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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!

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!

 

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!

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.

Santa Vinerte in Japan

Santa Vinerte is one of  only ten Canadians who have been awarded a Mitacs-JSPS summer internship to conduct research in Japan (more info about the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science here). Her internship will last from June until August. She will be returning to Konan University in Kobe (here) to collect data for her project “Role of the Bilingual Environment and Orthography in Language Processing and Cognitive Control”, which will be co-supervised by Laura Sabourin and Nigel Duffield.

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)

Congratulations!

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

Congratulations!

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.”

Paul Melchin at the University of Edinburgh and University College London

Paul Melchin presented a talk about his research with title “Manner, Result, and Argument Structure” at the “Meaning and Grammar Research Group” at the University of Edinburgh on March 23. He will also be making a presentation on the topic at the Syntax Reading Group at University College London on March 31. Congratulations!

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!