39th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

November 7-9, 2008
Cornell University


Appel Commons, Third Floor

Call for Papers
Poster (pdf)

Day 1 – Friday, November 7, 2008


8:00 AM            Registration and Breakfast

8:45 AM            Welcoming Remarks

9:00 AM            Session A: SYNTAX


9:00 – 9:30

On the distribution of pre-determiner universal quantifiers in Germanic

Marijke De Belder (University & College Brussels/Utrecht University)


9:30 – 10:00

A stronger argument for backward control

Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou, Gianina Iordachioia, and Mihaela Marchis

(Universität Stuttgart and University of Crete)


10:00 – 10:30

A (new) look at symmetric and asymmetric passives

Barbara Citko

(University of Washington)


10:30 – 11:00

Passive agreement in Acehnese

Julie Legate

(University of Pennsylvania)


11:00 AM           Lunch (on your own) and Poster Session 1     


1:00 PM            Session B: SPECIAL SESSION 1

Compounding at the interfaces

Denis Delfitto, Antonio Fabregas, and Chiara Melloni

(University of Verona and University of Bologna)


1:30 – 2:00

Reduplication in compounding contexts: Morphological doubling vs. correspondence

Jason D. Haugen

(Williams College)


2:00 – 2:30

Differential argument encoding by impoverishment

Stefan Keine, and Gereon Müller

(Universität Leipzig)


2:30 – 3:00

Multiple exponence and the phonology-morphology interface

Gabriela Caballero

(UC Berkeley/Stony Brook University, SUNY)


3:00 PM            Coffee Break


3:15 PM            Sessions C and D



Session C: SYNTAX



3:15 – 3:45

Possessor raising, resumptive pronouns, and phases

Pei-Jung Kuo and Yi-An Lin

(University of Connecticut and University of Cambridge)


A Stochastic OT analysis of production and perception in Yucatec Maya

Melissa Frazier

(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

3:45 – 4:15

Word formation as phrasal movement: evidence from Ojibwe

Eric Mathieu

(University of Ottawa)


UseListedError: A grammatical account of lexical exceptions in phonological acquisition

Anne-Michelle Tessier

(University of Alberta)


4:15 – 4:45

The interaction between locality and the subject-gap restriction in Spanish questions

Carlos Buesa García

(University of Connecticut)


Distinctive distributions: a new look at the sonority-intensity relationship

Margaret Renwick

(Cornell University)

4:45 – 5:15

Monoclausal question word coordinations across languages

Andreas Haida and Sophie Repp

(Humboldt University of Berlin)


Strong positions and laryngeal features in Yukatek Maya

Scott AnderBois

(UC Santa Cruz)


5:15 PM            Coffee Break

5:30 PM            Invited Speaker, Raffaella Zanuttini (Yale University)

Micro-comparative syntax in English verbal agreement

6:30 PM            End of Day 1



Day 2 – Saturday, November 8, 2008


8:30 AM            Breakfast

9:00 PM            Session E: SYNTAX/SEMANTICS (SPECIAL)


9:00 – 9:30

Clausal comparatives and cross-linguistic variation

Junko Shimoyama

(McGill University)


9:30 – 10:00

Multiple classifiers construction and nominal expressions in Chinese

Wei-wen Roger Liao and Yu-yun Iris Wang

(University of Southern California)


10:00 – 10:30

Semantic correlates of the DP/NP parameter

Željko Bošković and Jon Gajewski

(University of Connecticut)


10:30 – 11:00

A psycholinguistic investigation of MaxElide in variable-binding contexts

Margaret Grant

(UMass Amherst)



11:00 AM          Lunch (on your own) and Poster Session 2


1:00 PM            Session F: PHONOLOGY/SYNTAX (SPECIAL)

1:00 – 1:30

Multilingual learning with parameter co-occurrence clustering


Jason Riggle, Max Bane, James Kirby, and John Sylak

(University of Chicago)


1:30 – 2:00

The sound of ergativity: syntax-prosody mapping in Samoan

Kristine Yu



2:00 – 2:30

Phase, accent, and the derivation of prosody in Korean

Eon-Suk Ko

(University at Buffalo, SUNY)

2:30 – 3:00

An interface approach to stranded prepositions: A case of swiping

Kayono Shiobara

(Bunkyo Gakuin University)



3:00 PM            Coffee Break


3:15 PM            Sessions G and H





Session H:  SYNTAX

3:15 – 3:45

Comparison with indeterminateness: a multidimensional approach

Osamu Sawada

(University of Chicago)


Case-valuation, phasehood, and Nominative/Accusative conversion in Japanese

Masahiko Takahashi

(University of Connecticut)


3:45 – 4:15

Attributive quantity words as nonrestrictive modifiers

Stephanie Solt

(CUNY Graduate Center)


T-extension and null subject licensing

Ivona Kučerová

(University College London)

4:15 – 4:45

Indefinites, choice functions, and discourse anaphora

Jonathan Brennen

(New York University)


An argument for argument ellipsis from -sika NPIs

Kensuke Takita

(Nanzan University/ University of Connecticut/ JSPS)


4:45 – 5:15

A null theory of long distance reciprocity in English

Oystein Nilsen and Jakub Dotlacil

(University of Utrecht, and University of Tromsř)


Classifiers as morphosyntactic licensors of NP Ellipsis: English vs. Romance

Artemis Alexiadou and

Kirsten Gengel

(Universität Stuttgart)



5:15 PM            Coffee Break

5:30 PM            Invited Speaker, Arto Anttila (Stanford University)

The Role of Prosody in the English Dative Alternation

6:30 PM            End of Day 2



7:30 PM            Banquet dinner (TBA)



Day 3 –Sunday, November 9, 2008

8:30 AM            Breakfast

9:00 AM            Session I: PHONOLOGY/PHONETICS


9:00 – 9:30

Consonant place asymmetries of CG combinations in the Dispersion Theory

Yunju Suh

(Stony Brook University, SUNY)


9:30 – 10:00

Learning phonological grammars for output-driven maps

Bruce Tesar

(Rutgers University)


10:00 – 10:30

Evidence for conjoined constraint disjunction in Creek

Anya Lunden

(College of William & Mary)


10:30 AM          Coffee Break

10:45 AM          Invited Speaker, Roger Schwarzschild (Rutgers University)

                        Mass nouns: What are they?

11:45 AM          Coffee Break

12:00 PM          Session J: SEMANTICS


12:00 – 12:30

Embedding imperatives

Luka Crnic and Tue Trinh

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


12:30 – 1:00

German particles, modal concord and the semantics of imperatives

Patrick Grosz

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


1:00 – 1:30

Focus intervention effects as competition effects

Barry Chung-Yu Yang

(National Tsing Hua University)


1:30 PM            Closing Remarks

1:45 PM            NELS Business Meeting

2:15 PM            Conclusion of conference



List of posters


Poster session 1:

1.     On two types of pronouns and so-called 'movement-to-D' in Serbo-Croatian

Miloje Despić (University of Connecticut)

2.     On valued uninterpretable features

Željko Bošković (University of Connecticut)

3.     Intervention in tough constructions

Jeremy Hartman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

4.     Non-canonical case licensing is canonical: Accusative subjects of CPs in Turkish

Serkan Şener (University of Connecticut)

5.     Extraposition, syntactic doubling, CED effects

Marco Nicolis (Georgetown University)

6.     Overt evidence from left-branch extraction in Polish for punctuated paths

Bartosz Wiland (University of Poznań)

7.     The V-to-I parameter revisited

Kristine Bentzen (University of Tromsř)

8.     Polarity particles: an ellipsis account

Ruth Kramer and Kyle Rawlins (UC Santa Cruz and Johns Hopkins)

9.     On the licensing and interpretation of in-situ Wh-phrases

Andreas Haida (Humboldt University of Berlin)

10.  Laryngeal (dis)harmony, perception and the Dispersion Theory of Contrast

Gillian Gallagher (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

11.  Retroflex harmony in Kalasha: Agreement or spreading?

Alexei Kochetov and Paul Arsenault (University of Toronto)

12.  On the French conditionnel and its modal uses

Jonathan Howell (Cornell University)

13.  Cophonology in Sino-Japanese vowel harmony

Kazutaka Kurisu (Kobe College)

14.  Positional faithfulness, non-locality, and the Harmonic Serialism solution

Karen Jesney (UMass Amherst)



Poster session 2:

15.  Some "non-intersective" adjectives are genuinely noun-taking

Miloje Despić and Yael Sharvit (University of Connecticut)

16.  Negative concord is not Multiple Agree

Liliane Haegeman and Terje Lohndal (Université Lille III and University of Maryland)

17.  MaxElide and Elliptical feature agreement

Seungwan Ha (Korea University)

18.  What's so special about D-linking?

Rebecca Shields (University of Wisconsin- Madison)

19.  A case of phonological interference in word recognition tasks

Gessiane Picanço (Universidade Federal do Pará)

20.  Verb movement in German exclamatives- from syntactic underspecification to illocutionary force

Ellen Brandner (University of Konstanz)

21.  The internal structure of local case affixes

Nina Radkevich (University of Connecticut)

22.  Maximize Presupposition and Two Types of Definite Competitors

Luis Alonso-Ovalle(1), Paula Menéndez-Benito(2), and Florian Schwarz(3)

(1: UMass Boston, 2: University of Göttingen, 3:UMass Amherst)

23.  Reevaluating root structure constraints in Proto-Indo-European: the case of *DVD-

Adam Cooper (Cornell University)

24.  Opacity in Icelandic: Transparency and OT with Candidate Chains

Daylen Riggs (University of Southern California)

25.  "Rising" intonation on "falling" tones

Masayuki Gibson (Cornell University)

26.  Phonetics in phonology: evidence from Scottish Gaelic preaspiration

Ian Clayton (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

27.  Accent-epenthesis interaction in Kyungsang Korean loanwords: Phonetics or Phonology?

Hyun-ju Kim (Stony Brook University, SUNY)

28.  The relation between phonetic and phonological encoding in perception: Interactive or autonomous?

Michael Key (UMass Amherst)


List of alternates


1.     Decomposing naturalness in phonological rule learning: the role of phonetic distance

Katrin Skoruppa and Sharon Peperkamp

(Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique)

2.     Upward binding and polysynthesis

Yakov Testelets (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)

3.     UM infixation and paradigmatic gaps in Thao

Yu-an Lu (Stony Brook University, SUNY)

4.     At the interfaces: Deriving and interpreting focus and anaphora in VP-ellipsis

Dan Parker (Eastern Michigan University)

5.     Negative concord in Afrikaans: filling the typological gap

Theresa Biberauer and Hedde Zeijlstra

(Cambridge University and University of Amsterdam)