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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

CamCoS 7 (Cambridge Comparative Syntax) 

After the success of the six previous CamCoS conferences (see:, we are delighted to announce CamCoS 7, 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 10–12 May 2018. The first half-day will feature talks by local researchers. This will be followed by a full-day general session on comparative generative syntax, for which abstracts are solicited (see below). The final day of the conference will centre on the presentations of our eminent invited speakers.

The invited speakers for CamCoS 7 are:

  • Adriana Belletti (Geneva & Siena)
  • Liliane Haegeman (Ghent)
  • Hazel Pearson (QMUL)
  • Pritty Patel-Grosz (Oslo)
  • Nina Radkevich (York)
  • George Walkden (Konstanz) 



Please register for the conference here

Early bird registration closes on Friday 27 April.

Registration costs (NB: Thursday afternoon is free, but do please register even if you only plan to attend on Day 1 so that we can cater appropriately)

Early bird rates

  • Waged: £50 for the whole conference, or £30 per day
  • Student/unwaged: £15 for the whole conference, or £10 per day

Rates after 27 April

  • Waged: £80 for the whole conference, or £40 per day

  •  Student/unwaged: £30 for the whole conference, or £20 per day

NB: The registration form also includes a CONFERENCE DINNER option. If you plan to join us for dinner at Downing College on Friday 11 May, please ensure that you also select the relevant options on the registration form. There are limited spaces for dinner -- approx. 40 in total.



The programme can be found here.


Call for papers 

For the general comparative syntax session, we invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations on any topic in comparative generative syntax. We particularly welcome 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 (

The submission deadline is Sunday, 14 January 2018.

For more information, please contact Theresa Biberauer (


Conference organisers 

Theresa Biberauer (University of Cambridge)

Norma Schifano (University of Cambridge)

Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University)

Jamie Douglas (University of Cambridge)

Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)