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OttawaU at the 11th Symposium of Psycholinguistics

Our department will be well-represented at the 11th Symposium of Psycholinguistics, which will take place in Tenerife on March 20-23 2013. The following talks and posters will be presented. You can find the conference programe HERE and the abstracts HERE.

The effect of age of L2 acquisition on the organization of the bilingual lexicon: Evidence from masked priming. Laura Sabourin, Michele Burkholder, & Christie Brien

Neuro-imaging evidence of L2 Effects on L1 ambiguity resolution. Christie Brien, Laura Sabourin

Effects of Cognitive Control on Second Language Processing. Santa Vinerte, Laura Sabourin.

New book by Karim Achab

Karim Achab has recently published a book: Internal structure of verb meaning: a study of verbs in Tamazight. You will find information about the book HERE. Below is a very brief description.

“Internal Structure of Verb meaning: A Study of verbs in Tamazight (Berber) makes years of academic research in linguistics available to a wide audience. It is written in such a way that it serves as an introduction to the domains of lexical semantics and the organization of grammar for students. The book investigates the internal structure and the predicate-argument structure of verbs of (change of) state, including unaccusatives, verbs of spatial configuration, causatives, and those traditionally referred to as verbs of quality in the linguistic literature on Tamazight.”

Karim Achab obtained his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa and is currently a part-time professor at our department.

Recent publications

Christie Brien, Laura Sabourin and Marie-Claude Tremblay have a series of publications recently out. Congratulations!

Sabourin, L., Brien, C., and Tremblay, M-C. (2013). Electrophysiology of Second Language Processing: The Past, Present and Future. In María del Pilar García Mayo, M. Junkal Gutierrez-Mangado & María Martínez Adrián (Eds.) Multiple Perspective on Second Language Acquisition. John Benjamins.

Brien, C. & Sabourin, L. (2012) The Effects of Age of Acquisition on Local Syntactically-Constrained Ambiguity Resolution. EUROSLA Yearbook, Volume 12, Leah Roberts, (Ed.). John Benjamins.

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).


The Psychoshorts conference will take place on March 1st. You can find the program and room information here: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/psychoshorts/

Eric Mathieu invited speaker at MOTH

Eric Mathieu will be an invited speaker at the first meeting of MOTH on March 2 2013 (the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton Workshop in Syntax). The title of his talk is “Many a plural”. YOu will find information about the conference here:


Tharanga Weerasooriya will also make a presentation, entitled “Wh-in situ questions in Sinhala – a prosody account”.

Marc Brunelle invited speaker at BLS

Marc Brunelle was an invited speaker at BLS conference (Berkeley Linguistics Society). The conference took place on February 16-17 2013. March presented a talk with title “Tone-typology and contact-driven change in Mainland Southeast Asia” (the abstract to Marc’s talk can be found here: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/bls/brunelle.pdf). Information about the conference and general program can be found here: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/bls/program.html

MOT Phonology Workshop

The MOT phonology workshop will take place at the University of Ottawa, Simard 129, on March 15-17.  Everyone is welcome! You will find the progam below (keep clicking, it will show up!):


Sociolinguistics Laboratory

As part of making sure that we keep up to date with the research being done in the department, we have asked the members of the various labs to let us know what is going on. Here is some information about the Sociolinguistics Lab (thanks to Nathalie Dion for the info!):

“The research conducted at the Sociolinguistics Laboratory centers around the study of speech in its social context, with special emphasis on the mechanisms by which language change comes about in different contact situations in Canada and elsewhere.

Current research (http://www.sociolinguistics.uottawa.ca/projects.html) focuses on identifying and characterizing the linguistic manifestation of language contact, confronting prescription with actual usage, and investigating the role of the school in impeding or abetting the progression of non-standard changes in Quebec French.”

Syntax-Semantics Reading Group March 8th

The Syntax-Semantics Reading Group will meet on March 8th at 10 am in Arts 523. There will be presentations by Brandon Fry (“Late adjunction”) and Ewelina Frackowiak (TBA). Everyone is welcome! (contact Rob for more details)

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).

Tharanga Weerasooriya and Eric Mathieu go to FASAL

Tharanga Weerasooriya and Eric Mathieu will be presenting their paper “Wh in situ and prosody: the case of Sinhala” at the 3rd Formal Approaches to South-East Asian Languages workshop (FASAL 3). The conference will take place at USC on March 9 – 10. You can find the program here:  Download FASAL3_final_program.

“Syntax and its Limits”, forthcoming in OUP (Rob Truswell editor)

Rob Truswell, together with Raffaella Folli and Christina Sevdali (University of Ulster), is editor of a book forthcoming in OUP: “Syntax and its Limits” (the book should be out by the end of the year). It is a collection of papers that aim to clarify the division of labor between syntax and neighbouring components (morphology, semantics, information structure and the lexicon). Here is the table of contents:
1 Syntax and its limits Raffaella Folli, Christina Sevdali, and Robert Truswell
2  Harmonic derivationalism Winfried Lechner
3  Reconstruction, control, and movement Robert Truswell
4  Linearizing empty edges Terje Lohndal and Bridget Samuels
5  Evidence for the use of verb telicity in sentence comprehension Erin O’Bryan, Raffaella Folli, Heidi Harley, and Thomas G. Bever
6 Focus intervention in declaratives Aviad Eilam
7  Root phenomena as interface phenomena: Evidence from non-sententials Cecile De Cat
8  ‘Contrast’ and its relation to wa in Japanese and nun in Korean Reiko Vermeulen
9  Adjuncts within words and complex heads Glyne Piggott and Lisa deMena Travis
10  Still puzzled by adjectival passives? Berit Gehrke
11  The role of syntax in stress assignment in Serbo-Croatian Boban Arsenijevic and Marko Simonovic
12  Allosemy, idioms, and their domains: Evidence from adjectival participles Elena Anagnostopoulou and Yota Samioti
13  The ‘No Agent Idioms’ hypothesis Heidi Harley and Megan Stone
14 On the syntax and semantics of the Japanese comparative Hazel Pearson
15  Bare number Theodora Alexopoulou, Raffaella Folli, and George Tsoulas
16  Obligatory resumption in Greek free and restrictive relatives Evangelia Daskalaki and Marios Mavrogiorgos
17  Ethical datives: A puzzle for syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their interfaces Dimitris Michelioudakis and Eleni Kapogianni
18  The syntacticization of discourse Liliane Haegeman and Virginia Hill
19  A syntactic answer to a pragmatic puzzle: The case of asymmetric and Bronwyn Moore Bjorkmam

Psychoshorts call for papers

Psychoshorts Call for Papers
Abstracts for a one-day conference will be considered in all areas of psycholinguistics including sentence processing, L1 and L2 acquisition and processing, perception, production, as well as in neurolinguistics and clinical linguistics.
Abstracts should be anonymous and limited to a maximum of 400 words. Submissions by graduate students are particularly welcome. Talks will be limited to 15 minutes and can be in English or French. More completed work will be considered for talks. There will also be a poster session, during which researchers are encouraged and welcome to present works in progress and project proposals. Please indicate on your submission whether you would prefer to give a talk or present a poster.
The morning will begin with a methodological workshop given by Dr. Alain Desrochers of the Department of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He will be presenting an interactive session on how to build an experiment and the various methodologies used in psycholinguistics.
The deadline for submission is February 14, 2013. Please submit your abstracts to psychoshorts@gmail.com. Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 18, 2013.
For more information and instructions on how to submit abstracts please see our website: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/psychoshorts
Important Dates:
Abstract Deadline: Feb. 14, 2013
Notification of acceptance: Feb. 18, 2013
Conference: Mar. 1, 2013
Appel à contributions pour Psychoshorts

Les propositions de contributions en provenance de tous les domaines de la psycholinguistique seront prises en considération pour la journée d’étude, y compris le traitement des phrases, l’acquisition et le traitement chez les locuteurs L1 et L2, la perception, la production, la neurolinguistique et la linguistique clinique.
Les propositions doivent être anonymes et limitées à 400 mots. Les contributions d’étudiants des cycles supérieurs sont particulièrement les bienvenues. Seuls les travaux plus complets seront considérés pour les communications orales, lesquelles pourront avoir lieu en français ou en anglais et seront limitées à 15 minutes. La journée d’étude inclura aussi une séance d’affiches, au cours de laquelle les chercheurs seront encouragés à présenter leur recherche en cours et leur proposition de projet. Veuillez s’il vous plaît indiquer sur votre demande si vous préférez présenter ou participer à la séance d’affiche.
La matinée débutera avec un atelier méthodologique offert par Dr. Alain Desrochers, professeur au Département de Psychologie de l’Université d’Ottawa. Cette session interactive portera sur la façon de concevoir une expérience scientifique et sur les différentes méthodes employées en psycholinguistique.
La date limite pour nous faire parvenir vos propositions de contributions est le 14 février 2013. Veuillez s’il vous plaît nous les transmettre à l’adresse psychoshorts@gmail.com. Les avis d’acceptation seront envoyés avant le 18 février 2013.
Pour plus d’information sur la rédaction et l’envoi des propositions, veuillez visiter notre site Web: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/psychoshorts
Dates importantes:
Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 14 février 2013
Date limite de réception des avis d’acceptation: 18 février 2013
Conférence: 1er mars 2013

Talks and presentations

Here is a list of talks and presentations for this semester:

January 28:  Jamie White, Title: TBA, 2:30 – 4, Arts 509.

February 1:  Robin Dodsworth, Title: TBA, 11:30 – 1, Arts 509.

February 4:  Rebecca Morley, Title: TBA, 2:30 – 4, Arts 509.

February 8:  Ewan Dunbar, Title: TBA, 11:30 – 1, Arts 509.

March 22:  David-Etienne Bouchard (to be confirmed)

April 5:  Krista Byers-Heinlein, “Building two lexicons from scratch: The case of bilingual infants”, 2:30, Arts 509.

Stay tuned for further details!