Workshop on Amazigh Languages

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.

discussion during Khokha Fahloune’s talk on agreement and clitics

 

Karim Achab demonstrates verb paradigms

 

Jessica Coon, Karim Achab, Nico Baier, Sadia Nahi, Hamid Ouali, Khokha Fahloune

 

workshop dinner: Karima Ouazar, Sadia Nahi, Justin Royer, Khokha Fahloune, Hamid Ouali, Nico Baier, Jessica Coon

 

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Workshop on Amazigh Languages, 3/21–3/22

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.

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Fieldwork Lab meetings 3/14 and 4/11

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.

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Indigenous Ally Toolkit

The Montreal Aboriginal Network has put together this pamphlet for Indigenous allyship, especially useful for those in the Montreal area.

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Bridging communities and universities through language engagement

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.

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Workshop on Amazigh Languages, 3/21 – Save the date!

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.

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Fieldwork Group on Thursday, 1/31 – ELAN Tutorial by Justin

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!

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Ben Oldham’s research showcased at McGill

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!

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Chuj article published in Journal of Linguistics

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Carol-Rose Little and Morelia Vázquez in the news

See Cornell’s recent article on McGill BA/Fieldwork Lab alum Carol-Rose Little (now a PhD student at Cornell) and her collaborative work with Ch’ol speaker Morelia Vázquez Martínez!

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