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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Conference programme

Pre-conference talks (Thursday, 8 May 2014)

On Thursday, 8 May 2014, members of the ReCoS programme and the Cambridge linguistics department will present their ongoing research on topics on comparative syntax. The venue for these talks is The Old Library in Darwin College, Silver Street Cambridge CB3 9EU (map; see Conference venue for details).

You can download a PDF version of the programme.

Schedule for Thursday, 8 May 2014 (CamCoS 3 pre-conference talks)
Time Speaker and title

Ian Roberts

The ReCoS project: An introduction


Theresa Biberauer and Freddy Hu

Chinese particles revisited: Implications for the typology of syntactic categories

15:30–16:00 Coffee break

David Willis

Variation and change in modals and negative concord in Welsh dialect syntax


Georg Höhn

Of articles, person markers and anchoring: Some initial thoughts

17:30–18:00 Refreshment break

Anders Holmberg

Principled compounding



Day 1 (Friday, 9 May 2014)

The general session takes place in GR-06/07 in the English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP (map; see Conference venue for details) from 9:00 to 18:30. There will be eight talks followed by a “speed session”.

The slots in the main session will consist of 30-minute talks and 10 minutes for questions. The slots in the speed session will consist of 5-minute statements of empirical problems followed by 5 minutes of questions.

Schedule for Friday, 9 May 2014 (CamCoS 3 day 1)
Time Speaker and title

Ricardo Etxepare (IKER UMR5478)

The Microparameter in Basque Participial Periphrases


Anna Pineda (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

English-like Applicatives in Romance and Basque

10:20–10:40 Coffee break

Pilar Barbosa (University of Minho)

pro as minimal NP


Sonia Cyrino (University of Campinas) and Maria Teresa Espinal (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

On the Morphosyntax of bare nominals in Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan and Spanish


Adriana Fasanella (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Distributional configuration of morphs results in fusional and agglutinative patterns

12:40–14:00 Lunch break

Mara Frascarelli (University of Rome 3) and Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández (University of Seville)

Is there any room for discourse in imperatives?


Steve Nicolle (Canada Institute of Linguistics)

Obligatory and optional left-dislocation topics in eastern Bantu languages

15:20–15:40 Coffee break

Júlia Bácskai-Atkári (University of Potsdam)

Comparative Deletion and Comparative Clause Formation Cross-Linguistically


Adriana Fasanella and Jordi Fortuny (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Morphological parameters and syntactic bootstrapping

17:00–17:30 Refreshment break, with wine sponsored by Cambridge University Press

Speed session

Tonjes Veenstra (ZAS Berlin)

An African perspective on clause typing and embedded questions

Seid Tvica (University of Amsterdam)

There will always be number!

Sameerah Saeed (Newcastle University)

Place Domain Adpositions: A Comparative Study

Trang Phan (University of Ghent)

Is there a null D in articleless languages?

Day 2 (Saturday, 10 May 2014)

The second day of CamCoS 3 will feature 6 talks by invited speakers. The venue will again be GR-06/07 in the English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP (map; see Conference venue for details).

Schedule for Saturday, 10 May 2014 (CamCoS 3 day 2)
Time Speaker and title

Phil Branigan (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Cavalier head-movement and verbal morphology in Slavic and Algonquian grammars and the structure of parametric variation


Dunstan Brown (University of York; joint work with Marina Chumakina, University of Surrey)

Rethinking adposition agreement: the Archi postposition eq'en

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

Nigel Duffield (Konan University)

`Shake Can Well...(What?)': Multifunctionality, Semantic Syntax and the Right Periphery in Vietnamese Questions

12:30–14:00 Lunch break

Iris Berent (Northeastern University)

Language universals: A view from phonology


Hagit Borer (Queen Mary University of London)

Categorizing Roots


Coffee break


Daniel Harbour (Queen Mary University of London)

Phi-sec: person > number