Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 6, UMass Amherst

All talks will be at held in N400, ILC on March 12 and 13. There is no registration fee. All are welcome.
Campus Map, Parking and Transportation Information

Pre-conference Gathering: 8.30pm, 9 Myrtle Street, Northampton

Day 1: Saturday, March the 12th
Opening Remarks by Alice Harris

9.00-9.30 Coffee & Welcome
Invited Talk: 9.30-10.30 (Introduction by Kristine Yu)
The intonation of South Asian languages: Shared properties, crosslinguistic variation, and applications outside prosody
Sameer ud Dowla Khan
10.30-10.45: Break

Session 1: 10.45-12.15
Chair: Peggy Speas

1. Ashwini Deo and Luke Lindemann, Variable ergative marking and agreement patterns in Pawri Bhili
2. Luke Lindemann, Nepali Le as a Categorical Subject
3. Gurmeet Kaur, Clitic blocking as a side-effect of 1st/2nd person licensing: The case of -suu in Punjabi

Mini-talks for posters: 12.15-12.30
Poster Session/Lunch: 12.30-2.30
Business Meeting: 2.00-2.30

1. Rajiv Ranjan, Processing Strategies in L2 Hindi-Urdu
2. Reena Ashem and Paroma Sanyal, Scopal effects of Reduplication
3. Rashad Ullah, Epistemic indefinites, negative polarity, and free choice in Bengali
4. Dave Kush and Mateus Barros, Case Matching under Sluicing in Hindi: Consequences for the Identity Condition on Ellipsis

Session 2: 2.30-3.30
Chair: Shakuntala Mahanta

1. Kelly Berkson, Production, Perception, and Distribution of Breathy Sonorants in Marathi
2. Traci Nagle, The Implementation of Phonological Opacity in the Bangla Vowel Chain Shift
3.30-3.45: Break

Session 3: 3.45-4.45
Chair: Vincent Homer

1. Mythili Menon, Reevaluating Standard Analyses of Comparison: The View from Malayalam
2. Amanda Swenson, Two semantically distinct –u/i markers: Implications for the Tense-Aspect Puzzle in Malayalam
4.45-5.00: Break
Invited Talk: 5.00-6.00 (Introduction by Lyn Frazier)
Processing Hindi Relative Clauses: Implications For Memory Retrieval & Expectation-Based Theories
Samar Husain

Party, 7.30 onwards, Casa Frana (9 Myrtle Street), Northampton

Day 2: Sunday, March the 13th

Invited Talk: 9.30-10.30 (Introduction by Kyle Johnson)
Connecting Information Structure to the Presuppositional Content of "again" (joint work with Sigrid Beck)
Pritty Patel-Grosz
10.30-10.45: Break

Session 4: 10.45-12.15
Chair: Kyle Johnson

1. Sakshi Bhatia and Ethan Poole, Deriving subject and anti-subject orientation
2. Emily Manetta, Verb phrase ellipsis in a V2 language: Expanding the typology
3. Andrew Simpson and Saurov Syed, On the DP/NP status of nominal projections in Bangla: consequences for the theory of phases

Mini-talks for posters: 12.15-12.30
Poster Session/Lunch: 12.30-2.30

1. Pritha Chandra and Gurmeet Kaur, The Perfect Nominative
2. Anne Beshears, Licensing the correlative construction via the semantics of the demonstrative
3. Deepak Alok, Syntax of split: A case of Hindi and Magahi
4. Tharanga Weerasoriya, Deriving Exhaustivity and Anti-exhaustivity with ‘Q-particles’ in Sinhala
5. Asim Twaha and Shakuntala Mahanta, Morphological focus marking in Standard Colloquial Assamese
6. Max Nelson, Kelly Berkson, Christina Esposito and Sameer Ud Dowla Khan, Perception of Breathy Phonation in Gujarati
7. Amalia Gnanadesikan, Coda-Onset Asymmetries in Dhivehi

Session 5: 2.30-3.30
Chair: Ellen Woolford

1. Konstantin Sachs, A Movement Approach for Multi-Head Correlatives – Evidence from NPIs and Islands
2. Ishani Guha, Multiple Additive constructions in Bangla
FASAL6 is supported by the UMass Department of Linguistics, The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at UMass, The UMass Graduate School, The Cognitive Science Initiative at UMass, and the Psycholinguistics group at UMass
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Department of Linguistics, N408, ILC, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-9274, USA