We are proud to present our final speaker of the semester, our very own Professor Todd Clary. These are the details of his talk:

Title: The Watery Ways: the Etymology of Greek κέλευθος

Time: POSTPONED UNTIL Thursday, April 17th, 16h15

Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H661.2.

Abstract: Watery Ways abstract

 

 

There will also be the end of semester wine and cheese, which is a great chance to mingle and network with professors and fellow students.

Place: Cafe Andalucia, 2nd floor

Address:  1424 Bishop Street. Nearest cross-street is Ste-Catherine.

Time: April 11th, 18h30,

Study in Peru

We’ve received an email from Piero Fioralisso, Coordinator of Special Programs of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, announcing the launch of the Field School Program in Peru 2014. This program, created and developed by PUCP, provides students with the opportunity to carry out practical work in research projects which are directed by some of our most prestigious faculty members and during its ten years of existence the Field School program has received more than 300 students.

This season the program is offering courses that  may be of interest to you:

-Linguistic Summer Field School
-Spanish Language and Peruvian Studies Program

You will find more information about these courses and the complete Field School Program offer in the following links:

-Field School Program Brochure:
http://issuu.com/csoria/docs/fieldschool-dic-baja 

-Spanish Language Brochure: http://issuu.com/fieldschoolpucp/docs/pucp_brochure_spanish_course_web

-Website:
http://fieldschool.pucp.edu.pe/

Elections Results

President: Lauren McIntosh

VP Internal: Samara Wiseman

VP Finance: Matthew Schuurman

VP Academic: Liz da Silva

MA councillor: Sarya Majdalani

VP Communications: Gianluca Cefis

VP Social: Nicolas Desmarais

VP external is… a tie between Emily Crilly and Sabrina Gaiser

Speaker:  Alan J. Nussbaum of Cornell University

Topic: “Syntactically Aided Semantic ‘Change’: *‘Painstaking pants’, the ‘neat worker’ who’s a slob, and the etymology of Greek akrībḗs, -és ‘precise’”

Time: Friday, April 4, 16h15

Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H-661.2

Abstract: Nussbaum akrībḗs (Abstract)

Vanessa Taler is a neurolinguist from the University of Ottawa and will be giving a talk entitled “Bilingual language processing and neurocognitive function”.

Time: Friday, March 7, 16h15

Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H613.

You may be interested to learn that Concordia University features in the world’s elite (Top 200) institutions in 7 of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject, which will be published on 26th Feb 2014 on www.topuniversities.com and by leading media around the world .

For the third edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, we evaluated 3,002 universities and ranked 689 institutions in total. 130 million of citations attributions were analyzed and we verified the provision of 10,639 programs.

Of particular note, Concordia University has an improved ranking or is featured for the first time in the following subjects:

  • English Language & Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Education

It’s election time again and most of our current members are graduating.  We need you!  

The deal is this:  if you’re even the slightest bit interested, then you must join us!   Don’t worry about the positions and roles too much–the current team would be more than happy to explain what exactly it is that we do and how we’ve done it in the past.  Ultimately, our goal is to improve the level of education we all receive at Concordia.  It could also mean that you make a friend or two before taking semantics or syntax…

Whatever position you decide to run for (President, Internal, External, Finance, Communications, Social or Academic Affairs, or the shiny new position of MA councillor), you can make a difference in improving the general services to all linguists in Concordia.

Maxime Papillon, the Chief Electoral Officer this year, has announced the following election schedule:

Nomination Period: February 25th to March 19th

Campaign Period: March 20th to March 25th

Polling Day: March 26th 10 am to 6 pm

Take a look at the 2014 Election nomination form and send an email to Maxime at [Removed as of March 24, 2014].  He can explain some more about the election process.

Praat Workshop Wednesday February 26th at 1015am in H661-2.  There will be coffee and breakfast snack.  It will be from 10:15 to 11:15am

General Assembly Thursday Feb 27th at 8pm in H661-2.  We will be talking about upcoming elections in March, introducing each of our roles in the Concordia Linguistics Student Association as well as taking signatures.  There will be a Pub Social afterwards at Andrews.

Room number H613 at 415pm Feb 28th
Anatolian morphosyntax: inheritance and innovation

 

Notwithstanding its well-known genetic anomalies, Anatolian shows the core syntactic structures seen in other archaic Indo-European languages such as Greek and Sanskrit and reconstructed for the proto-language. For subject reference this includes person markers on the verb and nominative case marked on correlated nominal and pronominal items. Anatolian has, however, innovated in two areas concerned with subject reference: first, in the creation of a third-person enclitic ‘subject’ pronoun, marked for gender, common and neuter, and restricted (largely) to use with a particular class of verbs, the unaccusatives. This clitic pronoun is in complementary distribution both with the full (emphatic/contrastive) demonstrative pronoun used for third-person reference and with associated lexical items. A second innovation is a suffix used with neuter nouns when they occur in correlation with the subject of a transitive verb (so-called ‘split ergativity’). The motivation for both innovations, I suggest, stems from a common source unique to Anatolian within the Indo-European family but the innovations arose within the inherited syntactic system; consequently, the discussion begins with the question of Indo-European syntactic typology and specifically with the issue of argument structure.

Norbert Hornstein

 

 

Time: Thursday, February 6, 18h00

Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H-634.