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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!

 

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“.

Congratulations!

Welcome to Solange Castillo!!

We would like to offer a warm Hiatus-welcome to Solange Castillo, who joined our department as Administrative Assistant last year.

 

In her free time, Solange enjoyes photography, including taking pictures of her dog in everyday human activities, as well as baking (in her words: “I try not to do too much, because I tend to eat my weight in homemade sweets”). She also loves to bike. As for her job, she told us she likes “the stress that comes with time managing myself, and the students”.  Sounds perfect! A big welcome!

Eric Mathieu’s first novel is out!

Éric Mathieu published a novel « Les suicidés d’Eau-Claire ». Éditions La Mèche (from the group La courte échelle). The book launch took place at the Librairie du Soleil, Ottawa, on September 1. The next book launch will be at the Librairie Olivieri, Montréal, September 12, from 5pm to 7pm. Éric will also be at the Salon du livre de l’Estrie et au Salon du livre de Montréal.

Check out the excellent review by Valérie Lessard in Le Droit: here

Check out the blurb by Martine Desjardins in L’Actualité out last Friday.

Check out the excellent review by Stanley Péan in Les Libraires: here

You can see some photos from the book launch here:  https://www.facebook.com/eajmathieu

From the Center for Child Language Research

Tanis Zamuner, Charlotte Moore, and Félix Desmeules-Trudel have a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology:

Zamuner, T. S., Moore, C., & Desmeules-Trudel, F. (2016). Toddlers’ sensitivity to within-word coarticulation during spoken word recognition: Developmental differences in lexical competition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology152, 136-148.

Congratulations!!

From the ERPLing Lab

Laura Sabourin, Michèle Burkholder, Santa Vinerte, Jean-Christophe Leclerc and Christie Brien have a new publication in the EUROSLA yearbook:

Sabourin, L., Burkholder, M., Vinerte, S., Leclerc, J-C., & Brien, C. (2016). Language processing in bilinguals: Evidence from lexical organization and cognitive control. EUROSLA Yearbook 16, 1-24.

congratulations!!

Le laboratoire Polyphonies, un lieu dynamique de formation et de diffusion

Le Laboratoire Polyphonies, dirigé par France Martineau, a démontré encore une fois son dynamisme cet été. Centre de recherche et de formation au coeur du projet Le français à la mesure d’un continent, le Laboratoire Polyphonies a attiré dans la dernière année 13 jeunes chercheurs  (bac, maîtrise et doctorat), assurant une solide formation des bases des méthodes de recherche en sciences humaines. Les formations, ponctuelles ou organisées, ainsi que la concertation entre les jeunes chercheurs, la coordonnatrice de recherche et France Martineau, assurent à la communauté scientifique une fidèle relève accomplie dans toutes les étapes du processus de recherche, depuis le traitement de sources premières à l’aide de techniques à la fine pointe de la technologie à la publication d’articles et la mise en ligne de transcriptions, en passant par la manipulation des sources secondaires et la rédaction de propositions de communication.

Au cours de cette dernière année, et en particulier cet été, cette jeune équipe a bénéficié de plus de 3600 heures de formation et de production, enrichissant ainsi de 274  transcriptions d’entrevues et de manuscrits les corpus FRAN et LFFA. Ces corpus sont mis à la disposition du grand public et de la communauté scientifique sous simple inscription. Le dernier ajout majeur au corpus LFFA, le Corpus patrimonial Martineau-Mocquais de la Saskatchewan, invite l’utilisateur à un voyage linguistique dans le temps, en compagnie d’Agnès (98 ans), d’Hector (83 ans), de Liette (86 ans), ou de Rosaire (74 ans) et de plusieurs autres, de Saint-Brieux à Gravelbourg, en passant par Duck Lake.

En plus de diriger le grand projet de recherche Le français à la mesure d’un continent, une chaire de recherche de l’Université d’Ottawa ainsi que de nombreux projets de recherche,  France Martineau a participé, en collaboration avec Wim Remysen, au Colloque de Linguistique et Philologie Romane. Les deux chercheurs ont présenté la communication Le rôle des réseaux atlantiques dans l’histoire du français québécois: usages et pratiques, de la Conquête britannique au Canada-uni portant sur une période charnière dans l’histoire du français québécois, celle qui va du début de la domination anglaise (Conquête, 1763) jusqu’à la création, en 1841, du Canada-Uni.  Plus tôt cette année, France Martineau avait été invitée à prononcer la conférence Derrière les lignes: Correspondances canadiennes de guerre au Colloque international En guerre avec les mots à Gênes (Italie).

Le Laboratoire Polyphonies et sa directrice peuvent être fiers de leur dynamisme et de leur contribution à la formation de la relève ainsi qu’à l’avancement de la recherche !

(merci à Anne Mauthès!)

 

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.

Fun and learning at the Living Lab

Here are some news about the upcoming Living Lab (a collaboration between Tania Zamuner, Cristina Atance and Chris Fennell):

“Imagine going on a family outing to a museum and taking part in real studies on children’s cognitive development and language acquisition. Imagine watching your child interact with researchers, who engage them in short games, puzzles or problem-solving tasks, and then chatting with the researchers — before continuing on to the museum’s other exhibits.“

http://www.uottawa.ca/tabaret/en/content/fun-and-learning-living-lab?utm_source=mailoutinteractive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Gazette%20Bulletin

The new Canada Science and Technology Museum, which the Living Lab will be researching from in 2017, Canada’s 150th.

“The Museum’s exhibitions space will be upgraded to enhance visitor experience and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators.”

http://cstmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/visit/museum-renewal.php

Ottawa Metro News article:

“A partnership with the University of Ottawa would bring a “living lab” to the museum, allowing parents and kids to participate in short studies.” …
http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2016/05/05/science-museum-will-be-conducting-studies-with-visitors-.html

 

(thanks to Maurice Bélanger for the update!)

Poster presentations and prizes

Students from Introduction to Neurolinguistics and from Introduction to Psycholinguistics presented posters this April, with prizes for the best posters. Here are the winners, with their certificates and WugMug awards. Congratulations to everyone! (thanks to Christie Brien for the news):

The students of LIN2352A: Introduction to Neurolinguistics presented posters of existing research papers selected from within the field of Neurolinguistics. At each of the two presentation sessions, the students cast their votes for the best poster.

The winners of the Student Choice Award for Best Poster in LIN2352 are: Sera Ilaslan and Birsen Ilaslan, and Lauren Desormeau.

 

The students of LIN3350A: Introduction to Psycholinguistics presented posters to their peers of experimental research that they prepared, carried out, and analyzed themselves. At each of the two presentation sessions, the students cast their votes for the best research poster.

The winners of the Student Choice Award for Best Poster in LIN3350 are:

Rebecca Mackenzie, Erika Giroux, and Adrianna Cote for the research poster: The Stroop Effect in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developed Adolescents

Fardous Sahouli and Ambareen Lalji for the research poster: Music Interference and Stroop

 

 

A Panará visiting Ottawa

Here are news from Bernat Bardagil-Mas about the visit of Perankô to our department:

In April, the Linguistics Department received the visit of Perankô, a speaker of Panará, directly from the Brazilian Amazon.  He came to Ottawa as the first step of a documentation grant awarded to Bernat by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) to document the Panará language for digital archiving (http://elar.soas.ac.uk/deposit/0418), but also as a way to contribute to his understanding of the Western world, of the situation of native American societies and languages in North America, and as an enriching personal experience. All along the 20 days that he spent here, we filmed him explaining his experiences in Panará so that he can have a vivid token of his visit.

In Ottawa, Perankô met with students and participated in the department life. He also saw snow for the first time, and realized just how cold it can be in Canada. He visited museums, the University campus, Parliament Hill, and a municipal swimming pool. He tried poutine, pancakes, hamburgers, ramen, phở, and a rabbit paella.

We were invited to visit the community of Kahnawà:ke, where Perankô did a Panará-Mohawk interview with two teachers that work on curriculum development for the Kahnawà:ke community. We also visited the traditional Mohawk longhouses, where rituals take place, and the community high school, where we acted as interpreters during two hours of conversation between Perankô and a small group of teachers and students.

Perankô also accompanied us on a work retreat to a cottage in Mont Tremblant. On the way back, we visited the Omega Park, where Perankô was able to satiate his curiosity about Canadian fauna.

Finally, Perankô obtained a last-minute tourist visa for the United States so that he could attend SAIL (the Symposium on American Indian Languages) at the RIT in Rochester, NY. We presented a Documentation Project for the Panará language, which includes a dictionary of Panará, a project in which the Panará are very invested. Perankô presented the introduction of the presentation, speaking in Panará with subtitles projected on the canvas behind him. Finally, Perankô had the opportunity to meet and discuss with researchers and members of native American groups.

From now on, deep in a forest between the Brazilian states of Pará and Mato Grosso, the members of this small community will all know about Canada and Ottawa, moose and squirrels, snow and slush, the Rideau canal, and the sandwiches at Café Alt.

(Thanks for the news to Bernat Bardagil-Mas who has been a visiting scholar at our department this past year).

Welcome to Kevin McMullin

We have a tradition in our department to ask students to conduct a brief ‘interview’ with new profs, to learn a bit more about them. Kevin has joined our department this semester, and Claire Lesage and Myriam Lapierre had a chance to chat to him. This is what we have found out:

Kevin McMullin is the new phonologist in our department. He is originally from Saint John’s, New Brunswick. Kevin did his BA in Linguistics and Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of British Columbia in January 2016.

Kevin’s dissertation discusses the learnability of long-distance phonotactic dependencies. He designed an artificial language learning experiment to investigate how people learn and generalize phonological rules. Kevin argues that current models of learnability are problematic for models of learning from a general cognitive perspective and from a formal computational perspective. Settling into Ottawa, Kevin has connected his research to teaching a unique graduate course which discusses formal models of language learnability.

What you didn’t know about Kevin is that he is a world-renowned unicycling champion. Kevin placed 2nd in the 2006 world championship in the Street Freestyle Competition in Langenthal & Berne, Switzerland.

Welcome Kevin!