Beth Levin

Department of Linguistics
Stanford University

Recent and Forthcoming Presentations:

With L. Glass and D. Jurafsky, ``Corpus Evidence for Systematicity in English Compounds'', Sinn und Bedeutung 19, Göttingen, Germany, September 15-17, 2014.

``The Encoding of Hitting Events Across Languages'', SMircle, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 7, 2014.

``Event Encoding from a Crosslinguistic Perspective: The View from Hitting Events'', Alicante, Conference on Aspect, Lexical Semantics, and Verb Classes, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, March 26-28, 2014.

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

``Argument Realization in a Crosslinguistic Perspective: The View from Hitting Event Descriptions'', University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, May 28, 2013.

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

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.

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

``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.

``The Encoding of Hitting Events: An Investigation into Crosslinguistic Similarities and Divergences'', Berkeley Syntax and Semantics Circle, University of California, Berkeley, CA, September 5, 2012.

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

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

``Verb Classes Within and Across Languages: A View from HItting and Breaking'', Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, September 9, 2011.

With S. Grimm. ``Furniture and Other Functional Aggregates: More and Less Countable than Mass Nouns'', Sinn und Bedeutung 16, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, September 6-8, 2011.

``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.

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

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.

With A. Djalali, S. Grimm, and D. Clausen. ``What Can Be Ground? Noun Type, Constructions, and the Universal Grinder'', SPLaT!, Stanford, CA, January 27, 2011.

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.

``Leaves or Foliage, Mail or Letters: Exploring the Ingredients of Countability'', Interdisciplinary Linguistics Initiative, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, November 23, 2010.

``The Roots of Scalar Change Verbs'', Linguistics Colloquium, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, November 5, 2010.

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

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

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.

``Lexicalized Scales and Verbs of Scalar Change'', 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 8-10, 2010.

``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.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Building Scalar Changes'', Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, March 17, 2010.

``When in Means `into': Implications for a Typology of Motion Events'', Linguistics Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 15, 2009.

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

``Types of Verb Meanings: Manner, Result, but Not Both?'', Conference on Concept Types and Frames, Düsseldorf, Germany, August 24-26, 2009.

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

``The Root: A Key Ingredient in Verb Meaning'', Department of Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin, TX, March 30, 2009.

``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.

``The Anatomy of Verb Meaning'', Setmana Cultural de la Tardor, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, November 13, 2008.

``Facets of Objecthood'', Departamento de Filología Española, Lingüística General y Teoría de la Literatura, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, November 12, 2008.

``Manner/Result Complementarity in Verb Meanings'', Departamento de Filología Española, Lingüística General y Teoría de la Literatura, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, November 11, 2008.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Lexicalized Manner and Result Are in Complementary Distribution'', Twenty-fourth Annual Conference of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, October 26-27, 2008.

``Ingredients of Verb Meaning'', Verb Concepts: Cognitive Science Perspectives on Verb Representation and Processing, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, October 3-4, 2008.

``Unpredicated Particles'', Department of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, October 2, 2008.

``Dative Verbs and Dative Alternations from a Crosslinguistic Perspective'', Department of Linguistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 18, 2008.

``A Constraint on Verb Meanings: Manner/Result Complementarity'', Cognitive Science Department Colloqium Series, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 17, 2008.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``The Crosslinguistic Study of Dative Alternations: A Verb Sensitive Perspective'', Conference on Ditransitive Constructions, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, November 23-25, 2007.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Reflections on the Complementarity of Manner and Result'', Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Humboldt University, Berlin, November 22, 2007.

``Further Explorations of the Landscape of Causation: Comments on the Paper by Alexiadou and Anagnostopoulou'', Workshop on Greek Syntax and Semantics, MIT, Cambridge, MA, May 20-22, 2007.

With B. Estigarribia, ``When under Means `under to': Evidence for Unified Locational Semantics for English prepositions'', 8th Semantics Fest, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, March 16, 2007.

``Dative Verbs: A Crosslinguistic Perspective'', Lexis and Grammar Conference, Palermo, Italy, September 6-9, 2006.

``Dative Verbs across Languages'', University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, September 4, 2006.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Constraints on the Complexity of Verb Meaning'', Workshop on Syntax, Lexicon and Event Structure, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 4-7, 2006.

``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.

With J. Beavers and S.W. Tham, ``The Typology of Motion Events Revisited'', 80th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, January 5-8, 2006.

``One Size Doesn't Fit All: In Support of a Non-Uniform Treatment of Dative Verbs'', Workshop on Issues on the Form and the Interpretation of Argument Structure, 2005 LSA Linguistic Institute, MIT and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, July 1, 2005.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Not All Dative Verbs Are Created Equal'', Twenty-first Annual Conference of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics, The Technion, Haifa, Israel, June 22-23.

``Revisiting Dative Arguments'', Session on Syntax and Semantics of Lexical Predicates, 38th Seoul Linguistics Forum, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, December 10-11, 2004.

``Deconstructing the Thematic Hierarchy'', 38th Seoul Linguistics Forum, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, December 10-11, 2004.

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

With J. Beavers and S.W. Tham, ``A Morphosyntactic Basis for Variation in the Encoding of Motion Events'', Conference on Diversity and Universals in Language: The Consequences of Variation, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, May 21-23, 2004.

``Structuring Semantic Representations'', Department of Linguistics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, July 26, 2004; Center for Language and Speech Processing Seminar Series, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, March 23, 2004.

With A. Koontz-Garboden, ``How Are States Related to Changes of State?'', 78th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, MA, January 8-11, 2004.

``English Object Alternations Revisited'', Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, November 14, 2004; Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, CA, September 15, 2003.

``Inside Verb Meanings'', Cognitive Studies Group, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, October 9, 2003.

With A. Koontz-Garboden, ``The Morphological Typology of Change of State Event Encoding'', 4th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting, Catania, Italy, September 20-23, 2003.

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

``Objecthood and Object Alternations'', Department of Linguistics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, May 2, 2003; Department of Linguistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 11, 2003.

``The Dative Alternation Revisited'', Workshop on Verb Classes and Alternations, Institut für Linguistik/Anglistik, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, January 10-11, 2003.

``The Role of Recipients in the Dative Alternation'', Semantics Circle, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, December 9, 2002.

``Thematic Hierarchies and the Challenges of Argument Linking'', Conference on Semantic Role Universals, Max-Planck-Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany, December 5-7, 2002.

``What Alternates in the Dative Alternation?'', The 2002 Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, Universidad de La Rioja, Logrono, Spain, July 27-28, 2002; Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, June 24-25, 2002; Syntax Workshop, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, November 26, 2001; Colloquium Series, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT, Cambridge, MA, November 9, 2001; Colloque de Syntaxe et Sémantique de Paris '01, Université de Paris VII, Paris, France, October 4-6, 2001.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Change of State Verbs: Implications for Theories of Argument Projection'', 28th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, CA, February 15-18, 2002.

With Malka Rappaport Hovav, ``Polysemy, Monosemy, and the Dative Alternation'', Workshop on Verbs, Arguments, and Polysemy, University of Konstanz, Germany, July 23-25, 2001.

With C. Kennedy, ``Telicity Corresponds to Degree of Change'', 75th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC, January 4-7, 2001.

With Malka Rappaport Hovav, ``Another Perspective on the Aspectual Determinants of Argument Expression'', International Round Table on The Syntax of Tense and Aspect, Paris, France, November 16-18, 2000; Workshop on the Syntax of Aspect, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel, June 18-20, 2001.

``The Anatomy of Verb Meanings'', Department of Linguistics, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, October 27, 2000.

``Aspectual Determinants of Argument Expression'', Department of Linguistics, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, October 26, 2000.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Resolving Thematic Hierarchy Conflicts'', Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics, University of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 12-13, 2000.

``What Is a Complex Event?'', Linguistics Emeritus Lecture, Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, June 2, 2000.

``Linguistic Research in the Digital Age'', Lexicography and Linguistics in the Digital Age: A Symposium in Honor of the Oxford English Dictionary Online Edition, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 20, 2000.

``Aspect, Lexical Semantic Representation, and Argument Expression'', Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, March 24, 2000; Parasession on Aspect, 26th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA, February 18-21, 2000.

``The Bipartite Nature of Verb Meaning'', Cognitive Science Brown Lunch, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, March 24, 2000.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Is There a `Right' Thematic Hierarchy? Towards a Resolution of Conflicting Formalisms'', Semantics Fest, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, March 10, 2000.

``The Anatomy of Verb Meanings (or Why Clambering Is Like Clattering)'', Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, March 1, 2000.

With S. Wright, ``Unspecified Object Contexts with Activity and Change of State Verbs'', 74th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, IL, January 6-10, 2000.

``A Bipartite View of Verb Meaning'', Stanford Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop on the Construction of Meaning, Department of Linguistics, Stanford, University, Stanford, CA, December 10, 1999.

``The Distribution of English Resultative Phrases: A Matter of Syntax or Semantics?'', Workshop on the Nature of Explanation in Linguistic Theory, Department of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego, CA, December 3-5, 1999.

``Objecthood: An Event Structure Perspective'', Hebrew University, Jerusalem, October 18, 1999; 35th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 22-24, 1999.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``Reevaluating the Direct Object Restriction on English Resultatives'', Colloque de Syntaxe et Sémantique de Paris '99, Université de Paris VII, Paris, France, October 7-9, 1999.

``The Compositionality Question: An Introduction'', Workshop on Constructions, LSA Summer Linguistic Institute, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, June 30, 1999.

``Two Structures for Compositionally Derived Events'', 9th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, February 19-21, 1999.

With J. Hay and C. Kennedy, ``Scalar Structure and Telicity in Degree Achievements'', 9th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, February 19-21, 1999.

``The Components of Verb Meanings'', 22nd National Congress of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies, University of Lléida, Lléida, Spain, December 17-19, 1998.

``Building Verb Meanings'', Universidad Nacional de Educaci'on a Distancia, Madrid, Spain, December 15, 1998; Institut Universitari de Linguistica Aplicada, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, December 14, 1998; UDOG Project Spring Seminar, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2, 1997.

``Resultatives, Temporal Constituency, and Event Complexity'', Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, November 20, 1998.

``The Composition of Verb Meanings'', Workshop on the Lexicon: Second Penn/MIT Roundtable, MIT, Cambridge, MA, November 9-10, 1998.

``The Building Blocks of Verb Meaning'', Fourth International Linguistics and Phonetics Conference, Center for Cognitive Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 15-20, 1998; Special Session on Lexical Representation and Sentence Comprehension, 1998 CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 19-21, 1998.

``Comments on the Papers by Ameka, Essegbey, Kita, and Wittek'', Workshop on Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure: Implications for Learnability, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 26-29, 1998.

``Linguistic Relativity and Compositionality: Comments on the Papers by Croft and Pedersen'', Workshop on Whither Whorf: Investigating Linguistic Effects on Cognition, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, May 28-31, 1998.

``Resultatives: An Event Structure Perspective'', Workshop on Unaccusativity, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Humboldt University, Berlin, May 22-24.

``On the Internal Structure of Complex Events'', Linguistics Colloquium, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, May 4, 1998.

With G. Song, ``A Compositional Approach to the Expression of Motion Events'', 72nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, New York, NY, January 8-11, 1998.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``On the Nature of Complex Events'', Conference on Semantics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, December 14-16, 1997.

With M. Rappaport Hovav, ``What Is a Complex Event? Insight from the Expression of Goals in English'', Working Group on Semantics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, September 11, 1997.

``Encoding Events Across Languages'', ROCLING 10, Taipei, August 22-24, 1997.

``What Kinds of Linguistic Phenomena Motivate Components of Lexical Semantic Representations'', Workshop on Events as Grammatical Objects, LSA Summer Linguistic Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 26-27, 1997.

``Parcelling Out and Packaging Up Verb Meanings'', Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, May 30, 1997.

With W. Thompson, ``The Semantics of English Derived Change-of-State Verbs'', Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language Conference 3: Cognition and Function in Language, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 24-26, 1997.

``Two Facets of Verb Meaning: The Structural and the Idiosyncratic'', UMIACS Computational Linguistics Colloquium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, May 2, 1997.

``Two Ways to a Goal: On the Expression of Motion in English'', University of Illinois, Urbana, April 10, 1997.


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