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Mayfest 2019: 24th Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas

Mayfest is a workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. In 2019, Mayfest will be the 24th annual meeting of Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas

The central objective of WSCLA is to bring together linguists who are engaged in research on the formal study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas in order to exchange ideas across theories, language families, generations of scholars, and across the academic and non-academic communities who are involved in language maintenance and revitalization.

We expect a volume of conference proceedings to appear in the UBCWPL series.

The official website for WSCLA 24 is here.

Dates and Location

WSCLA 24 will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park, on May 9-11, 2019.

All talks will be held at the Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall).

Invited Speakers for WSCLA 24
Hilaria Cruz, University of Louisville
Henry Davis, University of British Columbia
Yuni Kim, University of Essex
Carol-Rose Little, Cornell University
Ted Levin, Facebook Reality Labs
Taylor Miller, SUNY Oswego


Thursday, May 9th — Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall)

  • 8:00-8:45    —Breakfast & registration (provided)—
  • 8:45-9:00    —Welcoming Remarks—
  • 9:00-10:00    Invited speaker: Taylor Miller - (Un)intentional Bias in Linguistic Theories: Challenging Contemporary Approaches to the Phonology-Syntax Interface
  • 10:00-10:15    —Coffee Break—
  • 10:15-11:00    Andrew Hedding - The Phonetic Realization of Information Focus in San Martín Peras Mixtec
  • 11:00-11:45    Matthew Schuurman - Puzzles of coordination in Inuktitut
  • 11:45-1:00    —Lunch—
  • 1:00-1:45    Ana Laura Arrieta Zamudio - Definiteness in San Pablo Güilá Zapotec
  • 1:45-2:30    Will Oxford - The Algonquian inverse: What’s voice got to do with it?
  • 2:30-2:45    —Break—
  • 2:45-3:00    Poster Lightning Round
  • 3:00-4:00    Poster Session
    • Michael Barrie, Cayuga and Contiguity Theory: The role of default agreement
    • Catherine Fortin and Kyra Wilson, DP Structure in Dakota
    • Benjamin Hunt and Sylvia L.R. Schreiner, Patterns in Heteromorphemic Consonants in St. Lawrence Island Yupik
    • Marten Stelling Arapaho Indirect Imperatives and Allocutive Agreement
  • 4:00-4:15    —Break—
  • 4:15-5:15    Invited speaker: Ted Levin - Mayan Agent Focus and the Ergative Extraction Constraint: Facts and Fictions Revisited

Friday, May 10th — Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall)

8:00-9:00    —Breakfast & registration (provided)—
9:00-10:00    Invited speaker: Hilaria Cruz - Ethics of field work and language documentation from a community perspective
10:00-10:15    —Coffee Break—
10:15-11:00    Ben Eischens - Tonal negation in San Martín Peras Mixtec
11:00-11:45    Irine Burukina - Nominalized antipassive constructions in Kaqchikel
11:45-1:00    —Lunch—
1:00-1:45    Shay Hucklebridge - Associative Plural in Two Northern Dene Languages
1:45-2:30    Michelle Yuan - The morphosyntax of participle-incorporating existentials in Inuktitut
2:30-2:45    —Break—
2:45-3:30    Matthew Tyler - The structural ergative of Choctaw
3:30-4:15    Adam Singerman - Pronouns, agreement, and object-initiality in Tuparí
4:15-4:30    —Break—
4:30-5:30    Invited speaker: Yuni Kim - Inflection classes and underlying forms in Amuzgo
6:00-late    —Conference reception—
Ledo Restaurant

Saturday, May 11th — Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall)

8:00-9:00    —Breakfast & registration (provided)—
9:00-10:00    Invited speaker: Carol-Rose Little - TBA
10:00-10:15    —Coffee Break—
10:15-11:00    Rodrigo Ranero - Voice Mismatches in Kaqchikel (Mayan) Sluicing
11:00-11:45    Guillaume Thomas - Switch-reference and Discourse Anaphora
11:45-12:00    —Coffee Break—
12:00-1:00    Invited speaker: Henry Davis - Comparing Comparatives in Salish
1:00-late    —Closing remarks and business meeting—


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