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10th Annual Purdue Linguistics Association Student Symposium, 2015

April 10-11 (Fri - Sat)

Venue: Room 239, Stanley Coulter Hall (map)

Keynote speaker: Dr. Anastasia Giannakidou

Keynote title: Scalar and Non-scalar Negative Polarity Items: Prosody, Syntax and Semantics (abstract)

The 10th PLA Student Symposium endeavors to provide undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctorate researchers from various linguistic fields an opportunity to interact with those both inside and outside their respective disciplines.

The Symposium General Session, which will be held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, spotlights original research by students in various fields informed by linguistic theory. In addition to the General Session, on Saturday we will also host a Special Session, the theme of which will be Linguistic Interfaces. The Special Session will begin with a Keynote Address by our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Anastasia Giannakidou of University of Chicago.

Program and Schedule:

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April 10, Friday
TimePaper TitleAuthor(s)
3:15 - 3:30 PMOpening Remarks
Session 1: Underrepresented Languages
3:30 - 4:00 PMAn Analysis of Motion Events in Chaoshan and Mandarin Chun Carol Zheng (Purdue University)
4:00 - 4:30 PMThe Interaction of Palatal Coarticulation and Palatal Harmony in Kazan TatarJenna Conklin (Purdue University)
4:30 - 4:45 PMBreak
Session 2: Popular Media and Discourse
4:45 - 5:15 PMThe American Media's Construction of "Participants" in Cases of Police BrutalityMorgan Johnson (IUPUI)
5:15 - 5:45 PMUse of Someone: Beyond Simple Person ReferenceYu-Han Lin (Teachers College, Columbia University)
6:00 - 7:30 PMBreak
7:30 - 9:30 PMSymposium Banquet

April 11, Saturday
TimePaper TitleAuthor(s)
Session 3: Bilingualism and SLA
9:00 - 9:30 AMDialect Influence on California Chicano EnglishLaura Kompara (Ball State University)
9:30 - 10:00 AMConstructing a response: An Identity Perspective on Chinese Students' Reactions to Compliments from Native English SpeakersHao Wang and Yan Zhao (The University of Alabama)
10:00 - 10:30 AM Recalling Arabic and English Prefixed and Suffixed Verbs among Arabic-English Bilingual Speakers: An Experimental Study in relation to Working MemoryRashad Ali Qaed Ahmed, Jiyar Othman Hamadamin and Muhammad Ahmad Alasmari (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)
10:30 - 10:45 AMBreak
Session 4: Syntax and Semantics
10:45 - 11:15 AMThe Syntax of Clausal Complements of Emotive Factive PredicatesEric Follett (Purdue University)
11:15 - 11:45 AMIs Much Enough of a Quantifier?: A Corpus-based PerspectiveOkgi Kim and Jong-Bok Kim, (Kyung Hee University)
11:45 - 12:15 PMA Study on Motion Events Using the Lancaster Corpus of Mandarin Chinese (LCMC)Chun Carol Zheng (Purdue University)
12:30 - 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 - 2:30 PMKeynote SpeechDr. Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago)
2:30 - 2:45 PMBreak
Session 5: Phonetics and Language Acquisition
2:45 - 3:15 PM When do children develop ability for alignment of tonal targets in intonation?Afua Blay (University of North Dakota)
3:15 - 3:45 PM Quantifying Bilingualism: Relating phonetic Production to Language Proficiency and AttitudesWai Ling Law (Purdue University)
3:45 - 4:15 PM An Optimality Theoretic Approach to Child Language AcquisitionColette Feehan (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
4:15 - 4:30 PMBreak
Session 6: Historical Linguistics and Language Change
4:30 - 5:00 PMThe "Concealed Passive" Construction Needs Investigating DiachronicallyJungsoo Kim (The University of Texas at Austin)
5:00 - 5:30 PMThe Rich-Get-Richer Phenomenon and Language Evolution: The Case of the German Present PerfectValentina Concu (Purdue University)
5:30 - 6:00 PMThe Role of Antonymy on Semantic ChangeAshley Kentner (Purdue University)
7:00 - 9:00 PMSymposium Social

Social Events

Symposium Banquet

Please sign up by April 5 (Sunday). If you have any questions, please contact Josh Perry.

Symposium Social


Room 239, Stanley Coulter Hall