SLUGS AT SALT29

From May 17 – 19, many past, present, and future slugs congregated at UCLA for Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 29. A list of presentations is given below:

Margaret Kroll and Amanda Rysling: “The Search for Truth: Appositives Weigh In.”

Jess H.-K. Law: “Independence in Distributivity.”

Tom Roberts: “I can’t believe it’s not lexical: Deriving distributed factivity.”

Morwenna Hoeks and Floris Roelofsen: “Disjoining questions.”

Michela Ippolito and Donka Farkas: “Epistemic stance without epistemic modals: The case of the presumptive future.”

Deniz Rudin: “Embedded Rising Declaratives.”

Deniz Rudin and Andrea Beltrama: “Default agreement with subjective assertions.”

Scott AnderBois: At-issueness in direct quotation: the case of Mayan quotatives.”

Pictured from right are Donka Farkas, Scott AnderBois, Stephanie Rich, Chris Barker, Morwenna Hoeks, Margaret Kroll, Deniz Rudin, Tom Roberts, and Amanda Rysling

GOUNAS AT SCULC

On May 18, undergraduate linguistics major Melanie Gounas presented her honors thesis work “The syntactic representations of constituent negation” at the tenth annual Southern California Undergraduate Linguistics Conference at UCLA.

CAN YOU BELIEVE WHO DEFENDED ON FRIDAY?

Congratulations to Tom Roberts for successfully defending his Qualifying Exam, “I can’t believe it’s not lexical: Deriving distributed factivity” on Friday, May 3rd. Tom’s QE provides a compositional analysis of “can’t believe,” an odd construction that is both factive and embeds questions — something that “believe” on its own does not. He’ll be presenting this work at SALT at UCLA later this month.