February 18th and 19th, 2017

About GLEAMS 2017

GLEAMS (the Graduate Linguistics Expo at Michigan State) is Michigan State University’s Department of Linguistics and Languages’ departmental graduate student workshop, organized by the MSU Linguistics Student Organization. This workshop will showcase graduate work in phonology, phonetics, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and child language acquisition, giving graduate students the opportunity to present their work to colleagues within and outside the department.

This year's GLEAMS will take place February 18th and 19th, 2017.

Invited Speakers

This year's invited speakers are Robert Podesva (Stanford University) and Ellen Lau (University of Maryland, College Park).


All talks are in B342 Wells Hall.

Time Saturday (February 18th) Sunday (February 19th)
9:30 – 10:00 Breakfast (catered) Breakfast (catered)
10:00 – 10:30
 "Incremental processing of lexical head-functional head compounds in Icelandic: An ERP study"
Kaylin Smith
"Incremental effects of gender agreement in nominal compounds: An ERP study"
Alicia Parrish
10:35 – 11:05  "The temporal pattern of the syllable structure in the Jazani dialect"Mohammed Ruthan "Shifting shifts: The adoption of the elsewhere shift in Lansing"
Monica Nesbitt and Alex Mason
11:10 – 11:40 "How have we learned to do this?: A corpus study of child acquisition of the perfect"Jacklyn Ryan and Rebecca Senn "Conflicting directionality and underapplication in Tianjin tri-syllabic tone sandhi: A metrical account"Xiaomei Wang
11:45 – 12:55 Lunch (catered)
Lunch (catered)
1:00 – 2:30 Keynote: "Embodied affect and its connection to western vowel variation"
Robert Podesva (Stanford University)
Keynote: "Linguistic structure forwards and backwards: prediction and memory representation"
Ellen Lau (University of Maryland, College Park)
2:30 – 2:45 Coffee break Coffee break
2:50 – 3:20 "Nanka or whatevs: extenders and pejorativity in Japanese and beyond"
Ai Taniguchi
"Additivity and the comparative"
Cara Feldscher
3:25 – 3:55 "Sonority preference in vowel competition: Experimental data from Rugao syllable contraction"Chenchen Xu "So puzzling of a construction: Three competing analyses for fronted degree constructions"
Alex Mason and Josh Herrin
4:00 – 4:30  "Default case revisited: an AGREE-based approach to defaults in the grammar"Kali Bybel "Reexamining the role of the Sonority Sequencing Principle in word segmentation"
Sayako Uehara
4:35 – 5:05 "Interactions of number and definiteness: The case of Vietnamese acquisition"
Ni La Le
Closing Remarks
5:05 Closing Remarks

6:00 Dinner

GLEAMS is organized by Monica Nesbitt, Alicia Parrish, Cara Feldscher, Kaylin Smith, Chenchen Xu,  Josh Herrin, Grant Rodgers Kemp, and Patrick Kelley. Questions regarding GLEAMS can be directed to Monica Nesbitt.