Conference: CamCos 9 Part II

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, Part I of this year’s conference took place virtually from the 8th September until the 11th September 2020. Part II of CamCoS 9 will happen online on the 19th and 20th of January 2021.

CamCoS (Cambridge Comparative Syntax) 9 New is a two-part celebration in honour of Prof. Anders Holmberg on the occasion of his retirement. Its main focus is the issue of the locus of variation (see full call here). The first event followed the regular conference format, with both peer-reviewed and invited-speaker presentations focusing on the conference theme and also on comparative syntax more generally. On the other hand, the second event will feature talks by former colleagues and students of Anders Holmberg and the invited speaker, Professor Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson.


Conference website:

Part II Invited speakers:

Professor Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson, Lund University


Tuesday 19 January

10-11am:     INVITED SPEAKER: Halldór Sigurðsson (Lund University), Universality and variation in language

11-11.45am:     Poster session

  1. Murdhy Alshamari (University of Ha’il), Contrastive Focus particles, CF-chain interpretation and multiple agreement in North Hail dialect of Arabic
  2. Qi Wang (Wuhan University), Bound words and the structure of Chinese proper names

11.45am – 12.15pm:     Anna Pineda (Sorbonne University)& Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University), A Cyclic Agree account of the Romance faire-infinitive: new evidence from Catalan

12.15-1pm:     Lunch and breakout sessions

1-1.30pm:     Mayumi Hosono (Keio University), A Generalization on the Complementizer-Trace Effect from the Intonational Perspective

Wednesday 20 January

11am – 12pm:     Abdelkader Fassi Fehri (Mohamed Bin Zayed University Abu Dhabi), Number and Gender Convergence: The Arabic Plurative

12-12.45pm:     Poster session

  1. Makiko Mukai (University of Kochi), Merging compounds
  2. Laura Bailey (University of Kent), Explaining microvariation in P-dropping varieties (abstract)
  3. Ali Agryani (Dhofar University), On the Syntax of Jibbali Sluicing

12.45-1.30pm:     Lunch and breakout sessions

1.30-2pm:     Marwan Jarrah (University of Jordan) & Abdel Rahman Altakhaineh (Al Ain University of Science and Technology, UAE), The distribution of dropped objects in Jordanian Arabic (abstract)

2-2.30pm:     Deepak Alok (Rutgers University) & Bill Haddican (City University of New York), On some parameters of allocutive marking