Beth Levin

Department of Linguistics
Stanford University

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Papers for downloading are available here. Handouts from short courses are available here.

Recent talk handouts:

With B. Krejci, ``Talking about the Weather: Two Construals of Precipitation Events in English'', Unergative Predicates: Architecture and Variation Workshop, Bilbao, Spain, January 18-19, 2018. (pdf)

``Talking about the Weather: A Case Study of Precipitation Verbs'', Linguistics Colloquium, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, September 7, 2017. (pdf)

``Resultatives and Causation'', Linguistic Perspectives on Causation Workshop, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, June 28-30, 2017. (pdf)

``The Elasticity of Verb Meaning Revisited'', Pre-SALT Workshop on Meaning and Distribution, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, May 11, 2017. (slides in pdf)

With S. Grimm, ``Artifact Nouns: Reference and Countability'', 42nd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Linguistics Society, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, October 14-16, 2016. (Poster) (poster in pdf)

With S. Grimm, ``Artifacts: Reference, Countability, and Categorization'', Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, June 6-7, 2016. (slides in pdf)

``The Ingredients of Nonselected NP Resultatives'', University of Utah Student Conference in Linguistics (UUSCIL), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, April 17, 2015. (pdf)

``Resultatives Revisited: Expanding the Empirical Foundations'', Catalonia-Israel Symposium on Lexical Semantics and Grammatical Structure in Event Conceptualization, Language, Logic and Cognition Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, February 16-18, 2015. (pdf)

``Names for Artifacts and Natural Kinds'', Ninth Mediterranean Morphology Meeting, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 15-18, 2013. (slides in pdf)

``Resultatives Revisited'', Symposium on Secondary Predication in Formal Frameworks, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, May 27, 2013. (pdf)

With S. Grimm. ``Who Has More Furniture? An Exploration of the Bases for Comparison'', Mass/Count in Linguistics, Philosophy and Cognitive Science Conference, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, December 20-21, 2012. (slides in pdf)

With Tham, S.W. and J. Beavers. ``Directional Interpretations with Locative Adpositions'', The Meaning of P, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, November 23-25, 2012. (Extended abstract, 5 pages, pdf)

``Slap, Give a Slap, Slap a Slap: Crosslinguistic Diversity in Hitting Event Descriptions'', Tenth Biennial Conference of the High Desert Linguistics Society, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, November 1-3, 2012. (pdf)

``Manner and Result: Implications for Argument Realization Across Languages'', Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, July 5, 2012. (pdf)

``The Lexicon Project and its Legacy'', 50 Years of Linguistics at MIT, MIT, Cambridge, MA, December 9-11, 2011. (slides in pdf)

``Verb Sensitivity and Argument Realization in Three-Participant Constructions: A Crosslinguistic Perspective'', Conference on Referential Hierarchies in Three-participant Constructions, Lancaster University, May 20-22, 2011. (pdf)

``Verb Classes Within and Across Languages'', Valency Classes Conference, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, April 14-17, 2011. (pdf)

With A. Djalali, S. Grimm, and D. Clausen. ``What Can Be Ground? Noun Type, Constructions, and the Universal Grinder'', 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, CA, February 12-13, 2011. (slides in pdf)

With S. Grimm. ``Between Count and Mass: Furniture and Other Functional Collectives'', 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA, January 6-9, 2011. (slides in pdf)

``Synonymy and Arbitrariness in Linguistic Argumentation'', SKY (The Linguistic Association of Finland) Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland, October 28-30, 2010. (slides in pdf)

``The Semantic Bases of Japanese and Korean Ditransitives'', 20th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, October 1-3, 2010. (pdf)

With D. Clausen, A. Djalali, S. Grimm, S. Lauer, and T. Rojas-Esponda. ``Extension, Ontological Type, and Morphosyntactic Class: Three Ingredients of Countability'', Conference on Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Countability in Natural Language, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, September 22-24, 2010. (Extended abstract, 5 pages, pdf; updated slides in pdf)

With M. Rappaport Hovav. ``Lexicalized Scales and Verbs of Scalar Change'', 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 8-10, 2010. (pdf)

``What is the Best Grain-size for Defining Verb Classes?'', Conference on Word Classes: Nature, Typology, Computational Representations, Second TRIPLE International Conference, Università Roma Tre, Rome, March 24-26, 2010. (pdf)

``Verb Sensitivity in Altaic Ditransitive Sentences'', Sixth Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, September 4-6, 2009. (pdf)

With J. Beavers and Tham, S.W. ``Manner of Motion Roots Across Languages: Same or Different?'', Workshop on Roots, Universität Stuttgart, Germany, June 10-12, 2009. (pdf)

``Where Do Verb Classes Come From?'', Verb Typologies Revisited: A Cross-linguistic Reflection on Verbs and Verb Classes, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, February 5-7, 2009. (pdf)

``Dative Verbs and Dative Alternations from a Crosslinguistic Perspective'', Department of Linguistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 18, 2008. This handout supersedes: ``The Crosslinguistic Study of Dative Alternations: A Verb Sensitive Perspective'', with M. Rappaport Hovav, Conference on Ditransitive Constructions, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, November 23-25, 2007. (pdf)

``First Objects and Datives: Two of a Kind?'', Parasession on Theoretical Approaches to Argument Structure, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA, February 10-12, 2006. (pdf)

``Verbs and Constructions: Where Next?'', Western Conference on Linguistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, November 12-14, 2004. (pdf)

The following two, somewhat overlapping, handouts present ongoing research into the sources of object alternations; see also Levin (2006) under ``Unpublished manuscripts'':

With M. Rappaport Hovav. ``Roots and Templates in the Representation of Verb Meaning'', Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, May 15, 2003. (11 pages; pdf)

``Objecthood and Object Alternations'', Department of Linguistics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, May 2, 2003. (13 pages; pdf)

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