Linguistics & TESOL Host Student Conference


Five graduate students will present their research Friday, Nov. 6, at the annual University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL (UTASCILT).

The free, day-long event begins at 8 a.m. in Trimble Hall, Room 200, and includes a keynote address from linguistics scholar John T. Beavers (UT Austin). Beavers will present “Roots and Templates in Verbal Meaning” and look at English ditransitive verbs and whether verbal roots can and do encode information pertaining to the root’s event template.

UTASCILT is a student-led conference specifically designed to give graduate students a chance to present their original research. The best student papers are awarded the Yumi Nakamura Prize, which is funded by the Yumi Nakamura Memorial Endowment.

Nakamura was enrolled in the graduate linguistics program at UTA until she was tragically killed in a traffic accident in January 2000. Her family established the endowment in their daughter’s name as a way to honor her memory and to support academic excellence.

For more information about the conference, log on to the department’s website.


The University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Trimble Hall, Room 200

8 a.m. – Breakfast/Opening Remarks

9 a.m. – Darcey Browning, “Hesitation via hastag placement: Patterns of delay markers in public accounts of survivor stories”

9:30 a.m. – Iya Khelm and Jeffery Witzel (UT Arlington), “Stages of procession for complex sentences: Evidence from Russian”

10:30 a.m. – Kent Rasmussen, “Ndaka [ndk] (D.R. Congo): Another Bantu D30 Languages with Nine Vowels and Depressor Consonants”

11 a.m. – Kimberly C. Johnson, “The Role of Context in Interpreting a Versatile Modal in Creek (Muskogean)”

11:30 a.m. – Kristen Fleckenstein, “Jespersen’s Cycle of negation in American Sign Language”

12 p.m. – Lunch

2 p.m. – John T. Beavers (UT Austin), “Roots and Templates in Verbal Meaning” (keynote address)

4 p.m. – Presentations of Awards/Closing Remarks



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