The 14th Texas Linguistic Society conference will be held November 1-3, 2013 at the University of Texas at Austin.

The conference proceedings are published as PDF: TLS14-Proceedings.pdf

Keynote Speakers


Friday PM: General Linguistics

General Topics: Spoken Language
Session Chair: Jennifer Lang-Rigal (UT Austin Spanish & Portuguese)
1:00pm Evidence for four basic noun types from a grammatical, pragmatic and psycholinguistic perspective
Christian Horn, Nicolas Kimm, Dorothea Brenner, and Peter Indefrey
Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf
1:30pm Deletion of w in Kyeongsang Korean: A sociolinguistic study
Kyeong-min Kim
Simon Fraser University
2:00pm An acoustic description of Lithuanian pitch accent
Niamh Kelly
UT Austin
2:30pm break
General Topics: Signed Language
Session chair: Cornelia Loos (UT Austin Linguistics)
3:00pm A New Approach to Sign Language Phonology: What handshape reveals about embodied cognition and conceptual structure
Corinne Occhino-Kehoe
3:30pm The timing of ASL fingerspelling
Jonathan Keane, Jason Riggle, and Diane Brentari
University of Chicago
4:00pm Gestural Roots? Movement and Meaning in Gesture and Sign Language
Laura Horton
University of Chicago
4:30pm Negation strategies across deaf and hearing users of Chatino Sign Language
Lynn Hou and Kate Mesh
UT Austin
5:00pm break
Invited Talk
Session Chair: Lynn Hou (UT Austin Linguistics)
5:30pm-6:30pm The Semantics of (Morphological) Categories: A meditation in three parts on what morphological categories may tell us about meaning
Mark Aronoff
Stony Brook University

Saturday AM

10:00am breakfast snacks
Special session on morphosyntax
Session Chair: Mar Bassa (UT Austin Linguistics)
10:30am Honorific Composition
Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Eriko Hirasaki, Koyuki Ichida, Kiyomi Kusumoto, and Kazuya Kudo (Kwansei Gakuin University)
11:00am Unifying the semantics of classifiers and class terms in Vietnamese
Mike Pham
University of Chicago

Saturday PM: Special session on morphosyntax

Special session on morphosyntax
Session Chair: Brendan Regan (UT Austin Spanish & Portuguese)
1:00pm Invited Talk
Italian subject-verb unaccusative sentences with and without resumptive ne: different constructions or optional ne?
Cinzia Russi
The University of Texas at Austin
2:00pm Luvale Verbal Stem Derivations
Amber Thompson
University of Kentucky
2:30pm Selectional Biases of Semantically Primitive Verbs in English: The periphrastic causatives and verbs of becoming
Zach Childers
UT Austin
3:00pm break
Special session on morphosyntax
Session Chair: Dr. Whitney Chappell (UTSA Modern Languages and Literatures)
3:30pm The grammaticalization of atonic possessive adjectives in rural Dominican Spanish
Brendan Regan
UT Austin
4:00pm Optional clitic doubling in Spanish reverse psych verb constructions: a usage-based study
Chiyo Nishida
UT Austin
4:30pm Quantification over Interval Partitions: Revisiting the Semantics of the Portuguese Present Perfect
Pilar Chamorro Fernández
University of Georgia

Sunday AM: General Linguistics

9:30am breakfast snacks
Session chair: Niamh Kelly (UT Austin Linguistics)
10:00am External Merge by Phase
Jae-Young Shim
University of Michigan
10:30am Wenn man's bedenkt - Taking another look at applicative be-verbs in German
UT Austin
Cornelia Loos
11:00am Prosody as an indicator of phrasal movement in Korean
Chorong Kang
11:30pm break
Invited Talk
Session Chair: Dr. John Beavers (UT Austin Linguistics)
12:00pm-1:00pm Property concepts and the lexical semantics of nouns and adjectives
Andrew Koontz-Garboden
University of Manchester


Please download the registration form.

Completed forms should be mailed to the address indicated.

Early registration ends October 15.

Local Information


The University of Texas is located just a few miles north of downtown Austin. It is accessible primarily via Guadalupe St. which runs along the entire west side of the main campus.

Conference venue

TLS 14 will be held in the recently-opened Center for Liberal Arts building, or CLA.


The main airport servicing Austin, TX and the surrounding area is the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Shuttles and Taxis are available from AUS and the Route 100 Airport Flyer bus has stops on the UT campus at the intersection of 23rd St. E. and Robert Dedman, which is just a short walk from the Linguistics Department building.



AT&T Conference center: www.meetattexas.com (on campus)
Star of Texas Inn: staroftexasinn.com (walking distance to campus)
Austin Folk House: austinfolkhouse.com (walking distance to campus)


German House Co-op: studentorgs.utexas.edu/dhaus/ (walking distance to campus)
    If you're interested in staying at German House, please first check the website to see if they have availability. If there seems to be, contact the manager, Kelly Richburg at 443-799-1523 about your stay.

Hostelling International USA: www.hiusa.org/austin
    Accessible weekdays and Sunday by UT Shuttle, either the 672-LS or the 680-LS/NR, and Saturday (for $1/ride) by Cap Metro. Several city buses (i.e., 7, 100, 20, 411) stop in this area and have stops on or very near campus. If you're interested in hostelling and decide to stay here but have questions about the bus, just send us an email and we'll help you as best we can.

Stay With a Graduate Student

We have also made arrangements with some UT graduate students to provide accommodations for TLS participants. If you wish to stay with a graduate student and have not already arranged it, please let us know via email (tls.conference@gmail.com) with the following information:

  1. Your name and institution
  2. Your contact email
  3. And if you would prefer to stay with:
    • Female / Male / Either
    • With pet / no pet (indicate the kind(s) of pets you do not want to stay with)

Texas Linguistics Society
Department of Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station B5100, Austin, Texas 78712-0198