The 4th MACSIM was held at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick on Friday, October 17 and Saturday October 18, 2014. Thanks to everyone who attended for making it such a successful event! 

The archived event details are below. Take a peek at our photo album to see who was there and what went on.


Rutgers linguistics department

More details about the venues and schedule are available here.

Download the MACSIM 4 PROGRAM here.

The invited speaker for MACSIM 4 is Anna Papafragou, of the University of Delaware.

anna papafragou

“Encoding Events in Language and Cognition”

The linguistic expression of events draws from basic, probably universal, elements of perceptual/cognitive structure. Nevertheless, little is known about how event cognition maps onto language production. Furthermore, languages differ in terms of how they segment and package events. This cross-linguistic variation raises the question whether the language one speaks could affect the way one thinks about events. This talk addresses how event cognition interfaces with language. Our studies reveal remarkable similarities in the way events are perceived, remembered and categorized despite differences in how events are encoded cross-linguistically.

This year, Saturday’s MACSIM will be preceded by a special Roundtable event from 4-7 pm (dinner following) on Friday, October 17.  The theme of the Roundtable is Approaches to Semantic Research, with a special focus on definiteness, plurality, and number.

The invited speakers are Lucas Champollion (NYU), Kathryn Davidson (Yale), and Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers). Download the Roundtable abstracts here!

lucas champollion     kathryn davidson     veneeta dayal

Lucas Champollion: 

Stratified reference: The making of

Kathryn Davidson: 

Gathering intuitions on domain widening and narrowing across modalities

Veneeta Dayal:

Uniqueness vs. Functional Pairing

Funding has been generously provided by the Department of Linguistics, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS).