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Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas

The 21st Worskhop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas will take place at UQAM in April 1-3. You will find the conference workshop here: https://sites.google.com/site/wscla2016/.  Here is the program.

Bernat Bardagil-Mas (visiting us from the University of Groningen): Clitic-doubling and split ergativity in Panará.

Jérémie Beauchamp: The syntax and semantics of locatives and existentials in Mébengokre.

Brandon Fry: Cross-clausal agreement in Algonquian: its wide implications for syntactic theory. [Invited presentation]

Daiho Kitaoka: A labeling approach to sentence derivation in Ojibwe

Myriam Lapierre, Bernat Bardagil-Mas and Andrés Salanova: The nasal consonants of Panará

Andrés Salanova and Javier Carol: The Guaraní mirative evidential

Kathleen Strader: Agreement in Michif adjectives

Kate Riccomini and Andrés Salanova at SULA

Kate Riccomini and Andrés Salanova will make presentations at the 9th meeting of the conference Semantics of Under Represented Lanaguages of the Americas (SULA9). It will take place at the University of Santa Cruz on May 6-8. You will find the program here: http://babel.ucsc.edu/sula9/sula.program.html. Here is the information about their talks:

Kate Riccomini: The semantics of Ojibwe theme-signs and argument structure.

Andrés Salanova and Javier Carol: Mirativity without contradiction or exclamation in Guaraní “ra’e


Department members at CLA!!

Some department members will be presenting at CLA at the University of Calgary on May 28-30. Here are some news:

Myriam Dali and Nahed Mourad :  ” On the contrastive use of Arabic plurals: A multidisciplinary approach”.

Brandon Fry: “Tout n’est pas relatif: les complétives en ojibwé.” (poster)

Sabourin, L., Leclerc, J.-C., Lapierre, M., Burkholder, M., Brien, C. “The Language Background Questionnaire in L2 Research: Teasing Apart the Variables.”

Shana Poplack invited speaker at DiPVaC 3, and CVC 9

Our department will be hosting two conferences in sociolinguistics this May. The third meeting of the biannual conference “Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change” on May 4-6, and the ninth meeting of the annual “Change and Variation in Canada” workshop on May 7-8.

Shana Poplack will be a plenary speaker at DiPVaC. The title of her talk will be “Reporting on reported speech: Transmission and diffusion in the Canadian quotative system.” You can find the DiPVaC program here: http://www.dipvac3.com/en/programme.html.

Basile Roussel at “Les français d’ici”

Basile Roussel will make a presentation at the Colloque International “Les français d’ici”, to be held at the Université de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg. The title of his talk is “Deux auxiliares pour le prix d’un: l’alternance entre ‘avoir’ et ‘être’ en français acadien.” Félicitations!

Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics Workshop

The 9th annual meeting of the TOM Semantics Workshop will take place at McGill on April 23. You will find the program here.  Members from our department will make the following presentations:

Jumanah Abusulaiman: Epistemic modality in Makkan Arabic: the case of ‘qad’

Brandon Fry and Eric Mathieu: A study of the semantics of Ojibwe cross-clausal agreement.

Vesela Simeonova: Mirativity in Bulgarian and Turkish: a semantic account.

Sociolinguistics Symposium

The 21st Sociolinguistics Symposium will be held on June 15-18 at the University of Murcia. Department members will be making a presentation:

Poplack, Shana,Torres Cacoullos, Rena, Berlinck, Rosane de Andrade, Digesto, Salvatore, Dion, Nathalie, & Steuck, Jonathan “Meaningful variation? A multi-language study of the Romance subjunctive”.

Psychoshorts 2016 (huge success!!)

PsychoShorts, a one-day psycholinguistics conference, took place in Hamelin Hall on Saturday, February 27th. This year’s conference featured an excellent keynote by Dr. Josée Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program at the University of Ottawa, followed by talks and posters by students and professors from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Centre for Research on Brain Language and Music, Carleton University, McMaster University, Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch, Concordia University, and of course, the University of Ottawa. It was wonderful to see so much great research and such enthusiastic discussion!

Thank you to the conference participants and the ERPLing Lab volunteers for making this year’s PsychoShorts a success!

Presentations by Kathleen Strader

Kathleen made a presentation at the Winter 2016 meting of the  SPCL (Society of Pidgin and Creole languages) which is attached to the LSA. Her presentation title was `’DP structure in Michif evidence for a unified syntax’.

Kathleen will also be making a presentation on Michif adjectives at the April meeting of WSCLA (Workshop on the structure and constituency of the languages of the Americas). https://sites.google.com/site/wscla2016/home


Presentations by Tharanga Weerasooriya

Tharanga has two upcoming presentations:

(1) A poster presentation titled `Expressing Exhaustivity and Ant-exhaustivity with Q-articles in Sinhala’, at the 6th Formal Approaches to South Asian Linguistics held 12-13 March 2016 at UMass Amherst.

(2) A paper presentation titled `Deriving Ignorance in the Nominal Domain in Sinhala: a disjunction based account’ at the 32nd South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA-32), held 27-29 March at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Congratulations Tharanga!


MOTH 2016 Syntax Workshop

The fourth Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton Syntax Workshop will take place on April 15-16 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. You can find more information about the conference here:


This is a great opportunity to interact with students and professors from Ontario and Quebec, as well as further afield. This year, the invited speaker will be Ivona Kučerová. (McMaster University)

The conference organizers are  Arslaan Kahnemuyipour, Dan Milway and Rebecca Tollan. Please contact Rebecca Tollan for further information (becky.tollan-at-mail.utoronto.ca).

PsychoShorts 2016

Psychoshorts 2016 is on its way. The conference will take place at the University of Ottawa on February 27 2016.

The keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Josée Lagacé of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. You can learn more about Prof. Lagacé here:http://www.health.uottawa.ca/sr/personnel/jlagace.htm. Prof. Lagacé will discuss adaptation of speech in noise tests for both clinical practice and research, pilot work on clinical evaluation of speech perception of French speaking children who live in minority linguistic environments, and ERP research examining speech in noise.

The talks and poster sessions will allow researchers to discuss their work, including research in progress and project proposals. Submissions by undergraduate and graduate students are particularly welcome.

The call for papers is below (closed on January 29).For more information, email psychoshorts2016-at-gmail.com.

PsychoShorts2016-call for papers

MOLT 2016 Phonology Workshop

The Montreal-Ottawa-Laval-Toronto Phonology Workshop 2016 (MOLT 2016) will be hosted by the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University. The workshop will take place on March 18-20. Please contact Lev Blumenfeld (organizer) for details (lev.blumenfeld-at-carleton.ca). The program will be announced in February.

Here is the program of last year’s MOLT, fyi: http://individual.utoronto.ca/rcraioveanu/MOLT/program.html

Discourse-Pragamatic Variation and Change 3

The third instalment of the biennial conference “Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change” (DiPVaC3) will take place at the University of Ottawa on May 4-6,6 (local organizing committee: Stephen Levey, Salvatore Digesto, Julie Barette). Here is some information about the conference:

“DiPVaC3 provides a platform for the presentation of cutting-edge research into variation and change in the use of items and constructions often referred to as discourse markers or pragmatic particles whose primary functions are interpersonal and textual (e.g. welllikeyou knowcommealorsdochzwardiciamodakedo). It also provides a forum for the formation of new international and multidisciplinary research networks exploring the theoretical and social importance of quantitative research into discourse-pragmatic variation and change.”

You can learn more here:


OCLU+M 2015 (it’s here!)

The 7th Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates and Masters Students will take  place this Saturday (December 5)

Where: Hamelin 509 (ex. Arts 509)

When: Saturday December 5

At what time: talks start at 9 (but there will be breakfast at 8.15 in the fourth floor!)

You can find more information about the conference here: https://oclu.wordpress.com (stay tuned for more news)

And you can find the conference schedule here: https://oclu.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/revisedschedule.pdf.  The keynote presentations will be made by Christie Brien and Laura Kastronic.

This is a great opportunity to find out about new research and ideas and get to know many new students. Everybody is welcome!

Contacts: Basile Roussel (basile.roussel-at-uottawa.ca) and Roksolana Marie McVicar (rmcvi013-at-uottawa.ca).