Volume 25 (2023)

Coyote Papers 25 (2023) served as the proceedings for Arizona Linguistics Circle 16. The theme for ALC16 was "World in Crisis: Linguistics in an ever-changing context", and our invited speakers included Rosemary Beam De Azcona (ENAH, Mexico), Leanne Hinton (University of California), Qing Zhang (University of Arizona) and Chandan Narayan (DLLL, York University, Canada ). These proceedings are single-blind peer reviewed.


If you wish to cite a paper from this volume, we recommend the following format: "Author Name. 2023. Title. Coyote Papers 25: Proceedings of ALC 16: page numbers."


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Al-Ariqy, Mohammed J. (2023). Definite Determiner Alternation in Yemeni Tihami Arabic. [download]

This paper is about the underlying grammar governing sound alternations of the definite determiner in a Yemeni Tihami Arabic variety. I call it OCP m-dialect because of the effect of the Obligatory Contour Principle on the determiner as opposed to other varieties of Tihami Arabic which I talk about in other papers. 


Björklund, Anna. (2023). Acoustic correlates of word-level stress in Garifuna: Tales from digital fieldwork.  [download]

This paper presents acoustic correlates of primary lexical stress in Garifuna (ISO: cab). In keeping with results from sister language Ashaninka, this paper finds duration to be a significant correlate. This paper also describes the methodological challenges associated with conducting phonetic research using consumer-grade equipment due to COVID-19.


Cerqueglini, Letizia. (2023). Spatial Language and Vision: The Geocentric Frame of Reference in Blind Traditional Negev Arabic Speakers. [download]

If conceptualization is predominantly based on sensory experience, the linguistic representations of congenitally blind people should differ substantially from those of sighted speakers. I tested this hypothesis, comparing sighted and congenitally blind Traditional Negev Arabic speakers' linguistic representations of static, projective spatial relations on the horizontal plane.


DeCheng, Adæmrys Chihjen. (2023). Comparative constructions in Taiwanese: The online storyboard elicitation. [download]
This study looks at Taiwanese comparative constructions by ways of on-line storyboard elicitation. This storyboard attempts to collect as many comparatives as possible in a natural condition. This study offers an entire picture of Taiwanese comparatives, which can be compared to the existing literature, and helps future study reanalyze Taiwanese comparatives.
Gejo, Saki. (2023). A Phonetic Vowel Study of Piipaash Language [download]

This is the first phonetic study of Piipaash vowels. Piipaash also known as Maricopa is a Native American language which belongs to the River branch of the Yuman language family. This study aims to document the vowel system of the Piipaash language.


Mullins, Brooke. (2023). The Inauthentic Use of African American English on Instagram[download]

This article examines the usage of African American English (AAE) by non-Black individuals in the comment sections of posts on the social media site Instagram. The author investigates the contexts in which non-Black individuals choose to use AAE and whether the different contexts alters the rate of AAE usage.


VanMeter, Riley. (2023). Sociolinguistic Variation of Se Lo(s) in Mexican Spanish: A Corpus-based Approach to Selosismo in Flux. [download]

This study examines, from a sociolinguistic standpoint, Mexican speech and its non-standard use of "se los/las" to express a plural indirect object and a singular direct object; something that would normatively be expressed as "se lo/la". Statistical and qualitative results suggest that the construction may be stigmatized and decreasing in usage.


Neu, Eva. (2023). Causatives of unergatives in Hindi-Urdu. [download]

The causative alternation is often assumed to be restricted to unaccusatives; however, counterexamples have been attested cross-linguistically. This paper examines direct causatives of unergatives in Hindu-Urdu and demonstrates that they are syntactically simple transitives. This puzzling finding is accounted for by drawing on the phenomenon of variable unaccusativity.


Volume Summary: 

De la Cruz-Sánchez, Gabriela; George-Michael Pescaru; Kegan Reeve; Remo Nitschke; Sumi Lee (eds.), Coyote Papers 25: Proceedings of the Arizona Linguistics Circle 16.