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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Conference programme

The venue for all talks will be the St John's College, see here for details.

Pre-conference talks (Thursday, 4 May 2017)

On Thursday, 4 May 2017, members of the ReCoS programme and the Cambridge linguistics department will present their ongoing research on topics on comparative syntax.

Schedule for Thursday, 4 May 2017 (CamCoS 6 prequel)Palmerston Room, Cripps Building, St John's College

Time Speaker and title

James Baker

How Georgian is (not) like Basque: a comparative case study of split-S languages


Julio Song

Emergent [V] flavors and minimized flexibility of lexical categories


Jamie Douglas

Subject (in) accessibility

15:00–15:30 Break

Kari Kinn

Predicate nouns and nominal structure in Heritage and Non-Heritage Norwegian


Marieke Meelen I've heard: conjunct/disjunct & evidentiality in Tibeto-Burman


Theresa Biberauer, Anders Holmberg & Ian Roberts

Comparative syntax rethought?

Day 1 (Friday, 5 May 2017)

The slots in the main session will consist of 30-minute talks and 10 minutes for questions. The speed session will feature five shorter talks in 60 minutes.

Schedule for Friday, 5 May 2017 (CamCoS 6 day 1)Old Divinity School, St John's College

Time Speaker and title

Rodrigo Ranero (University of Maryland) & Gesoel Mendes (University of Maryland)

Restrictions on Adjunct Extraction: Microvariation in Mayan


Monica Alexandrina Irimia (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) & Cristina Guardiano (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

DOM under comparatives

10:20–10:40 Coffee break

Yosuke Sato (National University of Singapore) & Jian Gang Ngui (National University of Singapore)

Combinatorial Underspecification and the Boundary of Cross-Linguistic Variation


Jooyoung Kim (University of Delaware), Gabriella Hermon (University of Delaware) and Peter Cole (University of Delaware)

WH in Situ: Implicational Universals


Víctor Acedo-Matellán (University of Cambridge) & Cristina Real-Puigdollers (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Talmy, not Snyder: the comparative syntax of creation predicates

12:40–14:00 Lunch break

Byron Ahn (Princeton University)

(In Search of) Universals in Reflexive Syntax


Julie Goncharov (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Monica Alexandrina Irimia (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

Modal comparatives: a cross-linguistic investigation

15:20–15:40 Coffee break

Michelle Yuan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Object agreement and clitic doubling across Inuit: Evidence from Inuktitut ABS objects


Edith Aldridge (University of Washington)

Extraction Competition in Ergative and Accusative Languages

17:00–17:15 Short break

Speed session

Adam Singerman (University of Chicago)

Syntactic disharmony in subordinate clauses in Tupari, a Tupian language of Brazil

Peter Smith (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt) & Sam Issah (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)

Focus in Dagbani and the availability of Resumptive Pronouns

Cora Pots (KU Leuven)

Restructuring non-finite verb clusters in Dutch

Danniel Carvalho (UFBA)

Canonical and non-canonical gender agreement in Brazilian Portuguese

Conference dinner

Day 2 (Saturday, 6 May 2017)

The second day of CamCoS 6 will feature 6 talks by invited speakers. 

Schedule for Saturday, 6 May 2017 (CamCoS 6 day 2)Old Divinity School, St John's College

Time Speaker and title

George Tsoulas (York)

Nominal extended projections: Comparative Syntax and Crosslinguistic Semantics


Andrew Simpson (USC)

Parallels in the structure of phases in clausal and nominal domains

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

Walter Bisang (Mainz)

A historical account of radical pro-drop


Lunch break 


Jason Merchant (Chicago)

On categorizers and selection


Maria Polinsky (Maryland)

Disassembling grammatical architecture: A view from languages in contact


Coffee break


David Adger (QMUL), Caroline Heycock (Edinburgh), Jen Smith (Glasgow) & Gary Thoms (Glasgow)

A tale of two contractions: negative and auxiliary contraction across Scots dialects