Basic Facts

The twelfth annual meeting of California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics will take place on November 9-10 2019 at the University of Southern California.

S'il vous plaît

If you plan to attend CUSP 12, whether as a presenter or as an audience member, please RSVP here at your earliest convenience.


Saturday, November 9

10:30–11:00 Coffee and brief welcome
Session 1 Chair: Tommy Tsz-Ming Lee
11:00–11:30 Junhyo Lee (USC) and Anthony Nguyen (USC): Generics in proportion
11:30–12:00 Jaime Castillo-Gamboa (USC): Don't call me a predicativist
12:00–12:30 Gabriel Teixeira (UCLA): Strong vs Weak counterfactuality of the consequent
12:30–2:00 LUNCH (On your own; USC Village is convenient)
Session 2 Chair: Luis Miguel Toquero Perez
2:00–2:30 Christian de Leon (UCLA): Situating rich demonstrations in conversation
2:30–3:00 Joshua Wampler (UCSD): We also do dogs: Main verb do and event construal
3:00–3:30 BREAK
Session 3 Chair: Madhumanti Datta
3:30–4:00 Tommy Tsz-Ming Lee (USC): M-zi 'not know' in Cantonese as an epistemic marker
4:00–4:30 Tyler Lemon (Berkeley): Subcomparatives in Vietnamese and the grammar of degrees
4:30–5:00 Colin Brown (UCLA): Interrogatives at the interface: Sentential mood marking in Sm'algyax
6:00–8:00 CATERED DINNER (Location: GFS 330)

Sunday, November 10

9:00–9:30 BREAKFAST
Session 4 Chair: Sarah Hye-yeon Lee
9:30–10:00 Lisa Hofmann (UCSC): The anaphoric potential of indefinites under negation and disjunction
10:00–10:30 Madeleine Booth (UCLA): The pragmatics of explicit passive sentences
10:30–11:00 Jack Duff (UCSC): To flip a judge: Predicates of personal taste in a commitment-based discourse model
11:00–11:30 BREAK
Session 5 Chair: Haley Wei Wei
11:30–12:00 Mathias Boehm (Berkeley): Reference, discourse, and plentitude
12:00–12:30 Sven Neth (Berkeley): Conditionals and closure

Conference Location

The conference will take place in Harris Hall, room 101.

To locate Harris Hall, type HAR into the search box here.

Room 101, a.k.a. the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, is to your immediate left as you enter the South entrance of Harris Hall (the entrance facing Exposition Boulevard, near the Expo Park/USC metro stop). That entrance looks like this:

Getting to Campus

If you plan on driving to campus, details about public parking can be found here.

It's very easy to get to USC on public transit. Simply find your way to the Expo line and get off at the Expo Park/USC stop.

Further Questions?

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