Jessica returned last week from the University of Florida in Gainesville April 5-6 for the 5th Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting (FLYM) where she gave a plenary talk, presenting collaborative work with Nico Baier and Ted Levin. The title of her talk was titled: “Mayan Agent Focus and the Ergative Extraction Constraint”. A new manuscript of this work is available here. The theme of this year’s conference was the UN’s declared International Year of Indigenous Languages.
At Fieldwork Group this week (Thursday 4/11 from 4:30-6:00 in Room 117), Scott AnderBois (Brown University) will present on a project he co-directs geared toward the documentation of the A’ingae language (Isolate, Ecuador). He will also present some software he and his students have developed during the project. The software, called LingView, provides a browser-based user interface to display annotated audio/video materials from ELAN and written materials from FLEx.
The Montreal Workshop on Amazigh Languages took place last week, March 21st and 22nd, and was a big success. The workshop included invited talks by Karim Achab (University of Ottawa), Hamid Ouali (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Khokha Fahloune (UQAM), and by organizer Nico Baier (McGill Univeristy) as well as short presentations on Kabyle by the students in this semester’s Field Methods course. The workshop was made possible by a SSHRC Insight Grant on Agreement and Anti-Agreement Across Languages.
Tomorrow and Friday, March 21st and 22nd, McGill will host a Workshop on Amazigh Languages, featuring invited talks by Karim Achab (University of Ottawa), Hamid Ouali (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Khokha Fahloune (UQAM), as well as short presentations on Kabyle by the students in this semester’s Field Methods course.
Thursday, the talks will be held in Leacock 738. Talks start at 10am, with small refreshments being served from 9:30
All are welcome! Below, find the titles/times of the four long talks for the conference. For a detailed scheduled and abstracts for the talks, please visit the workshop website, linked below.
Thursday, March 21st (Leacock 738)
1:00 — 2:00: Karim Achab — Diachronic and Synchronic Account of Anti-Agreement in Amazigh Languages
2:00 — 3:00: Hamid Ouali — On Tense and Aspect in Tamazight
3:30 — 4:30: Khokha Fahloune — Retour sur les marqueurs sujet et objet en kabyle
4:30 — 5:30: Nico Baier — Person Case Constraint Effects in Kabyle
Please feel free to drop by for any of the talks!
This workshop is supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant.
We will have two more meetings this semester, March 14 (this coming Thursday) and April 11. Both meetings will take place in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building (1085 Av du Docteur Penfield). Here’s what we’ll be doing in each:
March 14: Ethics and good practices in fieldwork
- Richard will be presenting on ethics and REB.
- We will be discussing a reading by Macaulay (2004), attached here, titled Training students on the realities of fieldwork
April 11: Guest presentation by Scott AnderBois (Brown University)
- Scott will be in town giving a colloquium at McGill and will present at our April 11 meeting
- He will present a language documentation project he co-directs on A’ingae (Isolate, Ecuador), including some software that he and his students have made along with the project.
Last May McGill hosted a Symposium on the Role of the University in Supporting Indigenous Languages. The symposium was organized in response to the Final Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, which called on McGill to strengthen support of Indigenous languages.
The resulting Vision Paper has now been published online, and is available on the symposium webpage here.
McGill linguistics will host a Workshop on Amazigh languages on March 21st. The workshop will have invited talks by Karim Achab (University of Ottawa), Hamid Ouali (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Khokha Fahloune (UQAM), as well as short presentations on Kabyle by the students in this semester’s Field Methods course. A full schedule will be released soon. Attendance is free and all are welcome! For more information, contact organizer Nico Baier.
The first Fieldwork Group meeting of the semester will take place on Thursday, January 31, from 4:30-6:00 in Room 117 of the Linguistics Building. Justin will give a tutorial on the language documentation software ELAN. Attendees are asked to download ELAN before the meeting in order to follow along, as we will be transcribing some (Quebec!) French data together. All are welcome!
BA honours student Ben Oldham‘s research was showcased on McGill’s Faculty of Arts website this week:
Ben conducted summer research funded by a McGill Arts Research Internship Award and will present his work this Monday at the annual McGill Undergraduate Research Event. He summarized his results in this Intro to Fieldwork blog page, which also includes lots of references. Congrats Ben!