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CLA 2016

This year’s meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association will take place in Calgary from May 28 to June 3. You will find conference info here and the program. Many department members will be presenting talks and posters:

Brandon J. Fry (Ottawa)
Tout n’est pas relatif : les compléments phrastiques en ojibwé

Daiho Kitaoka & Kathleen Strader (Ottawa)

Relative Clauses in Michif

Paul B. Melchin (Ottawa)

Nahed Mourad (Ottawa)

Revisiting Borrowings into Arabic: Evidence from Lone English Nouns in Lebanese Arabic

Laura Sabourin, Jean-Christophe Leclerc, Myriam Lapierre, Michelle Burkholder & Christie Brien (Ottawa)


LabPhon15 @Cornell

LabPhone 15 “Speech Dynamics and Phonological Representations” will take place at Cornell University on July 13-16 2016. You will find the conference schedule here.  Lyra Magloughlin will present a paper titled: “An Apparent Time Study of Turbulent Sounds in Raleigh, NC English” at the satellite workshop Dynamics and Representations of Turbulent Sounds. Marc Brunelle will present a co-authored paper with title “Individual specificity, redundancy and the evolution of phonological systems: Intonation in a tone language” in the main conference program.

Dennis Ott in Barcelona

Dennis Ott will be an invited keynote speaker at the workshop “The Syntax-Discourse Interface: Approaches, Phenomena, and Variation” at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 10-11 November 2016.

Sociolinguistics extravaganza!

DiPVac 3 was held at the University of Ottawa on May 4-6 (program) and CVC 9 was held on May 7-8 (program).  Many members of our department participated. Shana Poplack was a plenary speaker at DipVac. In addition, the following department members presented at CVC (in order of appearance):

Going back to the source: A comparative analysis of the expression of necessity in Hexagonal and Quebec French

Laura Kastronic

Codeswitches or borrowings: Who cares? Evidence from English lone-origin nouns in Lebanese Arabic

Nahed Mourad

Agreeing to disagree: The lexical effect on past participle gender agreement in French

Suzanne Robillard

Subject-verb order in Jordanian Arabic: A variationist approach

Ekab Al-Shawashreh

Patterns of futurity: A variationist study of future temporal reference in spoken Italian

Salvatore Digesto

Revitalizing old relatives: Evidence from Early and Late Modern English (1571-1796)

Stephen Levey


Full set of abstracts here.

Fun and learning at the Living Lab

Here are some news about the upcoming Living Lab (a collaboration between Tania Zamuner, Cristina Atance and Chris Fennell):

“Imagine going on a family outing to a museum and taking part in real studies on children’s cognitive development and language acquisition. Imagine watching your child interact with researchers, who engage them in short games, puzzles or problem-solving tasks, and then chatting with the researchers — before continuing on to the museum’s other exhibits.“


The new Canada Science and Technology Museum, which the Living Lab will be researching from in 2017, Canada’s 150th.

“The Museum’s exhibitions space will be upgraded to enhance visitor experience and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators.”


Ottawa Metro News article:

“A partnership with the University of Ottawa would bring a “living lab” to the museum, allowing parents and kids to participate in short studies.” …


(thanks to Maurice Bélanger for the update!)

Poster presentations and prizes

Students from Introduction to Neurolinguistics and from Introduction to Psycholinguistics presented posters this April, with prizes for the best posters. Here are the winners, with their certificates and WugMug awards. Congratulations to everyone! (thanks to Christie Brien for the news):

The students of LIN2352A: Introduction to Neurolinguistics presented posters of existing research papers selected from within the field of Neurolinguistics. At each of the two presentation sessions, the students cast their votes for the best poster.

The winners of the Student Choice Award for Best Poster in LIN2352 are: Sera Ilaslan and Birsen Ilaslan, and Lauren Desormeau.


The students of LIN3350A: Introduction to Psycholinguistics presented posters to their peers of experimental research that they prepared, carried out, and analyzed themselves. At each of the two presentation sessions, the students cast their votes for the best research poster.

The winners of the Student Choice Award for Best Poster in LIN3350 are:

Rebecca Mackenzie, Erika Giroux, and Adrianna Cote for the research poster: The Stroop Effect in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developed Adolescents

Fardous Sahouli and Ambareen Lalji for the research poster: Music Interference and Stroop



A Panará visiting Ottawa

Here are news from Bernat Bardagil-Mas about the visit of Perankô to our department:

In April, the Linguistics Department received the visit of Perankô, a speaker of Panará, directly from the Brazilian Amazon.  He came to Ottawa as the first step of a documentation grant awarded to Bernat by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) to document the Panará language for digital archiving (http://elar.soas.ac.uk/deposit/0418), but also as a way to contribute to his understanding of the Western world, of the situation of native American societies and languages in North America, and as an enriching personal experience. All along the 20 days that he spent here, we filmed him explaining his experiences in Panará so that he can have a vivid token of his visit.

In Ottawa, Perankô met with students and participated in the department life. He also saw snow for the first time, and realized just how cold it can be in Canada. He visited museums, the University campus, Parliament Hill, and a municipal swimming pool. He tried poutine, pancakes, hamburgers, ramen, phở, and a rabbit paella.

We were invited to visit the community of Kahnawà:ke, where Perankô did a Panará-Mohawk interview with two teachers that work on curriculum development for the Kahnawà:ke community. We also visited the traditional Mohawk longhouses, where rituals take place, and the community high school, where we acted as interpreters during two hours of conversation between Perankô and a small group of teachers and students.

Perankô also accompanied us on a work retreat to a cottage in Mont Tremblant. On the way back, we visited the Omega Park, where Perankô was able to satiate his curiosity about Canadian fauna.

Finally, Perankô obtained a last-minute tourist visa for the United States so that he could attend SAIL (the Symposium on American Indian Languages) at the RIT in Rochester, NY. We presented a Documentation Project for the Panará language, which includes a dictionary of Panará, a project in which the Panará are very invested. Perankô presented the introduction of the presentation, speaking in Panará with subtitles projected on the canvas behind him. Finally, Perankô had the opportunity to meet and discuss with researchers and members of native American groups.

From now on, deep in a forest between the Brazilian states of Pará and Mato Grosso, the members of this small community will all know about Canada and Ottawa, moose and squirrels, snow and slush, the Rideau canal, and the sandwiches at Café Alt.

(Thanks for the news to Bernat Bardagil-Mas who has been a visiting scholar at our department this past year).

Amazonicas VI

The 6th meeting of the International Colloquium Amazonicas will take place in Leticia, Colombia and Tabatinga, Brazil, on May 24-28. Members of the expanded Ottawa U Linguistics community will participate:

Bernat Bardagil-Mas (Groningen University): “Negation mechanisms in Panará”

Myriam Lapierre, Andrés Salanova & Bernat Bardagil-Mas: “A reconstruction of Proto-Northern Jê phonemics”

Digital Security Recommendations

Maurice Bélanger sends us the following security advice:

Safeguard your devices and data: Lots of data moves between people, devices, systems and storage services. It is incumbent on you to keep your (and maybe even some shared lab/research) data secure. Here are a few suggestions on what is available or can be done to add an initial layer of protection at the operating system level. Once you’ve made sure to create a system-level password for your favourite device < insert smiley face icon here > the main thing to remember is don’t forget your password!

ZIP with a password

Built-in to most OSes is the support for the .ZIP format. Right-clicking in Windows or Mac OSX gives you the option to compress and secure individual files or folders.




Secure USB

Most of us carry around one or many USB key/drives. Consider getting a secured version.


I’m partial to Kingston Technology DataTraveler Vault Privacy Editions;


We misplace and sometimes lose USB keys, imagine forgetting or worse losing your portable device. Believe me it happens, to the best of us. Have your User ID and that passkey configured, turn on the find my device feature and if you are very sensitive about your files, maybe consider OS-level encryption (after of course always doing your backups). Here are some links to the major OS encryption options (read the warnings!).

Mac OSX – FileVault



Windows – BitLocker



Unix – OpenSSL



The uOttawa IT office has some good security and data protection information for you here;


Have a great summer, stay and play safe AND don’t forget your password!



Pictures from SULA 2016

Kate Riccomini and Andrés Salanova presented their work at the conference Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (this year, at Santa Cruz – see here). Kate presented a paper with title “The semantics of Ojibwa theme-signs and argument structure” (abstract here) and Andrés presented a co-authored paper with title “Mirativity without contradiction or exclamation in Guaraní “ra’e” (abstract here).

You will find pictures from the conference scrolling down here. Here are a couple:


WCCFL pictures

The 34th meeting of WCCFL took place at the University of Utah on April 29-May 1. Daiho Kitaoka presented a poster: ”An application approach to Major Object Constructions in East Asian Languages”  and Tharanga Weerasooriya presented a paper:  ”Deriving free choice, specificity and ignorance with Q-particles in Sinhala”. They have sent us back pictures!


March 29 2016

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this month’s issue of Hiatus. We hope you will enjoy it. Send us your news for our next issue,

your Hiatus editors,

Jérémie, Tharanga, Kevin and Ana

Sarah Murray colloquium

Prof. Sarah Murray (Cornell University) will be giving a colloquium talk at our Department on Wednesday March 30 at 2.30 pm, Hamelin 509. The title of the talk will be “Evidentials and Illocutionary mood in Cheyenne”. There will be a small reception in Salon Monet afterwards. Everyone is welcome!

Montreal-Ottawa-Laval-Toronto Phonology Workshop

The MOLT Workshop took place at Carleton University from March 18 to March 20. Here is the workshop website: https://sites.google.com/site/carletonmolt2016/. Many members of our Department made presentations:

Myriam Lapierre: The nasal consonants of Panará

Daiho Kitaoka: Morification in Japanese: An analysis of a reversing game

Félix Desmeules-Trudel and Tania Zamuner: Processing ambiguous vowel nasalization in Canadian French: Reaction times and eye movements

Marc Brunelle: When intonation fails to phonologize: The case of Southern Vietnamese

John Jensen and Margaret Strong-Jensen: Opacity, Transparency, and Locality

If you look at the program, you will see old friends too!

Daiho Kitaoka and Tharanga Weerasooriya at WCCFL

Daiho Kitaoka and Tharanga Weerasooriya will be presenting their research at the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, to be held at the University of Utah in April 29-May 1: http://linguistics.utah.edu/news-and-events/WCCFL34.php.

Daiho Kitaoka: ”An application approach to Major Object Constructions in East Asian Languages” (poster)

Tharanga Weerasooriya: ”Deriving free choice, specificity and ignorance with Q-particles in Sinhala”(presentation)