12th International Diachronic
Generative Syntax Conference

Cambridge, United Kingdom · 14th-16th July 2010


Wednesday 14 July
Time Paper Location Chair
8.00-8.45 Registration/Coffee Old Kitchens
8.45-9.00 Welcome Bowett Room Theresa Biberauer
9.00-10.00 INVITED SPEAKER Marit Julien (Lund) - On negation, tense and participles in Finnic and Sámi
10.00-10.30 Coffee Cafeteria
10.30-11.10 Edith Aldridge (University of Washington) - Cliticization as an intermediate stage in the loss of movement Bowett Room David Willis
11.10-11.50 Krzysztof Migdalski (University of Wroclaw) - On the Loss of Tense and Verb-Adjacent Clitics in Slavic
11.50-12.30 Sonia Cyrino (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) - On the loss of verb-movement in Brazilian Portuguese
12.30-14.00 Lunch Cafeteria
14.00-14.40 Joel Wallenberg (University of Iceland) - What Doesn't Change, Doesn't Change: antisymmetry and Heavy NP Shift across Germanic Bowett Room Alastair Appleton
14.40-15.20 George Walkden (University of Cambridge) - Verb-third in early West Germanic: a comparative perspective
15.20-16.00 Charlotte Galves (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) & Maria Clara Paixão de Sousa (University of São Paulo) - The loss of V2 in the history of Portuguese: subject position, clitic placement and prosody
16.00-16.30 Coffee Cafeteria
16.30-17.10 Edith Kádár (University Babes-Bolyai) & Márta Peredy (RIL HAS) - Discourse orientedness and the lack of aspect - the role of verbal particles in Hungarian Bowett Room Ioanna Sitaridou
17.10-18.10 INVITED SPEAKER Roland Hinterhölzl (HU-Berlin/Università di Venezia) - The development of IPP-infinitives: implications for the syntax-morphology interface
18.30 Wine reception sponsored by Cambridge University Press CUP bookshop

Thursday 15 July
Time Paper Location Chair
9.00-10.00 INVITED SPEAKERS Ann Taylor (York) & Susan Pintzuk (York University) - VO order, clause type and information status in Old English Bowett Room George Walkden
10.00-10.30 Coffee Cafeteria
10.30-11.10 Joan Maling (Brandeis) & Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir (University of Iceland) - From Passive to Active: stages in the Icelandic "New Impersonal" Bowett Room Ioanna Sitaridou
11.10-11.50 Dimitris Michelioudakis (University of Cambridge) - The Evolution of Inherent Case in Greek
11.50-12.30 Virginia Hill (University of New Brunswick - Saint John) - "Dummy" pe in Romanian: a historical perspective
12.30-14.00 Lunch
(dedicated poster session 13.15-14.00)
(posters: Angevin Room)
14.00-14.40 Chris Reintges (CNRS & University Paris 7) - Complexity growth and how syntax drives morphological change Bowett Room Elliott Lash
14.40-15.20 Eric Fuss (Universität Frankfurt) & Carola Trips (Universität Mannheim) - The Northern Subject Rule: a synchronic puzzle with a diachronic solution
15.20-16.00 Anne Breitbarth (Ghent University) - Indefinites, negation and Jespersen's Cycle in the history of Low German
16.00-16.30 Coffee Cafeteria
16.30-17.10 Ana Maria Martins (University of Lisbon) - Negation and NPI composition inside DP Bowett Room Ian Roberts
17.10-18.10 INVITED SPEAKER Katalin E. Kiss (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) - A negative cycle in 12-15th century Hungarian
18.10-18.30 DiGS business meeting Bowett Room
19.15 Music event Old Hall
20.00 Conference dinner

Friday 16 July
Time Paper Location Chair
9.00-10.00 INVITED SPEAKER Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge) - Complementation and complementizers in the dialects of the Salento Bowett Room Theresa Biberauer
10.00-10.30 Coffee Cafeteria
10.30-11.10 Lieven Danckaert (Ghent University) - Left Edge Fronting in Latin embedded clauses Bowett Room Elliott Lash
11.10-11.50 Caitlin Light (University of Pennsylvania) - The origins of expletive there in West Germanic
11.50-12.30 Sarah Courtney (Cornell) - Reconstructing the Brythonic Left-Periphery: Medieval Evidence
12.30-14.00 Lunch Cafeteria
14.00-14.40 William Haddican, Daniel Ezra Johnson & Eytan Zweig (York University) - Change in the event semantics of "be like" quotatives Bowett Room David Willis
14.40-15.20 Rosmin Mathew (CASTL, University of Tromsø) - Reanalysis of Quotativals: A Minimalist Exploration
15.20-16.00 Veronika Hegedus (Research Institute for Linguistics, HAS) - The grammaticalization of postpositions in Old Hungarian
16.00-16.30 Coffee Cafeteria
16.30-17.10 John Whitman (Cornell) & Yuko Yanagida (University of Tsukuba) - The Formal Syntax of Degrammaticalization Bowett Room Ian Roberts
17.10-18.10 INVITED SPEAKER Paul Kiparsky (Stanford) - The paradox of simplification in OT
18.30 Wine reception sponsored by Oxford University Press Balcony, 4th Floor, Cripps Hall


Montserrat Batllori (Universitat de Girona) & Maria-Luïsa Hernanz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) - Sentential Focus and Polarity: Asymmetries between Spanish and Catalan

Ailis Cournane (University of Toronto) - The Development of Subject Agreement: An Analysis of Reanalysis


Heather Burnett (UCLA) - VP Shells and the Evolution of Secondary Predication in the History of French

Ed Cormany (Cornell) - Diachronic changes in Friulano Subject Clitics

Pavel Grashchenkov - On the Discreteness of Grammar (Change): Turkic Serial Verbs

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