We are very happy to welcome Richard Compton (U. of Toronto, McGill) for a lecture titled “Two types of adjectives hiding in Inuit.” The following is an abstract of his upcoming talk. Everyone is welcome to join.
Two types of adjectives hiding in Inuit
One of the central goals of contemporary linguistic research is to uncover which properties of language are universal and which are subject to parametric variation. Such concerns have been the subject of recent and controversial debate. Perhaps most notoriously, Evans & Levinson (2009) argue that linguistic universals are a myth and that Universal Grammar does not exist.
Among their arguments in this vein is the claim that lexical categories are not universal. For instance, they point to Salish as an example of a language that doesn’t distinguish nouns from verbs. While that particular assertion has been well refuted (see Matthewson to appear and references therein), there still exist a number of language “holdouts” to the idea that adjectives are universal. Despite arguments by Baker (2004) and Dixon (2004) that all languages possess a class of adjectives, a number of languages continued to be analyzed as lacking them – including the Inuit language.
In this talk I present evidence for the existence of two classes of adjectives in Inuit, drawing evidence from across the Inuit dialect continuum. While demonstrating that Inuit possesses adjectives does not resolve the question of whether these categories are universal, it removes one holdout to the generalization, further narrowing the search radius for any potential genuine exceptions.
Time: Friday, November 29, 16h15
Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H-565.
We are very happy to welcome Professor Maeve Eberhardt (U. Vermont) for a lecture titled ”Intersections of race and place and the enregisterment of Pittsburghese in the local African American community.” The following is an abstract of her upcoming talk. Everyone is welcome to join.
Intersections of race and place and the enregisterment of Pittsburghese in the local African American community
In Pittsburgh, there is a recognizable, socially meaningful way of speaking, popularly known as “Pittsburghese”. Through a number of metapragmatic and metadiscursive practices, Pittsburghese has become enregistered (Agha, 2003, 2007), and thus ideologically linked to a specific persona, the authentic Pittsburgher (Johnstone, 2009, 2011; Johnstone et al., 2006). In this paper, I explore the enregisterment of Pittsburghese in the local African American community, and the ways in which the dialect is a site for the expression and reproduction of cultural values linked to Whites in the city. I focus on the regional pronunciation of /aw/ among African Americans in the city, adding to recent interest in regional variation within African American English (e.g., Childs & Mallinson 2004, Durian, Dodsworth & Schumacher, 2010; Kendall & Wolfram, 2009). Both quantitatively and qualitatively, I show that for African Americans, Pittsburghese is not only indexical of localness but specifically of White localness, which also has the effect of erasing social class distinctions that may otherwise be important to the meanings of Pittsburghese for White residents of the city.
Time: Thursday, November 21, 18h30
Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H-661-2.
Friday November 1st 4:15 PM Hall Building room 661-2 Gabriela Alboiu from York University
“A-Bar Movement with Case Effects: Indirect evidentiality in Romanian”
“Romanian displays a construction in which the subject of an embedded indicative clause surfaces with Accusative Case in the matrix clause. This resembles ECM but occurs with matrix verbs of knowledge and perception. In addition, the construction has distinct properties from ECM, most notably the fact that Case (either Nominative or Dative) is already available in the embedded domain and the fact that bare quantifiers are ruled out. We argue: (i) that the embedded subject moves across the phasal CP complement; (ii) that the trigger for movement is interpretive rather than Case related and results from an [Evidential] E(dge) F(eature) present on matrix little v (and also discharged on the selected C head); and (iii) that such derivations are instances of A-bar movement with some A-movement effects (e.g. Multiple Case Checking), which provides support for proposals that the type of movement (A versus A-bar) is defined by the Probe and not configurationally (Gallego 2011).”
Thursday, October 3rd at 8:30 PM in the Linguistics Lounge (H665)
Thursday, October 10th at 8:30 PM at Andrew’s Pub (1239 Guy)
The LSA will lead a LaTeX workshop this Tuesday, October 1st from 10h-13h30. It will cover the basics, but users of any experience level are welcome to join.
Read all the important details from the LaTeX workshop page.
Dr. Alexander Dale
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Linguistics Program, Concordia University
The Coiling Serpent: An Indo-European phrase and its survival in Hittite, Indo-Iranian, Greek, and Latin
Wednesday, September 18 6:00 PM
Hall Building 429
Dr. Alexander Dale holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship in Concordia’s Linguistics Program. Dr. Dale has a DPhil from Oxford University and was previously Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. His postdoctoral research project, The Fusion of Culture at the Aegean-Anatolian Interface, is a comprehensive analysis of the role that cultural contact between Anatolia and Greece played in shaping the development of East-Greek culture on a linguistic, literary, and material level.
Our first pub social will be held on Thursday, September 19th, at 8:30 PM at Brutopia. There will be free beers and speed rail drinks, and we hope to see you there!
Hi everyone, welcome to 2013. We are looking for new tutors to be added to our tutor bank. You can check out the requirements and sign up through the link at the top of the page!
Hello everyone, we are very happy to welcome Maxime Papillon (Concordia) as he presents his research on morphology. The following is an abstract of his upcoming talk. Everyone is welcome to join
Allomorphy in Multiprecedence Morphology
The morphological framework of Raimy (2000) has already proved useful for understanding reduplication and infixation, and can handle affixation and substractive morphology (Gagnon & Piché 2007). I provide an account of Phonologically Conditioned Allomorphy and lexical classes in terms of complex morphemes, with examples drawn from many languages, hinting toward a concrete mechanism of suppletion and classes.
Time: Monday, April 15, 18h to 19h
Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H-527.
NOTE: The talk is immediately followed by the yearly Wine & Cheese, to be held in room H-763.