Final call for abstracts: the Second Dynamic Syntax Conference

  • 05 Feb 2018 13:38
    Message # 5718261

    Dates: 17-18th April 2018

    Location: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 11th of February, 2018

    Conference Website:

    Meeting Description: We are pleased to announce that the second Dynamic Syntax conference will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 17-18thApril 2017. The meeting will bring together those using Dynamic Syntax in their research, as well as those interested in the empirical, computational, or theoretical issues surrounding Dynamic Syntax and its use. Example topics include: the syntax-pragmatics interfaceincremental language processing & grammars, dialogue modelling, fragments and ellipsis, quantification, incremental distributional semantics. We especially welcome content that compares other formalisms to Dynamic Syntax (formal properties, problematic phenomena, etc).

    Dynamic Syntax (DS): Whilst there is broad consensus that humans process linguistic input incrementally, in real time, the dynamics of this process are often not reflected in most formal accounts of linguistic knowledge. Dynamic Syntax (Cann et al. 2005, Kempson et al. 2001, 2011) is a grammar formalism that directly models the dynamics of parsing and production in real-time. On this view, linguistic knowledge is the ability to process (parse and produce) language, incrementally, in context, where syntax is recast as sets of constraints on the incremental building up of semantic and contextual representations from words encountered in a string.

    DS Master Class: The conference will also feature a DS 'master class' by Arash Eshghi providing an introduction to the framework, as well as the tools and mechanisms of linguistic analysis.

    Keynote: We are delighted to announce that Prof. Ruth Kempson will deliver the keynote address (title TBC).


    Call for Extended Abstracts: We welcome papers directly employing the tools of Dynamic Syntax, as well as those that engage with issues relating to parsing-based approaches to the representation of natural language, incremental systems of grammar, and/or the syntax-semantics and syntax-pragmatic interfaces.

    Abstract guidelines: Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than 2 A4 pages, including references. The deadline for submissions is 111h of February 2017. We ask for abstracts to be sent in PDF or Word formats to Arash Eshghi ( additional information please contact Arash Eshghi (


    Organisers: Ronnie Cann (University of Edinburgh), Arash Eshghi (Heriot-Watt University), James Reid (University of Edinburgh)

    Programme Committee: Ruth Kempson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Ronnie Cann, Matthew Purver, Christine Howes, Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Matthew Purver, Arash Eshghi, Ronnie Cann, James Reid, Julian Hough, Miriam Bouzouita, Hannah Gibson, Lutz Marten, Jieun Kiaer

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