LINGUIST List 27.1747

Thu Apr 14 2016

Confs: Historical Ling, Syntax/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 14-Apr-2016
From: Anne Breitbarth <>
Subject: Diachronic Generative Syntax 18
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Diachronic Generative Syntax 18
Short Title: DiGS 18

Date: 29-Jun-2016 - 01-Jul-2016
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact: Anne Breitbarth
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

DiGS18 (Diachronic Generative Syntax) will be held in Ghent from 29 June—1 July 2016, and is jointly organized by the research groups DiaLing and GIST at the Department of Linguistics of Ghent University. DiGS18 will be preceded by a workshop on ‘The Determinants of Diachronic Stability’ on 28 June 2015.

Invited Speakers (DiGS18):

Elly van Gelderen (Arizona State University)
Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge)
Cecilia Poletto (University of Frankfurt)


We are happy to announce that the programme for the 18th Diachronic Generative Syntax conference (DiGS 18) is now available online:

The Diachronic Generative Syntax conference is an international meeting organized annually for linguists interested in syntactic change from a generative perspective. The 18th instalment of DiGS will be held at Ghent University from June 29 until July 1, and is organized by members of the research groups DiaLing and GIST.

All practical information concerning the event can be found at

We would also like to draw your attention to a one day workshop on ‘The determinants of diachronic stability’ which takes place right before DiGS, on June 28. All information regarding this workshop, including a preliminary programme, can be found at

Registration for both events is now open: an online registration form can be accessed at

We hope to welcome you in Ghent!

The organizing committee,

Miriam Bouzouita
Anne Breitbarth
Lieven Danckaert
Melissa Farasyn
Liliane Haegeman
Elisabeth Witzenhausen

Wednesday, 29 June 2016



Invited speaker: Ioanna Sitaridou
Word Order in Old Spanish: V2 or non-V2?

10:10-10:30 Coffee break

Alexandra Simonenko, Benoit Crabbé and Sophie Prévost
Taraldsen’s Generalisation in Medieval French

George Walkden
Null subjects and null D: the evidence from diachrony

Kari Kinn
Bare singular nouns in Middle Norwegian
12:30-13:30 Lunch break

Poster session I:

- Rose-Marie Dechaine, Monique Dufresne and Mireille Tremblay
Featural specification of (in)definiteness and number in Old French D

- Aaron Ecay
How changes change: the case of do-support

- Rok Žaucer and Franc Marušič
The modal cycle vs. negation

- Matthew Maddox
Grammaticalization of Reflexive Se From Latin to Spanish: An Object Agreement Cycle

- Pablo Faria and Charlotte Galves
Annotation systems and automatic processing: a tight connection

Jorge Vega Vilanova, Mario Navarro and Susann Fischer
The Clitic Doubling cycle. A diachronic reconstruction

Gabriela Alboiu and Virginia Hill
Cliticization of AUX and the Shift from SVO to VSO in the History of Romanian

16:20-16:50 Coffee break

Laura Grestenberger
A “participle cycle”? The diachronic morphosyntax of Greek participles

Eric Fuß
Hand in hand or each on one’s own? On the connection between morphological and syntactic change

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Invited speaker: Elly van Gelderen
Problems of Projection and Historical Linguistics

10:00-10:20 Coffee break

Johan Brandtler and David Håkansson
Heading North. The syntactic status of Swedish negation

Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal and Karen De Clercq
The development of an external negator: the Eastern Aramaic negative polarity particle lāw

Heather Burnett and Sali Tagliamonte
Using Cross-linguistic Evidence to Ground Morpho-Syntactic Change: No/Not…any variation in the History of English

12:20-13:30 Lunch break

Poster session II:

- Karen De Clercq
Feature Conservation: French Negation Revisited

- Afra Pujol I Campeny
V1 in Old Catalan

- Anna Bartra
De-constructing Passives from a Diachronic Perspective

- Judy Bernstein, Francisco Ordóñez and Francesc Roca
On the emergence of personal articles in the history of Catalan

- Moreno Mitrović
The Great Quantifier Shift

Achim Stein, Carola Trips and Richard Ingham
The role of French in the rise of the recipient passive in Middle English: can structural Case be borrowed?

Veronika Hegedűs
Changing copulas and the case of Hungarian prenominal PPs

16:20-16:50 Coffee break

Melissa Farasyn
Agreement chains in Middle Low German relative clauses

Metin Bagriacik and Lieven Danckaert
On the Emergence of Prenominal and Postnominal Relative Clauses in Pharasiot Greek

19:30 Conference dinner

Friday, 1 July 2016

Invited speaker: Cecilia Poletto
The relative cycle: how grammaticalization (does not) work

10:00-10:20 Coffee break

Andrea Ceolin et al.
Parametric history and population diversity

Cristina Guardiano et al.
Probing the vertical and horizontal signal of parametric syntax

Henri Kauhanen and George Walkden
A production bias model of the Constant Rate Effect

12:20-13:30 Lunch break

Poster session III

- Ana Maria Martins
Grammars in competition or one single grammar? Textual evidence for non-prestige grammars

- Montserrat Batllori, Elisabeth Gibert and Isabel Pujol
Changes in the event structure of psych verbs in the history of Spanish

- Kersti Börjars and John Payne
Modifiers and definiteness marking in Old Norse: and LFG analysis

- Daniel Bell
Contact-induced grammaticalization in the Amdo Sprachbund

- Alison Biggs
The Path to Directed Manner of Motion

Susan Pintzuk and Aaron Ecay
The dating of Beowulf revisited: investigating the syntax of Old English poetry

Andreas Blümel and Marco Coniglio
What kind of constructions yield what kind of constructions?

16:20-16:50 Coffee break

Jacopo Garzonio and Silvia Rossi
Structural deficiency across phases: oblique pronouns in Old Tuscan varieties

Marieke Meelen
The origin of Middle Welsh V2 orders

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