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Dr. Reza Falahati

Reza Falahati successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “Gradient and Categorical Consonant Cluster Simplification in Persian: An Ultrasound and Acoustic Study”, on July 25th, and is now a free man. Congratulations, Reza!

(Photos by Gita Zareikar)

Canadian Linguistic Association 2013

The annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association took place at the University of Victoria, June 1-3. There were five presentations by Ottawa U people, past and present:

  • Nikolas Gisborne (University of Edinburgh) & Robert Truswell “The origins of clause-medial wh-relatives in Middle English”
  • Éric Mathieu “Plurals versus pluratives”
  • Paul Melchin & Robert Truswell “Noun phrases and nonprojecting heads”
  • Solveiga Armoskaite & Carrie Gillon (Arizona State University) “50 shades of definiteness”
  • Cassandra Chapman (MA 2012) “A revised analysis of EPP-feature checking: The case of Modern French”

Photos from the conference (thanks to Françoise Moreau-Johnson):

LSA summer school

Six of our grad students participated in this year’s LSA summer school at the University of Michigan. Reza Falahati, Brandon Fry, Nicté Fuller Medina, Sonia Pritchard, Tharanga Weerasooriya, and Gita Zareikar took far too many courses and had far too much fun. Here are the photos to prove it.

Arts 451 dissertations

Brandon Fry and Gita Zareikar are in the process of instilling some order in the dissertations in Arts 451. The room contains most Ottawa U dissertations, except for a couple the most recent ones, and a good collection of classic dissertations from elsewhere. The Ottawa U dissertations have now been sorted; the next step is to sort and catalogue the rest. If anyone is interested in helping out, please get in touch with Brandon or Gita

Vanier Scholarship for Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue

Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue, currently an MA student in our department, has been awarded the highly prestigious SSHRC Vanier Scholarship to pursue PhD studies at McGill University.  The focus of Simon-Pier’s project  will be on the sociological mapping of Québec counterculture authors using paratextual information (forewords, quotes, etc.), under multi-stratal network theory and field theory. The long term objective is to uncover the behavior of subcultures and the organization of literary and sociological movements using sociographic, historical and linguistic data.

Syntax-Semantics Reading Group Friday April 5

The Syntax-Semantics Reading Group will meet on Friday April 5th at 10 am in Arts 523. Everyone is welcome! There will be presentations of ongoing research by Jumanah Abusulayman and Nova Starr.

Brendan McDonald presentations

Brendan McDonald has recently made two presentations on his work on expressives. He presented the paper “The compositionality of Expressives” at the Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research in March 15-16 (conference information here: http://www.uwo.ca/linguistics/wisslr/wisslr_2013.html). And he presented the paper “Expressivity and the Prosodic Domain” at the 8th Annual Symposium of the Purdue Linguistics Association in Purdue University in Indiana on March 29-30 (conference information here:  http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~pla2006/symposium.htm). Congratulations Brendan!

Syntax-Semantics Reading Group

The next meeting of the Syntax-Semantics Reading Group will take place on March 22 at 10 am in Arts 523. There will be presentations by Nicté Fuller-Medina, Mélissa Chiasson and Paul Melchin. Everyone is welcome! (contact Rob for more info).

Muffins and Websites Workshop March 8th

The Muffins and Websites Workshop (MWW) will take place on March 8 in Simard 125 from 12 – 1.30. Everyone is welcome! The objective of the workshop is to provide assistance to graduate students who wish to set up a webpage in the ArtSites hosted by the University of Ottawa. The workshop will be taught by Aysegul Kutlu (please contact Ana if you would like more info, and see numerous emails sent around on this topic).

LaTeX tutorial January 22nd: report

Joe Roy and Rob Truswell ran a LaTeX tutorial on Monday 22nd for approximately 15 graduate students. It was a great success, and LaTeX was learned. Rob held a second tutorial on January 28th for those unable to attend the first. So, if you still do not know LaTeX, it is NOT their fault.







Sarra Ghazel: PhD defense

Sarra Ghazel has successfully defended her PhD dissertation on January 11.

Thesis title: Cognitive Architectures in Morphological Processing: Acquisition and Attrition

PhD in Cognitive Science at Carleton University.
Co-supervisor: Laura Sabourin
Co-supervisor: Jo-Anne Lefevre
Sarra did her BA in linguistics at the University of Ottawa before moving to Carleton to continue with her graduate work. Congratulations!

MOT Call for papers: reminder

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa will host the MOT (Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto) Phonology Workshop March 15-17, 2013. Abstracts on any topic in phonology (including interfaces with phonetics and morphosyntax) should be submitted electronically. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, including examples and references.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Friday, February 1, 2013.

Send abstracts to:
Marie-Hélène Côté <mhcote@uottawa.ca>

Please circulate this call for papers among your colleagues and students. The call is reproduced in this document (Download Call-MOT13), which you are invited to print and post.

Hope to see you in Ottawa!

Marc Brunelle, Marie-Hélène Côté, John Jensen


Le département de linguistique de l’Université d’Ottawa accueillera l’atelier de phonologie MOT (Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto) les 15, 16 et 17 mars 2013. Les résumés, portant sur n’importe quel aspect de la phonologie (incluant les interfaces avec la phonétique et la morphosyntaxe), doivent être envoyés électroniquement. Les résumés ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots, incluant les exemples et les références.

Date limite pour la soumission des résumés: le vendredi 1 février 2013.

Faites parvenir les résumés à:
Marie-Hélène Côté <mhcote@uottawa.ca>

Veuillez faire circuler cet appel à communications parmi vos collègues et étudiants. L’appel de soumission est reproduit ici ( Download Appel-MOT13).  Vous êtes invités à l’imprimer et à l’afficher.

Au plaisir de vous voir à Ottawa!

Marc Brunelle, Marie-Hélène Côté, John Jensen

Statistics counselling, 2013

The Department of Linguistics will continue to have office hours for statistical consulting.  If you are interested in help with statistical questions, Joe Roy will be holding office hours in Simard 333. Please contact Joe for details.

During those hours, members of the department of linguistics are welcome to meet with Joe and discuss issues related to statistics, experiment design, different statistical analyses etc.


Syntax-Semantics research group – first meeting

The syntax-semantics research group will have its first meeting of the semester, Friday Jan 18, 10am, in Arts 523.  This will be primarily a planning meeting, to arrange presentations for the rest of the semester.  All welcome – students preparing comps/mémoires/theses in anything related to syntax or semantics are particularly encouraged to attend.

MA writing workshop, Dec. 2012

The MA linguistics students took part in a writing workshop on December 7th, 2012 from 9am to 5pm in Arts 420. This event was to foster writing and was organized by Françoise Moreau-Johnson.