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Shana Poplack invited speaker at DiPVaC 3, and CVC 9

Our department will be hosting two conferences in sociolinguistics this May. The third meeting of the biannual conference “Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change” on May 4-6, and the ninth meeting of the annual “Change and Variation in Canada” workshop on May 7-8.

Shana Poplack will be a plenary speaker at DiPVaC. The title of her talk will be “Reporting on reported speech: Transmission and diffusion in the Canadian quotative system.” You can find the DiPVaC program here: http://www.dipvac3.com/en/programme.html.

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.

Michael McAuliffe workshop on mixed-effects models

A reminder the on March 29th the OCP group will host a mixed-effects models workshop given by Dr. Michael McAuliffe. Where: Simard 333. When: 1pm-5pm. Contact person: Félix.

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.

Rivero, Arregui and Slavkov is out!

The proceedings of WCCFL 33 have been published online by Cascadilla Press here. It includes the paper “Grammaticalizing the size of situations: the case of Bulgarian” by María Luisa Rivero, Ana Arregui and Nikolay Slavkov.

February 29 2016

Hi everyone,

Welcome to a new issue of Hiatus! We plan to post our next issue at the end of March. Send us your news!

Your editors,

Kevin, Jérémie, Tharanga and Ana

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.


Stacey Grierson: winner of this year’s Edward Sapir Scholarship

A few years ago, Stacey Grierson sold her house and returned to school after a successful stint working with a local elevator company and becoming an essential part of that team. “I realized the only thing holding me back from pursuing my dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist was fear, so I decided to take the plunge and return to school,” said Stacey. She is now in her last semester of her BA in the Psychology-Linguistics joint honours. In doing so, Stacey has maintained a truly extraordinary GPA, excelling in the full range of topics in Linguistics, Psychology, and other degree requirements.

Edward Sapir was a linguist who helped establish the modern discipline of Linguistics. He was a pioneer in the documentation and classification of indigenous languages of the Americas. Sapir worked in Ottawa for the Anthropology Division of the Geological Survey of Canada in the years prior to World War II; he did field work in indigenous languages and advocated for rights of indigenous peoples.

There is an endowed Edward Sapir Scholarship available to a student in their last year of a BA in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, based on academic prowess and promise. Stacey Grierson is this year’s very deserving winner. Congratulations, Stacey!

Congratulations to France Martineau!

Prof. France Martineau vient de publier un roman, Bonsoir la muette, aux éditions Sémaphore. Le roman a reçu une critique élogieuse dans le journal Le Devoir  http://m.ledevoir.com/#article-463377 et ell a été invitée à plusieurs entrevues dans les médias dont au Salon du livre de l’Outaouais. Le livre est disponible en librairies.