July 30 – August 3, 2002


Conference Theme: Linguistics and the Real World




Unless otherwise specified in the program, all sessions will meet in the Law Center Auditorium.


Note: A workshop on “Hard-Science Linguistics” will be presented by Victor Yngve on Monday and Tuesday, July 29-30, in University Hall 5080. For information see


During the LACUS meetings, a book exhibit and screenings of the LSA Video Archive Project will be available in the Law Center 1008.


Tuesday 30 July


1:00 Board of Directors Meeting, University Hall 5080

3:00-5:00 Conference Registration, Student Union 2592

3:30-5:30 Reception, Student Union 2592


Opening Session, Law Center Auditorium

            7:30 Welcoming Remarks             Douglas W. Coleman

                                                                 Sydney Lamb

            7:45 Inaugural Address

Adele Goldberg, University of Illinois

Constructing Meaning:  Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Support

for a Constructional Approach to Grammar




Wednesday 31 July

                                                                                    Chair:  David Bennett


8:30 Linda Thornburg & Klaus Panther (Universität Hamburg)

The role of conceptual metonymy in coding lexical aspect:  A corpus-based study of English and French


9:00 – 10:00 Real-World Use of Language


9:00 Timothy Face (University of Minnesota)

Consonant strength innovations across the Spanish-speaking world:  Evidence and implications for a usage-based model of phonology


9:20  Shawn M. Clankie (Hokkaido University)

Linguistics and the commoditization of language:  Evidence from trademark law


9:40     Mary S. MacKeracher (University of Toronto)

The lexical semantics of self-report dialect survey answers


10:00 – 10:30 Break


10:30 William Stone (Northeastern Illinois University)

The A.A.V.E. continuum in Chicago



Session A (11:00 – 12:00)                                      Law Center 1011

Intercultural Communication                                  Chair:  Michael Cummings


11:00 Susan Meredith Burt (Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois)

Politeness strategies in White Hmong requests


11:20 Liwei Gao (University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign)

Identity construction in bilingual advertising as a strategy of persuasion


11:40 Sooho Song (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Cross-cultural analysis of interlanguage politeness in the selection of request strategies



Session B (11:00 – 12:00)                                      Law Center 1012

Real-World Use of Language                                Chair: John Hogan


11:00 Yili Shi (Southwest Missouri State University)

Zero anaphora and referential salience in Chinese discourse


11:20 Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas & Donald Weasenforth

(American University and George Washington University)

Real world language use:  Can elicited data tell the story?


11:40 Kyong-Sook Song (Dong-eui University, Korea)

Deictic expressions in English and Korean cyber communication


12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break

                                                                                    Chair:  David Lockwood


1:30 W.J. Sullivan & David R. Bogdan (Uniwersytet Wroclawski and Matsuyama University)

Unpacking Polish narrative


2:00 – 3:00 Real World Use of Language


2:00 Toby D. Griffen (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville )

Letters, numbers, and the dating of Ogam


2:20 Carl Mills (University of Cincinnati)

Participant roles, cases, and style in Present-day English


2:40 Connie Eble (University of North Carolina)

The expanding world of English slang


3:00 – 3:30  Break


3:30 David Maurier and Sydney Lamb (Rice University)

Schizophrenic thought disorders and relational networks


4:00 – 5:00 Invited Lecture                                               Chair:  Sydney Lamb


Carrie Cameron, Cultural Communication

Language, Culture, and Reality:  How to Do Things with Linguistics



Thursday 1 August

                                                                   Chair:  Douglas Coleman


8:30 John T. Hogan  (University of Alberta)

Linguistic traits of the New Guinea pidgin, Tok Pisin, from the perspective of error-control coding


9:00 – 10:00 Language in the Real World


9:00 AbdulRahman Congreve (University of Toledo)

The effect of real-world knowledge on understanding persuasive language


9:20 Caleb Everett  (Rice University)

The hedging of financial advisors


9:40 Sarah Tsiang  (Eastern Kentucky University)

Linguistic lessons from the war in Afghanistan


10:00 – 10:30 Break


10:30 Alan K. Melby (Brigham Young University)

Listening comprehension, laws, and video



Session A (11:00 – 12:00)                                      Chair:  Connie Eble

Semantics and Grammar                                            Law Center 1011


11:00 Insun Yang (Rice University)

A new perspective on Korean conjunctions ‘ese’ and ‘nikka’


11:20 June C.C. Sun            (Providence University, Taiwan)

The grammaticalization and lexicalization of the verbal phrase gĕi wo in Mandarin


11:40 Nancy Stern (Hofstra University)

The grammar of English reflexives:  A new view


Session B (11:00 – 12:20)                                      Law Center 1012

Pragmatics and Literature                                                Chair:  Inga Dolinina


11:00 Noriko Watanabe (Baruch College CUNY)

Dialogue in monologue:  Japanese storytelling art


11:20 Luciane Corrêa Ferreira (PUCRS, Brazil)

The translation of irony in the light of relevance theory


11:40 Helen Chau Hu (California State University, Long Beach)

Use of modal verbs by Brontë’s Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights


12:20 – 1:30 Lunch Break


1:30 – 3:00  Historical Linguistics                              Chair:  Toby Griffen


1:30 Saul Levin (SUNY Binghamton)

The phonology of ancient written languages and of their reconstructed prehistoric sources


2:00 Tim Pulju (Dartmouth College)

An alternative etymology for Latin ferus


2:20 Katalin  Nyikos            (Georgetown University)

Alphabet change and emergent reading in Azerbaijan


2:40 Robert Orr (Ottawa)

Eddies in language and biology


3:00 – 3:30 Break


3:30 Giancarlo Buoiano, Mario Betti, & Paolo Bongioanni (University of Pisa)

Reality without language:  A case report


4:00 – 5:00 Invited Lecture                                               Chair:  Sydney Lamb


George Heidorn, Microsoft Research

The Crooked Path of Progress from a Stratificational Grammar Course

to the Microsoft Grammar Checker



Friday 2 August

                                                                                    Chair:  Lois Stanford


8:30 David Bennett (SOAS, University of London)

Generative, OT and neurocognitive representations of clitic phenomena


9:00 Michael Cummings (York University)

Iterative and lexical densities within genres


9:20 Masahiko Komatsu & Takayuki Arai (Sophia University, Japan, and University of Alberta)

Acoustic realization of prosodic types:  Constructing average syllables


9:40 Sheri Wells-Jensen (Bowling Green State University)

Advantages of parallel text elicitation:  The parallel impromptu narrations corpus


10:00 – 10:30 Break


10:30 Vladimir Lazarev & Lioudmila Pravikova (Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Russia)

The discourse of parliamentary debates on the international terrorism:  Epistemic argumentative features


Session A (11:00 – 12:00)                                      Law Center 1011

Psycholinguistics                                                        Chair:  Bill Spruiell


11:00 Jason Wells-Jensen & Sheri Wells-Jensen (Bowling Green State University)

Clustering of speech errors


11:20 Hui Yin            (University of Alberta)

Cognitive strategies in relative clause processing in English and Chinese


11:40 Manuel Sinor (University of Alberta)

The role of consonant duration in the disambiguation of resyllabified phrases


Session B (11:00 – 12:00)                                      Law Center 1012

Computational Linguistics                                        Chair:  Alan Melby


11:00 Gerald Penn (University of Toronto)

Towards linguistically plausible language modeling in real-world applications


11:20 Jonathan Dehdari (Brigham Young University)

Two-level Persian morphology engine


11:40 Deryle Lonsdale (Brigham Young University)

An analogical model of Vedic cantillation


12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break

                                                                                    Chair:  Bill Sullivan


1:30 Julius Nyikos (Washington and Jefferson College)

Vocalic iconicity in two unrelated language families


2:00 – 3:00 Discourse


2:00 Inga Dolinina (McMaster University)

Politeness in imperatives:  Grammatical encoding


2:20 Stacy Krainz (The University of Buffalo, SUNY)

Repetition in American news discussions as a tool of image projection


2:40 William C. Spruiell (Central Michigan University)

Stance and “abstance”


3:00 – 3:30 Break

                                                                                    Chair:  John Hogan


3:30 – 5:10 Hard-Science Linguistics


3:30 Victor Yngve (University of Chicago)

An outline of hard science phonetics-phonology


4:00 Douglas W. Coleman (University of Toledo)

A human linguistics view of “metaphorical language”


4:30 Lara Burazer (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

A human linguistic analysis of a newspaper headline


4:50 Janelle Metzger (University of Toledo)

Social stratification of [fIfti] in midwestern (Toledo) department stores



Saturday 3 August

                                                                   Chair:  Angela Della Volpe


8:30 Earl Herrick (Texas A&M University, Kingsville)

On the place of writing in the glossematic/stratificational model


9:00 David Cahill (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Lookup and input methods for Chinese characters:  Electronic versus paper media


9:20 Robert Longacre  (University of Texas at Arlington)

A theory of complementarity:  Verb/clause types and discourse types in the Hebrew Bible


9:40  Vivien Ler Soon Lay (National University of Singapore)

Marine communication by means of flags


10:00 - 10:30 Break


10:30 Georgette Jabbour (New York Institute of Technology)

Corpus linguistics, language teaching, and the way forward



Session A (11:00 – 12:00)                                      Law Center 1011

Language Maintenance and Revitalization            Chair:  Connie Eble


11:00 Simo Määttä (University of California, Berkeley)

Problems of promoting regional or minority languages in the European Union: Conflicting ideologies of language


11:20 Monica Ward (Dublin City University)

Language maintenance and revitalization – how CALL can help:  The case of Nawat


11:40 Bevin Taylor (Miami University, Ohio)

A new framework for language maintenance and revivial


Session B (11:00 – 12:20)                                      Law Center 1012

Lexis                                                                           Chair:  Lilly Chen


11:00 Sasiwimol Klaykleung (National University of Singapore)

Lexis in Thai language teaching


11:20 Aya Katz (Inverted-A, Inc.)

The effects of literacy in lexicality


11:40  Carolyn Hartnett (College of the Mainland)

A corpus comparison of versions of the untranslatable Koran/Qur’an


12:00 Matthias K. Schirmeier (University of Alberta)

Distributional properties of German prefix verbs:  Implications for morphological processing


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12:30 LACUS Past Presidents’ Luncheon, University Hall 5080


2:30  Publications Committee Meeting, University Hall 5080



6:30 Annual Banquet

            The Phonecia

            Students Union


6:30 Dinner


7:45 Awarding of Presidents’ Prizes and Commendations


8:00 Presidential Address:

Adam Makkai, University of Illinois, Chicago

The mystery of translation and the history of linguistics


9:00 Entertainment