Abstract Booklet can be accessed here.

Day 1: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Venue: RSC 266, Pike Room

8.00-8.45 a.m- Breakfast and Registration

8.45-9.00 - Welcome address, Tina Bennett, Professor Emerita of English and Linguistics, Wichita State University

Session I, Chair: Rachel Showstack

9.00-10.00 - Keynote #1 Emily Manetta, University of Vermont, Reading carefully: Adverbs, polarity, and verb movement in a verb-final language

10:00-10:30 Rahul Balusu, The English and Foreign Languages University, The quotative complementizer says “I’m too baroque for that”

10:30-10:45- Tea Break (Sage Lounge)

Session II, Chair: Amanda Purcell


Madhumanti Datta, University of Southern California, Prosody-Driven Movement: Evidence from Bangla

Ambalika Guha, The English and Foreign Languages University, Wh-movement and Logophoric Expression in the Bangla DP

Ishani Guha, MIT, Adverbial meaning for an `Adnominal' Distributivity Marker in Bangla

12:15-1.30- Lunch Break + Poster Session 1, RSC 233, Santa Fe Trail Room

Diti Bhadra, Harvard University, Embedded Alternatives and Alternative Questions

Gurujegan Murugesan, University of Leipzig, The (in)compatibility of Anaphor and Agreement

Pritha Chandra and Gurmeet Kaur, IIT-Delhi and University of Gottingen, Braj in the Ergativity Hierarchy

Akshay Aitha, University of California, Berkeley, Towards an Analysis of DP Structure in Telugu

Mansi Desai, University of California, Santa Cruz, Agreement in Gujarati

Session III, Chair: Keelee Johnson


Stefan Keine and Rajesh Bhatt, University of Southern California and UMass-Amherst, A secondary-crossover effect in Hindi

Sushanta Rajkhowa, The English and Foreign Languages University, Pronoun Strength and Agreement Shift in Assamese

Bhamati Dash, University of Southern California, 'Verb Stacking' in Fragment Answers: Evidence from Hindi

3:00-3:15-Tea Break (Sage Lounge)

Session IV, Chair: Aaron Rodriguez


Charles Redmon and Triksimeda Sangma, University of Kansas and North Eastern Hill University, On the importance of machine-readable lexicons in the study of South Asian phonologies: Demonstrations from a 16,000-word database of Garo

Nikita Suthar, Jawarharlal Nehru University, Role of Second Formant Frequency (F2) in Forensic Speaker Identification- A study of 32 Marwari Monolinguals in Bikaner, Rajasthan( India)

Sakshi Bhatia and Samar Husain, UMass-Amherst and IIT-Delhi, Forgetting effects in Hindi

4:45-5:15- Business Meeting

5:15-6:15- Keynote #2, Roumyana Pancheva, University of Southern California, Measuring by Number

6:15-9:15- Conference Dinner (RSC 233 Santa Fe Trail Room)

Day 2: Sunday, April 01, 2018

Venue: RSC 266, Pike Room

9:00-9.30- Breakfast

Session V, Chair: Ruth Vernon


Stefan Keine and Bhamati Dash, University of Southern California, Scrambling–agreement interactions and the cyclicity of Agree

Gurmeet Kaur, University of Gottingen, Distinct flavors of the Jussive head: Examining Punjabi Imperatives

10:30-10:45 - Tea Break (Sage Lounge)

Session VI, Chair: Drew Colcher


Ashwini Deo and Damayanti Tiwari, Ohio State University and University of Mumbai, Analyzing oblique-based ergative marking in two Bhili languages

Tharanga Weerasooriya, University of Ottawa, On deriving the non-specific de re reading: evidence from Sinhala

11:45-1:00, Lunch Break , RSC 233, Santa Fe Trail Room

1:00-2:00 - Keynote #3 Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers University, Acquiring Articles without the help of Articles: Lessons from L2