MACSIM 8 was hosted by NYU on April 6th, 2019.

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Keynote speaker: Melissa Fusco, Columbia University

Sarah Phillips took beautiful pictures at the workshop

Short, 2-page program (PDF)

Long program with abstracts (84 pages) (PDF)


9:30-10:00 (Jurow Hall): Breakfast & registration & welcome

10:00-10:30 (Jurow Hall): Haoze Li (NYU): Making wh-phrases dynamic: A case study of Mandarin wh-conditionals

10:30-11:00 (Jurow Hall): Yu Cao (Rutgers): Causal and Instrumental How Questions

11:00-11:15 (Jurow Hall): Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 (Jurow Hall): Nattanun (Pleng) Chanchaochai (co-authored with Jérémy Zehr, both Penn): Ambidirectionality and Thai mid-scale terms: when ‘warm’ means less hot

11:45-12:15 (Jurow Hall): Ibtisam Ammouri (CUNY): The prohibition on indefinite subjects in Arabic

12:30-1:40 (10 Washington Place): Lunch/Poster session 1

1:40-2:50 (10 Washington Place): Lunch/Poster session 2

3:00-3:30 (Jurow Hall): Annemarie van Dooren (UMD): Figuring out epistemic uses of English and Dutch modals: The role of aspect

3:30-4:00 (Jurow Hall): Dionysia Saratsli (co-authored with Stefan Bartell and Anna Papafragou, all UDel): Artificial language learning and the learnability of semantic distinctions: the case of evidentiality

4:00-4:30 (Jurow Hall): Emory Davis (co-authored with Barbara Landau, both Johns Hopkins): Seeing vs. Seeing That: Interpreting reports of direct perception and inference

4:30-4:45 (Jurow Hall): Coffee Break

4:45-5:45 (Jurow Hall): Invited Talk: Melissa Fusco (Columbia): Agential Free Choice

5:45-6:00 (Jurow Hall): Business meeting

6:30-8:30 (Vapiano, 13th and University Pl): Dinner

Poster session 1

Omar Agha (NYU): Event structure and non-culmination in Khoekhoe

Stefan Bartell (UDel): Effect of Indefinite Form on Donkey Anaphora Interpretation

Karen Clothier (Johns Hopkins): What counts as ‘many’?

Tris Faulkner (Georgetown): An Experimental Investigation of Mood Variation in Spanish Emotive-factive Clauses

Mina Hirzel (UMD) (co-authored with Valentine Hacquard (UMD) and Ailís Cournane (NYU)): Young children use different modals for different “flavors”

Jinwoo Jo and Bilge Palaz (UDel): Licensing pseudo incorporation in Turkish

Alyssa Kampa (co-authored with Kaja Jasińska and Anna Papafragou) (UDel): Scalar implicature development in 4- and 5-year-olds is supported by language and executive function networks

Yeonju Lee (CUNY): Wh-in-situ interrogatives through the lens of split wh-NPIs

Maxime Tulling (NYU): Neural Correlates of Linguistic Modality

Yosiane White (Penn): Words take time: Auditory stimuli and strategic processing in semantic priming

Akitaka Yamada (Georgetown): Embedded Speech Act Layers and Enhancement Effect (Canceled)

Jérémy Zehr (UPenn) (co-authored with Paul Egré (IJN-ENS Paris)): Contradictory Descriptions with Absolute Adjectives

Poster Session 2

Anouk Dieuleveut (co-authored with Valentine Hacquard) (UMD): Implicative inferences of ability statements with perception verbs

Kajsa Djärv (Penn): Propositional Attitude Reports: the Syntax of Presupposition & Assertion

Lucia Donatelli (Georgetown): The Morphosemantics of Spanish Gender: A Case Study of Pseudo-Incorporation

Michael Donovan (UDel): Uses of Oddball Imperatives

Ivana Đurović (CUNY): Neg-raising Asymmetry in SerBo-Croatia

Megan Gotowski (co-authored with Kristen Syrett) (Rutgers): Probing children’s early comprehension of comparative constructions

Ioana Grosu (NYU): An Extended Minimal Networks Theory for Backtracking Counterfactuals

Yue Ji (co-authored with Anna Papafragou) (UDel): Boundedness in event and object cognition

Matthias Lalisse (Johns Hopkins): Distributed neural encoding of binding to thematic roles

Jane Lutken (Johns Hopkins): An Optimality Theory Analysis of Scope Marking at the Syntax/Semantics Interface

Yağmur Sağ (Rutgers): The Curious Case of Measure Semantics

Benjamin Shavitz (CUNY): Analyzing the Infelicity of Tantalizing Statements

Sigwan Thivierge (UMD): High Shifty Operators in Georgian Indexical Shift


New York City offers a host of hotel options, most of which are easily accessible to NYU by a short commute on public transit. A list of hotels in the vicinity of NYU can be found here. Nevertheless, because lodging options in the immediate NYU area are somewhat limited, we strongly encourage attendees to make reservations early, in order to take advantage of these options (and to take advantage of lower rates).

Suggested local accommodations are listed below, including hotels at which we have reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees.

The Washington Square Hotel is by far the most convenient option, located a 3-minute walk from Silver Center. A variety of room types are available at nightly rates of $290-$350 (tax included).  

The Holiday Inn Lower East Side is a 30-minute walk, or 10 minutes by subway on the F or M line. (Nightly rates: one queen bed for $262, tax included; two double beds for $308, tax included.)

The Holiday Inn Soho is a 25-minute walk, or 15 minutes by subway on the N or R line. Standard rooms are approximately $280 per night (tax included).

The Hyatt Union Square, which is fully ADA-compliant, is a 10-minute walk, 5 minutes by taxi, or 10 minutes by subway on the N or R line. Advance Purchase rooms are approximately $375 per night (tax included).

You may also want to try online with hotel search engines that are less flexible in booking, but likely a little cheaper in price. If you are on a tight budget, we recommend staying somewhat further from campus and taking the subway in. In particular, there are several hotels in Long Island City with (slightly) better prices, very close to F/N subway stations (please allow ~30 minutes for the ride). Keep in mind also that Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ are only 15-20 minutes away by PATH, the NJ Transit light commuter rail system. There is a PATH stop on 9th Street at 6th Ave, which is about 7 minutes’ walk from the conference site.

If you prefer to stay in Manhattan, the following hotels are competitively priced for the location (but, as a warning, do have shared bathrooms):

You may also want to consult NYU’s Hotel Discount page. There are also plenty other choices around.