Conference: CamCos 9

The 9th Cambridge Comparative Syntax conference (CamCoS 9 New) was due to take place in Newcastle (UK) in honour of Anders Holmberg’s retirement. Given the ongoing health situation, this year’s conference will take place virtually from the 8th September until the 11th September 2020, and its main focus will be the issue of the locus of variation (see full call here).

CamCoS 9 New will be co-organised by Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Cambridge and Newcastle University, and hosted at Newcastle University in honour of Anders Holmberg’s retirement. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Where is the variation: syntax or PF?’ (see here for the Full Call).

Conference website:


Invited speakers:

  • Dr Klaus Abels, University College London
  • Dr Beata Moskal, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt


Please complete this form to register for the conference. Registration is completely free, but compulsory. The form will close at 10am (UK time) on Tuesday 8 September.

Access details and the link to the meeting will be emailed to you prior to its start.

Call for papers

Given this year’s theme ‘Where is the variation: syntax or PF?’, we particularly invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations with a comparatively oriented focus on the issue of the locus of variation. 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 (

A single individual may submit no more than two abstracts, of which only one can be single-authored (two co-authored submissions are also fine).

The submission deadline is Friday, 31 January 2020.

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