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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).

Amazonicas VI

The 6th meeting of the International Colloquium Amazonicas will take place in Leticia, Colombia and Tabatinga, Brazil, on May 24-28. Members of the expanded Ottawa U Linguistics community will participate:

Bernat Bardagil-Mas (Groningen University): “Negation mechanisms in Panará”

Myriam Lapierre, Andrés Salanova & Bernat Bardagil-Mas: “A reconstruction of Proto-Northern Jê phonemics”

Digital Security Recommendations

Maurice Bélanger sends us the following security advice:

Safeguard your devices and data: Lots of data moves between people, devices, systems and storage services. It is incumbent on you to keep your (and maybe even some shared lab/research) data secure. Here are a few suggestions on what is available or can be done to add an initial layer of protection at the operating system level. Once you’ve made sure to create a system-level password for your favourite device < insert smiley face icon here > the main thing to remember is don’t forget your password!

ZIP with a password

Built-in to most OSes is the support for the .ZIP format. Right-clicking in Windows or Mac OSX gives you the option to compress and secure individual files or folders.




Secure USB

Most of us carry around one or many USB key/drives. Consider getting a secured version.


I’m partial to Kingston Technology DataTraveler Vault Privacy Editions;


We misplace and sometimes lose USB keys, imagine forgetting or worse losing your portable device. Believe me it happens, to the best of us. Have your User ID and that passkey configured, turn on the find my device feature and if you are very sensitive about your files, maybe consider OS-level encryption (after of course always doing your backups). Here are some links to the major OS encryption options (read the warnings!).

Mac OSX – FileVault



Windows – BitLocker



Unix – OpenSSL



The uOttawa IT office has some good security and data protection information for you here;


Have a great summer, stay and play safe AND don’t forget your password!



Pictures from SULA 2016

Kate Riccomini and Andrés Salanova presented their work at the conference Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (this year, at Santa Cruz – see here). Kate presented a paper with title “The semantics of Ojibwa theme-signs and argument structure” (abstract here) and Andrés presented a co-authored paper with title “Mirativity without contradiction or exclamation in Guaraní “ra’e” (abstract here).

You will find pictures from the conference scrolling down here. Here are a couple:


WCCFL pictures

The 34th meeting of WCCFL took place at the University of Utah on April 29-May 1. Daiho Kitaoka presented a poster: ”An application approach to Major Object Constructions in East Asian Languages”  and Tharanga Weerasooriya presented a paper:  ”Deriving free choice, specificity and ignorance with Q-particles in Sinhala”. They have sent us back pictures!


March 29 2016

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this month’s issue of Hiatus. We hope you will enjoy it. Send us your news for our next issue,

your Hiatus editors,

Jérémie, Tharanga, Kevin and Ana

Sarah Murray colloquium

Prof. Sarah Murray (Cornell University) will be giving a colloquium talk at our Department on Wednesday March 30 at 2.30 pm, Hamelin 509. The title of the talk will be “Evidentials and Illocutionary mood in Cheyenne”. There will be a small reception in Salon Monet afterwards. Everyone is welcome!

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!

Montreal-Ottawa-Laval-Toronto Phonology Workshop

The MOLT Workshop took place at Carleton University from March 18 to March 20. Here is the workshop website: https://sites.google.com/site/carletonmolt2016/. Many members of our Department made presentations:

Myriam Lapierre: The nasal consonants of Panará

Daiho Kitaoka: Morification in Japanese: An analysis of a reversing game

Félix Desmeules-Trudel and Tania Zamuner: Processing ambiguous vowel nasalization in Canadian French: Reaction times and eye movements

Marc Brunelle: When intonation fails to phonologize: The case of Southern Vietnamese

John Jensen and Margaret Strong-Jensen: Opacity, Transparency, and Locality

If you look at the program, you will see old friends too!

Daiho Kitaoka and Tharanga Weerasooriya at WCCFL

Daiho Kitaoka and Tharanga Weerasooriya will be presenting their research at the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, to be held at the University of Utah in April 29-May 1: http://linguistics.utah.edu/news-and-events/WCCFL34.php.

Daiho Kitaoka: ”An application approach to Major Object Constructions in East Asian Languages” (poster)

Tharanga Weerasooriya: ”Deriving free choice, specificity and ignorance with Q-particles in Sinhala”(presentation)


Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas

The 21st Worskhop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas will take place at UQAM in April 1-3. You will find the conference workshop here: https://sites.google.com/site/wscla2016/.  Here is the program.

Bernat Bardagil-Mas (visiting us from the University of Groningen): Clitic-doubling and split ergativity in Panará.

Jérémie Beauchamp: The syntax and semantics of locatives and existentials in Mébengokre.

Brandon Fry: Cross-clausal agreement in Algonquian: its wide implications for syntactic theory. [Invited presentation]

Daiho Kitaoka: A labeling approach to sentence derivation in Ojibwe

Myriam Lapierre, Bernat Bardagil-Mas and Andrés Salanova: The nasal consonants of Panará

Andrés Salanova and Javier Carol: The Guaraní mirative evidential

Kathleen Strader: Agreement in Michif adjectives

Kate Riccomini and Andrés Salanova at SULA

Kate Riccomini and Andrés Salanova will make presentations at the 9th meeting of the conference Semantics of Under Represented Lanaguages of the Americas (SULA9). It will take place at the University of Santa Cruz on May 6-8. You will find the program here: http://babel.ucsc.edu/sula9/sula.program.html. Here is the information about their talks:

Kate Riccomini: The semantics of Ojibwe theme-signs and argument structure.

Andrés Salanova and Javier Carol: Mirativity without contradiction or exclamation in Guaraní “ra’e


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.