Conference: CamCos 8

CamCoS 8 (Cambridge Comparative Syntax) will be co-hosted by the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Comparative perspectives on phases’.

This 2.5-day conference will take place at St John’s College in Cambridge 2-4 May 2019. The first half-day, which is co-organised with the Cambridge Linguistic Forum, will feature talks by local researchers, and our invited speaker, Prof. Susi Wurmbrand. 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.

Conference website:

Invited speakers:
Ángel Gallego (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Doreen Georgi (Potsdam)
Coppe van Urk (Queen Mary, University of London)
Susi Wurmbrand (Vienna/Harvard)

Call for papers

Given this year’s ‘Phases’ theme, we particularly invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations with a comparatively oriented focus on phases. 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 (

The submission deadline is Sunday, 31 January 2019

For more information, please contact Theresa Biberauer ( or Michelle Sheehan (