Semantics Workshop of the American Midwest and Prairies (SWAMP) is a student-led conference designed primarily to provide an opportunity for graduate students to present original work, collaborate with those from other departments and universities, and hear from leaders within the field of semantics. SWAMP presentations are focused on natural language semantics and related areas such as syntax-semantics interface, pragmatics, philosophy of language, computer science, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and cognitive psychology.

Directions & Transportation

SWAMP 2013 is taking place at the University of Chicago in the Classics building. Transportation details regarding getting to and around campus can be found on the University website, including maps of campus.

Directions to the University can also be found via Google maps.

Public transportation around Chicago is primarily via the CTA — which includes the “L” trains and city buses — and the Metra commuter rail service. The University of Chicago also provides local bus transportation around Hyde Park, which can be tracked here (page also tracks relevant CTA bus lines).

Additional questions regarding transportation and directions can be directed to Mike Pham.


We will try our best to set up crash space for presenters with graduate students at the University of Chicago on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in this, please contact Mike Pham (and include any details or restrictions you may have: i.e. number of crashers, allergies, accessibility, etc).

Because of downtown Chicago’s distance from Hyde Park and the cost of daily cab fare/CTA passes, we encourage speakers who are arranging their own accommodations to first search closer to the area for easier access before searching downtown or elsewhere in the city. Click here for a pdf of suggestions.

Other questions can be directed towards Mike Pham.


All talks will be taking place in Classics 110; click here for directions.

10:00 – 10:35 : Arum Kang (University of Chicago)

 A novel wh-indeterminate in Korean: wh-inka as a marker of referential vagueness

10:35 – 11:10 : Will Nediger (University of Michigan)

Focus Constructions and Condition C

11:10 – 11:30 : break

11:30 – 12:05 : Aidan Gray (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Proper names in the lexicon

12:05 – 12:40 : Eric Snyder (Ohio State University)

Different types of proper names

12:40 – 14:00 : Lunch break

14:00 – 14:35 : Gabriel Roisenberg Rodrigues (Michigan State University)

Evaluative adverbs and use-conditions

14:35 – 15:10 : Helena Aparicio (University of Chicago)

Subset comparatives in Spanish

15:10 – 15:40 : break

15:40 – 16:15 : Ariana Bancu (University of Michigan)

Concreteness of nouns in Romanian-English and Romanian-Spanish code-switching

16:15 – 16:50 : Batia Snir (University of Michigan)

Modified proper names and the structure of individuals

Post-SWAMP party at Chris Kennedy’s house

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