SLS15 Program
Last updated: 3 September 2020

All times given in the program are in Eastern Daylight Savings Time (NYC–USA East Coast) time (UTC-4:00).

Thursday, September 3

7:30-8:00 pm Informal Meet and Greet (Zoom ID: 930 4227 5569)

Friday, September 4

8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks: Steven Franks, Cynthia Vakareliyska (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)

Session I: 9:00-11:00 Friday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: Cynthia Vakareliyska
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Peter Kosta

Eun-Ji Song (Seoul National University)
Imperfective aspect in Russian imperatives: Pragmatic strengthening and intersubjectivity Abstract

Elena Markasova (Peking University), Gaochen Liu (Peking University), and Elena Vilinbakhova (St. Petersburg State University)
Тавтологические конструкции с местоимением «Я» Abstract

Elena Kulinich (Université du Québec à Montréal)
How defective are Russian defective verbs? Abstract Slides

Ekaterina Levina (University of Texas at Austin)
On the accessibility of possessions Abstract


Adam Przepiórkowski (University of Warsaw / Polish Academy of Sciences / University of Oxford), Julia Pater (University of Warsaw), and Maciej Pastwa (University of Warsaw)
Nominal distribution of prepositions and adnumeral operators in Polish Abstract Slides

Petya Osenova (Sofia University)
The behavior of Bulgarian Noun Phrases for approximation in a subject position Abstract Slides

Ekaterina Georgieva (Research Institute for Linguistics, Budapest)
Inflectionless adjectives in Bulgarian as a case of nominal predication Abstract

Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva (University of South Carolina), Stanley Dubinsky (University of South Carolina), and Brett Sherman (University of South Carolina)
Regulative generics in English and Bulgarian Abstract

11:00-12:00  Invited talk: Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland), Mismatches in Russian Nominal Ellipsis Abstract Slides (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)
   Chair: Vrinda Chidambaram

Lunch/Dinner Break

Session II:  12:45-2:45 Friday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: Aida Talić 
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Miriam Shrager 

Marko Simonović (University of Graz / University of Nova Gorica) and Petra Mišmaš (University of Graz / University of Nova Gorica)
Verb wasn’t built in a cycle (it was built in two) Abstract

Vesna Plesničar (University of Nova Gorica)
On the distribution of imperfective suffixation and the position of theme vowels in Slovenian Abstract

Maša Bešlin (University of Maryland)
On the categorial distinction between "verbal" and "adjectival" participles Abstract Handout

Florian Wandl (University of Zurich)
Superlative morphology from syntax: The case of Slavic nai-/naj-  Abstract


Mirko Sacchini (University of Tjumen’)
The verbal prefix za-: Meanings and aspect in Tale of Igor’s campaign Abstract Slides (ppt) (pdf) (odp)

Piotr Sobotka (Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences)
Towards a comprehensive description of the fossilization process as a mechanism of the Slavic adverbialization, with special focus on deadjective adverbs Abstract

Natalia Zevakhina (HSE University, Moscow)
More facts about syntactic amalgams: Evidence from Russian exclamatives Abstract Slides

Alexandra Kohut (Boston University)
On the role of discourse factors in Russian MWF questions: A syntactic/semantic approach Abstract

Session III: 2:45-4:45 Friday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: Wayles Browne
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Maria Polinsky

Olga Blinova (St. Petersburg University), Mikhail Kopotev (University of Helsinki), and Elena Vilinbakhova (St. Petersburg University)
RepLeCon: А dataset of Russian repetition constructions and its translation Abstract

CANCELLED Mateusz Podlecki (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
CANCELLED Operational phraseology as a paradigm for studying e.g. segmentless phraseologisms Abstract

Moulay Lahjouji (University of Freiburg) and Achim Rabus (University of Freiburg)
Rusyn as a language between state borders – a statistical approach to variation (for small sample sizes) Abstract Slides R-Markdown file (html format)

Nilo Pedrazzini (University of Oxford)
Participial free adjuncts in early Slavic treebanks: The discourse properties of the dative absolute Abstract


Elena Doludenko (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Case errors in beginning and advanced L2 Russian learners’ writing Abstract

Stephen Dickey (University of Kansas) and Pavlo Popov (University of Kansas)
A discourse analysis of sobirat’sja/sobrat’sja uxodit’ vs. sobirat’sja/sobrat’sja ujti Abstract Slides

Natalia Rakhlin (Wayne State University) and Ljiljana Progovac (Wayne State University)
The case of missing subjects in early grammars: Absolutive-like stage in language acquisition Abstract

Jeff Parker (Brigham Young University)
Processing of ambiguity in Russian: Form, function and frequency Abstract

4:45 Opening "Reception" and Social Hour (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)

Saturday, September 5

Session IV: 8:30-10:00 Saturday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: Hagen Pitsch
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Lena Borise

Hakyung Jung (Seoul National University)
V-to-T movement in Old Russian? Abstract Slides

Yulia Kuvshinskaya (HSE University, Moscow) and Natalia Zevakhina (HSE University, Moscow)
Non-standard participles in Russian: A corpus study   Abstract Slides Handout

Hakyung Jung (Seoul National University) and Krzysztof Migdalski (University of Wrocław)
Gradients of pronominal and verbal deficiency Abstract Handout


Keith Langston (University of Georgia)
Code-switching in Croatian media: Dialect/standard and dialect/dialect relations Abstract

CANCELLED Katarzyna Bednarska (University of Łódz)
CANCELLED Media and collective memory: Analysis of Slovenian media discourse regarding mass grave in Huda Jama Abstract

Marek Łaziński (University of Warsaw)
How the pandemic has been reflected in Slavic languages: Corona and COVID- neologisms in Slavic languages (based on Polish, Czech and Russian) Abstract Slides

10:00-10:45  Business Meeting (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)
  Chair: Cynthia Vakareliyska

10:45-11:45 Invited talk: Joanna Błaszczak (University of Wrocław), Slavic Future Constructions from a Crosslinguistic Perspective [Abstract] Slides (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)
  Chair: Damir Ćavar

Lunch/Dinner Break

Session V:  12:30-2:30 Saturday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: Van Holthenrichs
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Steven Franks

Sylwia Sojda (University of Silesia)
Intensifying function of reduplication (in Polish, Slovak and cross-linguistically) Abstract

Hagen Pitsch (University of Goettingen)
One conditional is not like another Abstract Slides

Magdalena Derwojedowa (University of Warsaw)
Multiple shades of ‘się’: From accusative to reflexive marker Abstract

Maria Katarzyna Prenner (University of Cologne)
Agent prominence and the behavior of the agentivity feature movement in Polish and Russian nai-/naj-  Abstract


Katsiaryna Ackermann (University of Vienna / Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg)
The Slavic ‘guest’ and some of his Indo-European colleagues Abstract Slides

Ekaterina Yakushkina (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Lexical features of Serbian Torlak dialect Abstract

Anastasia Makarova (University of Zurich), Maria Morozova (Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences), and Alexander Rusakov (Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
The linguistic complexity of South Slavic dialects: A quantitative study Abstract

Đorđe Božović (University of Belgrade)
Third clitic effect in SerBoCroatian Abstract

2:30-3:30 Invited talk: Željko Bošković (University of Connecticut), Distributed Extraction Coordinations [Abstract] Handout (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)
  Chair: Steven Franks

Session V: 3:30-5:30 Saturday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: Ksenia Zanon
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Catherine Rudin

Sanja Srdanović (Goethe University) and Esther Rinke (Goethe University)
Possessive pronouns do not c-command out of the noun phrase in Serbian Abstract Slides

Ana Bosnić (University of Groningen / University of Nantes) and Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes)
Homogeneity effects with bare plurals and distributive markers in Serbian Abstract

Adrian Stegovec (University of Connecticut)
Hidden deficiency: On the structure of Slovenian clitic, strong, and prepositional pronouns Abstract Handout

Ivana Jovović (University of Connecticut)
Pronominal licensing in BCS Abstract Handout


Nezrin Husseyn gizi Samedova-Hajiyeva (Azerbaijan University of Languages)
On the semantics of the so-called present perfective: What studies of the Russian language show Abstract Slides

Marco Biasio (Università degli Studi di Padova / Univerzitet u Novom Sadu)
A POwerful preverb: PO- and the Russian verbs of communication Abstract Slides

Valeriia Tretiak (University of Oregon)
Contingency, contiguity, and radial structure: On the meaning of the Russian instrumental case marking Abstract

Chul Hyun Hwang (University of Kansas)
Does Russian have unaccusative verbs or an unaccusative construction? Abstract

5:30 Social Time (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)

Sunday, September 6

Session VII: 9:30-11:30 Sunday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: James Joshua Pennington
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Jordan Hussey-Andersen

Jacek Witkoś (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) and Paulina Łęska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
Anti-cataphora effects, Agree and possessors as goals Abstract Slides

Anastasia Coles (Texas Tech University)
The role of FocP in left-periphery processes in Slavic Abstract Slides

Aida Talić (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
The shape and syntactic place of long-form adjectival inflection in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Abstract Handout

Peter Kosta (University of Potsdam)
Revisiting the Gender-Animacy-Sub-Gender and Case assignment notions: When do Slavic languages agree and when do they disagree? Abstract Slides Handout


Evgeniya Budennaya (HSE University, Moscow / Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Hypocorisms and their role in adopting Christian names in Old Russian Abstract

Alena Vishnyakova (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Dialect differentiation of the Serbo-Croatian vocabulary with the meaning “Food and cooking” and “Home” Abstract

Miriam Shrager (Indiana University-Bloomington)
Color naming in Slavic languages and beyond: A diachronic perspective Abstract

Jelena Živojinović (University of Verona / UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
Detangling the Serbo-Croatian “gerund” Abstract

11:30-12:30 Invited talk: Małgorzata Ćavar (Indiana University-Bloomington), Perspectives on Palatalization; Perspectives from Palatalization [Abstract] Slides (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)
  Chair: George Fowler

12:30-1:15 Early Career Linguists Social Hour (for graduate students and recent PhDs) (Zoom ID: 934 7545 8434)
  Hosts: Vrinda Chidambaram, Hagen Pitsch

Session VIII:  1:15-3:15 Sunday

Panel A (Zoom ID 934 7545 8434)
Chair: Małgorzata Ćavar
  Panel B (Zoom ID 968 7760 1054)
Chair: Jacek Witkoś

Renáta Gregová (P. J. Šafárik University, Košice)
Sonority and its violation in Slovak: Phonetic, phonemic and morphophonemic analysis with typological implications Abstract

Jacek Kudera (Saarland University) and Philip Georgis (Saarland University)
Phonetic distance in cross-lingual priming: Evidence from Bulgarian, Czech, Polish and Russian Abstract

James Joshua Pennington (International Center for Governance Studies, Belgrade)
Cyclical suppletion in Slavic: What priming effects reveal about velar alternations in Czech and Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian Abstract Slides

Anna Kristina Moroz (University of Washington)
Prosody to mark stance in Polish and Russian Abstract


Daniel Tiskin (St. Petersburg State University)
Covert across-the-board raising of modals in Russian? Abstract Slides

Petr Rossyaykin (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Russian ni-pronouns are non-negative universal quantifiers Abstract

Irina Burukina (MTA Research Institute for Linguistics / Eötvös Loránd University), Lena Borise (MTA Research Institute for Linguistics; Harvard University), and Marcel Den Dikken (MTA Research Institute for Linguistics / Eötvös Loránd University)
Russian èto, predication, and big DPs Abstract Handout

Ksenia Zanon (University of Cambridge)
Negated polar interrogatives in Russian Abstract