1- CUSP Program

California University Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP IV) at the University of Southern California (USC)
February 3rd and 4th, 2012

University of Southern California, Park Campus, in Mudd Hall (Philosophy building) for Friday, and Grace Ford Salvatori (Linguistics Building) for Saturday.


Friday (Mudd Hall 101)

1:30 - 2:00


2:00 - 2:30

BYRAM, Mary (USC): ‘The Exhaustivity of Contrastive focus

2:30 - 3:00

OUWAYDA, Sarah (USC): ‘Usual Plural Unusual Plural’

3:00 - 3:30


3:30 - 4:00

PRENDERGAST, Eric (Berkeley): ‘Animacy and Volitionality as Conditions on   ̶ee Noun Derivation

4:00 - 4:30

TELLINGS, Jos (UCLA): ‘Preverbal Coordination and the Semantics of Noun Incorporation in Hungarian

4:30 - 4:45


4:45 - 5:15

PAPERNO, Denis (UCLA): ‘Conjunction in Game-Theoretic Semantics’

5:15 - 5:45

MICHAELSON, Eliot (UCLA): ‘A Constraint Semantics for Demonstratives

5:45 - 6:00


6:00 - 6:30

ELLSWORTH, Michael, Russell Lee-Goldman, and Eve Sweetser (Berkeley): ‘Concessives under Focus: Some Complications of if meaning even if

6:30 - 7:00

NORTHURP, Oliver (UCSC): ‘Japanese Discourse Particles as Markers of Relative Authority

Saturday (GFS 116


9:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

FOWLIE, Meaghan (UCLA): ‘A Semantic Transducer on a Multidominant Graph

10:30 - 11:00

KAPITONOV, Ivan (UCLA) Dynamic pragmatics of too

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

HENDERSON, Robert (UCSC): ‘A Scalar Account of Mayan Positional Roots

12:00 - 12:45

CONDORAVDI, Cleo & LAUER, Sven (Stanford): ‘Anankastic Conditionals are just Conditionals

12:45 - 2:00


2:00 - 2:30

RETT, Jessica (UCLA): ‘The Degree Arguments of Verbs

2:30 - 3:00

WARD, Kaeli (UCLA): ‘Durativity in Chechen Pluractionality

 3:00 - 3:30LEE-GOLDMAN, Russell (Berkeley): ‘Null Complementation Constructions with a Pragmatic Point: The Case of say 

For Questions:
For questions, contact:  ouwayda@usc.edu (Sarah) or cusp.at.usc@gmail.com

Local accommodations

Crash space

Please contact Mythili Menon (mythilim@usc.edu) if you need crash space. Include in your message information about pet allergies, smoking habits, etc.


Radisson hotel (across the street from campus, ~5 minute walk from Mudd Hall)

Vagabond Inn at USC (~7 minutes away walking)


- Stay on Main (About 20-30 minutes away by bus)

Parking on campus and off campus

Parking is only an issue on Friday. On Saturday it's easy to park on the street. 

On Campus
Parking Structure A (PSA): 
Location: Immediately to the right of Gate 6 (Gate 6 is located at 36th place and Vermont).
Cost: $8/day. 
Con: They don't always have space. If they don't have space, you can ask them about other options. (You can call 213-740-3575 a few minutes before arriving to the USC area to check if they have space in PSA)

Parking Structure X (PSX): 
Location: Immediately to the left of Gate 3 (Gate 3 is located on Figueroa right in front of the Radisson Hotel.
Cost: $8/day.
Con: They don't always have space. If they don't have space, you can ask them about other options.  (You can also call 213-740-3575 a few minutes before arriving to the USC area to check if they have space in PSX)

Lot 1:
Hourly Rate of $1
They usually have space. They are located at Entrance 8 on Jefferson. To get in, you need to be on the correct side of jefferson (i.e. heading from Vermont towards Figueroa) otherwise you can see the entrance but can't get to it.

Campus Parking Off Campus

University Parking Center (UPC): 
UPC is off campus (west of campus), but there is a shuttle connecting UPC to campus, and that shuttle stops at entrance 2, which is close to Mudd Hall (you can try to ask the driver to drop you off as close as possible to Mudd Hall). Parking at UPC costs $5/day (you have to park on the 2nd floor because 3rd and above are for permit only. There's usually plenty of space on the 2nd floor).
Cost: $5/day
Pro: Cheaper, plenty of space
Con: The shuttle leaves UPC every 15 minutes, and takes about 10-15 minutes to get from UPC to  Mudd Hall. You should plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early if you plan to park there. 

Free Parking Off Campus
Most students park around campus. One option is to do street parking around 36th pl. and Catalina and try to find parking there. 
Pro: Free
Con: You might not find a spot, or you might not find one fast enough. 

Previous CUSPs:

CUSP III, at Stanford: https://linguistics.stanford.edu/research/cusp3/

CUSP II, at UCSC: http://babel.ucsc.edu/cusp/

First CUSP, at UCLA: http://semanticsarchive.net/Archive/TBiNzMxN/CUSP.pdf