TLS 2021: February 19–20, 2021

The Twentieth Meeting of the Texas Linguistic Society will take place February 19–20, 2021. The conference will be hosted virtually by the University of Texas at Austin.


All participants must register before February 19. Registration is free.

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Keynote Speakers

This year's conference will feature keynote presentations from:


Last updated January 13, 2021

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Friday, February 19

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: Jeremy Calder
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Paper Talks: Revitalization/Sign Language
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
Luke Bishop -- New Speakers as the future of minoritized languages: A projection from Iberia to the Americas
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Keynote: Jenny L. Davis
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM - Reception - Gather Town

Saturday, February 20

Time (CST) Event
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 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
Guillem Belmar Viernes, Alonso Vásquez-Aguilar and Jeremías Salazar -- Agent hierarchy and segmental erosion: Allomorphy in dependent pronouns in Yucunani Sà'án Sàvǐ
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Keynote: Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:30 PM Poster Session
Mina Giannoula -- The nature of preverbs in Modern Greek
Mian Jia and Shuting Yao -- Face and impoliteness in Chinese Freestyle Rap Battles
Emily Lindsay-Smith -- Non-Exceptional Stress Exceptions: Prosodic Preferences in Arabic Affixes
Sahar Almohareb -- Effects of Shared L1 Background on the Rating of Foreign Accent
Alejandra Montero Saiz-Aja -- Gender differences in the perceptual learning styles and productive vocabulary of EFL learners
Dimitrios Ntelitheos and Marta Szreder -- Non-verbal Predicate Negation in Child Emirati Arabic
Marcel Schlechtweg and Greville G. Corbett -- Plural agreement in English: Does it affect the duration of the nominal s suffix?
Nicole Sedor -- The Relationship of Instruction, Assessment, Feedback, and Performance Within the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) Framework
Krishna Prasad Chalise -- The patterns of language maintenance and shift in six minority languages of Nepal
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM 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
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Closing Remarks
4:00 PM - Happy Hour - Gather Town

Call For Papers

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

How to submit: Please submit abstracts via EasyChair at