CUNY • October 19-21, 2012


Pre-registration Reception: 

You are welcome to join us on Thursday, October 18th for an informal reception and a chance to register for NELS43  following the CUNY Graduate Center Special Colloquium on East-Asian Linguistics featuring Peter Sells (York) and James Yoon (UIUC) from 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM. The colloquium is open to the public and registration is not required.  The informal reception (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM) will include snacks and wine and a chance to mingle for those who get into NYC a night early.

Paper Guidelines
Poster Guidelines

NB: First-time visitors to CUNY Graduate Center must sign in at the security desk located in the ground-floor lobby, showing some form of photo ID. Take any elevator to the seventh floor, where signs provide directions to the Linguistics Lounge. Once you register, the name badge will allow you access to the building.


The complete Program and information booklet can be downloaded here.

The complete Abstracts booklet (alphabetical by first author) can be downloaded here.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 – At the CUNY Graduate Center

In the Linguistics Lounge on the 7th Floor:


– After 9:15,  all Friday events are on the Concourse Level – 

In the Proshansky Auditorium:


9:30      Barbara Citko, University of Washington & Martina Gracanin-Yuksek, Middle East Technical University
Wh-coordination in free relatives

10:00   Carlo Cecchetto, University of Milan Bicocca,Caterina Donati, University of Roma Sapienza
& Mirta Vernica,University of Milan Bicocca
Relative clauses vs clausal complements of nouns: Reversing the picture

10:30     COFFEE BREAK

10:45     Elliott Moreton & Katya Pertsova, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pastry phonotactics

11:15      Michael Becker, Indiana University & Maria Gouskova, New York University 
Source-oriented generalizations as grammar inference in yer deletion

11:45      Eugene Buckley, University of Pennsylvania
Spanish secondary stress without gradient alignment

12:15      LUNCH BREAK

1:45       Invited speaker: Tarald Taraldsen, University of Tromsø

Modeling the Neighborhood Hypothesis for syncretisms

2:45       POSTER SESSION I  (rooms C201-C204 on the Concourse level)

 Boris Harizanov, University of California at Santa Cruz & Vera Gribanova Stanford University  
Inward sensitive contextual allomorphy and its conditioning factors

Sangim Lee, New York University                                                                 
Syntax-based phonological asymmetries: The case of adjective reduplication in Mandarin Chinese

Josef Fruehwald, University of Pennsylvania [ALT]                                                
Phonology has an early effect on sound changes

Peter Jurgec, Meertens Institute [ALT]                                                           
Morphology affects loanword phonology

Maria Biezma, Daniel Siddiqi, Carleton University & Andrew Carnie, University of Arizonay
Counterfactuality in non-standard subjunctive conditional

Erin Zaroukian, Johns Hopkins University
(Just) about: An analysis

Gregory Kierstead, Ohio State University [ALT]
(Non-)speaker oriented conventional implicatures: A case study of Tagalog sana

Timothy Leffel, New York University & University of Potsdam, Radek Šimik & Marta Wierzba, University of Potsdam
Information structure and pronominal morphology in Basaá

Yasutada Sudo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                             
Person and number features on bound pronouns and the structure of indices

Artemis Alexiadou, University of Stuttgart, Elena Anagnostopoulou, University of Crete & Susi Wurmbrand, University of Connecticut [ALT]
Movement vs. long distance Agree in raising: Disappearing phases and feature valuation

Alan Bale, Concordia University                                                                       
Agreement without AGREE: Disjunction in Mi’gmaq

Matthew Barros, Rutgers University                                                           
Else-modification as a diagnostic for pseudosluicing

Jaehoon Choi, University of Arizona                                                             
The locus of person feature, agreement, and DP/CP parallelism

William Haddican, CUNY Queens College & Daniel Ezra Johnson, University of Lancaster        
Focus effects on particle placement in English and the left periphery of PP

Megumi Hasebe,Yokohama National University & Hideki Maki, Gifu University
The That-adverb-trace effect in English: A visual analogue scale analysis

Laura Kalin, University of California,  Los Angeles                                             
Last resort structure building: Agreement and argument licensing in Senaya

Dalina Kallulli, University of Vienna                                                           
Bavarian parasitic gaps revisited

Eunah Kim, Myeong Hyeon Kim & James Yoon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
An experimental investigation of on-line and off-line binding properties of Korean reflexive

Neil Myler, New York University
Cliticization feeds agreement: A view from Quechua

Maziar Toosarvandani and Coppe van Urk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology                   
Directionality and intervention in nominal concord: Evidence from Zazaki ezafe

Jean Crawford, University of Connecticut                                                              
Verbal passives in child English: Evidence from judgments of purpose phrases

Michael Frazier, Northwestern University                                                     
Argument structure-driven parsing in Tagalog

 In the Proshansky Auditorium: 

4:45   Dan Velleman, University of Texas at Austin
Believe possible verbs: Would you believe they’re possible after all?

5:15   Peter Klecha, University of Chicago
Modal constraints on temporal reference


6:00   Hazel Pearson, Center for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin
A semantic theory of partial control

6:30   Jessica Coon, McGill University
Predication, predicate fronting, and what it takes to be a verb


SATURDAY, OCTOBER  20 – At Hunter College

In room HW615: 

9:00   Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine & Hadas Kotek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Diagnosing covert pied-piping

9:30   Gary Thoms, University of Edinburgh
Constraints on exceptional ellipsis are only parallelism effects

10:00   Dennis Ott & Mark de Vries, University of Groningen
Right-dislocation as deletion

10:30     COFFEE BREAK

10:45  Philippe Schlenker, Institut Jean-Nicod, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique  (CNRS) &  New York University and Jonathan Lamberton
Iconic variables in ASL and LSF

11:15    Seth Cable, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Distance distributivity and pluractionality in Tlingit (and beyond)

11:45    Alan Bale, Concordia University, and Jessica Coon, McGill University
Classifiers are for numerals, not for nouns

12:15       LUNCH BREAK

1:45         Invited speaker: Juliette Blevins, CUNY Graduate Center

How diverse are repairs for multiple labial consonants?

2:45        COFFEE BREAK

3:00       Charles Yang, Kyle Gorman, Jennifer Preys & Margaret Borowczyk, University of Pennsylvania
Productivity and paradigm gaps

3:30       Annie Gagliardi, Harvard University, Alexis Wellwood & Jeff Lidz, University of Maryland
With no help from syntax: Four models of meaning choice for novel adjectives

4:00       POSTER SESSION II (In the Faculty Dining room, 8th floor)

Allan Jay Schwade, University of California, Santa Cruz
Modality matters: What online adaptations can tell us about loanwords

Sam Steddy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A regular rule of palatalization in Italian verbs

Karthik Durvasula and Jimin Kahng, Michigan State University
Phonological alternations modulate illusory vowel perception

Jeremy Kuhn, New York University
Harmony via positive agreement: Evidence from trigger-based count effects

Kristen Syrett & Georgia Simon,  Rutgers University & Kirsten Nisula, Ohio State University
Speakers and hearers use prosody to disambiguate scopally-ambiguous sentences

Hanna de Vries, University of Utrecht  [ALT]
Lexical distributivity with group nouns and property indefinites

Lisa Bylinina, University of Utrecht
Judge-dependence in degree constructions

Esra Kesici, Cornell University
Embedded root phenomena in Turkish: A paratactic analysis of ki-clauses

Diego Pescarini, University of  Padua
Double object constructions and the PCC: Evidence from Italian

Marcel Pitteroff and Florian Schäfer, University of Stuttgart
The argument structure of reflexively marked anticausatives and middles: Evidence from datives

Jelena Runic, University of Connecticut [ALT]
A new look at argument ellipsis: Evidence from Slavic

Michelle Sheehan, University of Cambridge
Partial control, inflected infinitives and defective intervention

Gianina Iordachioaia, University of Stuttgart [ALT]
The interaction between NP and DP in nominalizations

Tara McAllister Byun, New York University and Sharon Inkelas, University of California at Berkeley
Child consonant harmony and phonologization of performance errors

Aaron Steven White, Rachel Dudley, Valentine Hacquard & Jeffrey Lidz, University of Maryland [ALT]
Discovering classes of attitude verbs using subcategorization frame distributions

Masaya Yoshida, Lauren Ackerman, Morgan Purrier and Rebekah Ward, Northwestern University
The processing of backward sluicing

5:30     Alexandra Simonenko, McGill University
Microvariation in head-exponent alignment: Finno-Ugric

6:00     Hyon Sook Choe, Yeungnam University
The functional category COM(PARISON) and its double complement structure


7:00    Conference Dinner (In the  Faculty Dining Room on the 8th floor)


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 – At Hunter College

In room HW615:

9:00   Norvin Richards and Coppe van Urk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
On the architecture of long-distance extraction: Evidence from Dinka

9:30   Andrew Weir, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Why-stripping targets Voice Phrase

10:00     COFFEE BREAK

10:15    Roberta D’Alessandro, LUCL Leiden &Tobias Scheer, University of Nice
Modular PIC

10:45    Elan Dresher, Christopher Harvey & Will Oxford, University of Toronto
Contrast shift as a kind of diachronic change

11:15     COFFEE BREAK

11:30    Guillaume Thomas, Institut Jean-Nicod, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Embedded imperatives in Mbyá

12:00   Andreea Nicolae, Harvard University
An alternative account of distribution of NPIs in interrogatives


2:00    Invited Speaker: Robert Frank, Yale University

Believing our grammars


Workshop in Computational Linguistics

3:15   Kyle Gorman, University of Pennsylvania
Categorical and gradient aspects of wordlikeness judgements

3:45    Kevin Tang and Andrew Nevins, University College London
Naturalistic Speech Misperception – A Computational Corpus-based Study

4:15   BREAK 

4:25     Giorgio Magri, SFL, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 
Restrictiveness of error-driven ranking algorithms

4:55    Bruce Tesar, Rutgers University
When Worst Is Best: Grammar Construction in Phonological Learning