Final call for papers for CamCoS 9 New (in honour of Anders Holmberg)

  • 08 Jan 2020 09:40
    Message # 8514622
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CamCoS 9 New (Cambridge Comparative Syntax in Newcastle)

    After the success of the eight previous CamCoS conferences (see:, we are delighted to announce CamCoS 9 New, which will be coorganised by Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Cambridge and Newcastle University, and hosted at Newcastle University in honour of Anders Holmberg’s retirement. The theme for this year's conference is ‘Where is the variation: syntax or PF?’ (for the full call see here).

    The 9th Cambridge Comparative Syntax conference (CamCoS 9 New) will take place in Newcastle (UK), 30th April-2nd May 2020. The first half-day will feature talks by former colleagues and students of Anders Holmberg and our invited speaker, Professor Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson. The remaining two days will follow the usual 2-day conference format, with both peer-reviewed and invited-speaker presentations focusing on the conference theme and also on comparative syntax more generally.

    The invited speakers for CamCoS 9 New are:

    Dr Klaus Abels, University College London

    Dr Beata Moskal, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

    Professor Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson, Lund University

    Call for papers

    Given this year’s theme ‘Where is the variation: syntax or PF?’, we particularly invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations with a comparatively oriented focus on the issue of the locus of variation. In addition, we also welcome abstracts on any topic in comparative generative syntax. As always, we are particularly interested in papers explicitly addressing parametric issues and/or offering comparative analyses (synchronic or diachronic) of previously un(der)studied varieties and/or phenomena, and papers concerned with “bigger picture” questions, such as what insights modern comparative generative syntax might offer in relation to linguistic typology, syntax-interface mappings, and our understanding of language as a cognitive system. We also encourage papers concerned with methodologies for modern comparative generative syntax.

    Anonymous abstracts should not exceed two pages (12-point Times New Roman font, with single spacing and margins of at least 2.54cm/1 inch), including examples and references. They should be uploaded in pdf format via EasyAbstracts ( A single individual may submit no more than two abstracts, of which only one can be single-authored (two co-authored submissions are also fine).

    The final submission deadline is Friday, 31 January 2020.

    If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Biberauer ( or Michelle Sheehan


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