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The 19th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference

Conference URL: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/arts/linguistics/digs-19

DiGS is an established international conference, first launched in 1990, which has, until now, alternated between venues in Europe and the Americas (see http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/george.walkden/digs/ for an overview of DiGS’s history). Taking place annually since 2008, with 2009 having produced the first foray beyond Europe and North America (to Brazil), the conference is now widely recognised as a privileged forum for the presentation of research on formal diachronic syntax, combining historical and more broadly comparative investigations of syntactic phenomena from a generative perspective.

In 2016, DiGS will be making (more) history: for the first time in the conference’s now more than a quarter century-long history, it will take place in Africa! South Africa’s Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape are proud to announce the 19th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference (DiGS 19), which will take place in the fairest Cape 5-8 September 2017.

DiGS 19 welcomes submissions on any topic in formal diachronic syntax, but especially encourages research that reports novel linguistic data and/or sheds light on the internal and external sources of language change and the courses that this change can and can’t take. As always, our aim is, on the one hand, to harness diachrony to probe the properties of natural language, and, on the other, to contribute to our understanding of how those properties constrain language change.

As has become traditional, the main conference will be preceded by a themed workshop. The theme of this workshop will be ‘Language Variation and Change in Contact Situations’. Abstracts may be submitted to both the main conference and the workshop.

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Meeting Location:
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Contact Information:
Theresa Biberauer
[email protected]

Meeting Dates:
Sep 5, 2017 to Sep 8, 2017

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 15-Dec-2016 until 17-Feb-2017.

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