The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be having our last meeting of the Fall 2016 semester on Monday, 12/5, from 12-1pm in room 002.
Sarah will be presenting about anti-agreement in Kabyle. Recommended reading is Ouhalla (1993) “Subject-Extraction, Negation, and the Anti-Agreement Effect”. The most important sections to focus on are sections 1-3.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our Winter 2017 meeting time and location!
McGill Fieldwork Lab members of past and present were at the 4th Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi IV) last week, which took place in at the Universidad de Oriente in Valladolid, Mexico. The full program is available here.
Cora Lesure (BA ’15), Robert Henderson (Post-Doc ’12–’13), Carol-Rose Little (BA ’12), Justin Royer (Chuj RA)
The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/28, from 12-1pm in room 002.
Henrison Hsieh will be presenting about semantic fieldwork and Tagalog.
Recommended reading is Matthewson (2004). The most important parts to focus on are Sections 3 and 4.
The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/21, from 12-1pm in room 002.
Jessica Coon will be presenting her FAMLi4 talk, titled “Building roots in Chuj and Ch’ol”.
In this talk I examine verb-stem forming morphology in two Mayan languages: Chuj and Ch’ol. I show how the inventory of v/Voice heads has an effect on the available types of verbs in each language. Specifically, I investigate the division of labor between the root and functional heads, arguing that roots are not entirely acategorical, but must come minimally with information about whether they assign a thematic role to an internal argument.
Recommended reading is Coon (2016), “Unergatives, antipassives, and roots in Chuj”.
The film Arrival––filmed in Montreal and starring Amy Adams as a fieldworker linguist who saves the world when aliens make contact––was just released last week, and a group of us at McGill got special tickets to a pre-release screening downtown:
Linguists at Arrival
You can read more about my involvement and the press it’s received on McLing, and check out the piece I wrote about fieldwork with aliens for Museum of the Moving Image’s “Science and Film” section: http://scienceandfilm.org/articles/2802/alien-speak-linguist-dr-jessica-coon-on-villeneuves-arrival
The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/14, from 12-1pm in room 002.
Martha Schwarz will be presenting “Ergative in Hindi/Urdu: Reconciling the perfective oblique and the heavy imperfective analysis”, by Raghavachari Amritavalli.
The Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, 11/7, from 12-1pm in room 002.
Richard Compton, Lisa Travis, and Jessica Coon will discuss important first steps in every fieldwork project, such as recruiting consultants, the REB, and consent forms. Recommended reading is Bowern (2008) Chapter 11, “Ethical Field Research”.
The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Monday, October 31, from 12-1pm in room 002.
Justin Royer will be presenting about nominal classifiers in Chuj.
The required reading is Craig (1986), “Jacaltec Noun Classifiers: A Study in Grammaticalization”. Sections 2, 5, and 6 are the most important parts of the paper for Justin’s presentation, so please focus on those sections.
A special “Mayan Linguistics” edition of the journal Language and Linguistics Compass was just published, featuring articles by Ryan Bennett, Jessica Coon, and Robert Henderson. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lnc3.v10.10/issuetoc)
Pedro Mateo Pedro (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala; University of Maryland) visited McGill this week in connection with the Chuj lab’s collaborative language research and documentation project. Pedro gave a guest lecture in LING 410 Structure of Mayan, and presented his work with the Field Station in Guatemala, a joint project between U.V.G. and U. Maryland.
Pedro presenting at Ling-Tea