The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 2/3, fro 1-2pm in room 117.
Martha Schwarz will be presenting different ways of accounting for person-based and semantically-based splits in the context of Nepali’s optional ergativity.
All are welcome!
Lydia Felice presented her honours thesis research on Kabyle at the 7th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event, which took place Tuesday, 1/17. The event featured posters and presentations by students who received an Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award in Summer 2016. Lydia’s poster was titled: “Free State/Construct State Alternation in Kabyle.”
Lydia presents her poster
The Ergativity/Fieldwork Lab will be meeting on Friday, 1/27, from 1-2pm in room 117.
This week, three students will present their posters in preparation for the undergraduate poster session at the 43rd annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.
Justin Royer – Numeral and Noun Classifiers in Chuj
Sarah Mihuc – The Effects of Focus on Word Order in Kabyle Berber
Lydia Felice – An Analysis of the State Alternation in Kabyle Berber
All are welcome!
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.