North East Linguistics Society 53

Presentation schedule

You can find the schedule for the conference below. Digital versions of the presentation abstracts or posters may be viewed by clicking on presentations in the schedule. The booklet of all the abstracts for NELS 53 can be found here.

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Thursday, January 12th


Onsite registration


Welcome Greetings (Room A)


Invited Speaker (Room A)

Ad Neeleman



Coffee Break


Session 1A


Session 1B

Syntax and morphology


Marcel Den Dikken and Éva Dékány:

Silent nouns in the syntax of special uses of personal proper names

Miloje Despic and Michael Hamilton:

Consequences of Labelling for Morphophonology


Hiromune Oda:

Definite articles need not project DP:

A more fine-grained NP/DP-language distinction

Hero Patrianto and Victoria Chen:

Rethinking Indonesian-type passives:

A view from Javanese


András Bárány:

Interaction, satisfaction, and (a)symmetric object agreement

Paula Fenger and Philipp Weisser:

Matching locality domains across modules:

A case study from Sinhala


Jason Overfelt:

The syntax of sluicing-like constructions in English

Ido Benbaji, Omri Doron and Adele Hénot Mortier:

Distinguishing levels of morphological derivations in word-embedding models


Lunch Break


Invited Speakers (Form-meaning mismatches – Room A)

Artemis Alexiadou and Elena Anagnostopoulou





Session 2A

Syntax and semantics

Session 2B

Special Session

Form-meaning mismatches


Meghan Lim:

An event semantics analysis for the bridging effects of verbs of creation

Tom Roberts:

There isn’t a form-meaning mismatch in double negation slifting, I don’t think


Nadja Fiebig:

Asserted and Presupposed Gender on Animal Nouns

Vesela Simeonova:

Fake evidentials in counterfactuals:

form-meaning mismatches


Janek Guerrini:

Keeping ‘fake’ simple:

a similarity-based theory

Johannes Hein and Andrew Murphy:

Directional syncretism without directional rules


Polina Pleshak:

Nominal size and case assignment in a PP

Bronwyn M. Bjorkman, Elizabeth Cowper, Daniel Currie Hall, Daniel Siddiqi and Isabelle Boyer:

Limits on pronominal gender:

A semantic account of a morphological pattern




Poster Session 1 + apéritif


NELS internal business meeting



Friday, January 13th


Onsite registration


Session 3A


Session 3B

Phonology and morphology


Lucas Fagen:

Numerals maximize over degrees:

evidence from exclusives and polarity

Jelena Stojković:

C-V interactions in Polish without segmental co-occurrence


Carol Rose Little, Scott Anderbois and Jessica Coon:

The iota type-shifter in headless relative clauses:

Implications from Mayan

Eva Zimmermann, Razieh Shojaei, Ekaterina Medvedeva and Prithivi Pattanayak:

Degrees of dominance:

Lexical accent typology as argument for gradient representations


Raquel Montero Estebaranz and Maribel Romero:

Examining the Meaning of Polarity Subjunctive in Peninsular Spanish

Tsung-Ying Chen:

A ‘starting-small’ effect on biased learning of transparent and opaque vowel harmony




Thomas Grano:

A unified analysis of rationale clauses


Pavel Caha, Karen De Clercq and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd:

Allomorphy without context specification:

A case study of Czech n



Annemarie van Dooren and Anouk Dieuleveut:

Interpreting past epistemic modals in Dutch, English and French

Lydia Felice:

Root-Affix Sensitivity Across Phases:

The View from Kabyle


Lunch Break

TerraLing meeting



Session 4A


Session 4B

Special Session

Visual communication

and sign language


Valerie Wurm:

Epistemic modality as an indicator of deliberate reasoning

Evgeniia Khristoforova:

Implicational Complementation Hierarchy and size restructuring in sign languages:

evidence from control clauses in Sign Language of the Netherlands


Paloma Jeretic and Deniz Özyıldız:

Perfectivity disrupts neg-raising

Andrew Nevins and Diane Stoianov:

Word Order and Differential Object Marking in Three Cohorts of CENA Signers




Zi Huang:

POSS-ing as Kimian states

Cornelia Loos and Marc Schulder:

Searching for negative polarity items in DGS


Yağmur Sağ and Ömer Demirok:

Getting even without “even” in Turkish

Linghui Eva Gan:

Perspective Blend and Indexical Shift in Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL)




Invited Speaker (Visual communication and sign language – Room A)

Diane Brentari





Poster Session 2 + apéritif


Conference Dinner (details)

  = Interpretation from English to IS/ASL will be provided for these sessions.


Saturday, January 14th


Onsite registration


Session 5A


Session 5B

Syntax and semantics


Shweta Akolkar:

Co-occurring classifiers and plural morpheme in Bishnupriya Manipuri

Shiori Ikawa:

Simplex and Complex Anaphors Revisited


Lena Borise and Ekaterina Georgieva:

The role of Lowering and non-cyclic heads in Udmurt stress placement

Einar Freyr Sigurðsson, Oddur Snorrason and Jim Wood:

Syntactic and semantic agreement in coordinated clauses




Johanna Benz:

The syntax of the content reading in German nominalizations

Andrew Weir:

John and possibly Mary:

a conjoined free relative analysis


Coppe Van Urk and Adam Chong:

On the preference for nonconcatenative morphology in Dinka

Christine Soh Yue:

Sakha “say” complementization:

A Case-by-Agree approach




Invited Speaker – Room A

Viola Schmitt



Lunch Break


Invited Speaker – Room A

Aditi Lahiri (prerecorded)




Session 6A

Syntax and semantics

Session 6B

Syntax and semantics


Faruk Akkus:

Turkish causatives embed a thematic VoiceP, and the Causee is an argument

Ido Benbaji and David Pesetsky:

E-Extension and the Uniformity of Silence


Yuta Tatsumi:

Anaphoric interpretations of the nominal use of Japanese classifier phrases

Ziling Zhu and Yimei Xiang:

Why ‘surprise’ doesn’t embed ‘whether’?:

question-to-cleft reduction




Jessica Coon and Martina Martinović:

Predication, Specification, and Equation in Ch’ol

Isabelle Charnavel and Dominique Sportiche:

One SELF to bind them all


Jonathan Palucci:

Modal Ingredients of Causative ‘have’

Gísli Rúnar Harðarson, Cherlon Ussery and Annika Simonsen:

I’ll Give You that Interpretation If You Give Me the Right Configuration:

Accounting for the Gradience of Inverse Scope in Insular Scandinavian


Closing Remarks


Poster sessions

Session 1 (12th)

Session 2 (13th)

Aaron Braver:

Degree of Neutralization in Xhosa’s ‘Unnatural’ Labial Palatalization

Jianrong Yu and Lena Heynen:

Equating by quantifying over kinds:

Dutch zo…als equatives

Milica Denić and Jakub Szymanik:

Recursive numeral systems optimize the trade-off between lexicon size and average morphosyntactic complexity

Marloes Oomen, Tobias de Ronde and Floris Roelofsen:

A procedure for annotating non-manual markers in question sentences in sign languages

Lefteris Paparounas and Martin Salzmann:

Reciprocal = Floating quantifier + anaphor:

Evidence from Modern Greek

Gaurav Mathur and Christian Rathmann:

Constraints on interactions between morphological processes and gesture in signed languages

Paula Fenger:

Words (a)cross domains:

lessons from Japanese verbs

Aleksei Nazarov:

Restrictiveness of constraint indexation:

a case study on segmental contrast

Sören Eggert Tebay:

Parallel interaction between infixation and root domain constraints

Silvia Terenghi:

Counting heads:

A structural constraint on typological variation in personal pronouns

Pamela Goryczka:

Root suppletion in Italian:

a nanosyntactic account

Razieh Shojaei:

A unified account of compound and affix-induced accentuation in Japanese

Armel Jolin:

Kipsigis across-the-board tonal polarity is epiphenomenal

Aljosa Milenkovic:

Towards a less restrictive theory of tone-stress interaction

Johannes Rothert:

An experimental investigation of the case matching requirement in Polish ATB movement and RNR

Jun Lyu and Elsi Kaiser:

Empathic and logophoric binding of Chinese reflexives:

An experimental investigation

Suzana Fong:

Pronouncing PRO in Wolof

Robin Jenkins:

Accusative case in Turkish and Uyghur and the articulation of the verbal field

Peter Grishin:

How to covertly move:

Evidence from Passamaquoddy-Wolastoqey

Ting Xu, William Snyder and Stella Christie:

Investigating children’s understanding of Mandarin you ‘again’ with goal-PPs

Esmail Moghiseh:

Split exhaustification and uniqueness:

Farsi yek –i DPs

Michela Ippolito:

The Hell Bias

Madeleine Butschety:

‘We (with) Maria’ — it’s a match! Plural pronouns as quantificational expressions

Will Wegner and Josh Phillips:

Diyari marla:

the pathway from intensifier to aspectual NPI

Irene Smith:

Doubt and anti-additivity

Imke Kruitwagen, James Hampton, Yoad Winter and Joost Zwarts:

Alternate Typicality:

a Formal-Conceptual Semantics of Reciprocal Alternations

Jens Hopperdietzel:

Manner/result polysemy as contextual allosemy:

Evidence from Daakaka

Marcin Wągiel and Natalia Shlikhutka:

Declustering aggregates:

A semantic analysis of Ukrainian singulatives

Diti Bhadra and Arka Banerjee:

Obligation, prohibition, non-finite complementation

Marie-Luise Schwarzer:

Subject Co-Reference in Antecedent Contained Deletion

Philipp Weisser:

A two-step clitic placement algorithm in Khwarshi

Emily Drummond:

Syntactic ergativity without inversion:

A composite probe analysis of ergative extraction

Haoming Li:

The Syntax and Semantics of Asymmetrical ATB Wh-Constructions in Mandarin Chinese

Aron Hirsch and Bernhard Schwarz:

Type disambiguation and logical strength

Imke Driemel, Johannes Hein, Desiré Carioti, Jakob Wünsch, Vina Tsakali, Artemis Alexiadou, Uli Sauerland and Maria Teresa Guasti:

An experimental study on kind and generic readings across languages: bare plural vs. definite plural

Ingrid Bondevik and Terje Lohndal:

Not all adjuncts are islands – the special case of conditional om ‘if’ in Norwegian

Nikolaos Angelopoulos and Dimitris Michelioudakis:

Extraction without an escape hatch:

the case of Greek possessor extraction

Mathieu Paille:

Two new arguments for additives as de-exhaustifiers

Andrew Hedding:

Focus is not sufficient for an interrogative interpretation of quexistentials

Jon Ander Mendia and M.Teresa Espinal:

Unconventional measurements

David Basilico:

Voiced and Voiceless Intransitives in Halkomelem Salish:

Rethinking Antipassives

Cory Bill, Aurore Gonzalez, Imke Driemel and Tamar Makharoblidze:

As complex as they appear:

Children’s comprehension of conjunctive expressions in Georgian

Shannon Bryant, Iva Kovač and Susanne Wurmbrand:

Forward, Backward, Crossed:

Voice restructuring and semantic binding

Lefteris Paparounas:

Phrasal layering versus complex heads:

Evidence from Greek stative passives

Qiuhao Charles Yan:

Ambiguity in High/Low Construal Revisited:

Wh-Complementizer, Structures of SAY Verbs, and Temporal Modification

Sara Amido and Sebastian Buchczyk:

Whether-exclamatives and the division of labour in answers to questions

Zhouyi Sun:

Mixed probe, competing for licensing and information-structual neutrality in Shilluk

Selikem Gotah and Soo-Hwan Lee:

Negation in Ewe (Tongugbe) Agent Nominalization

Magdalena Lohninger and Ka Fai Yip:

(In)dependence of features on composite probes

Arthur Mateos:

Unmarked and distantly assigned case in ATB movement

= Interpretation between English and IS/ASL will be provided for these posters.


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