On October 3, the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences hosted the 5th
annual Mid-Atlantic Colloquium of Studies in Meaning (MACSIM V). The
conference features presentations by graduate students in linguistics
and related fields from the programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. This
year, we had seven oral presentations and twenty poster presentations
from the eight participating universities: New York University, the City
University of New York, Rutgers University, the University of
Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland -
College Park, Georgetown University, and the University of Delaware. The
day began with the plenary talk by Florian Schwarz, Assistant Professor
of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder of the
conference. His presentation, 'Towards a typology of presupposition
triggers: Experimental explorations', and the six oral presentations
that followed it generated lively discussions in which many of the
students in our program participated. The two poster sessions in the
middle of the day were equally rigorous, and all the presenters were
busy explaining their ideas and answering questions from the audience.
The exciting day was concluded with the reception at SpeakEasy where the
participants had a chance to wind down and socialize.
for the conference was provided by the two hosting departments, and
with generous support from School of Graduate and Professional Services,
we were able to use a conference room and the rotunda of Gore Hall for
the conference and SpeakEasy for the reception.