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Mon Apr 22 2013

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Date: 22-Apr-2013
From: Jenneke van der Wal <>
Subject: 2nd Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference
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2nd Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference Short Title: CamCoS 2

Date: 10-May-2013 - 11-May-2013 Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Contact: Theresa Biberauer Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

The ERC project ‘Rethinking Comparative Syntax’ presents the 2nd Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference (CamCoS 2).

After the success of CamCoS 1 earlier this year (see, we are happy to announce CamCoS 2, which will be a two-day event running 10-11 May 2013. The first day will have a general comparative generative syntax focus, while the second day takes the same theme-oriented, invited-speaker format as CamCoS 1.

The theme for CamCoS 2 is ‘Focus’, with our central question being ‘How can we know whether focus is represented in the narrow syntax?’

The invited speakers are:

Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam)
David Beaver (University of Texas at Austin)
Daniel Büring (University of Vienna)
Aritz Irurtzun (CNRS)
Ad Neeleman and Hans van de Koot (University College London)
Stavros Skopeteas (University of Bielefeld)
Susanne Winkler (University of Tübingen)

Conference Program:

Thursday, 9 May 2013 - pre-conference ReCoS presentations

Venue: Old Library, Darwin College

17.00 - 17.15
Ian Roberts
Introduction to ReCoS

17.15 - 18.00
Jenneke van der Wal
Features of discourse-configurationality

18.00 - 18.30

18.30 - 19.15
Tim Bazalgette TBA

19.15 - 20.00
Theresa Biberauer
Predicate doubling and the representation of [focus] and [topic]

Friday, 10 May 2013

Venue: Keynes Hall, King’s College

8.15 - 9.00
Registration and Coffee

9.00 - 9.40
Mara Frascarelli and Ángel Jiménez-Fernández
Focus fronting and specificity effects at the discourse-grammar interface

9.40 - 10.20
Ekaterina Chernova
What moves where in Slavic languages: Rethinking a Q-based theory

10.20 - 11.00
Piotr Cegowski
Two facets of non-obligatory control; the case of gerundive complements in Polish

11.00 - 11.20
Coffee break

11.20 - 12.00
George Walkden and Anne Breitbarth
Sociolinguistic typology and syntactic complexity

12.00 - 12.40
John C. Wakefield
Comparing the syntax of discourse particles: Segmental vs. suprasegmental

12.40 - 14.00
Lunch break

14.00 - 14.40
Norma Schifano, University of Cambridge
Micro-variation in the verbal domain: Evidence from Romance

14.40 - 15.20
Troy Messick, University of Connecticut
Does competition play a role in MaxElide?

15.20 - 15.40
Coffee break

15.40 - 16.20
Jacek Witkoš, Adam Mickiewicz University
Parametrizing subject and object control

16.20 - 17.00
Gary Thoms and George Walkden
VP preposing and the PBC

Poster session and drinks in the Munby Room

Gréte Anna Dalmi
The feature geometry of 3SG generic subjects vs. 3SG referential subjects

David Erschler
Clause-internal complementizers and phonological lowering: Evidence from Ossetic

Orsolya Tánczos
From head-final to head-initial: The intermediate state of the Udmurt language

Conference dinner at The Vaults

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Venue: Keynes Hall, King’s College

8.30 - 9.00

9.00 - 10.00
Daniel Büring, University of Vienna
F-Markers and F-Projection

10.00 - 11.00
Aritz Irurtzun, CNRS
Focus on the architecture of grammar

11.00 - 11.30
Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30
Ad Neeleman and Hans van de Koot, University College London
Towards a unified encoding of contrast and scope

12.30 - 14.00
Lunch break

14.00 - 15.00
Enoch Aboh, University of Amsterdam
Information structure: The cartographic way

15.00 - 16.00
Stavros Skopeteas, University of Bielefeld
Focus expression and language change: From V-final to V-initial

16.00 - 16.30
Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30
Susanne Winkler, University of Tübingen
Focus and ellipsis: An empirical study of complex sluicing

17.30 - 18.30
David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
Focus, alternatives, questions

For registration information, please see:

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