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Selected Presentations

  • 2021. Forbes, Clarissa, Garrett Nicolai, and Miikka Silfverberg. An FST morphological analyzer for the Gitksan language. Poster presentation at the North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL) workshop: 1st AmericasNLP Workshop, June 11. [poster]

  • 2019. Forbes, Clarissa. The synchrony and diachrony of person-sensitive patterns in Tsimshianic. Presented at Diachronic Generative Syntax (DiGS), special workshop: Comparative morpho-syntax of the Indigenous languages of North and Central America. Arizona State University, June 4. [handout]

  • 2019. Forbes, Clarissa. Post-syntactic person restrictions: Agreement and V1 across Tsimshianic. Presented at Person & Perspective: A workshop honoring the work of María Luisa Zubizarreta. University of Southern California, May 3-4. [handout]

  • 2019. Forbes, Clarissa. Ergative agreement switch and unlicensed absolutives in Tsimshianic. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). New York, NY, Jan 3-6. [poster]

  • 2018. Forbes, Clarissa. Multiple ergative agreement in Tsimshianic: Direct versus indirect goals. Presented at the workshop Multiple Agreement across Domains. Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Nov 8-9. [handout]

  • 2018. Forbes, Clarissa. Transitivity and accusativity in Gitksan wh-agreement. Presented at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Salt Lake City, UT, Jan 4-7. [handout]

  • 2018. Brown, Colin and Clarissa Forbes. Three (hidden) obliques in Gitksan. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). Salt Lake City, UT, January 4-7. [handout]

  • 2017. Forbes, Clarissa. Persistent ergativity in cross-Tsimshianic agreement. Invited presentation at the University of Victoria linguistics colloquium. University of Victoria, March 16.

  • 2015. Forbes, Clarissa. Acquiring accentual (un)predictability in morphological domains: Root stress in Gitksan. Presented at the International Conference on Historical Linguistics (UCHL), special workshop: Diachronic morphophonology: lexical accent systems. University of Naples, Italy, July 31.


  • In prep (book/glossed corpus): Thirty-six Gitksan stories. (by B. Sennott, H. Hill, V. Gogag; other eds.: Henry Davis, Michael David Schwan, UBC Gitksan Research Lab)

Manuscripts in Progress

  • Predicate raising and V1 orders in Interior Tsimshianic. [lingbuzz]

  • On ergative agreement, case competition, and Agree.