Each year the graduate students of the Linguistics Department of the University of Maryland organize a two-day workshop, Mayfest, focusing on a different aspect of language and linguistic theory.
Mayfest brings together eight-12 leading researchers to present their work in relation to the theme, leaving ample time for active discussion. It is typically held in the first week of May, Friday to Saturday.
Mayfest 2020: Hindsight [postponed to May 2021]
This year’s University of Maryland Mayfest is 2020 Hindsight, a retrospective view of our department through the prism of those who have studied and worked with Norbert Hornstein, one of its founders. We have invited a dozen alumni and collaborators–distinguished researchers in syntax, semantics, processing, neuroscience, computational models and acquisition–to come back to Maryland and share their work with us.
- 2019 - 24th Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas
- 2018 - NayFest
- 2017 - Semantics and Linguistic Theory 27
- 2016 - Context
- 2015 - Morphest
- 2014 - A Big Ten Deal
- 2013 - Linguistically Predictable: When, How and Why Do We Predict in Language?
- 2012 - The Role of Computational Models in Linguistic Theory
- 2011 - The Interpretation of Pronouns
- 2010 - Bridging Typology and Acquisition
- 2009 - Moving Beyond Truth Conditions: The Computation of Meaning
- 2008 - Island Perspectives
- 2007 - Where, When and Why is Hierarchy Needed?
- 2006 - Language Learning Fest: Counts, Cues, Constraints and Computation
- 2005 - WH-fest
- 2004 - CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing
- 2002 - The Minimalist Fact
- 2001 - Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
- 2000 - Syntactic Effects of Changes in Inflectional Systems (DIGS VI)
- 1999 - Morphology
- 1998 - Minority Languages in the Twenty-first Century: Perspectives on Basque Language
- 1997 - Optimality Theory Workshop