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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Conference programme

You can download the full programme and the abstracts here.

Pre-conference talks (Thursday, 7 May 2014)

On Thursday, 7 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 Keynes Hall, King's College (King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST, map).

Schedule for Thursday, 7 May 2015 (CamCoS 4 prequel)
Time Speaker and title

Ian Roberts



Teresa Parodi

Phi-features and null arguments in language acquisition

14:50–15:20 Coffee break

András Bárány

An Agree-based approach to variation in differential object marking


Jenneke van der Wal

Rethinking defective Goals: Bantu object marking as driven by incomplete nominals


Refreshment break


Alison Biggs (University of Oxford)

Features and the typology of radical pro


Michelle Sheehan

On the lack of consistency across (Romance) consistent null subject languages

Day 1 (Friday, 8 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 7-minute statements of empirical problems followed by 3 minutes of questions.

Clicking on a title will take you to the abstract for that talk.

Schedule for Friday, 8 May 2015 (CamCoS 4 day 1)
Time Speaker and title

Marit Julien (Lund University)

Transitivity alternations in North Sámi


Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen)

Left and right: explaining FOFC and the left position of specifiers without the LCA

10:20–10:40 Coffee break

Will Harwood and Tanja Temmerman (CRISSP/KU Leuven)

Pushing the Boundaries: idioms and phrases in Dutch dialects and English


Maria Luisa Zubizarreta and Roumyana Pancheva (University of Southern California)

The Romance PCC and the Split-inflection in Paraguayan Guaraní. A Common Analysis


Ciro Greco, Trang Phan and Liliane Haegeman (Ghent University)

Optional expletives in Radical Null Subject Languages and the syntax of Specificity

12:40–14:00 Lunch break

Mara Frascarelli (Università degli Studi Roma Tre) and Ángel Jiménez-Fernández (University of Seville)

Partial pro-drop at the interfaces: A comparative analysis


Yosuke Sato (National University of Singapore)

Argument Ellipsis and Discourse-Agreement Features: A Southeast Asian Perspective

15:20–15:40 Coffee break

Kari Kinn (University of Oslo)

Deletion of phiPs in Old Norwegian


Sandhya Sundaresan (University of Leipzig)

The finiteness-pro-drop generalization

17:00–17:30 Refreshment break

Speed session

Vassilios Spyropoulos (University of Athens)

Null-subject + case = pro and not PRO. Evidence from Greek

Myung-Kwan Park and Euiyon Cho (Dongguk University)

Towards An NP/N'-Substitute Analysis of the Null Argument in Japanese and Korean (alternate 1)

Zuzanna Fuchs (Harvard University)

Null Arguments and Variation in the Availability of Coordinated-WH Questions (alternate 2)

Francesco Costantini (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

Pragmatic and semantic factors affecting the interpretation of subject pronouns in subjunctive clauses

Hans-Martin Gärtner (HAS-RIL, Budapest)

On Mood Shift and Narrow V2 in Icelandic


Conference dinner at Zizzi, Bene't Street, CB2 3QN Cambridge (map)

Day 2 (Saturday, 9 May 2015)

The second day of CamCoS 4 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, 9 May 2015 (CamCoS 4 day 2)
Time Speaker and title

Martina Wiltschko (University of British Columbia)

The (not so) silent syntax of speech acts and their participants: A comparative perspective


Ruth Kramer (Georgetown University)

The Morphosyntax of Gender and Number: The View from Distributed Morphology

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

Maia Duguine (University of the Basque Country)

Unifying null arguments on two levels

12:30–14:00 Lunch break

Pilar Barbosa (University of Minho)

Can pro be reduced to a minimal nP?


Shigeru Miyagawa (MIT)

Pro-drop, E-type pronoun, and Agreement


Coffee break


Mamoru Saito (Nanzan University)

Case for Labeling: A Case Study in a Language without f-feature Agreement