and stem formation in Chuj was just published online in Journal of Linguistics. The pre-published version is online at LingBuzz.
Last week I presented a talk on hierarchy effects at the Current Issues in Comparative Syntax workshop at the National University of Singapore! The full program can be found here: https://lingconf.com/compsyn/
I’m happy to announce an upcoming event co-orgnanized this year with a team from OFNIE in Education. Please save the date!
McGill Symposium on the University’s Role in Supporting Indigenous Languages (May 10 – 11, 2018)
In response to Call to Action #34 of the Final Report of McGill’s Task Force on Indigenous Education and Indigenous Studies, onMay 10th and 11th, the Department of Linguistics and the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education are jointly hosting a symposium examining the role of the university in Indigenous language maintenance and revitalization. Organized with the support of the Kanien’keháka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Centre, McGill Faculties of Arts and Education, the McGill Indigenous Studies Program, and McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development, the purpose of this Symposium is to (a) signal McGill’s commitment to Indigenous languages in this province and (b) examine more closely what role the University should play in supporting the health of Indigenous languages, locally and regionally. The Symposium will involve both closed-door and public sessions with the goals of establishing a broad consultative body on this question and developing a concrete plan of action for McGill to pursue. Special invitees include Indigenous language teachers, scholars, and university program directors from across Canada:
- Mary Bear (Cree School Board)
- Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (University of Victoria)
- Ryan DeCaire (Onkwawén:na Kentyohkwa, University of Toronto)
- Gabrielle Doreen (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, McGill University)
- Ellen Gabriel (Kanehsatà:ke Education Center)
- Megan Lukaniec (Huron-Wendat Nation, UC Santa Barbara)
- Brian Maracle (Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa)
- Akwiratékha’ Martin (Kahnawà:ke Education Center)
- Onowa McIvor (nehiyaw Nation, University of Victoria)
- Mary Ann Metallic (Listuguj Education Directorate)
- Rita Novalinga (Kativik Ilisarniliriniq)
- Keren Rice (University of Toronto)
- Kahtehrón:ni Stacey (Kahnawà:ke Education Center, McGill University)
- Mark Turin (University of British Columbia)
All those interested in learning more about this topic and advancing McGill’s response to this issue are asked to save the following date, May 10th from 1:30pm to 5:00pm in the Jack Cram Auditorium (EDUC-129), for a Public Forum. The schedule of activities include an opening Keynote from Kanien’kehá:ka Language teacher and McGill PhD Student Kahtehró:nni Iris Stacey, three panel presentations from our invited experts, and public discussion.
Those interested in attending are asked to please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/djIv5RBV9bsr481E3
Please follow the facebook event page here for ongoing updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886367051693868/
I’m happy to report I received funding from the National Geographic Explorers program to support work research and documentation work during my sabbatical here in Chiapas. The project title is “Documenting word order variation in Mayan languages: A collection of Ch’ol narratives”, and involves collaborators Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez (UNAM-CIMSUR), Nicolás Arcos López (Universidad Intercultural de Tabasco), Lauren Clemens (SUNY Albany), John Haviland (UCSD), and Roberto Zavala Maldonado (CIESAS-Sureste).
The trilingual project webpage is up and running at www.chol.lingspace.org. We’ll be updating the page with info on upcoming training workshops, Ch’ol video and audio files, and blog posts from Ch’ol student trainees.
Paulina Elias presented the results of her summer research internship on Chuj January 18th at the McGill 8th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event. Paulina 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).
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.