TLS 2021: March 5–6

The Twentieth Meeting of the Texas Linguistic Society took place February 19–20, 2021. March 5–6, 2021. The conference was hosted virtually by the University of Texas at Austin. Presentations came from all areas of linguistics, but the conference placed a special focus on the role of language in perpetuating and dismantling social inequality.

TLS 2021 Proceedings

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Cite as: Coons, Caitie, Gabriella Chronis, Sofia Pierson, and Venkat Govindarajan (eds). 2021. Proceedings of the 20th Meeting of the Texas Linguistics Society.

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Last updated March 4

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Friday, March 5

Time (CST) Event
9:00AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM Paper Talks: Syntax
Xiaolong Lu -- What Can History Tell Us About Antonymous Compounds? Evidence from Adverb Chi-zao in Mandarin Chinese
Tris Faulkner -- Es bueno que usamos el indicativo: How Mood Use Influences Social Attitudes
Jesus Olguin -- As if-constructions in typological perspective
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Keynote: Jenny L. Davis
From 'Last Indians' to 'Last Speakers': Celebrity and erasure in the counting down of Indigenous Languages
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Paper Talks: Revitalization/Sign Language
Luke Bishop -- New Speakers as the future of minoritized languages: A projection from Iberia to the Americas
Elizabeth Merrill and J. Albert Bickford -- Language use among deaf and hearing people in a Mexican Zapotec community
Austin German -- The emergence of segmentation in Zinacantec Family Homesign
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Keynote: Jeremy Calder
Whose gendered voices matter?: moving beyond the white and cisgender speaking subject in sociolinguistic research
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM - Reception - Gather Town

Saturday, March 6

Time (CST) Event
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Paper Talks: Discourse analysis
Ping-Hsuan Wang -- Attacking or advocating Taiwan's gender equity education in Facebook comments
Mahmood K. Ibrahim and Ulrike Tabbert -- The Linguistic Construction of Political Crimes in Kurdish-Iraqi Sherko Bekas' Poem The Small Mirrors
Katherine Arnold-Murray -- "Because I’ve had these things I know I didn’t do by myself": A case study of how one life storyteller constructs an emergent spiritual identity through representations of agency
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Keynote: Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
The performativity of language among Dominicans
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:30 PM Poster Session (Gather Town)
1. Sahar Almohareb -- Effects of Shared L1 Background on the Rating of Foreign Accent
2. Dimitrios Ntelitheos and Marta Szreder -- Non-verbal Predicate Negation in Child Emirati Arabic
3. Marcel Schlechtweg and Greville G. Corbett -- Plural agreement in English: Does it affect the duration of the nominal s suffix?
4. Mina Giannoula -- The nature of preverbs in Modern Greek
5. Alejandra Montero Saiz-Aja -- Gender differences in the perceptual learning styles and productive vocabulary of EFL learners
6. Nicole Sedor -- The Relationship of Instruction, Assessment, Feedback, and Performance Within the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) Framework
7. Emily Lindsay-Smith -- Non-Exceptional Stress Exceptions: Prosodic Preferences in Arabic Affixes
8. Mian Jia and Shuting Yao -- Face and impoliteness in Chinese Freestyle Rap Battles
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Paper Talks: Semantics/pragmatics
Katja Hannß -- The Chipaya salience-marking enclitics as discourse operators
Michael Everdell -- Verb form, event structure and pragmatic definiteness: evidence from objects in O'dam (canceled; handout available on request)
Guillem Belmar Viernes, Alonso Vásquez-Aguilar and Jeremías Salazar -- Agent hierarchy and segmental erosion: Allomorphy in dependent pronouns in Yucunani Sà'án Sàvǐ
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Closing Remarks
5:00 PM - Happy Hour - Gather Town

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Submissions are now closed.

The organizers invite papers from all sub-fields of linguistics. There will be a special session focusing on the role of language in perpetuating and dismantling social inequality.

Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes for questions/discussion. There will also be a poster session.

Abstract guidelines:

Length: 500 words maximum, excluding examples and references.

Format: Include the paper or poster title and the text of the abstract. The abstract should not include the author’s name, affiliation, or other identifying information. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.

Deadline for submission: November 15, 2020 November 30, 2020

Notification: December 18, 2020 December 25, 2020

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