Keynote speakers:

C.-T. James Huang 黃正德, Harvard University

Audrey Li  李豔惠, University of Southern California

Mamoru Saito,  Nanzan University

Andrew Simpson, University of Southern California


Invited Speakers: 

Toru Ishii, Meiji University

Jo-wang Lin  林若望, Academia Sinica

Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai 蔡維天, Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu)

Jisheng Zhang 張吉生, East China Normal University

Niina Ning Zhang 張寧, Chung Cheng University



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The 12th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-12)



Day 1: July 9, 2019, Tuesday

08:40-09:00Opening ceremony

Keynote Speech: Y.-H. Audrey Li and Wei Wei

(University of Southern California)

Determining Structures without Morphological Clues:

Chinese Adverbial Phrases with Apparent Clausal Complements

Chair: Waltraud Paul

09:50-10:00Coffee Break 1

Session 1: Focus

Chair: Mingming Liu

Session 2: Classifier

Chair: Qiongpeng Luo


Jun Chen

(University of Stuttgart)

Locus of the exhaustiveness reading in Chinese cleft sentences


Yi-Hsun Chen

(Nanjing University)

Measurement and optional classifiers in Chinese



Ying Liu (Zhejiang University) and Hongzhi Xu (University of Pennsylvania)

Clefts in Mandarin: How exhaustive are they? A large-scale corpus and experimental study of shi…(de) sentences


Peppina Lee (City University of Hong Kong)


Cantonese reduplicative classifier as quantifying determiner



Session 3: Topic

Chair: Chi-Ming Louis Liu

Session 4: Deverbal Noun

Chair: Linmin Zhang


Waltraud Paul

(Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l’Asie orientale (CRLAO), CNRS-EHESS-INALCO)


Null topic, topic prominence and the parametric approach


Shin Fukuda

(University of Hawaii at Manoa)


A Case of Lexically Specific Symmetrical DOM: Experimental Evidence from Transitive Deverbal Nouns in Japanese



Cheng-Yu Edwin Tsai

(City University of Hong Kong)


Mandarin verb doubling clefts as contrastive topic constructions


Yusuke Yoda

(Toyo Gakuen University)


Against Semantic Pruning: To BE or NOT to BE, That is the Question



Invited Session 1

Chair: Sze-Wing Tang


Invited speech: Jo-Wang Lin

(Academia Sinica)

Chinese Comparatives: In Defense of Phrasal Comparison



Invited speech: Toru Ishii

(Meiji University)

A movement analysis of Japanese “gapless” constructions


15:50-16:00Coffee Break 2

Session 5: Movement

Chair: Pei-Jung Kuo

Session 6: Phonology

Chair: Jisheng Zhang


Wei-Cherng Sam Jheng

(Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu))


Main clause phenomena, left dislocation and merger-movement asymmetry in Mandarin: A view from two types of VP fronting


Yi Jen Chen and Yuchau E. Hsiao

(Chengchi University)


Simplifying the Complexities in Shandong Leling Tone Sandhi




Tingchun Chen

(National University of Singapore)


Raising-to-Object in Amis



Jack Rabinovitch

(University of Massachusetts)


Manchu -n Dropping and Nasal Assimilation Asymmetry: A Case for Coalescence and Linearity


Session 7: Passive

Chair: Na Liu

Session 8: Nominal semantics

Chair: Peppina Lee


Takashi Nakajima

(Toyama Prefectural University)


(R)are is not a morpheme, and nothing moves in Japanese passive


Tian Gan and Cheng-Yu Edwin Tsai

(City University of Hong Kong)


Quantifier scope ambiguity in Mandarin dative constructions



Matthew Reeve and Jiaxin Feng

(Zhejiang University)


Affectedness as a default: The case of bèi-constructions


Takanobu Nakamura

(The University of Edinburgh)


A Classifier-independent Count-Mass Distinction in Japanese



Keynote Speech: Mamoru Saito

(Nanzan University)

Variation in Transfer Domains and the Presence/Absence of φ-feature Agreement

Chair: Miyoko Yasui

18:50-21:00Banquet at Fortune Inn 福臨軒
21:00Bus back to Hotel



Day 2: July 10, 2019, Wednesday


Keynote speech: Andrew Simpson

(University of Southern California)

Classifiers are for what? Revisiting the structure of nominal projections in East Asian languages.

Chair: Miao-Ling Hsieh

09:50-10:00Coffee Break 3

Session 9: Wh-phrase

Chair: Cheng-Yu Edwin Tsai

Session10: Ellipsis

Chair: Ting-Chi Wei


Haoze Li

(New York University)


Making wh-phrases dynamic: A case study of Mandarin wh-conditionals


Duk-Ho An

(Konkuk University)


Particle Stranding Interruption: A Korean Counterpart of Particle Stranding Ellipsis in Japanese



Mingming Liu

(Tsinghua University)


Unifying Universal and Existential wh’s in Mandarin


Session 11: Semantic particle

Chair: Beibei Xu

Session 12: Parametric Variations
Chair: Wei-Wen Roger Liao

Wei Wei

(University of Southern California)


The semantics and pragmatics of contradicting “you” in Chinese



Norio Nasu

(Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)


Parametric Variations in the Licensing of Left Periphery Elements




Miao-Ling Hsieh

(Taiwan Normal University)


On Some Non-Focus Related Sentence-Final Particles in Taiwanese Southern Min


Miyoko Yasui

(Dokkyo University)


Labeling {XP, YP} in Languages Without Phi-agreement




Invited Session 2

Chair: Paul Law


Invited speech: Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai

(Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu))

On Head Movement in Flip-flop Sentences



Invited speech: Jisheng Zhang

(East China Normal University)

Revisit the Lexical Stress of Chinese from the Perspective of Suprasegmental Typology



Invited speech: Niina Ning Zhang

(Chung Cheng University)

Movement Beyond the A and A-bar Types


16:30-16:40Coffee Break 4
Session 13: Verb phrase
Chair: Shu-Ing Shyu
Session 14: Negation
Chair: Shin Fukuda

Jie Xu

(University of Macau)


Some similarities and differences between Chinese and English in sluicing sentence


Yu Nakajima

(Waseda University)


Negative Concord & Sika-Phrases in Japanese



Ting-Chi Wei

(Kaohsiung Normal University)


Reconsideration on verb-echo answers in Chinese



Paul Law

(City University of Hong Kong)


An analysis of n-implicative verbs in Vietnamese




Keynote speech: C.-T. James Huang

(Harvard University)

Title: Locality, Focus and Covert Movement

Chair: Niina Ning Zhang

18:30-18:50Concluding Remarks and Closing Ceremony
18:50Bus to 小飛象葡國餐 Restaurante Dumbo (farewell dinner)
All participants are welcome!



Poster Sessions

Day 1: July 9 (13:30-14:30)

D1-01Jun Chen (University of Stuttgart) and Dawei Jin (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)Toward the copular status of Chinese clefts—Evidence from diachronic syntax

Candice Chi-Hang Cheung, Yicheng Rong, Man Tak Leung and Tempo Po Yi Tang

(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Relations between mental terms and false-belief understanding in Cantonese-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorders

Pei-Yi Hsiao and One-Soon Her

(Chengchi University)

Justifying a Two-way Distinction of Questions in Taiwanese Southern Min

Pei-Jung Kuo

(Chiayi University)

A Lower Affective gei in Mandarin Chinese

Chi-Ming Louis Liu

(Chiao Tung University)

A speaker-oriented adverb of assertion: Genben
D1-06Yuyun Iris Wang (Ming Chuan University) and Wei-Wen Roger Liao (Academia Sinica)Speaker-anchoring, Attitudes, and Finiteness in Mandarin Chinese

Linmin Zhang

(NYU Shanghai)

The semantics of comparisons in Mandarin Chinese


Day 2: July 10 (13:30-14:30)


Min-Gyeong Choi

(Seoul National University)

Modal Semantics of Korean Bouletic Verbs

Jui-Yi Zoey Chung

(Xiamen University)

On the Syntax of Postverbal Modals and their Potential Verbal Bases
D2-03Yang Jiahui (Hunan Institute of Science and Technology)Are event variables of predicates invariably bound by existential quantifier?

Na Liu

(Tianjin Normal University)

The Affectedness of the Mandarin Ba-construction Revisited
D2-05Qiongpeng Luo (Nanjing University) and Thomas Grano (Indiana University)Reference to Subkinds and the Puzzle of de vs. de-less Modification in Chinese

Shu-Ing Shyu

(Sun Yat-sen University (Kaohsiung))

Diminishers and Scale

Beibei Xu

(Huazhong Agricultural University)

Bias as an epistemic degree comparison–an analysis of Bangla naki