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The WCCFL Communications Committee: Heidi Harley, Chenchun E., Amy Fountain, and Alex Trueman.

Download the conference program in PDF format.

Most of the conference will take place on the third floor of the Student Union building. Sessions on the left column are in the Santa Rita Room; those on the right are in the Rincon Room. Poster sessions are in the Catalina Room. On Friday and Sunday, coffee breaks, book display and food are in the Catalina Room; on Saturday, they are in the Sabino Room. However, the three plenary talks are in ILC 140, which is southeast of the Student Union building. See the Meeting Locations page for more detailed information.


Friday, April 22


  • 8:00-8:45: Registration (Sabino Room) and Breakfast/Coffee (Catalina Room)
  • 8:45-9:00: Opening Remarks: Laura Briggs, Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Santa Rita Room)
  • 9:00-10:30: Session #1 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

Session #1:

  Syntax: Case Phonology
9:00-9:30 Claire Halpert, MIT. Case, agreement, EPP and information structure: A quadruple-dissociation in Zulu. Laura McPherson, UCLA. Tonal underspecification and interpolation in Tommo So.
9:30-10:00 Mark Norris, UCSC. Towards an analysis of concord (in Icelandic). Martina Martinovič, Chicago. The Interaction of Animacy with Phonetic and Phonological Factors in Neostokavian.
10:00-10:30 Edit Doron, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Geoffrey Khan, Cambridge. PCC and Ergative Case: Evidence from Neo-Aramaic. Brett Hyde, Brooke Husic and Kenny Hofmeister, Washington. Post-Peninitial Accent in Kashaya: An Alternative to Initial Extrametricality.
  • 10:30-10:45: Coffee Break (Catalina Room)
  • 10:45-12:15: Session 2 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

 Session #2:

Syntax: Nominals Endangered Languages 1
10:45-11:15 Honglei Wang, David Potter and Masaya Yoshida, Northwestern. "Gapping" in Determiner Phrase. Jason Kandybowicz, Swarthmore, and Harold Torrence, Kansas. Krachi Wh- In-Situ: A Question of Prosody.
11:15-11:45 Ryan Nelson, Arizona. A principled account of Malagasy deverbal nouns. Heather Willson, Brigham Young. Concealed pseudoclefts in Marshallese wh- questions.
11:45-12:15 Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, MIT. Share to Compare: the Mandarin Comparative. Amy Rose Deal, Harvard. A-thematic possessor raising.
  • 12:15-1:45: Lunch
  • 1:45-2:45: Poster Session (Catalina Room)


Poster Sessions:


  • 2:45-4:45: Session 3 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

Session #3:

Syntax Endangered Languages 2
2:45-3:15 Bill Haddican, CUNY, Eytan Zweig, York, and Daniel Ezra Johnson. The syntax of be like quotatives. Violeta Vazquez-Rojas, NYU. Purepecha Classifiers are Distributive Predicates.
3:15-3:45 Shoichi Takahashi, Nihon. Anatomy of Tough Movement. Carrie Gillon, ASU, and Solveiga Armoskaite, UCLA. DP ≠ DefP.
3:45-4:15 Laurel MacKenzie, UPenn. English auxiliary contraction as a two-stage process: Evidence from corpus data. Jessica Coon and Omer Preminger, MIT. Towards a Unification of Person Splits.
4:15-4:45 Simin Karimi, Gregory Key and Deniz Tat, Arizona. Complex predicates in focus. Sylvia Reed, Arizona. Multiple Perfects in Scottish Gaelic.
  • 4:45-5:15: Coffee Break (Catalina Room)
  • 5:15-6:30: Plenary #1 (ILC 140): Norvin Richards, MIT:
    Generalized Contiguity.



 Saturday, April 23


  • 8:00-8:30: Registration (Sabino Room), Breakfast & Coffee (Sabino Room)
  • 8:30-10:30: Session 4 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

Session #4:

Semantics and Modelling
Methods and Modelling 1
8:30-9:00 Tony Wright, Texas. Temporal Adverbials and Stereotypical Intervals. Kyle Grove, Cornell. +Q/-Q and the Ambiguity Hypothesis of Wh-islands.
9:00-9:30 Mike Putnam, Penn State, and Volker Gast, Friedrich-Schiller U Jena. The Syntax and Semantics of Excessivity: Evidence from Germanic. Irina Agafonova, Concordia. Computing Hamblin Alternatives.
9:30-10:00 Udo Klein, Bielefeld U. Quantification, witness sets and conservativity. Shin Fukuda, UHawaii, Grant Goodall, Dan Michel, and Henry Beecher, UCSD. Is Magnitude Estimation Worth the Trouble?
10:00-10:30 Zhong Chen, Kyle Grove and John Hale, Cornell. Structural Expectations in Chinese Relative Clause Comprehension. Yurie Hara, City University of Hong Kong, and Shigeto Kawahara, Rutgers. The Prosody of Evidentiality in Japanese: A rating study.
  • 10:30-10:45: Coffee Break (Sabino Room)
  • 10:45-12:15: Session 5

 Session #5:

  Syntax Methods and Modelling 2
10:45-11:15 Jorge Hankamer, UCSC. Turkish Pseudo-Sluicing. Jane Chandlee, Angeliki Athanasopoulou and Jeffrey Heinz, Delaware. Evidence for Classifying Metathesis Patterns as Subsequential.
11:15-11:45 Cheng-Yu Edwin Tsai, Harvard. Descriptive Complement Constructions as Concealed Pseudoclefts in Chinese. Giorgio Magri, CNRS. HG has no computational advantages over OT: towards a new approach to computational OT.
11:45-12:15 Erik Schoorlemmer, MIT, and Tanja Temmerman, LUCL/HUB/FUSL. Head Movement as a PF-phenomenon: evidence from identity under ellipsis. Shinichiro Sano, International Christian University. Predicting Ongoing Global Paradigm Optimization in Voice in Japanese: Corpus-Based OT Analysis.
  • 12:15-2:15: Lunch
  • 2:15-3:45: Session 6 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

Session #6:

  Syntax Methods and Modelling 3
2:15-2:45 Rajesh Bhatt and Martin Walkow, UMass. Locating agreement in grammar. Young Ah Do, MIT. Learning Alternations without Bias.
2:45-3:15 Bill Haddican, CUNY Queens/York, and Anders Holmberg, Newcastle. Object movement symmetries in British English dialects. E. Graham Katz, Georgetown, and Roberto Zamparelli, Trento. Quantifying Count/Mass Elasticity.
3:15-3:45 Bjarne Ørsnes Freie U Berlin, Line Mikkelsen, Berkeley, and Dan Hardt, Copenhagen Business School. Orphans hosted by VP-Anaphora. Hadas Kotek, Yasutada Sudo, Edwin Howard and Martin Hackl, MIT. A Superlative Reading for Most-prop.


Sunday, April 24


  • 8:00-8:30: Coffee & Breakfast (Catalina Room)
  • 8:30-9:30: Session 7 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

 Session #7:

  Psycholinguistics Endangered Languages 3
8:30-9:00 Jean Crawford, UConn. Using Syntactic Satiation to Investigate Subject Islands. Will Bennett, Akinbiyi Akinlabi (Rutgers) and Bruce Connell, York. Two subject asymmetries in Defaka focus constructions.
9:00-9:30 Lisa Hsin, Johns Hopkins. Accelerated acquisition in English-Spanish bilinguals: The Structural Transfer Hypothesis. Justin Nuger, Maryland. Discourse Configurationality in Palauan: Against a clause-nominalization analysis of the topic construction.
  • 9:30-9:45: Coffee Break (Catalina Room)
  • 9:45-10:45: Session 8 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

 Session #8:

  Semantics Phonology: Dependencies
9:45-10:15 Marcin Morzycki, Michigan State. The Several Faces of Adnominal Degree Modification. Amy LaCross, University of Arizona. Non-adjacent phonological dependency effects on Khalkha Mongolian speech perception.
10:15-10:45 Luka Crnic, MIT. How to get 'even' with imperatives. Kazutaka Kurisu, Kobe. Visibility of Covert Voicing Feature in Serialism.


  • 12:30-2:00: Lunch
  • 2:00-3:00: Poster Session (Catalina Room)

Poster Session:


  • 3:00-5:00: Session 9 (Santa Rita and Rincon Rooms)

Session #9:

  Syntax Phonology: Prosodic Structure
3:00-3:30 Anie Thompson, UCSC. Emotive Factives and Object Pronominals. Brian Gainor, Regine Lai and Jeffrey Heinz, Delaware. Computational Characterizations of Vowel Harmony Patterns and Pathologies.
3:30-4:00 Claire Halpert, MIT and Hadil Karawani, Amsterdam. Aspect in counterfactuals from A(rabic) to Z(ulu). Sverre Stausland Johnsen, Harvard. Rhyme acceptability determined by perceived similarity.
4:00-4:30 Usama Soltan, Middlebury College. Morphosyntactic effects of NPI-licensing in Cairene Egyptian Arabic: The puzzle of -š disappearance resolved. Lev Blumenfeld, Carleton. Russian yers and prosodic structure.
4:30-5:00 Marcel Pitteroff and Artemis Alexiadou, Stuttgart. The properties of German sich lassen-middles. Jiwon Yun, Cornell. The Deterministic Prosody of Indeterminates.