The 15th Texas Linguistic Society conference was held on October 24-26, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin.

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The proceedings were published electronically on October 12, 2015, and can be downloaded as a PDF (4.8 MB) from the following URL:

Please use the following template when citing individual articles in the proceedings:

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Keynote Speakers


Most presentation titles below link to the author's original abstract.

Friday, October 24

4:30 pm
Imperfective Shifts in Kaqchikel Maya Justin Cope and Tammi Stout
University of Texas at Austin

Lowering in Distributed Morphology: Evidence from Guébie polar questions Hannah Sande
University of California, Berkeley
An Acoustical Analysis of Vowel Nasality in Different Tonal Contexts in Mandarin Chinese Hong Zhang
University of Colorado, Boulder

Aggregate and Positional Effects on Sound-Symbolic Semantic Inference Nick Gaylord and Greg Alger and Will Leben
Lexicon Branding
6:00 pm Semantics with Iconicity in Sign Language
Philippe Schlenker
New York University / Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Saturday, October 25

8:30 am Breakfast from Central Market (and coffee)
9:00 am
The Semantics of yueyue in Mandarin Chinese: An Implication for the Argument Structure of Verbs Xiao Li and Carlos A. Fasola
Queens College, CUNY

Mandarin Gapless Relative Clause as Reduced Relative Clause Anqi Zhang
University of Chicago

The Degree of the Speaker’s Negative Attitude in a Goal-Shifting Comparison Osamu Sawada
Mie University
Exploring Word Fields Using the Free-Sorting Method David Hünlich
University of Texas at Austin

A Frame-Semantic Approach to Verbal Valency Patterns Ryan Dux
University of Texas at Austin

Parameterizing the Multiple Subject Construction (MSC): Evidence from Tunisian Arabic (TA) Mohamed Jlassi
Sur College of Applied Sciences
Short break
10:45 am
Experimental Insights: Explicit and Implicit Exhaustivity Natalia Pavlou
University of Chicago

Inflectional Phi-Feature Mismatches under Ellipsis: An Eye-Tracking Study Helena Aparicio and Katie Franich and Ming Xiang
University of Chicago

Two Cases of Incremental Parsing in Korean: Conditionals and Relative Clauses Masaya Yoshida and Suwon Yoon
Northwestern University
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own) List of places near UT campus
1:45 pm The Adaptive Nature of Linguistic Expectations:
What they Tell us about the Nature of Linguistic Knowledge
T. Florian Jaeger
University of Rochester
Short break
3:15 pm
The Touchscreen as an Attention Measure: Evidence from a Dative Alternation Study Daniel Bürkle
University of Canterbury

Detecting Multi-word Expressions through Typing Patterns Adam Goodkind
CUNY Graduate Center

The Influence of Experimental Method on English Syllabification David Eddington
Brigham Young University
Short break
5:00 pm
Author-anchored Clauses in English Teresa O’Neill
CUNY Graduate Center

Processing Exhaustive Inferences: Evidence from the English It-cleft Emilie Destruel Johnson and Thomas Farmer
The University of Iowa

Truth Judgments vs. Validity Judgments Elizabeth Coppock
University of Gothenburg
7:00 pm Dinner for all registered TLS participants
in the Texas Union; Santa Rita Suite (3.502)

Sunday, October 26

9:30 am Breakfast from Tacodeli! (and coffee)
10:00 am A smoking gun without a trigger? The curious case of the factive presupposition
David Beaver
University of Texas at Austin
11:15 am
Weak and Strong NPIs: 'nobody' and 'anybody' in Albanian and Modern Greek Orest Xherija
University of Chicago

Hasta as a Goal Marker Parallels hasta as a Scalar Additive Particle in Spanish Maria del Mar Bassa Vanrell
University of Texas at Austin
Resolving Null and Overt Pronouns in Italian: An Experimental Investigation of Syntax-Semantic Interactions Emily Fedele and Elsi Kaiser
University of Southern California

Modified Proper Names and the Structure of De Batia Snir
University of Michigan
Short break
12:30 pm
Minimal Sufficiency Readings in Conditionals Elizabeth Coppock and Anna Lindahl
University of Gothenburg

Location and the Semantics of Bantu Copula Systems Kyle Jerro
University of Texas at Austin
The Development of Lexicon in Bilingual Children Ehsan Alatawi
Northeastern Illinois University

Agreement in Chuukese Hyun-Jong Hahm
University of Guam


All talks will be held in the College of Liberal Arts building, on the ground floor. The following rooms are all in the Glickman Conference center; which talks are in which room will be available either on this website or signage in the conference center.

Friday, October 24

  • CLA 1.302B 8 am - 8 pm
  • CLA 1.302C 8 am - 8 pm
  • CLA 1.302E 4 pm - 8 pm
  • CLA 1.302D 4 pm - 8 pm

Saturday, October 25

  • CLA 1.302B 8 am - 8 pm
  • CLA 1.302C 8 am - 8 pm
  • CLA 1.302E 8 am - 8 pm

Sunday, October 26

  • CLA 1.302B 8 am - 6 pm
  • CLA 1.302C 8 am - 6 pm
  • CLA 1.302E 8 am - 6 pm


Look for our poster in the halls of CLA!

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.


TLS 15 will be held in the Center for Liberal Arts building (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.

Other options
Stay With a Graduate Student

Some UT graduate students may be able to provide accommodations for TLS participants. If you would like to request to stay with a graduate student, please let us know via email with the following information:

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

Austin is kind of expensive, lodging-wise. If you're traveling economically, your best bet is probably to see if there's a UT grad student available to take you in (first come first serve!), then Couchsurfing (arrange at least a month in advance), then Airbnb (arrange at least a week in advance).

Ride a bike? Check out B-cycle or Spokefly.

Organizing Committee