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First North American Conference in Iranian Linguistics (NACIL 1)

Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center

April 28 - 30, 2017

Friday, April 28th


8:00 - 9:00

Breakfast & Registration, Wang Center Theater Lobby

9:00 - 9:30

Opening Remarks, Lecture Hall 2

9:30 - 10:30
Lecture Hall 2
Chair: Richard Larson

Keynote Speaker: Jila Ghomeshi (University of Manitoba)
The Additive Marker in Conversational Persian: A Case of Inflectional Spread 

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break, Wang Center Theater Lobby


Session 1 (Documentation) - Room 101
Chair: Robert Hoberman 


Session 2 (Syntax) - Room 201
Chair: Daniel Finer


11:00 - 11:30

Erik Anonby, Morteza Taheri-Ardali (Carleton University & Universität Bamberg, Shahr-e Kord University)
Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari Province in The Atlas of The Languages of Iran (slides)

Vida Samiian (California State University, Fresno)
Another Look at Ezafe Construction: Data from Caspian Languages (handout)

11:30 - 12:00

 Habib Borjian (Columbia University)
Is There Continuity Between Gilaki And Mazandarani? (slides)

Zahra Mirrazi, Ali Darzi (University of Massachusetts At Amherst, University of Tehran)
Neg-Raising: The Case of Persian (slides)

12:00 - 12:30


Mortaza Taheri-Ardali (Shahr-e Kord University)
Salient Linguistic Features and Isoglosses in Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari Province, Iran (slides)

Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, Mansour Shabani (University of Toronto Mississauga, Guilan University)
Split Topicalization in Eshkevarat Gilaki

12:30 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:30
Lecture Hall 2
Chair: Marie Huffman

Keynote Speaker: Pollet Samvelian (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)
The Evolution of Verbal Agreement in Iranian Languages


Session 1 (Experimental) - Room 101

Chair: John Drury 

Session 2 (Syntax) - Room 201

 Chair: Jiwon Yun

2:30 - 3:00

Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (McGill University)
Why Experimental Studies? (slides)

Tahir Rebwar (Newcastle University)
Two DP Layers Within the Central Kurdish Noun Phrase (slides)

3:00 - 3:30

Marziyeh Yousefi (University of Victoria)
Epenthesis in SC Onset Clusters in Persian- English Interlanguage: Linguistic and Extra-Linguistic Factors (slides)

Roya Kabiri, Ali Darzi (University of Arizona, University of Tehran)
The Syntactic Analysis of Conditionals in Persian (slides)

3:30 - 4:00

Coffee Break, Wang Center Theater Lobby

4:00 - 5:00
Lecture Hall 2
Chair: Thomas Graf

Guest Talk: Colin Phillips (University of Maryland)
Speaking, Understanding, and Grammar


Session 1 (Syntax: Ellipsis) - Room 201

Chair: Francisco Ordóñez

Session 2 (Morphology) - Room 101

 Chair: Mark Aronoff

5:00 - 5:30

Vahideh Rasekhi, Nazila Shafiei (Stony Brook University)
Ellipsis in Persian: Verb Phrase Ellipsis or Argument Ellipsis? (handout)

Sahar Taghipour (University of Kentucky)
Identity Avoidance in Morphology; Evidence from Polyfunctional Clitics of Sorani Kurdish (slides)

5:30 - 6:00


Ryan Walter Smith, Mohsen Mahdavi, Rana Nabors, Isabel McKay, Heidi Harley, Simin Karimi (University of Arizona)
Parallelism and Specificity in Persian Ellipsis

Justin Power (University of Texas at Austin)
A Lexical Comparison of Tajik Sign Language and Afghan Sign Language (slides)


Wine & Cheese & Music at Simons Center
Featuring Alan Kushan, NY-based Santur player  

Saturday, April 29th


8:30 - 9:30

Breakfast, Wang Center Theater Lobby


Keynote Speaker: Geoffrey Haig (Universität Bamberg) -- Cancelled.
The (Non-)Grammaticalization of Agreement in Iranian: Diachrony Meets Typology


Session 1 (Syntax) - Room 201

Chair: Vida Samiian 

Session 2 (Phonology) - Room 101

 Chair: Ellen Broselow

9:30 - 10:00

Ryan Walter Smith (University of Arizona)
Argument Ellipsis in Zazaki: A Problem for The Anti-Agreement Theory (slides)

Ehsan Shafiee Zargar, Hamed Rahmani (University of Texas At Arlington, Radboud University)
Musical Rhythm in Persian Poetic Meters (slides)

10:00 - 10:30

Vahideh Rasekhi (Stony Brook University)
Stripping Constructions in Persian

Mohsen Mahdavi Mazdeh (University of Arizona)
The Quantitative Nature of Meters in Persian Folk Songs and Pop Song Lyrics (slides)

10:30 - 11:00

Catherine Nouri (Université Lille 3)
A General Overview of Spatial Events in Persian (slides)

Daniel Barry (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Kurmanji Kurdish Pharyngeals: Emergence and The Perceptual Magnet Effect (slides)


11:00 - 12:00

Wang Center Theater Lobby


 Poster Session

Neda Taherkhani (Purdue University)
A Morpho-Phonological Analysis of Vowel Changes in Takestani-Tati Verb Conjugations

Rana Nabors (University of Arizona)
Persian Morphological Causatives

Songül Gündodu Yücel (Muş Alparslan University & Boaziçi University)
Goal Constituents Across Kurmanji Dialects (poster)

Hakob Avchyan (Yerevan State University)
Enclitic Pronouns in The Anbarāni Dialect of The Talyshi Language


12:00 - 1:00

 Lunch (and Business Session) 

1:00 - 2:00
Lecture Hall 2
Chair: Arsalan Kahnemuyipour

Keynote Speaker: Simin Karimi (University of Arizona)
Another Look at Persian Râ: A Single Formal Analysis of a Multi-Functional Morpheme (slides)

2:00 - 2:30

Coffee Break, Wang Center Theater Lobby


Session 1 (On RA in Persian) - Room 201

Chairs: Vahideh Rasekhi & Nazila Shafiei 

Session 2 (Documentation) - Room 101

Chair: Paola Cepeda 

2:30 - 3:00

Masoud Jasbi (Stanford University)
The Semantics of "Ra": Let's Be More Specific! (slides)

Erik Anonby (Carleton University & Universität Bamberg)
A Three-Dimensional Approach to Classification of Iran’s Languages (slides)

3:00 - 3:30

Pegah Faghiri (University of Cologne)
Revisiting the Rā-Marked vs. Non-Rā-Marked Dichotomy in The Analysis of The Persian VP (slides)

Dénes Gazsi (University of Iowa)
The Persian Dialects of The CAjam in Kuwait (slides)

3:30 - 400

Leah Chapman, Zahra Mirrazi (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Structural Locations and Competitions: The Case of Persian RA

Paloma Jeretic (New York University)
Shughni Demonstratives as Markers of Spatial and Social Distance

4:00 - 4:30

Coffee Break, Wang Center Theater Lobby


Session 1 (Semantics) - Room 201

 Chair: Richard Larson

Session 2 (Typology) - Room 101

Chair: Andrei Antonenko

4:30 - 5:00

Narges Nematollahi (Indiana University)
A Semantic Analysis of Mood Selection in Complement Clauses in Persian (handout)

Faruk Akkuş (University of Pennsylvania)
Deriving Split-Ergativity in Iranian Languages

5:00 - 5:30

Masoud Jasbi, Leila Habibi (Stanford University, University of Western Ontario)
The Suffix that Makes Persian Nouns Unique (slides)

Shahar Shirtz (University of Oregon)
Co-Expression Patterns of Nominal Predicate Functions in (Indo-) Iranian (slides)

5:30 - 6:00

Elias Abdollahnejad, Dennis Ryan Storoshenko (University of Calgary)
Syntactic and Semantic Constraints on Pronoun and Anaphor Resolution in Persian (slides)

Betül Erbaşı, Songül Gündoğdu (University of Southern California,Muş Alparslan University & BoaziçiUniversity)
Ezafe Across Language Families: Iranian and Altaic (handout)


Dinner Banquette at Hilton Garden Inn

Sunday, April 30th


8:00 - 9:00

Breakfast, Wang Center Theater Lobby

9:00 - 11:30
Lecture Hall 2
Chair: Lori Repetti


ELA Panel on Endangered Iranian Languages

Daniel Kaufman, Habib Borjian, Daniel Barry, Ross Perlin, Kathryn Rafailov, Matthew Zaslansky
Endangered Iranian Languages In NYC 

Murad Suleymanov (École pratique des hautes études)
Adpositional Constructions in Upper Şirvan Tat (slides)

Teresa O'Neill & Samantha Mateo (Columbia & CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia)
Contact Induced Change in Zazaki

Daniel Kaufman (Queens College, CUNY & ELA)
Double Oblique Case and Agreement Across 2 Dialects of Wakhi (handout)

11:30 - 12:00
Lecture Hall 2

Final Remarks (Richard Larson & Vida Samiian)