Conference: CamCos 3

CamCoS 3 (Cambridge Comparative Syntax)
Venue: University of Cambridge, UK.
Dates: May, 8-10, 2014.
Submission Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014.


After the success of the two previous CamCoS conferences, CamCoS 3 will take place on 8–10 May 2014. The Call for Papers is available here.

The first half day will feature talks by Cambridge-based researchers, followed by a full-day general session on comparative generative syntax. The final day of the conference will feature a themed session with invited speakers on the topic of variation in the morphophonological, morphosyntactic and morphosemantic domains. Abstracts, which may, but need not, pick up on the conference theme, are invited for the general session.

In relation to the themed session, the central question we would like to address is to what extent it is possible to provide a formal account of cross-linguistic variation in the domain of morphology. More specifically, to the extent that there is a deeper basis to the classic morphological types proposed by 19th and early 20th century philologists and anthropologist-linguists(principally, the Schlegels, Humboldt, Schleicher and Sapir), can they be captured in a principled and explanatory manner? In other words, is it possible to think of morphology in parametric terms?

Invited speakers:
Iris Berent (Northeastern University)
Phil Branigan (Memorial University)
Dunstan Brown (University of York)
Nigel Duffield (Konan University)
Daniel Harbour (Queen Mary University of London) — tbc
Martina Wiltschko (University of British Columbia)

Call for papers
For the general comparative syntax session, we invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations on any topic in comparative generative syntax as well as the topics outlined above. We particu- larly welcome papers explicitly addressing parametric issues and/or offering comparative anal- yses (synchronic or diachronic) of previously un(der)studied languages and/or phenomena, and papers concerned with “bigger picture” questions, such as what insights modern comparative gen- erative syntax might offer in relation to linguistic typology and syntax-interface mappings. 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 ( camcos3). The submission deadline is Wednesday, 15 January 2014. For more information, please see the conference and project website (http://www-falcon. or contact Theresa Bib- erauer (
Abstracts can be submitted via EasyAbs here and the full Call for Papers is available here.