April 16, 2015

Workshop on Contrast in Syntax

Next weekend is the Contrast in Syntax workshop in honour of Elizabeth Cowper, who retired in June after 38 years at the University of Toronto. A detailed schedule can be found here. The workshop will open with a reception at Trinity College from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday the 23rd. Talks will include those by fourteen of Elizabeth's former students and advisees, as well as a plenary poster session, and presentations by current students:


Michael Barrie (Ph.D. 2006, now at Sogang University) with Gabriela Albiou (postdoc 2002-03, now at York University):
"Aspect, mood and tense in Onondaga: A feature geometric approach."

Andrew Carnie (BA 1991, now at the University of Arizona):
"The syntax and semantics of aspectual contrasts in Scottish Gaelic."

Lisa Cheng (MA 1986, now at Leiden University)
"Contrasting Cantonese and Mandarin VP domain."

Jila Ghomeshi (MA 1990/Ph.D. 1996, now at the University of Manitoba) and Diane Massam (MA 1980, now at the University of Toronto):
"A number of puzzles."

Daniel Currie Hall (MA 1998/Ph.D. 2007, now at St. Mary's University):
"Contrast and case: A phonologically-inspired look at a quintessentially syntactic phenomenon."

Päivi Koskinen (MA 1992/Ph.D. 1998, now at Kwantlen Polytechnic University):
"Ideophones in Finnish grammar."

Julie Legate (MA 1997, now at the University of Pennsylvania):
"Contrasting impersonals and grammatical object passives."

Martha McGinnis (MA 1993, now at the University of Victoria):
"Cross-linguistic contrasts in the syntax of nominalizations."

Kenji Oda (MA 2002/Ph.D. 2012, now at Syracuse University):
"Contrasting analyses of adjective fronting in Irish."

Nick Pendar (MA 2000, Ph.D. 2005):
"Text categorization with linguistically motivated contrastive features."

Elizabeth Ritter (undergraduate student 1979-80, now at Ben Gurion University):
"Selection for [m] in Blackfoot: Consequences for event structure."

Leslie Saxon (MA 1979, now at the University of Victoria):
"Contrasting complementizers."

Carson Schütze (MA 1991, now at UCLA):
"Did we really need to add AGREE, or could Spec-Head agreement have done the job?"


Rashid Al-Balushi (Ph.D. 2011, now at Sultan Qaboos University):
"Agreement got a new job!"

Gabriela Alboiu (postdoc 2002-03, now at York University) with Virginia Hill (University of New Brunswick):
"Finite contrasts: Gerunds versus indicatives in Old Romanian."

Radu Craioveanu (current Ph.D. student):
"Unifying Finnish aspectual case marking."

Keffyalew Gebregziabher (current postdoc):
"Contrasting (double) clitics and agreement markers: Amharic and Tigrinya pronominal affixes."

Jianxun Liu (University of Victoria):
"The tense feature and finiteness of a purposive construction in Mandarin."

Bethany Lochbiler (University of Edinburgh) and Will Oxford (Ph.D. 2014, now at the University of Manitoba):
"The person-animacy connection."

Emilia Melara (current Ph.D. student):
"Past embedded clauses in English and Japanese."

Alex Motut (current Ph.D. student):
"Remote Agree: Core operations and remote dependencies in binding, control."

Ileana Paul (University of Western Ontario):
"The features of proper determiners in Malagasy dialects."

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