West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics

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The West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, or WCCFL (pronounced /ˈwɪkfəl/) is an annual linguistics conference, usually held in the spring, at an institution in western North America. Presentations can focus on any aspect of natural language analysis, including, but not limited to, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse structure.

WCCFL was first held in 1982. Proceedings for conferences 4-17 were published by the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford (CSLI); proceedings for conferences 18 and beyond have appeared with Cascadilla Press.

The years in which WCCFL has been held are listed below, together with the host institution and the invited speakers (where this information is available or applicable).

WCCFL # Year Location Invited Speaker (if available)
1 1982 Stanford
2 1983 University of Southern California
3 1984 UC Santa Cruz
4 1985 UC Los Angeles
5 1986 University of Washington
6 1987 University of Arizona
7 1988 UC Irvine
8 1989 University of British Columbia
9 1990 Stanford
10 1991 Arizona State University
11 1992 UC Los Angeles
12 1993 UC Santa Cruz
13 1994 UC San Diego
14 1995 University of Southern California
15 1996 UC Irvine
16 1997 University of Washington
17 1998 University of British Columbia
18 1999 University of Arizona
19 2000 UC Los Angeles John McCarthy (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Richard Kayne (New York University)

20 2001 University of Southern California
21 2002 UC Santa Cruz Joe Pater (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)
Irene Heim (MIT)

22 2003 UC San Diego Mary Beckman (OSU)

Tom Wasow (Stanford University)
Doug Pulleyblank (University of British Columbia)

23 2004 UC Davis Georgia Green (UIUC)

Robert Kluender (UCSD)
José Hualde (UIUC)

24 2005 Simon Fraser University Bruce Hayes (UCLA)

Mark Steedman (Edinburgh)
Rose-Marie Déchaine (UBC)

25 2006 University of Washington James McCloskey (UCSC)

Maria Polinsky (UCSD)
Douglas Pulleyblank (UBC)

26 2007 Berkeley Adam Albright (MIT)

Lyn Frazier (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft)

27 2008 UC Los Angeles Hagit Borer (USC)

Elliott Moreton (UNC)

Liina Pylkkänen (NYU)

28 2010 University of Southern California Richard Kayne (NYU)

Sun-Ah Jun (UCLA)
David Beaver (UT Austin)
Duane Watson (University of Illinois)
Adamantios Gafos. T (Haskins/Yale)

29 2011 University of Arizona Susanne Gahl (University of California, Berkeley)

Norvin Richards (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Tom Bever (University of Arizona)

30 2012 UC Santa Cruz Jeffrey Lidz (University of Maryland)

Christopher Potts (Stanford University)
Kie Zuraw (UCLA)

31 2013 Arizona State University Diana Archangeli (University of Arizona)

Hilda Koopman (UCLA)
Lisa Matthewson (UBC)

32 2014 University of Southern California Sabine Iatridou (MIT)

Jon Sprouse (University of Connecticut)
Yael Sharvit (UCLA)
Jaye Padgett (UCSC)

33 2015 Simon Fraser University Kyle Johnson (UMass, Amherst)
Heather Goad (McGill)
Matt Wagers (UCSC)
34 2016 University of Utah Colin Phillips (University of Maryland)
Sam Epstein (University of Michigan)
Rachel Walker (USC)
35 2017 University of Calgary Elan Dresher (University of Toronto)
Heidi Harley (University of Arizona)
Keir Moulton (Simon Fraser University)

Neil Banerjee (MIT, invited student speaker)

36 2018 University of California, Los Angeles
37 2019 tba
38 2020 tba
39 2021 University of Arizona (tentative)
40 2022 tba