The 5th California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics

CUSP 5 will be held on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning October 27 - 28, 2012 at the University of California, San Diego. It is co-hosted by the Department of Linguistics, SemanticsBabble, the Center for Humanities and the Department of Philosophy.


Participation in CUSP is free and open to any faculty and graduate or undergraduate students who are interested. For organizational purposes, please e-mail us if you are coming (even if you are not presenting), no later than Friday Oct 5.


Saturday October 27

12:30 - 1:00 REGISTRATION
SESSION I Chair: Jessica Rett (UCLA)
1:05 - 1:30 Roumyana Pancheva (USC): Quantity superlatives
1:30 - 1:55 Ashley Feinsinger (UCLA): Existing, Innovative, and Impossible Words | Handout
1:55 - 2:20 Oana David (Berkeley): A frame-semantic treatment of verbs of separation in metaphoric usage | Handout
2:20 - 2:45 Eric Acton (Stanford): Non-minimal standard change and the Finnish partitive-accusative object distinction
2:45 - 3:05 COFFEE BREAK
SESSION II Chair: Sam Cumming (UCLA)
3:05 - 3:30 Natasha Korotkova (UCLA): Evidentiality in Georgian
3:30 - 3:55 Deniz Ozyildiz (UCLA): When I is not me: A preliminary case study of shifted indexicals in Turkish | Handout
3:55 - 4:20 Dasha Popova (Stanford): Veridicality and attitude predications
4:20 - 4:40 COFFEE BREAK
SESSION III Chair: Jesse Harris (Pomona)
4:40 - 5:05 Lelia Glass (Stanford): Analyzing epistemic must like deontic must derives indirectness requirement | Handout
5:05 - 5:30 Philippe Côté-Boucher (UCLA): Beyond the King of France: Alternative ways to look into existence presuppositions | Handout
5:30 - 5:55 Sven Lauer (Stanford): Implicature tests, and how to fail them: A class of 'obligatory' Gricean conversational implicatures
SESSION IV Chair: Roumyana Pancheva (USC)
7:00 - 7:25 Jesse Harris (Pomona): A semantics for interjective what
7:25 - 7:50 Gwen Gillingham (UCSD): Accented pronouns and violated expectations | Handout
7:50 - 8:15 Tom Recht (Berkeley): Clause-initial verbs in Ancient Greek and the Question Under Discussion model

Sunday October 28

9:00 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
SESSION I Chair: Chris Potts (Stanford)
9:30 - 9:55 Donka Farkas (UCSC): Assertions and polar questions: Default and non-default cases | Handout
9:55 - 10:20 Lauren Winans (UCLA): Inquisitive and non-inquisitive disjunctions | Handout
10:20 - 10:45 Patrick Munoz (UCSD): That’s not art: Backhanded sentences and distant worlds | Handout
10:45 - 11:10 David Friedell (UCLA): Parked in a loading zone
11:10 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
SESSION II Chair: Donka Farkas (UCSC)
11:30 - 11:55 Alex Djalali (Stanford): Temporal syllogistic-style reasoning | Handout
11:55 - 12:20 Karl DeVries (UCSC): Number words and aspectual modifiers
12:20 - 12:45 Jessica Rett (UCLA): Mirativity across constructions and theories | Handout

In addition, for those of you who are interested, Jason Stanley from Rutgers University is currently scheduled to give a colloquium talk in the philosophy department at 4 pm Friday October 26.

Abstract Submission

The deadline for the submission of abstracts was Friday Oct 5.

Conference Location

Linguistics Department
Room 4301, 4th floor
AP&M Building
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093


Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday anywhere on campus unless there’s a sign that says otherwise. There are two big parking lots right next the Linguistics Department on the right of the campus entrance on Muir College Drive.


Crash space

We may be able to provide some crash space. Please e-mail us ASAP (but no later than Friday, Oct. 5), if you need crash space. Include in your message information about pet allergies, smoking habits, etc.

Hotels with CUSP 5 special rates

Del Mar Inn
In a small beach community
Walking distance to the beach,
7 miles, 15 mins drive from UCSD
From $99.99 up (free parking, free wi-fi)
Call to get the special CUSP rate (no later than Friday, Oct. 5): (888) 627-8445

Sheraton La Jolla
Right next to campus
10-12 minute walk to the CUSP meeting room
$119 (parking $10 a day, free wi-fi)
Call to get the special CUSP rate (no later than Wednesday, Sept. 26): (858) 453-5500

Other hotels

La Jolla Village Lodge
In the heart of La Jolla
10 mins drive to UCSD
Cheap, basic
Check Tripadvisor reviews

Estancia La Jolla
Right next to campus and 5 mins walking to the CUSP meeting room.
Really nice hotel spa to pamper yourself.
If you are lucky, you can get a room around $200, but prices can go up quickly.

Further afield

If you have a car and are willing to drive 20 - 25 mins, you can find plenty of (cheap) hotels South of UC San Diego in the area called Hotel Circle.

San Diego

We are happy to share a useful guide to the city of San Diego, giving information on restaurants and tourist attractions, prepared by colleagues for a different upcoming conference at UC San Diego.

Previous Meetings

The CUSP project was founded in 2008 with the aim of creating a semi-structured venue for interaction between the many researchers in the California semantics/pragmatics community.

  • CUSP 1 was held at UCLA on May 23-24, 2009.
  • CUSP 2 was held at UC Santa Cruz on November 21, 2009
  • CUSP 3 was held at Stanford on October 15-16, 2010
  • CUSP 4 was held at the University of Southern California on February 3 and 4, 2012

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