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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

CamCoS 8 (Cambridge Comparative Syntax)

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. The theme for this year's conference is 'Comparative perspectives on phases' (see here for the Full Call).

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 Linguistic 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)




Please register for the conference here.

Early bird registration closes on Friday 26 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 26 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 Thursday 2 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

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 (

A single individual may submit no more than two abstracts, of which only one can be single-authored (two co-authored submissions are also fine).

The submission deadline is Thursday, 31 January 2019.

For more information, please contact Theresa Biberauer ( or Michelle Sheehan (