Conference: CGSW 32

32nd Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop

September 13-15, 2017
Location: NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Invited speakers

Professor Elisabet Engdahl, University of Gothenburg.
Professor Tanja Kupisch, University of Konstanz & UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
Professor Christina Tortora, CUNY.

CGSW 32 will feature a two-day workshop plus a pre-workshop on the psycholinguistics of language variation in Germanic.


CGSW has taken place annually for over thirty years (the history of the conference, maintained by Professor Jan-Wouter Zwart, can be accessed here), and constitutes a meeting of an international community of generative syntacticians working to understand the structure of Germanic languages.


Dave Kush
Terje Lohndal
Andrew Weir

Call for papers

CGSW 32 will feature a two-day general workshop on 14 and 15 September. In addition to the main workshop, we will host a special pre-workshop focusing on variation in Germanic from a psycholinguistic perspective. We construe the definition of “variation” broadly and invite any work that touches on the processing of one or many Germanic languages by native, non-native, and heritage speakers. The pre workshop will be held on 13 September.

We invite abstracts for thirty-minute talks (followed by ten minutes of discussion) on any aspect of comparative Germanic syntax, including diachronic syntax and the interface between syntax and other components of the grammar.

We also invite abstracts for the pre-workshop on any aspect of the psycholinguistics of variation in Germanic.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed two pages (A4 or letter size), 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 through EasyChair at

You will be asked to indicate in the submission process whether you wish your abstract to be considered (a) only for the main workshop; (b) only for the pre-workshop on the psycholinguistics of variation in Germanic; or (c) for both the main workshop and pre-workshop.

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2017 (midnight CEST/6 pm US Eastern time). Notification of acceptance will be sent May 15, 2017.