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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“.


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)

Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates (OCLU)

The Department of Linguistics of the University of Ottawa is pleased to announce that it will host its eighth Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates (OCLU 2016) on Saturday, 27th November, 2016. OCLU will also include a session for M.A. students. The conference provides a supportive environment in which undergraduates and M.A. students can disseminate their research findings, hone their presentation skills, and network with other students and faculty who share their academic interests.

Conference website: http://www.oclu2016.com

Call for papers deadline: October 14 (more information here: http://www.oclu2016.com/OCLU_Call_for_Papers.html)

Dennis Ott at the LSA

Together with Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, Dennis will be organizing a session on VP-fronting at the LSA in Austin, TX, January 2017. The session will feature talks by Laruen Eby-Clemens, Anya Lunden & Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, Jason Kandybowicz, Gary Thoms & Goerge Walkden, and Lisa Travis. Stay tuned!

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.

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”

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!


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)