General Information

MACSIM 6 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1st at Hunter College, CUNY.

Funding for MACSIM 6 is provided by the Department of Linguistics at the Graduate Center (CUNY) and the Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative.


The registration form is now up! Please register as soon as you can so we can plan our catering/space.


Abstracts are due on Tuesday September 20th. Please limit your abstracts to a maximum length of two letter-size pages (including references), with 1-inch margins on all sides, and a font no smaller than 11pt. Please send your abstracts to macsim6cuny (symbol rhyming with “hat”) gmail (symbol rhyming with “hot”) com.


Directions to Hunter College

Hunter College is located at 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065.

Subway directions: The 6 train stops directly under the College at the 68th Street station. Alternatively, you can take the F train to the East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue stop, and walk to Hunter at 68th and Lexington.

You can find a PDF map of the NYC subway here.


Financial Support for presenters

We aim to reimburse all graduate student presenters for their trip to New York (bus/economy train). To make this possible with our limited budget, we ask that presenters try their best to use inexpensive means of transport. We will also provide crash space, courtesy of CUNY/NYU students, for those who need it. The paperwork for reimbursement will be posted soon.


Schedule (download the full program PDF here)

Location information: all talks will be held in Hunter West, Rm 714. The poster sessions will be held in the Hunter West Faculty Dining Room.


9:30-10:00 Welcome (Hunter West, Rm 714)
Session 1
10:00-10:30 Kajsa Djärv (Penn): Case-alternations in copular sentences
10:30-11:00 Yaǧmur Saǧ (Rutgers): Turkish: An optional classifier language with plurals
11:00-11:30 WooJin Chung (NYU): Decomposing permission and obligation: Evidence from Korean
BREAK (10m)
11:40-12:50 POSTER SESSION 1 (Hunter West, Faculty Dining Room)
12:50-1:50 Lunch break
Session 2
1:50-2:20 Rachel Dudley (UMD): Discovering the factivity of “know”
2:20-2:50 James Maguire (Georgetown): What “need” lacks, that “lack” needs
BREAK (10m)
3:00-4:10 POSTER SESSION 2 (Hunter West, Faculty Dining Room)
4:10-4:20 Business meeting
BREAK (10m)
4:30-5:30 Invited Talk: Philippe Schlenker (IJN/CNRS/NYU) Formal monkey semantics
5:30-7:00 Dinner (pending successful resolution of last-minute logistical complications)


Poster sessions

Session 1

Nattanun Chanchaochai (Penn)
Comprehension and production of personal reference terms in Thai-speaking children with autism spectrum disorders

Karen Clothier and Akira Omaki (Johns Hopkins)
The interaction between native LF representations and input distributions in second language acquisition

Myrto Grigoroglou and Anna Papafragou (UDel)
Children’s informativeness in event descriptions

Quinn Harr (UMD)
In what sense is “might” an epistemic modal?

Najoung Kim (Johns Hopkins), Jung-Ho Kim (KAIST, South Korea), Maria K. Wolters (Edinburgh), Sarah E. MacPherson (Edinburgh), and Jong C. Park (KAIST, South Korea)
Approximating the semantic structures behind category fluency sequences

Songhee Kim (NYU)
Adverbial composition in the left anterior temporal lobe

Sarah Kresh (CUNY)
A rating study of frozen scope in the English VP-internal locative alternation

Augustina Owusu (Rutgers)
Actuality Entailment in Akan

Milena Å ereikaite (Penn)
Strong versus weak definites in Lithuanian

Sheng-Fu Wang (NYU)
Long-chong — a distributive and anti-distributive operator in Taiwanese

Akitaka Yamada (Georgetown)
A Generalized Quantifier approach to embedded interrogative clauses


Session 2

Tally Callahan (CUNY)
“Just”, “only”, and the two differences that keep them from being the same

Lucia Donatelli (Georgetown)
Spanish deadjectival verbs: Argument structure and lexical derivation

Masha Esipova (NYU)
Alternatives matter: Contrastive focus and presupposition projection in standard triggers and co-speech gestures

Jeffrey Green (UMD)
Pragmatic control of rationale clauses

Nick Huang (UMD)
Syntactic bootstrapping with minimal morphosyntactic cues: Learning Mandarin Chinese attitude verb meanings

Jooyoung Kim (UDel)
Purposive interrogative adjuncts

Jess H.-K. Law (Rutgers)
Experimental evidence for the discourse potential of bare nouns in Mandarin

Yeonju Lee (CUNY)
NPI licensing and the role of phonological phrasing in Korean

Ellie Pavlick and Chris Callison-Burch (Penn)
So-called non-subsective adjectives

Drew Reisinger (Johns Hopkins)
Case and content: A cross-linguistic corpus study

David Rubio Vallejo (UDel)
Negation, focus alternatives, and perfect tense