Handouts for conference papers
The handout for Zwicky & Pullum’s 1996 LSA talk “Functional restriction: English possessives”.
The reading copy for Pullum & Zwicky’s 1997 LSA talk “Licensing of prosodic features by syntactic rules: The key to Auxiliary Reduction” (incorporating the full handout).
The handout for my 1999 Forum Lecture at the LSA’s Linguistic Institute, on “The grammar and the user’s manual”.
The handout for my 2000 BLS talk (in the version presented later at Stanford) on “Describing syncretism: Rules of referral after fifteen years”.
The handout for a Stanford Syntax Workshop in May 2000, “A-verb-in’ we will go”, on the syntax of a-prefixing of verbs in various Southern varieties of English.
The handout for my 2001 ICCG talk on “Radical constructionism”.
The handout for my 2001 SemFest talk on “Counting Chad”, on the count/mass distinction in English, with special reference to chad, e-mail/email, and ice plant.
The handout for my 2002 NWAV talk on “Seeds of variation and change”.
The handout for a 2002 Stanford talk, “Just how interesting a construction is this? Explorations in the matching of internal and external syntax”.
The handout for my 2002 SemFest talk on “The said and the unsaid”, about material in the Atherton (CA) police blotter.
The handout for my presentation at the 2003 IsisFest, on “double is” in English.
The handout for a 2003 Stanford talk, “Some foundational issues for construction grammar: Mutual definition and cluster concepts”.
The handout for a 2003 talk at Cornell, “Sounding gay”.
The handout for my 2004 SemFest talk, “Isolated NPs”.
The handout for my presentation “Toni Morrison’s genius puts her in the grammar/usage spotlight” at the January 2005 meeting of the American Dialect Society.
The handout for my presentation “How to name a porn star” at the January 2005 meeting of the American Name Society.
The handout for my presentation “Ideal types: peacocks, chameleons, and centaurs” at the March 2005 SemFest (on categorization in general, and categorization of gay men in particular).
The handout for my presentation “Gonna, Auxiliary Reduction, and two modules of syntactic organization” at the 2005 Berkeley Linguistics Society meeting.
The handout for my November 2005 presentation on dangling modifiers at the Stanford Humanities Center.
The handout for a July 2006 presentation by Thomas Grano and AMZ, “Metavariation: Variation in advice on variation”, on much vs. a lot.
The handout for my 2007 SemFest talk, “Extris, extris”, on “extra is” constructions in English.
The handout for a 2007 SemFest talk by AMZ and Douglas Kenter, “Avoid vagueness? The case of sentence-initial linking however”.
The handout for a 2008 SemFest talk, What to blame it on: Diathesis alternations, usage advice, “confusion”, and pattern extension.
The handout for my 2009 SemFest talk, “V + P~Ø” on transitive/intransitive alternations.
The handout for my 2010 SemFest talk, “Brevity plus” on morphological conversions favoring semantic/pragmatic specificity and social specificity as well as brevity.
The handout for my 2011 SemFest talk, “Categories and Labels: LGBPPTQQQEIOAAAF2/SGL …”, on labels in the domain of sexuality / sexual orientation, gender / sexual identity, and sexual practices, as used to construct an initialism for the entire domain.
The handout (a posting to this blog) for my 2012 SemFest talk, “Parts of the body”.
The handout for my 2013 SemFest talk, “In a syntactic quandary”, about alternatives in expressing the possessive of certain coordinate NPs (1sg + 3sg).
The handout (a posting to this blog) for my 2014 SemFest talk, “Metatext in the comics”, on the use of material outside the drawings and texts in cartoons (titles, captions, mouseovers, etc.) to enrich the semantic/pragmatic content of these and to provide extra content.