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September 30 2016

Welcome to our new issue of Hiatus. Send us your news for the next one!

your Hiatus editors,

Kevin and Ana

Welcome to our new graduate students

The Department is happy to welcome our new graduate students who started this Fall:

MA: Emma Deck-Leger, Durdana Khosa, Yu-Ying (Joy) Li, Stéphanie Monette

PhD: Myriam Ducos, Eric Iacono, Mahsa Morid, Ivanna Richardson, Ray Therrien, Ryan Winning

Welcome everyone!

We’re on Facebook!

Our department has a new Facebook account. Here:


It is blossoming, and still under construction. Get in touch with Kevin if you have comments or would like to share your news on Facebook (we’ll post news on both Facebook and Hiatus).

Talk by Ivona Kucerova at Carleton University

Ivona Kucerova will be giving a talk with title “On Nominativeness” at Carleton University (DT2203) this Friday (September 30) at 3pm. Please contact Lev Blumenfeld if you have any questions.

New paper by Myriam Dali and Eric Mathieu!

Myriam Dali and Eric Mathieu have a new paper coming out in Lingvisticae Investigationes. The title is: “Les pluriels internes féminins de l’arabe tunisien.” Congratulations!

Vesela Simeonova at the Slavic Linguistic Society

Vesela Simeonova participated in the 11th annual meeting of the Slavic Linguistic Society, held at the University of Toronto on September 23-25 2016. She presented a paper with title: “On the syntax of two Bulgarian ‘that’ complementizers: ‘che’ and ‘deto’ “. You can find the conference program here. Congratulations Vesela!


Gita Zareikar at “Dimensions of D” workshop

Gita Zareikar presented a paper together with Solveiga Armoskaite and Carrie Gillon at the “Dimensions of D” workshop, held at the University of Rochester on September 16-18 2016.  The title of their paper was: “Specificity: the trouble with case and numerals“. Congratulations!

Andrés Salanova at NELS

Andrés Salanova will present a paper together with his co-author Javier Carol at the 47th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society to be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on October 14-16. You will find the conference program here. The title of his paper is: “The mirative evidential is neither surprise nor contradiction, but discovery“.


Adelsa loft night/ soirée au loft

Adelsa loft-night / soirée au loft: September 29 / 29 de septembre!

From Maurice Bélanger

Welcome back everyone.

Some bits and bytes to refresh your memory and get you optimized for the new year. Heads up, next issue’s tech submission is going to go deep.

Have a great semester!


People – Keep in touch with your Departmental support staff;

linadm@uottawa.ca – aka Solange Castillo

lintech@uottawa.ca – aka moe (Maurice Bélanger)

linsec@uottawa.ca – aka Donna Desbiens


Places – LIN Lab info.


- Simard 333g-333h, also at the Aviation Museum, extension 7516



- Arts (Hamelin) 408, extension 2401



- Simard 333a, extension 7949



- Arts (Hamelin) 402, extension 1184


MHN420 info

- press 1 for VGA, press 6 for HDMI

- A/V cables provided

- don’t leave the door open after leaving

MHN509 info

- secure room, reserve it with Donna

- adaptors and A/V cables provided, podium PC coming


Things – Applications we use and you could too:

- neuroBS Presentations: https://www.neurobs.com/menu_presentation/menu_features/features_overview

- SR Research Experiment Builder: http://www.sr-research.com/eb.html

- Ultraspeech: http://www.ultraspeech.com/web/

- PhoneEdit: http://www.lpl-aix.fr/~lpldev/phonedit/

- BESA: http://www.besa.de

- FCPX: http://www.apple.com/ca/final-cut-pro/

- Compumedics: http://compumedicsneuroscan.com/products-overview/

- Audacity, VLC, Python, R, CLAN, MatLab, Phon, and more …

* newly suggested (merci Lyra)

- Open Sesame: http://osdoc.cogsci.nl/

- PsychoPy: http://www.psychopy.org

… there’s more to come, in detail, in the next Hiatus issue


What about OSes at UO?

- WINXP, yeah we still have a few systems running it, being phased out

- WIN7, fully supported by IT (formerly known as CCS), UO standard

- WIN10, no longer free, semi-supported by IT

- macOSX El Capitan (10.11) no incompatibility issues, supported

- macOS Sierra aka, (10.12), free, semi-supported by IT

- UNIX-flavours, ask moe

… there’s more to come, in detail, in the next Hiatus issue


Cheap stuff:

- decent deal on MS, others a bit meh: http://onthehub.com/search/higher-ed/

Web Site Support:

- Artsites site, get one via the Faculty Webmaster, Pierre.Renaud@uottawa.ca


Work and Play safe on your Mac or PC:

- malwarebytes: https://www.malwarebytes.com/antimalware/

- avast: https://www.avast.com/en-ca/free-antivirus-download

Next month, Software, Servers, Services and Suggestions.

September 12 2016

Welcome to the first issue of our Newsletter for this year. A chance to say welcome back to everyone and wish you a happy semester. Send us your news for the next issue!

your editors, Kevin and Ana

Thesis defences over the summer

This summer our department celebrated several successful PhD thesis defences:

September 7th: Nicté Fuller Medina, “Language mixing in Northern and Western Belize: a comparative variationst approach”. Supervisors: Stephen Levey and Juana Liceras

August 26th: Daryl Chow, “The intonational structure of Singapore English”. Supervisor: Marc Brunelle

August 25th: Ekab Al-Shawashreh, “Aspects of grammatical variation in Jordanian Arabic”. Supervisor: Stephen Levey

August 4th: Saleh Al-Qahtani, “The structure and distribution of Determiner Phrases in Arabic: Standard Arabic and Saudi dialects”. Supervisor: Eric Mathieu

Congratulations to everyone! Send us pictures for our next issue!

Welcome to Solange Castillo!!

We would like to offer a warm Hiatus-welcome to Solange Castillo, who joined our department as Administrative Assistant last year.


In her free time, Solange enjoyes photography, including taking pictures of her dog in everyday human activities, as well as baking (in her words: “I try not to do too much, because I tend to eat my weight in homemade sweets”). She also loves to bike. As for her job, she told us she likes “the stress that comes with time managing myself, and the students”.  Sounds perfect! A big welcome!

Eric Mathieu’s first novel is out!

Éric Mathieu published a novel « Les suicidés d’Eau-Claire ». Éditions La Mèche (from the group La courte échelle). The book launch took place at the Librairie du Soleil, Ottawa, on September 1. The next book launch will be at the Librairie Olivieri, Montréal, September 12, from 5pm to 7pm. Éric will also be at the Salon du livre de l’Estrie et au Salon du livre de Montréal.

Check out the excellent review by Valérie Lessard in Le Droit: here

Check out the blurb by Martine Desjardins in L’Actualité out last Friday.

Check out the excellent review by Stanley Péan in Les Libraires: here

You can see some photos from the book launch here:  https://www.facebook.com/eajmathieu

Upcoming Department Colloquia

Here are some preliminary news about the  invited speakers that will be giving colloquium talks at our department this academic year. Details, titles, and abstracts to follow; by default, talks will be taking place on Wednesday afternoons.

Oct 11-12: Rajesh Bhatt (UMass-Amherst) [Rajesh will be visiting the department for two days and give two or three talks on different topics]

Nov 9: Meghan Clayards (McGill)

Nov 23: Michael Barrie (Sogang University)

Jan 25: Pavel Trofimovich (Concordia)

Feb 8: Guillaume Thomas (U Toronto)

+ probably one further talk in March, TBA

Please mark your calendars!

( from Dennis & Shana)