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Wed Sep 26 2018

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Linguistic Theories, Syntax/USA

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Date: 22-Sep-2018
From: Elly van Gelderen <>
Subject: Diachronic Generative Syntax
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Full Title: Diachronic Generative Syntax
Short Title: DiGS

Date: 05-Jun-2019 - 07-Jun-2019
Location: Tempe, AZ, USA
Contact Person: Elly van Gelderen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2018

Meeting Description:

Diachronic Generative Syntax (DIGS21, 5-7 June 2019)
and pre-DIGS Workshop (4 June 2019)

The Diachronic Generative Syntax conference is an international meeting organized annually for linguists interested in syntactic change from a generative perspective. The conference has been a forum for the presentation and discussion of current research in formal diachronic syntax for more than 20 years. The first DiGS conference was held in 1990, and the conference alternates between venues in Europe and the American continent.

Call for Papers:

The 21st Diachronic Generative Syntax conference (DiGS21) will be hosted at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, on 5-7 June 2019. As typical for DIGS, there will be a pre-DIGS Workshop on 4 June 2019. The topic of the Workshop is Comparative Morpho-Syntax of the Indigenous Languages of North and Central America.

DiGS21 welcomes submissions on any topic in formal diachronic syntax, but especially encourages research that presents novel historical syntactic data and/or sheds light on the internal and external sources of language variation and change, and the paths that syntactic change follows.

There is a separate call for papers for the workshop. The theoretical framework for the workshop is open.

Keynote speakers:

Pamela Munro, University of California, Los Angeles, for the pre-DIGS Workshop
Paul Kiparsky, Stanford University, DIGS
Will Oxford, University of Manitoba, DIGS
Bridget Samuels, University of Southern California, DIGS

Abstracts for DIGS are invited for 30-minute presentations (followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or for 10-minute short talks (followed by 10 minutes of discussion) on any aspect of diachronic syntax. The short talks are instead of a poster session.

Abstracts must not exceed two pages in length, including examples and references (12 pt font). Submission is limited to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract per author, or two co-authored abstracts, whether it is for the main conference or for the workshop, or both. Abstracts must be anonymous.

Abstracts for DIGS may be submitted through EasyChair at:

Abstracts for the workshop (see separate cfp) should be sent to

Registration details: TBA
Deadline for submission: 15 December 2018; notification of acceptance: 31 January 2019
Organizing Committee: Elly van Gelderen, Johanna Wood, Angela Schrader, and William Kruger.

If you have questions or comments, please contact

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