Mayfest 2019: 24th Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas

Mayfest is a workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. In 2019, Mayfest will be the 24th annual meeting of Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas. The central objective of WSCLA is to bring together linguists who are engaged in research on the formal study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas in order to exchange ideas across theories, language families, generations of scholars, and across the academic and non-academic communities who are involved in language maintenance and revitalization.

We expect a volume of conference proceedings to appear in the UBCWPL series.

The official website for WSCLA 24 is here.

More information will be announced as the conference date approaches.

Dates and Location

WSCLA 24 will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park, on May 9-11, 2019.

All talks will be held at the Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall).

Invited Speakers for WSCLA 24


Thursday, May 9th — Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall)

8:00-8:45—Breakfast & registration (provided)—
8:45-9:00—Welcoming Remarks—
9:00-10:00Invited speaker: Taylor Miller
(Un)intentional Bias in Linguistic Theories: Challenging Contemporary Approaches to the Phonology-Syntax Interface
10:00-10:15—Coffee Break—
10:15-11:00Andrew Hedding
The Phonetic Realization of Information Focus in San Martín Peras Mixtec
11:00-11:45Matthew Schuurman
Puzzles of coordination in Inuktitut
1:00-1:45Ana Laura Arrieta Zamudio
Definiteness in San Pablo Güilá Zapotec
1:45-2:30Will Oxford
The Algonquian inverse: What’s voice got to do with it?
2:45-3:00Poster Lightning Round
3:00-4:00Poster Session
Michael Barrie, Cayuga and Contiguity Theory: The role of default agreement
Catherine Fortin and Kyra Wilson, DP Structure in Dakota
Benjamin Hunt and Sylvia L.R. Schreiner, Patterns in Heteromorphemic Consonants in St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Marten Stelling Arapaho Indirect Imperatives and Allocutive Agreement
4:15-5:15Invited speaker: Ted Levin
Mayan Agent Focus and the Ergative Extraction Constraint: Facts and Fictions Revisited

Friday, May 10th — Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall)

8:00-9:00—Breakfast & registration (provided)—
9:00-10:00Invited speaker: Hilaria Cruz
Ethics of field work and language documentation from a community perspective
10:00-10:15—Coffee Break—
10:15-11:00Ben Eischens
Tonal negation in San Martín Peras Mixtec
11:00-11:45Irine Burukina
Nominalized antipassive constructions in Kaqchikel
1:00-1:45Shay Hucklebridge
Associative Plural in Two Northern Dene Languages
1:45-2:30Michelle Yuan
The morphosyntax of participle-incorporating existentials in Inuktitut
2:45-3:30Matthew Tyler
The structural ergative of Choctaw
3:30-4:15Adam Singerman
Pronouns, agreement, and object-initiality in Tuparí
4:30-5:30Invited speaker: Yuni Kim
Inflection classes and underlying forms in Amuzgo
6:00-late—Conference reception—
Ledo Restaurant

Saturday, May 11th — Language Science Center (2130 H.J. Patterson Hall)

8:00-9:00—Breakfast & registration (provided)—
9:00-10:00Invited speaker: Carol-Rose Little
10:00-10:15—Coffee Break—
10:15-11:00Rodrigo Ranero
Voice Mismatches in Kaqchikel (Mayan) Sluicing
11:00-11:45Guillaume Thomas
Switch-reference and Discourse Anaphora
11:45-12:00—Coffee Break—
12:00-1:00Invited speaker: Henry Davis
Comparing Comparatives in Salish
1:00-late—Closing remarks and business meeting—


Please direct all inquiries to: umd [dot] wscla [at] gmail [dot] com