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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.”

Stephen Levey at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Stephen Levey will be presenting his research on March 29 and 31 at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The title of his talk on March 29th is “The acquisition of variation and change in the English quotative system” at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. The title of his talk on March 31st is “Watch what you’re saying! Understanding children’s non-standard spoken English” at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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!

Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics Workshop

The 9th annual meeting of the TOM Semantics Workshop will take place at McGill on April 23. You will find the program here.  Members from our department will make the following presentations:

Jumanah Abusulaiman: Epistemic modality in Makkan Arabic: the case of ‘qad’

Brandon Fry and Eric Mathieu: A study of the semantics of Ojibwe cross-clausal agreement.

Vesela Simeonova: Mirativity in Bulgarian and Turkish: a semantic account.

Ottawa Invasion of Stony Brook University

A few members of our department are heading to Stony Brook University to attend LSRL46 (Linguistics Symposium on Romance Languages), WARL (Workshop on Arabic and Romance Linguistics) and ASAL 30 (Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics):

Poplack, Shana, Torres Cacoullos, Rena, Berlinck, Rosane de Andrade, Digesto, Salvatore, Dion, Nathalie,Lacasse, Dora & Steuck, Jonathan: “Tracking grammaticalization across Romance: Evidence from the subjunctiv.e” (LSRL)

Roussel, Basile. “Linguistic variation in a minority setting: A variationist study of subjunctive use in Acadian French.” (LSRL)

Poplack, Shana, Sayahi, Lotfi, Mourad, Nahed & Dion, Nathalie. “Adding a little Romance: Lone French nouns in Tunisian Arabic discourse.” (WARL)

(Thanks Nathalie!)

Myriam Lapierre, Bernat Bardagil Mas and Andrés Salanova at Amazonicas VI

Our department will be represented at the sixth meeting of Amazonicas with the following talk:

Lapierre, M., Bardagil Mas, B., Salanova, A. P.: “A Reconstruction of Proto-Northern Jê Phonemics.”

The conference will take place on May 24-28 at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Sociolinguistics Symposium

The 21st Sociolinguistics Symposium will be held on June 15-18 at the University of Murcia. Department members will be making a presentation:

Poplack, Shana,Torres Cacoullos, Rena, Berlinck, Rosane de Andrade, Digesto, Salvatore, Dion, Nathalie, & Steuck, Jonathan “Meaningful variation? A multi-language study of the Romance subjunctive”.

Symposium on American Indian Languages

Brent Bardagil Mas,  Myriam Lapierre, Andrés Salanova and Perankó Panará will make a presentation with title “A digital dictionary of Panará” at the 3rd Symposium on American Indian Languages (SAIL), held at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Here is the link.

Psychoshorts 2016 (huge success!!)

PsychoShorts, a one-day psycholinguistics conference, took place in Hamelin Hall on Saturday, February 27th. This year’s conference featured an excellent keynote by Dr. Josée Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program at the University of Ottawa, followed by talks and posters by students and professors from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Centre for Research on Brain Language and Music, Carleton University, McMaster University, Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch, Concordia University, and of course, the University of Ottawa. It was wonderful to see so much great research and such enthusiastic discussion!

Thank you to the conference participants and the ERPLing Lab volunteers for making this year’s PsychoShorts a success!

Presentations by Brandon Fry

Brandon will be making a series of presentations in the coming months:

(1) Cross-clausal agreement in Algonquian: its wide implications for syntactic theory. Invited speaker at 21st Workshop on Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 21), 1 April, 2016, UQAM, Montreal, Canada.

(2) Better Late than Neglected? Talk to be given at MOTH syntax workshop, 15-16 April, 2016, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada.

(3) Tout n’est pas relatif: les complétives en ojibwé. Communication par affiche au congrès annuel de l’Association canadienne de linguistique (ACL) 2016, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.


New publications by Dennis Ott

Dennis has a number of important publications in the pipeline, some already peaking out:  an accepted  LI squib titled “Fragment Anchors Do Not Support the Syntactic Integration of Appositive Relative Clauses: Reply to Griffiths and De Vries 2013”,  an accepted Glossa paper titled “Ellipsis in appositives” (both are available on his website, http://artsites.uottawa.ca/dennis-ott/research/publications/), as well as a paper that  just came out in Linguistic Variation 15(2) titled “Connectivity in left-dislocation and the composition of the left periphery”. Dennis will also be giving a talk at GLOW in April, titled “Nominal appositives as speech acts” (part of a workshop on the phonological and syntactic representation of speech acts).

Presentations by Basile Roussel

Basile will be presenting at the following conferences:

Roussel, B. Linguistic variation in a minority setting: a variationist study of subjunctive use in Acadian French. 46th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 46), Stony Brook University (SUNY), New York. April 2016. (Poster presentation)

Roussel, B. Deux auxiliaires pour le prix d’un: l’alternance entre avoir et être en français acadien. Les français d’ici International Symposium, Université de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg, MB. June 2016.

Basile was also asked to give a guest conference at Nepean High School in Ottawa to introduce students to Linguistics: Quel français parlons-nous? Introduction à l’étude de la variation linguistique. Guest lecture for the University of Ottawa Professor-Ambassadors Program to introduce high school students to Linguistics, Nepean High School, Ottawa, ON. May 2016.


Presentations by Kathleen Strader

Kathleen made a presentation at the Winter 2016 meting of the  SPCL (Society of Pidgin and Creole languages) which is attached to the LSA. Her presentation title was `’DP structure in Michif evidence for a unified syntax’.

Kathleen will also be making a presentation on Michif adjectives at the April meeting of WSCLA (Workshop on the structure and constituency of the languages of the Americas). https://sites.google.com/site/wscla2016/home


Presentations by Tharanga Weerasooriya

Tharanga has two upcoming presentations:

(1) A poster presentation titled `Expressing Exhaustivity and Ant-exhaustivity with Q-articles in Sinhala’, at the 6th Formal Approaches to South Asian Linguistics held 12-13 March 2016 at UMass Amherst.

(2) A paper presentation titled `Deriving Ignorance in the Nominal Domain in Sinhala: a disjunction based account’ at the 32nd South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA-32), held 27-29 March at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Congratulations Tharanga!