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Félicitations à Salvatore Digesto et Daiho Kitaoka / Congratulations to Salvatore Digesto and Daiho Kitaoka

Congratulations to Salvatore Digesto, who has been awarded the André Lapierre Bursary, and Daiho Kitaoka, who has been awarded the Dana Mullen Bursary.

Bilingual Workshop in Theoretical Linguistics and Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates

The Bilingual Workshop in Theoretical Linguistics and the Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, took place at the University of Ottawa on November 28th and 29th.

Talks from uOttawa linguistics members:

  • Kathleen Strader: How French is the Michif determiner phrase?
  • Kate Riccominni: Inserting the right v: Transitive v versus pure verbaliser v in Ojibwe
  • Brandon Fry & Éric Mathieu: Long-distance agreement and de re belief in Ojibwe
  • Myriam Lapierre: Vowels of Mebengokre
  • Kyumin Kim: Variation in the syntax of non-core arguments: PP, ApplP, and pP
  • Jérémy Beauchamp: Une description sémantique des constructions locatives en mebengokre
  • Daiho Kitaoka: An applicative analysis of the major subject construction in Japanese
  • Gita Zareikar & Paul Melchin: On plural marking in Persian













Recent presentations (December 2014)

Here are some recent presentations from members of our department:

  • Stephen Levey October 17th  Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Migration and Identity, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh, Northern Ireland. Stephen Levey presented a paper: ” Acquiring Linguistic Variation in the New and the Old World: The Difference that Place Makes”
  • Stephen Levey, Rebecca MacIntyre & Emily Sullivan December 4th Variation in Language Acquisition 2, Grenoble, France Stephen Levey presented a paper entitled: “Visiting Transatlantic Relatives: A Variationist Perspective on the Acquisition of Syntactic Complexity”
  • Valenzuela, E. Klassen, R., Borg, K. & Zamuner, T.S. (2014, November). Parsing strategies in code-switched relative clause constructions: An eye-tracking study. Paper presented at the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • Zamuner, T.S., Weinhold, M., & Strahm, S. (2014, November). Phoneme age-of-acquisition effects on phonological priming. Poster presented at the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • Elena Valenzuela, Tania Zamuner, Rachel Klassen & Kristina Borg, Processing of code-switched relative clause constructions: An eye-tracking study. Poster presented at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, November 13-16, 2014 at Purdue University.

uOttawa MA & PhD

Le Département de linguistique de l’Université d’Ottawa accepte en ce moment les candidatures pour ses programmes de maîtrise et de doctorat (http://arts.uottawa.ca/linguistique/).  Nos champs d’expertise incluent toutes les disciplines centrales de la linguistique théorique (phonologie, morphologie, syntaxe et sémantique), ainsi que la linguistique empirique (phonétique, phonologie de laboratoire, acquisition, psycholinguistique, neurolinguistique, sociolinguistique, bilinguisme et documentation linguistique).  Nous avons quatre laboratoires de pointe (acquisition de la langue maternelle, potentiels évoqués, sociolinguistique et phonétique) et plusieurs groupes de discussion thématiques.

Vous trouverez les descriptions détaillées des intérêts de recherche de nos professeurs sur notre page web. Nous sommes sur le point d’embaucher deux nouveaux professeurs en phonologie et en syntaxe, qui se joindront à nous au cours de l’été.

Nous offrons un financement compétitif, tant à la maîtrise qu’au doctorat.

La date limite pour l’envoi des dossiers est le 15 janvier.  La procédure de soumission des dossiers est décrite au lien suivant :


N’hésitez pas à écrire directement à nos professeurs pour toute question sur leurs champs de recherche particuliers, ou à Marc Brunelle (mbrunell@uottawa.ca) pour des questions générales sur nos programmes.


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa invites applications for its MA and PhD programs (http://arts.uottawa.ca/linguistics/).  Our areas of expertise include all core disciplines of theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics), as well as empirical linguistics (phonetics and laboratory phonology, acquisition, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, language variation and change and language documentation).  We have four state-of-the-art laboratories (first language acquisition, ERP, sociolinguistics and phonetics) and regularly hold several discussion groups addressing key areas in linguistics.

More detailed descriptions of our faculty’s research interests can be found on our web page.  We are in the process of hiring two new professors in phonology and syntax, who will join us this summer.

We offer competitive funding for both the MA and PhD programs.

The deadline for applications is January 15th.  For more details on the application procedure, please follow the link below:


Please do not hesitate to contact our professors for inquiries about their specific research interests, or Marc Brunelle (mbrunell@uottawa.ca) for general questions about the programs.


Recent presentations (November 2014)

Here are some recent presentations from members of our department:

  • Vinerte, S., & Sabourin, L. (September 2014). The earlier, the better? Bilingual cognitive control and Age of Acquisition. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Edinburgh, U.K.
  • Brandon gave a talk entitled “Free Merge and minimality” at the 38th Annual meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association (APLA) at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton in Fredericton, New Brunswick on November 1st.
  • Shana will present the Big thinking lecture at the annual general meeting of the Royal Society of Canada in Québec City on November 21st.

9th Slavic Linguistics Society Annual Conference was at the University of Washington from September 19-21, 2014.

  • Andrew McKishnie & Paul B. Melchin presented “Extensions of the Primeval Genitive: A reply to Pesetsky (2013)”
  • Vesela Simeonova presented “Four Different Evidentials in Bulgarian”

46th Algonquian Conference at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut from October 23rd to October 26th.

  • Brandon Fry and Éric Mathieu: The morphosyntax and semantics of long-distance agreement in Algonquin Ojibwe
  • Kathleen Strader: Function and position of Michif determiners
  • Kyumin Kim and Elizabeth Ritter: Cheyenne and the typology of person features
  • Kyumin Kim: Animacy and transitive alternation in Blackfoot

Fall 2014 Convocation

Last Sunday morning, Allison V. Lealess, Alexandra Y. Hansch and Peter Milne received their PhD in Linguistics during a ceremony taking place at the NAC.

Also, the MA students graduated at the same event. Here they are:

  • Jeffrey Lamontagne
  • Jean-Christophe Leclerc
  • Nahed Mourad
  • Suzanne Robillard
  • Daniel Sachs
  • Vesela Simeonova
  • Stephanie Strahm
  • Candice Toth
  • Meredith Weinhold
  • Ana Werkmann

Prof. Shana Poplack was there to hand in the diplomas. Congratulations to all of them for their accomplishments!


Dana Mullen award (2014)

Congratulations to Tharanga Weerasooriya, who was awarded the Dana Mullen award for 2014.




Some recent news from PhD Alumni from the Department of Linguistics

Congratulations to Peter Milne (PhD, 2014), who is at McGill University this year as a lecturer.

Congratulations to Christie Brien (PhD, 2013) , who is currently a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham.

Congratulations to Viktor Kharlamov (PhD, 2012), who is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature at Florida Atlantic University.


Know of other alumni news? Please pass the information on for future issues of Hiatus.

Recent presentations (May 2014)

Here are many recent presentations by members of the Linguistics department (by date):

Shana Poplack gave a plenary talk: Canadian French an endangered language? at the 36th International LAUD Symposium. University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. March 31st -April 3rd.

Michael Hamilton (McGill University) & Brandon Fry (U Ottawa) gave a talk on “Long-distance agreement in Algonquian: Accounting for syntactic variation” at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society (CLS 50), April 11, 2014, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Presentations at the 7th Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics workshop, April 12th at U of Toronto

  • Invited speaker, Andres Salanova “Evidentiality’s relationship with tense and aspect: two problems
  • Tharanga Weerasooriya “Expressing exhaustivity and anti-exhaustivity in the nominal domain in Sinhala
  • Vesela Simeonova “Presumptive use of the future tense marker ‘sthe’ in Bulgarian”
  • Ana Werkmann “On Modal Strength in Croatian”


Brandon Fry & Éric Mathieu gave a talk on “Ojibwe words as complex heads?” at 19th Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 19), April 25, 2014, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

María Luisa Rivero and Vesela Simeonova (U Ottawa) presented “The inferential future in Bulgarian: An evidential modal Proposal” at the Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 23 on May 2-4th at Berkeley, California.


Presentations at Development 2014: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology:

  • Thyra Driver and Chris Fennell “Lexical fast-mapping under 12 months of age”
  • Stephanie Strahm, Elizabeth Morin-Lessard, Mike Page and Tania Zamuner “The effect of production on word-learning in four to six year old children.

Upcoming presentations (Spring-Summer 2014)

Here are upcoming presentations from members of the Linguistics Department:


The Canadian Linguistics Association will hold the 2014 conference from May 24th to May 26th, 2014 at Brock University.

  • Philip Comeau (U Ottawa) Anne-José Villeneuve (U Toronto), The expression of future temporal reference in Picardie French
  • Jeffrey Lamontagne (U Ottawa) Examining ‘opposing’ processes in Quebec French mid vowels
  • Laura Sabourin, Jean-Christophe Leclerc, Michele Burkholder & Christie Brien (U Ottawa), Bilingual lexical organization: Is there a sensitive period?
  • Christie Brien & Laura Sabourin (U Ottawa) Age of L2 acquisition has a greater influence on L1 metalinguistic awareness than proficiency
  • Brandon J. Fry (Ottawa) The (un)interpretability of {α}: A derivational approach
  • María Luisa Rivero & Vesela Simeonova (U Ottawa), An evidential modal in Bulgarian: The inferential future

Upcoming plenary by Shana Poplack. 2014. Langue prescrite, langue d’usage.  Journées de linguistique suisse 8 (Swiss Linguistics Association), University of Zurich. June.

Upcoming talk Kastronic, Laura & Poplack, Shana. 2014. Be that as it may: The unremarkable trajectory of the (North) American English subjunctive. International Society for the Linguistics of England (ISLE) 3. University of Zurich. August.

Upcoming poster: Zamuner, T.S., Morin-Lessard, E., Strahn, S., & Page, M. (July 2014). Measuring the timecourse of spoken word recognition with and without productionInternational Association on the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam.

Upcoming symposium talk: Zamuner, T.S., Moore, C., Sullivan, E..,McIntyre, R., Weinhold, M., & Strahm, S. (July 2014). Picture naming task and the development of spoken word productionInternational Association on the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam.

Allison V. Lealess Doctoral Defense

Congratulations to Allison V. Lealess who successfully defended her PhD thesis on April 28th, 2014.

Thesis Title

“J’ai tout le temps eu de misère”: A Variationist Study of Adverb Placement in Quebec French

Thesis Supervisor

Professor Shana Poplack

External Examiner

Professor Gillian Sankoff (U. of Pennsylvania)

Internal Examiners

Andre Lapierre (U. of O)

Stephen Levey (U. of O)

Andrés Salanova (U. of O)

Alexandra Hansch PhD in Linguistics


Alexandra Hansch successfully defended her doctoral thesis Linguistics on April 29th 2014 on ‘Germanic Properties in the Left Periphery of Old French: V-to-C-Movement’

Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Éric Mathieu

External Examiner: Dr. Barbara Vance (Indiana University)

Internal Examiner’s: Dr. Marie-Hélène Côté,   Dr. Andrés Salanova, Dr. Robert Truswell


Fereshteh Modaresi’s PhD defense

Well done to Fereshteh Modaresi who successfully defended her PhD thesis, “Bare nouns in Persian: Interpretation, grammar, and prosody” on On April 22, 2014. This was a coutelle between the University of Ottawa and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Her Phd supervisors where Rob Truswell (U Ottawa) and Manfred Krifka (Humboldt U).

ADLINGA social event and farewell party for Rob Truswell – May 30th at 7pm

The end of session party will be a Pot-Luck party. ADLINGA will provide Sangria and Beer.

This will also be a good-bye party for Rob Truswell and Sara and Sean.

May 30th, 7pm,  380 Lewis street
Everyone is welcome.

Some recent photos

Pictures from MOLTH (Montreal), TOM (Toronto), the triple birthday ADLINGA meeting, and the ADLINGA social.