van der Hulst festschrift & NAPhCxii workshop

Harry van der Hulst was honored with a festschrift and special satellite workshop organized by Nancy Ritter at the Twelfth North American Phonology Conference (NAPhCxii), held at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, May 14, 2023.

Harry also gave an invited presentation at the main conference titled What can stress tell us about the structure of synthetic compounds?


Presentations by current/former UConn affiliates included:

At the satellite workshop:

Aida Talic (PhD 2017, now at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Phases and accent assignment domains

Alexandre Vaxman (PhD 2016, now at University of Tours). Interaction of phonological and diacritic weight in hybrid accent systems

Rachel Channon. A new feature type: Functional features in sign languages

At the main conference:

Shengyun Gu, Diane Lillo-Martin and Deborah Chen Pichler (PhD 2001, now at Gallaudet). Phonological Development in ASL-Signing Children: Pseudosign Repetition


Photo: UConn affiliates at the workshop in person.

Front row: Shengyun Gu, Deborah Chen Pichler

Back row: Aida Talic, Alexandre Vaxman, Nancy Ritter, Harry van der Hulst, Diane Lillo-Martin

UConn Linguistics at SALT

The 33nd conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) will take place on May 12-14th at Yale University. UConn will be represented at the conference with presentations by:

  • Ka-Fai Yip, Ushasi Banerjee and Margaret Chui Yi Lee. Are there “weak definites” in bare classifier languages?
  • Yusuke Yagi. Telescope of Incremental Quantification (poster)
  • Vicki Carstens. Extraction evidence on the syntax of Xhosa nominal expressions (workshop on (In)definiteness & Genericity across Languages)

    Mayfest 2023: Howard’s Beginning

    This year’s UMD Linguistics Department’s annual ‘Mayfest’ workshop is dedicated to Howard Lasnik on the occasion of his retirement. The program includes many of his UConn students and colleagues giving presentations honoring Howard’s long and illustrious career:

    • Željko Bošković. On subject positions, the EPP, and contextuality of syntax
    • Keiko Murasugi. Parameterization in Labeling: Evidence from Language Acquisition
    • Adolfo Ausín. The (lack of) structure of Phrasal Compounds
    • Mamoru Saito. In defense of covert wh-movement (after 40 years)
    Fifty Years of Linguistics at UConn
    Photo from Fifty Years of Linguistics at UConn


    UConn Linguists at WCCFL

    The 41th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 41), hosted by UC Santa Cruz, is taking place on May 5-7, 2023. UConn will be well represented at the conference with talks by:

    • Neda Todorivić (PhD 2016, now at University of Toronto). Gitksan complements are of variable sizes
    • Robin Jenkins. Timing the escape: Verbal identity in Uyghur verb-stranding ellipsis
    • Shengyun Gu. Weak drop in Shanghai Sign Language: Comparing signers and non-signers
    • Irene Amato and Adrian Stegovec. Disjunction under single referent: Voiding the ban on clitic coordination
    • Beccy Lewis. “Tell us about it!”: A deficient indexical in British English

    … and posters by:

    • Zixi Liu. Locality of locative inversion
    • Penelope Daniel. Unifying differential argument marking through interpretable features

      UConn Linguistics at CLS

      The 59th annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society (CLS) is taking place at the University of Chicago on April 28th-30th, and UConn linguistics will be well represented at the conference with talks by:

      • Giulio Ciferri Muramatsu. A movement analysis for Japanese alternative questions
      • Xuetong Yuan and Kai-Fa Yip. Defocus leads to syntax-prosody mismatches in right dislocated structures

      … poster presentations by:

      • Pravaal Yadav and Ahmad Jabbar. Accepting and resisting inquiry
      • Pravaal Yadav and Giulio Ciferri Muramatsu. Interaction between disjunction and domain extension in Hindi
      • Walter Shaw. Quantifier stranding in Western Pennsylvania English

      … and an invited talk by:

      • Troy Messick (PhD 2017, now at Rutgers University). The locality of cross-clausal A-operations: A view from Telugu 

          UConn Linguistics at GLOW

          The 46th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) Colloquium will take place at the University of Vienna and the University of Graz on April 11-15th, 2023. UConn linguistics will be represented with talks and posters by:

          • Irene Amato and Adrian Stegovec. One referent, one contrasting feature: voiding the ban on clitic coordination (workshop on Mismatched pronouns)
          • Zheng Shen (PhD 2018, now at National University of Singapore) and Nick Huang (post-doc 2019-2021, now at National University of Singapore). The definiteness effect in wh-fronting and wh-in situ languages
          • Penelope Daniel. A unified analysis of differential argument marking (poster)