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Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates (OCLU)

The Department of Linguistics of the University of Ottawa is pleased to announce that it will host its eighth Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates (OCLU 2016) on Saturday, 27th November, 2016. OCLU will also include a session for M.A. students. The conference provides a supportive environment in which undergraduates and M.A. students can disseminate their research findings, hone their presentation skills, and network with other students and faculty who share their academic interests.

Conference website: http://www.oclu2016.com

Call for papers deadline: October 14 (more information here: http://www.oclu2016.com/OCLU_Call_for_Papers.html)

Ottawa-Carleton Linguistics Reading Group

Here is a description of the reading group from Dan Siddiqi:

“We meet every week as a general linguistics topics group.  We cover a variety of topics though mostly what we do is talk about papers that have been relevant to our research lately (by presenting some paper that is relevant) or we present on our current work.  We have also just used the time as a round table to just generally talk about current topics in linguistics.  In short, this is an hour a week where we get together as a group and be linguists.”

The first meeting will take place at Carleton University: Friday September 16, at 2.30 in Dutton 2203.

At the first meeting, there will be a presentation by Dan Siddiqi (a preview of a talk he will be giving in Berlin). Please get in touch with Dan if you would like to be on the group’s mailing list (daniel_siddiqi”at”Carleton.ca).

Phonology reading group (OCP)

The OCP (phonology) reading group met for the first time on September 7. Please get in touch with Félix or Marc if you would like to be included on the group’s mailing list.

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.


Dennis Ott in “Studia Linguistica”

Dennis’s paper  ’Stylistic fronting as remnant movement’  has appeared in “Studia Linguistica”.  You can read about it here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/stul.12054/abstract;jsessionid=56720ECCDC6BE9705D4AB175F43EDD99.f03t01



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.


Dennis Ott at the LSA

Together with Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, Dennis will be organizing a session on VP-fronting at the LSA in Austin, TX, January 2017. The session will feature talks by Laruen Eby-Clemens, Anya Lunden & Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, Jason Kandybowicz, Gary Thoms & Goerge Walkden, and Lisa Travis. Stay tuned!

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!)


May 2016

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the last Hiatus of 2015-2016! We will be back at the beginning of next semester, so remember to send us your news!

The Hiatus Editorial Team

CLA 2016

This year’s meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association will take place in Calgary from May 28 to June 3. You will find conference info here and the program. Many department members will be presenting talks and posters:

Brandon J. Fry (Ottawa)
Tout n’est pas relatif : les compléments phrastiques en ojibwé

Daiho Kitaoka & Kathleen Strader (Ottawa)

Relative Clauses in Michif

Paul B. Melchin (Ottawa)

Nahed Mourad (Ottawa)

Revisiting Borrowings into Arabic: Evidence from Lone English Nouns in Lebanese Arabic

Laura Sabourin, Jean-Christophe Leclerc, Myriam Lapierre, Michelle Burkholder & Christie Brien (Ottawa)


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.

Dennis Ott in Barcelona

Dennis Ott will be an invited keynote speaker at the workshop “The Syntax-Discourse Interface: Approaches, Phenomena, and Variation” at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 10-11 November 2016.

Santa Vinerte in Japan

Santa Vinerte is one of  only ten Canadians who have been awarded a Mitacs-JSPS summer internship to conduct research in Japan (more info about the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science here). Her internship will last from June until August. She will be returning to Konan University in Kobe (here) to collect data for her project “Role of the Bilingual Environment and Orthography in Language Processing and Cognitive Control”, which will be co-supervised by Laura Sabourin and Nigel Duffield.

Sociolinguistics extravaganza!

DiPVac 3 was held at the University of Ottawa on May 4-6 (program) and CVC 9 was held on May 7-8 (program).  Many members of our department participated. Shana Poplack was a plenary speaker at DipVac. In addition, the following department members presented at CVC (in order of appearance):

Going back to the source: A comparative analysis of the expression of necessity in Hexagonal and Quebec French

Laura Kastronic

Codeswitches or borrowings: Who cares? Evidence from English lone-origin nouns in Lebanese Arabic

Nahed Mourad

Agreeing to disagree: The lexical effect on past participle gender agreement in French

Suzanne Robillard

Subject-verb order in Jordanian Arabic: A variationist approach

Ekab Al-Shawashreh

Patterns of futurity: A variationist study of future temporal reference in spoken Italian

Salvatore Digesto

Revitalizing old relatives: Evidence from Early and Late Modern English (1571-1796)

Stephen Levey


Full set of abstracts here.

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.“


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.”


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.” …


(thanks to Maurice Bélanger for the update!)