Welcome to the webhome of the McGill Ergativity Lab! We’re spending the summer getting our ergativity survey up and running. When it is finished we’ll be looking for linguistically-savvy experts on various languages to answer questions about the languages they work on. The idea is to explore ergative behaviour in languages.

Planned launch date: September 6, 2016.

If you’d like be kept in the loop, please email Meaghan Fowlie and we’ll put you on a (very infrequently used) mailing list. Don’t worry, we’ll probably write to you fewer than five times; it’s mostly just to notify you when it launches. Also,
if you have any suggestions for us, please email Meaghan Fowlie.

If you work on a language that is not thought to be ergative, we’re still interested in your language. First, we can’t know what the properties of ergative languages are if we don’t have anything to compare them with, and second, your language might have more ergative-like properties than you realised. The survey can help you explore them while giving us information to analyse too.

Upcoming meetings:

We’re officially off for the summer. If we decide to meet at all I’ll post it here and add it to the calendar.

The McGill Ergativity Lab meets in room 002 of the McGill linguistics building unless otherwise noted.

Google Calendar

Previous meetings include:

Tuesday, May 10 Noon Year-end lunch! Meet by the front doors at noon and we’ll decide where to go.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016: Lisa Travis discussing Mark Baker 2014
Tuesday, April 26, 2016: Jessica Coon: Case discrimination in caseless languages

Tuesday, April 19, 2016: Meaghan Fowlie: Ergativity questionnaire update 2

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Reading Henry Davis (Draft)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016: Martha Schwarz: Nepali

Tuesday, March 29, 2016: Meaghan Fowlie: Ergativity questionnaire update 1

Tuesday, March 22, 2016: Henrison Hsieh: Possessor Dominance and Ergativity in Tagalog

Tuesday, March 15, 2016: Reading Henderson & Coon (in prep): Adverbs and variability in Kaqchikel Agent Focus: A response to Erlewine

Tuesday, March 8, 2016: Colin Brown: Syntactic ergativity in Gitksan

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016: Reading Amy Rose Deal (2016) Syntactic ergativity: analysis and identification
Optional supplement: Polinsky (in press): Syntactic Ergativity

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016: Martha Schwarz: Split ergativity in Nepali

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016: Reading Baker & Bobeljik (2015) On Inherent and Dependent Theories of Ergative Case

April 8, 2015: Safieh Moghaddam (University of Toronto)

April 1, 2015: Michelle Sheehan (University of Cambridge) at Ling Tea

March 25, 2015: Kevin Tuite (Université de Montréal)

March 18, 2015: Shobhana Chelliah (University of North Texas)

March 11, 2015: Bronwyn Bjorkman (University of Toronto)