Mayfest 2015: Morphest

Dates and Location

May 1-2, 2015 at University of Maryland, College Park

Program and Registration

The schedule can be found here.

A detailed program with abstracts and locations can be downloaded here.

Registration is closed.

This event is funded in part by the Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community.


Mayfest is a workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. This year’s Mayfest will center around morphology. The three central themes that we will be addressing are:

(i) What is morphology? How do we distinguish morphological processes from syntactic or phonological ones?
(ii) What is the trajectory for morphological learning in language acquisition?
(iii) What insight does morphology provide into language processing and production models?


  • Dr. Mark Aronoff (Linguistics, Stony Brook University)
    Competition and the body: Two non-computational factors in the organization of linguistic morphological systems
  • Dr. Jonathan Bobaljik (Linguistics, University of Connecticut)
    Cyclic Spell Out in Words
  • Dr. Ariel Goldberg (Psychology, Tufts University)
    Experimental investigations of the morphology-phonology interface
  • Dr. Maria Gouskova (Linguistics, New York University)
    How to tell phonologically aggressive affixes from exceptional ones
  • Dr. Vera Gribanova (Linguistics, Stanford University)
    On the role of head movement in word formation
  • Dr. Robert Henderson (Linguistics, Wayne State University)
    Mayan morphology at the syntax-prosody interface
  • Dr. Ruth Kramer (Linguistics, Georgetown University)
    The morphosyntax of gender and number: Morpho or syntax?
  • Dr. Alec Marantz (Linguistics & Psychology, New York University)
    Taking morphology seriously: MEG studies of morphological representations
  • Dr. Karen Miller (Spanish Linguistics, Penn State University)
    Crosslinguistic studies on children's acquisition of morphology
  • Dr. Charles Yang (Linguistics, Computer Science, & Psychology, University of Pennsylvania)
    The third factor in morphology