Call for papers: SICOGG 23

23rd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 23)

The 23rd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 23) will take place from August 11 through Friday, August 13, 2021. The conference will be hosted by the Korean Generative Grammar Circle. SICOGG 23 will consist of a general session, a special session and a series of lectures by the keynote speaker. The main theme of the general session is ‘Comparative Approaches to the Syntax-Semantics Interface’. The confirmed invited speakers are as follows:

Keynote speaker:
Professor Gillian Ramchand (University of Tromsø)

Invited speakers:
Professor Kyle Rawlins (Johns Hopkins University)
Professor Amy Rose Deal (UC Berkeley)
Professor Michelle Yuan (UC San Diego)

Special Session Speaker:
Professor Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia)

Call for Papers:

General Session:

Equal consideration will be given to papers from all areas of generative grammar, which may include syntactic theory, the syntax-semantics interface, the syntax-morphology interface, the syntax-phonology interface, syntactic
acquisition, and any other syntax-related interests. Applicants for oral/poster presentations in the general session must submit their abstracts by June 10, 2021.

Special Session:

The special session will feature an invited talk by Professor Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia).

Generative linguistics has long relied on introspection in the collection of linguistic data. While introspection has
given rise to robust generalizations (Sprouse et al. 2013; Sprouse and Almeida 2017), the role of context in judgement acceptability tasks has been shown to be an important factor in the elicitation of semantic judgements (Matthewson 2004; Tonhauser and Matthewson 2016; Bochnak and Matthewson 2020). Conflicting judgements can arise when two people have differing contexts in mind, highlighting the need to control for context during data collection. To this end, we invite submissions that tackle the following questions in methodology. We also invite submissions that have implemented this kind of methodology.

  • How do we present a context to a speaker when eliciting judgements?
  • How can this methodology be implemented when the linguist does research on their own language?
  • How can we control for context in large-scale experimental tasks, where speakers may have a long list of sentences (and control sentences) to evaluate?
  • How can we best report our methodology in our research to enable faithful replication of our work?
  • Is it best to work with speakers one-on-one or in a large group? Are certain tasks better suited to one or the other?
  • How can we adapt picture tasks to our own research (Bruening 2009; Matthewson and Burton 2015)?

Abstract Guidelines Submission:

  • Abstracts should be submitted using the EasyAbs service of the LINGUIST List.
  • All you need to do is visit: and click on Abstract Submission. Then, follow the online guidelines to upload your abstract in either the .pdf or .doc format. Note, however, that the .doc format is acceptable only if the abstract contains no special fonts or diagrams.
  • Only electronic submissions through the aforementioned link will be taken into consideration.
  • Abstracts should be anonymous and may not exceed 2 pages (A4/US letter), including examples (embedded within the text) and references, with 2.54 cm (1 inch) margin on all four sides and should employ the font Times New Roman 12 pts.
  • Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. Please indicate whether the submitted work is proposed for a poster, an oral presentation, or either.
  • Abstracts should be submitted no later than June 10 (Thursday), 2021.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or after June 24 (Thursday), 2021.
  • Each speaker will be allotted 20 minutes for oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Proceedings Paper Submission:

Accepted papers will be published in The Proceedings of the 23rd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, which will be distributed to the conference participants. All presenters will be asked to provide their paper in both .pdf and .doc formats by July 31, 2021. The text should be single-spaced and the general page limit is 20 pages including appendices and references.

Contact Information:

All information about the conference will be available at Participants are asked to check this site to keep up to date regarding possible alterations and changes. Inquiries concerning abstract submission and other queries about the conference should be sent to Michael Barrie at

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: June 10, 2021
  • Review result notification: June 24, 2021
  • Proceedings paper submission deadline: July 31, 2021
  • Conference dates: August 11 through August 13, 2021