The 16th Texas Linguistic Society conference will be held over two full days, February 19-20, 2016, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Presentations come from all areas of linguistics, but our conference this year places a special focus on Lexical Aspect and Temporality: There is a great deal of typological diversity with respect to how languages encode temporality and aspectual information, and we are particularly interested in papers that focus on these topics from a wide variety of approaches.

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Keynote Speakers


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Friday, February 19

9:30 am Breakfast from Central Market / Registration
10:30 am Noun Incorporation in Sora: A case for incorporation as morphological merger Jacob B. Philips
University of Chicago

Copula-less, Non-verbal Predication in Colloquial Singapore English and the General Anchoring Condition Jianrong Yu
The University of Arizona
11:30 am Lunch (on your own) List of places near UT campus
1:00 pm Hesitation via hashtag placement: Patterns of delay discourse markers in tweets and interviews by survivors of violence Darcey Browning
UT Arlington

Sibilants and ethnic diversity: A sociophonetic study of palatalized /s/ in STR clusters among Hispanic, White, and African-American speakers of Texas and Pittsburgh English Lars Hinrichs, Axel Bohmann, Erica Brozovsky, Noli Chew, Kirsten Meemann and Patrick Schultz
The University of Texas at Austin
2:00 pmShort break
2:30 pm 'Expletive' negation is not expletive: Evidence from aspect in Spanish Paola Cépeda
Stony Brook University

Likely Properties: The Shared Semantics of Non-futurate and Futurate Progressives Brandon Beamer
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

'It's just a jump to the left': The Timewarp in Temporal Deixis in Egyptian Sign Language Ryan Fan
The University of Texas at Austin
4:00 pmShort break
4:30 pm Back and Forth between State and Event Descriptions
Hans Kamp
The University of Texas at Austin / Universität Stuttgart
5:30 pm Reception (drinks and appetizers will be provided)

Saturday, February 20

8:30 am Breakfast from Tacodeli! (and coffee)
9:00 am Micro-variation in the semantics of grammatical aspects
Lisa Matthewson
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
10:00 amShort break
10:30 am Counting events and marking time: An exploration of the temporal semantics of the Russian reciprocal -sja verbs Lauren Ressue

Inception implicatures in a tenseless language - the case of Chinese Yi-hsun Chen
Rutgers University

Past Temporal Remoteness in Kimanianga Lisa Lacross
University of Georgia
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own) List of places near UT campus
1:30 pm Subjunctive mood as non-realization viewpoint aspect in Mayan
Jürgen Bohnemeyer
University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo)
2:30 pmShort break
3:00 pm Frustration, culmination, and inertia in Kimaragang grammar Paul Kroeger
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics and SIL International

Polyfunctionality and -sja in Russian David Basilico
University of Alabama at Birmingham
4:00 pmShort break
4:30 pm Is First- and Second-Person Singular Pronouns Acquisition Related with the Development of Theory of Mind? Greta Mazzaggio1, Monica Mazza2, Marco Valenti2, Melania Mariano2, Maria Chiara Pino2
1: Notre Dame University / University of Trento, 2: University of L'aquila

How to talk about cause and effect in German Sign Language Cornelia Loos
The University of Texas at Austin


All talks will be held in the College of Liberal Arts building, on the ground floor (CLA 1.302B).

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 16 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).

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