MOTH 2016

L'atelier de syntaxe
Syntax Workshop

The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga is pleased to announce that the 4th Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto-Hamilton syntax workshop (MOTH) will be held on April 15-16, 2016. MOTH is an annual regional workshop which brings together graduate students and faculty from across southern Ontario and Québec; presenters from further afield are also welcome. We invite submissions on any area of syntax and its interfaces, including both theoretical and experimental work.

Our invited speaker this year will be Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University).

Local Organizers
Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, Rebecca Tollan, Dan Milway

Location Information

University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd
Mississauga, ON
L5L 1C6

Getting to campus: UofT runs a regular Shuttle bus between the Downtown and Mississauga campuses. Information can be found here.
Further information, including public transit options, driving directions, and campus maps can be found here.

Accommodation Information

The closest hotel to the UTM campus is The Glenerin Inn. Mention that you are attending a UTM Conference for a special UTM corporate rate.

If you prefer to stay closer to the downtown campus, there are a variety of nearby accommodations, the closest being The Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville

Limited crash space may be available to students. If you are interested please contact Becky Tollan to request it.


Pre-registration is closed. If you wish to attend but have not registered, you can register on-site. The following fees will apply.

Students: $20 (conference registration only); $25(includes conference dinner)
Faculty: $30 (conference registration only); $40 (includes conference dinner)


All sessions will be in Deerfield Hall Room 2060

Friday, April 15, 2016
9:00-10:00 am Registration and breakfast
10:00-11:30 am
Chair: Michelle Troberg
Julien Carrier (University of Toronto), The Double Object Construction in Inuktitut
Bing’er Jiang (McGill University), Gei and the double object construction in Mandarin Chinese
Hong-Yan Liu (University of Toronto), The Mandarin ba-construction
11:30-11:45 am Break
11:45 am-12:45 pm
Chair: Bronwyn Bjorkman
Dylan Bandstra (University of Toronto), Inalienable Possession in Tlingit
Sherry Hucklebridge (University of Toronto), Relativization as Nominalization: Head-Internal Relative Clauses in Tłı̧cho̧ Yatıı̀
12:45-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:30 pm
Chair: Diane Massam
Cassandra Chapman (McMaster University), Martin Hackl (MIT) & Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University), Processing of logical form structure: Evidence from reconstruction for anaphoric binding
Gavin Bembridge (York University), Negation in American Sign Language: The view from the Interface
Ash Asudeh (Carleton University/Oxford) & Daniel Siddiqi (Carleton University), Distributed Lexical-Functional Grammar
3:30-4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00-5:00 pm
Chair: Mihaela Pirvulescu
Martha Schwarz (McGill University), Nepali Ergative Case Assignment
Yining Nie (NYU), Why is there NOM - NOM but no ERG - ERG ?
5:00-5:15 Break
Chair: Arsalan Kahnemuyipour
Invited Speaker:
Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University), When nominatives fail more than to agree
6:30 pm Conference Dinner (On UTM campus. Room TBD)
Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00 am-10:00 am Registration and breakfast
10:00-11:30 am
Chair: Jessica Coon
Chris Bruno (McGill University), Three kinds of locative preposing
Andrew Peters (York University), Multiple Modal Constructions in Rural Chesapeake English and Mandarin Chinese
Ievgeniia Kybalchych (UQAM), What i-f?
11:30-11:45 am Break
11:45 am-12:45 pm
Chair: Rebecca Tollan
Zoë McKenzie (University of Toronto) Imperatives and Negation in Labrador Inuttut
Heather Yawney (University of Toronto), Turkish Verbal Suspended Affixation
12:45-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:00 pm
Chair: Elizabeth Cowper
Sigwan Thivierge (Concordia University), A Morphosyntactic Analysis of Nishnaabemwin Person Hierarchy Effects
Amer Ahmed (York University), On case assignment in Standard Arabic
3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 pm
Chair: Dan Milway
Symon Jory Stevens-Guille (University of Toronto), A Timing Based Account of RNR Identity
Juvénal Ndayiragije (University of Toronto Scarborough), There is a Cost to External Merge
Closing Remarks