Conference: CGSW 31

31st Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW31)

Date: 02-Dec-2016 – 03-Dec-2016
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Contact Person: Theresa Biberauer
Meeting Email:
Conference website:

Call Deadline: 31-May-2016

Meeting Description:

The 31st edition of the Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop will be a historic one as this will be the first CGSW to be held in Africa. Stellenbosch University in South Africa’s beautiful Western Cape Province will be hosting this meeting, which will take place on 2-3 December 2016.

Invited Speakers:

Roland Hinterhölzl (Venice)
Jason Merchant (Chicago)
Tarald Taraldsen (Tromsø)

The Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW) is an annual conference bringing together researchers with a comparative interest in the syntactic variation attested in Germanic languages, past and present. See for an overview of CGSW’s history.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for thirty-minute talks (followed by ten minutes of discussion) on any aspect of comparative Germanic syntax, including diachronic syntax. Given the location of the conference, we are also very interested in research focusing on lesser studied Germanic varieties, particularly those that have developed and/or been used in contact situations, including “extraterritorial” varieties of continental Germanic. Papers focusing on formal aspects of “non-standard” varieties and on phenomena like code-switching are also very welcome, as are papers considering how aspects of the structure of non-Germanic languages spoken in southern Africa (may) have impacted on the structure of Germanic languages spoken in this part of the world.

Abstract Guidelines:
Abstracts should not exceed two pages, with 2.5cm margins on all sides and a font size of 12pt. This includes data, references and diagrams.
Each author may submit no more than one single-authored and one co-authored abstract, or two co-authored ones.
Abstracts must be anonymous and prospective presenters should submit their abstract in pdf to:

The deadline for submission is 31 May 2016.
Notification of acceptance by 1 July 2016.

Further information
Please feel free to visit the conference website at the following address:

Here, you will (in due course) find information regarding CGSW31 itself, a pre-CGSW31 workshop involving international researchers (see below), visa applications, travel, and accommodation.

For local (Stellenbosch-related) information, please contact Erin Pretorius:
For directly CGSW-related information, please contact Theresa Biberauer:

Additional workshop
This year, CGSW will be accompanied by a workshop taught by Theresa Biberauer, Mara Frascarelli, Roland Hinterhölzl and Ian Roberts (further details to follow).