LINGUIST List 30.464

Tue Jan 29 2019

Calls: Syntax/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 25-Jan-2019
From: Theresa Biberauer <>
Subject: 8th Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference
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Full Title: 8th Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference
Short Title: CamCoS 8

Date: 02-May-2019 - 04-May-2019
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Theresa Biberauer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2019

Meeting Description:

After the success of the seven previous CamCoS conferences (see:, we are delighted to announce CamCoS 8, which will again be co-hosted by the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.

This 2.5-day conference will take place at St John's College in Cambridge 2-4 May 2019. The first half-day, which is co-organised with the Cambridge Linguistics Forum, will feature talks by local researchers, and our invited speaker, Prof. Susi Wurmbrand. The remaining two days will follow the usual 2-day conference format, with both peer-reviewed and invited-speaker presentations focusing on the conference theme and also on comparative syntax more generally.

The invited speakers for CamCoS 8 are:

Ángel Gallego (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Doreen Georgi (Potsdam)
Coppe van Urk (Queen Mary, University of London)
Susi Wurmbrand (Vienna/Harvard)

2nd Call for Papers:

The theme of this year's conference is 'Comparative perspectives on phases'.

For full details of the Call, see

Some of the kinds of comparative questions that we would like to discuss at CamCoS 8 include:

- What phrases count as phases?
- How dynamic are phases? Is there an upper/lower limit on them?
- Is this subject to variation across languages? If so, how is this variation signalled? And what are the implications for acquisition, on the one hand, and change on the other?
- Which version of the PIC is correct, if either?
- Are passive/unaccusative vPs also phasal?
- How can phases account for movement restrictions?
- How do phases work in instances of long-distance A-dependencies such as agreement and restructuring phenomena such as long passivisation?

Abstract submission details:

Given this year’s ‘Phases’ theme, we particularly invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations with a comparatively oriented focus on phases. In addition, we also welcome abstracts on any topic in comparative generative syntax. As always, we are particularly interested in papers explicitly addressing parametric issues and/or offering comparative analyses (synchronic or diachronic) of previously un(der)studied varieties and/or phenomena, and papers concerned with “bigger picture” questions, such as what insights modern comparative generative syntax might offer in relation to linguistic typology, syntax-interface mappings, and our understanding of language as a cognitive system. We also encourage papers concerned with methodologies for modern comparative generative syntax.

Anonymous abstracts should not exceed two pages (12-point Times New Roman font, with single spacing and margins of at least 2.54cm/1 inch), including examples and references. They should be uploaded in pdf format via EasyAbstracts (

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