S-Side Story is a group that discusses the exciting developments in syntactic research and its interfaces. Since June 2021, S-Side Story has taken over the former Syntax+. Given the increasing amount of interest and work in semantics and the interface with morphology, but also psycholinguistics, the plus sign was too underspecified to capture everything. The new name aims to represent the multifaceted research interests of the group while still maintining syntax at its core.

We hold regular meetings for students and faculty members to present their research projects and get feedback. Occassionally, we have special talks given by invited speakers.

All topics which are of relevance to syntax, semantics, and their interfaces are welcome. If you want to schedule a presentation at S-Side Story or want to be added to the mailing list, please contact Nelli Marutyan (nmarutya@usc.edu) or Yaqing Hu (yaqinghu@usc.edu).

Check our schedule for the new semester below:
August 30th, Wednesday
Presenter: Elango Kumaran
Topic: Prioritizing Non-Portmanteau Agreement in Karuk

September 6th, Wednesday
Presenter: Khalil Iskarous
Topic: A Tutorial on Hopf Algebras as a Foundation of the “New” Minimalism

September 13th, Wednesday
Presenter: Hilda Koopman (UCLA)
Title: A Merge-based Account of Mandarin V1V2 Clusters

September 20th, Wednesday
NELS 2023 Abstract Review and Discussion

September 27th, Wednesday
Presenter: Nelli Marutyan
Title: The Distribution of the Armenian Auxiliary

Ocotober 4th, Wednesday
Presenter: Travis Major
Title: Clausal Adjunction and Extraction in Avatime

Ocotober 11th, Wednesday
Presenter: Deniz Rudin

Ocotober 18th, Wednesday
Presenter: Yaqing Hu
Title: Do Chinese bi-comparatives have a Degree Phrase?

October 25th, Wednesday
Presenters: Andrew Simpson and Yaqing Hu
Title: Numerals, Classifiers, and Specificity in Lalo Yi

November 1st, Wednesday
Presenter: Zhendong Liu
Title: Cyclic A’-movement in Swahili Relative Clauses

November 8th, Wednesday
Presenter: Mete Oguz
Title: TBA