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

Presentations come from all areas of linguistics, but our conference this year places a special focus on what we are calling Experimental Advantages: the importance of experimental evidence in theories of syntax and semantics—research that highlights the unique advantages of the experimental environment, as opposed to other sources of data.

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Regarding URLs: please use https://linguistics.github.io/tls/2014tls/ when linking to this page. The old URL, http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~tls/2014tls/ has been deprecated due to the stringent space limitations on that server (not nearly enough to post all of the abstracts).

Keynote Speakers


All participants – academics, industry, and UT students, faculty, and staff – are required to fill out the registration form linked below:


Additionally, if you are not a UT Austin student, faculty, or staff, you must pay the registration fee, either via PayPal (below) or on-site.

Late registration

Late (on-site) registration will incur slightly greater fees; $30 for students, $60 for non-students.


Only the underlined titles below have abstracts.

If you are presenting one of the unlinked papers and want your abstract included, respond to the email we sent you!

Friday, October 24

4:30 pm Imperfective Shifts in Kaqchikel Maya Justin Cope and Tammi Stout An Acoustical Analysis of Vowel Nasality in Different Tonal Contexts in Mandarin Chinese Hong Zhang
Lowering in Distributed Morphology: Evidence from Guébie polar questions Hannah Sande Aggregate and Positional Effects on Sound-Symbolic Semantic Inference Nick Gaylord and Greg Alger and Will Leben
6:00 pm Semantics with Iconicity in Sign Language
Phillippe Schlenker

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 Exploring Word Fields Using the Free-Sorting Method David Hünlich
Mandarin Gapless Relative Clause as Reduced Relative Clause Anqi Zhang A Frame-Semantic Approach to Verbal Valency Patterns Ryan Dux
The Degree of the Speaker’s Negative Attitude in a Goal-Shifting Comparison Osamu Sawada Parameterizing the Multiple Subject Construction (MSC): Evidence from Tunisian Arabic (TA) Mohamed Jlassi
Short break
10:45 am Experimental Insights: Explicit and Implicit Exhaustivity Natalia Pavlou
Inflectional Phi-Feature Mismatches under Ellipsis: An Eye-Tracking Study Helena Aparicio and Katie Franich and Ming Xiang
Two Cases of Incremental Parsing in Korean: Conditionals and Relative Clauses Masaya Yoshida and Suwon Yoon
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:45 pm The Adaptive Nature of Linguistic Expectations: What they Tell us about the Nature of Linguistic Knowledge
T. Florian Jaeger
Short break
3:15 pm The Touchscreen as an Attention Measure: Evidence from a Dative Alternation Study Daniel Bürkle
Detecting Multi-word Expressions through Typing Patterns Adam Goodkind
The Influence of Experimental Method on English Syllabification David Eddington
Short break
5:00 pm Author-anchored Clauses in English Teresa O’Neill
Processing Exhaustive Inferences: Evidence from the English It-cleft Emilie Destruel Johnson and Thomas Farmer
Truth Judgments vs. Validity Judgments Elizabeth Coppock
7:00 pm Party for all registered TLS participants
in the Texas Union; room TBA

Sunday, October 26

9:30 am Breakfast from Tacodeli! (and coffee)
10:00 am Title TBA
David Beaver
11:15 am Weak and Strong NPIs: 'nobody' and 'anybody' in Albanian and Modern Greek Orest Xherija Resolving Null and Overt Pronouns in Italian: An Experimental Investigation of Syntax-Semantic Interactions Emily Fedele and Elsi Kaiser
Hasta as a Goal Marker Parallels hasta as a Scalar Additive Particle in Spanish Maria del Mar Bassa Vanrell Modified Proper Names and the Structure of De Batia Snir
Short break
12:30 pm Minimal Sufficiency Readings in Conditionals Elizabeth Coppock and Anna Lindahl The Development of Lexicon in Bilingual Children Ehsan Alatawi
Location and the Semantics of Bantu Copula Systems Kyle Jerro Agreement in Chuukese Hyun-Jong Hahm


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.