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The conference took place the weekend of May 13-15, 2022 on PDT.  

A repository of materials from WCCFL 40 talks is available on the conference OSF site.

Some highlights of WCCFL 40

• Parallel, synchronous talk sessions, which will take place on Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
• A special session on Focus, Prosody and Ellipsis
• From WCCFL 1 to WCCFL 40 and beyond: Reflections on linguistics and linguists --- A conversation between Sandy Chung (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University), moderated by Deniz Rudin (University of Southern California)
• Three invited speakers: Line Mikkelsen (Berkeley), Juliet Stanton (NYU), Guillaume Thomas (Toronto)

Friday May 13, 2022

8:00am - 8:30am

Opening remarks


Chair: Barbara Citko

Chair: Dylan Bumford

8:30am - 9:00am

Negative concord, fragments and (Downward) Agree
Petr Rossyaykin (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

The superlative clause hypothesis
Isabelle Charnavel (University of Geneva)

9:00am - 9:30am

The composite probe hierarchy: Towards a scale of prolepsis and hyperraising
Magdalena Lohninger, Iva Kovač, Susanne Wurmbrand (University of Vienna)

Honorifics without [HON]: A presuppositional account
Ruoan Wang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

9:30am - 10:00am

Implicit control, impersonal construals, and the role of PIMPs
Iva Kovač (University of Vienna)

Obligatory de se logophors in Ewe, Yoruba and Igbo: Variation and competition
Abigail Bimpeh (Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics), Imke Driemel (Humboldt-University Berlin), Itai Bassi (Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics), Silvia Silleresi (University of Milano-Bicocca)

10:00am - 10:30am



Chair: Cleo Condoravdi

10:30am - 11:45am

Switch­ reference, discourse coherence and centering
Guillaume Thomas (University of Toronto)

11:45am - 12:45pm

Mid-day social

12:45pm - 1:00pm



Chair: Roumyana Pancheva

Special Session: Prosody, focus, and ellipsis
Chair: Vera Gribanova

1:00pm - 1:30pm

A'-satisfaction with φ-interaction in Tira
Himidan Hassen (Independent scholar), Peter Jenks (University of California, Berkeley), Sharon Rose (University of California, San Diego)

Pre-DP only is a propositional operator at LF: A new argument from ellipsis
Itai Bassi, Aron Hirsch, Tue Trinh (Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics)

1:30pm - 2:00pm

'Again' skipping in Mandarin Chinese: A syntactic approach
Yuyang Liu (Yale University)

Demonic negation: On the relation between left-peripheral negation, focus, and responsive ellipsis in Modern Irish
Nicola D'Antuono (University of Padua)

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Scoping out of relative clauses in Mandarin
Huilei Wang (University of California, Los Angeles)

Syntactic alternative projection
Michael Wagner (McGill University)

2:30pm - 3:00pm



Chair: Stefan Keine

Chair: Jason Merchant

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Right node raising and Flexible Cyclic Linearization
Aidan Malanoski (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

Let alone ellipsis and the case for enduring default focus: A pupillometry study
Jesse Harris (University of California, Los Angeles)

3:30pm - 4:00pm

[-Person] and [+Person] resumption in Igala
Martina Martinović (McGill University)

In defense of referential theories of VP-ellipsis
Andrew Kehler (University of California, San Diego)

4:00pm - 4:30pm

The significance of parasitic gap licensing by pronominal cliticization in Spanish
Colin Davis (University of Konstanz), Luis Miguel Toquero Pérez (University of Southern California)

British English do-ellipsis is phasal ellipsis
Beccy Lewis (University of Connecticut)

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Evening social


Saturday, May 14


Chair: Line Mikkelsen

Chair: Stephanie Shih

8:30am - 9:00am

Pseudo noun incorporation in Mandinka

Ari Goertzel (University of Connecticut)

Typological asymmetries in underapplication opacity: A gestural account

Charlie O'Hara (University of Michigan), Caitlin Smith (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
9:00am - 9:30am

A pseudo-relative in Inuit

Michelle Yuan (University of California, San Diego)

In search of phonetic evidence for prosodically-motivated aspiration

McKinley Sprinkle, Anya Hogoboom (William & Mary)
9:30am - 10:00am

A result nominalization analysis of the Kaqchikel periphrastic perfect

Irina Burukina (Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics/Eötvös Loránd University)

The size of morphemes in Mandarin: Perspectives from tonal UR learning

Boer Fu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
10:00am - 10:30am



WCCFL 1 to 40

10:30am - 11:45am From WCCFL 1 to WCCFL 40 and beyond: Reflections on linguistics and linguists — A conversation between Sandra Chung (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University), moderated by Deniz Rudin (University of Southern California)
11:45am - 12:45pm

Mid-day social for students and postdocs

12:45pm - 1:00pm



Chair: Arto Anttila

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Postnasal devoicing as contrast enhancement

Juliet Stanton (New York University)
2:15pm - 2:30pm



Chair: Grant Goodall

Chair: Lelia Glass

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Binding and agreement in distributed coordinations

Željko Bošković (University of Connecticut)

A second look at the even approach to any

Zhuo Chen (Harvard University)
3:00pm - 3:30pm

How good are leading theories of bridge verbs? An experimental evaluation

Nick Huang (National University of Singapore), Diogo Almeida (New York University Abu Dhabi), Jon Sprouse (New York University Abu Dhabi)

Floating quantifiers in English and their semantic composition

Hideharu Tanaka (Mie University)
3:30pm - 4:00pm

The definite DP island in wh-questions and relative clauses

Zheng Shen, Meghan Lim (National University of Singapore)

Pre-exhaustification creates multifunctionality: Evidence from Tuvan -daa

Ian Kirby (Harvard University)
4:00pm - 4:30pm

Evening social



Sunday, May 15


Chair: Laura Kalin

Chair: Ivano Caponigro

8:30am - 9:00am

Minimizing and maximizing exponence in child language

Johannes Hein, Fabienne Martin, Yining Nie, Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Modeling progress: Causal models, event types, and the imperfective paradox

Prerna Nadathur (University of Konstanz), Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
9:00am - 9:30am

Syntactic limitations on phonological dominance

Maria Kouneli (Leipzig University), Paula Fenger (Leipzig University), Jonathan Bobaljik (Harvard University)

Nominal tenses as modifiers of resource situations

Kimberly Johnson (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
9:30am - 10:00am

The Role of animacy in gender resolution for three-gendered languages: A feature-geometric approach

Luke Adamson (Harvard University), Elena Anagnostopoulou (University of Crete)

Ranges: Composite measure phrases, cardinality, and modified numerals

Adam Gobeski (independent scholar), Marcin Morzycki (University of British Columbia)
10:00am - 10:30am



Chair: Boris Harizanov

10:30am - 11:45pm

Same and different are additive presupposition triggers

Line Mikkelsen (University of California, Berkeley); joint work with Dan Hardt (Copenhagen Business School)
11:45am - 12:00pm



Chair: Ivy Sichel

Chair: Boris Harizanov

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Marked unergatives in Samoan nominalizations

Jens Hopperdietzel (University of Manchester), Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University/Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics)

Experimental evidence from German for a short source approach to apparent clausemate condition obviations in multiple sluicing

Álvaro Cortés Rodríguez (University of Tübingen/University of Kassel), James Griffiths (University of Tübingen)
12:30pm - 1:00pm

Labeling theory and the nominal phrase

Andreas Blümel (University of Göttingen)

Argument-extraction restrictions do not constrain sluicing

Emily Drummond (University of California, Berkeley)
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Lithuanian attributive compounds: A DM approach

Yuriy Kushnir (Leipzig University), Milena Šereikaitė (Yale University)

Licensing VP movement and ellipsis in Mandarin and Cantonese

Tommy Tsz-Ming Lee (University of Southern California), Victor Junnan Pan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Business meeting



Alternate Speakers

Mismatched number marking in Murrinhpatha as agreement with a subset of features Elango Kumaran (University of Southern California)
Again-modification facts favor small clause approaches to the English particle verb construction Bill Haddican (Queens College, City University of New York)
Possession without possessives (but with verbs): The view from Äiwoo Giovanni Roversi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
A compositional semantics for spatial perspective-shifting adjuncts Karl Mulligan, Kyle Rawlins (Johns Hopkins University)
Towards a unifying account of tone lowering in Copala Triqui: A case study of possessive constructions Jamillah Rodriguez (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
On the prosody of contrastive topic and contrastive focus in Mandarin Chinese Hailin Hao (University of Southern California), Jeannette Schaeffer (University of Amsterdam), Marijn Van'T Veer (University of Amsterdam)