ComSyn started as discussion group about Comparative Syntax at Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL). Now, it is primarily a series of lectures about (comparative) syntax. Speakers from all over the world are very welcome to present their work in an informal setting. ComSyn is the perfect place to present work in progress, do a mock defense, do dry runs for a conference or simply present a syntactic problem one would like to share with other people. If you have any suggestions, please contact one of the organisers, Martin Kroon, Hang Cheng, Elisabeth Kerr, and Astrid van Alem.
20 September: Hedde Zeijlstra
4 October: Jan Casalicchio
25 October: Deniz Tat
1 November: Marlies Kluck (cancelled)
15 November: Siavash Rafiee Rad
29 November: Caitlin Meyer
All talks are in Eyckhof 3, 002. Drinks afterwards!
Author Archives: Karvovskaya E.
Our meeting resume after the summer break! We are happy to announce our preliminary schedule: 15-9 Pavel Rudnev 29-9 Probal Dasgupta 13-10 TBA 27-10 Olaf Koeneman 10-11 TBA 24-11 Alexandra Rehn (8-12) (TBA) 14-12 Vera Gribanova
Speaker: Jakub Dotlačil (University of Groningen) Title: Intermediate traces in mind Date: Thursday 2 June Time: 15.15-16.30 Venue: Eyckhof 2-003 Abstract: Since Chomsky (1973), it has been argued extensively in syntactic research that movement spanning two or more clauses proceeds in successive cycles. Furthermore, it … Continue reading
Speaker: Deniz Tat (Leiden Institute for Area Studies) Title: Acategorial Roots in an Agglutinating Language Date: Thursday 21 April Time: 15.15-16.30 Venue: Eyckhof 2-003 Abstract: One of the main claims of Distributed Morphology (DM) is that word formation occurs in syntax (Halle and Marantz 1993). … Continue reading
Speaker: Hossam I. Ahmed (Leiden Institute for Area Studies) Title: Reconstructing Verbal Complementizers in Arabic Date: Thursday 11 February Venue: P.N. van Eyckhof 2/003 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs Abstract: A class of Modern Standard Arabic complementizers known as ‘ʔinna and its sisters’ demonstrate … Continue reading
Speaker: Marieke Meelen (LUCL) Title: Reconstructing the Rise of V2 in Middle Welsh Date: Thursday 17 December Venue: Van Wijkplaats 3/006 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs Abstract: Middle Welsh word order has been a ‘vexed’ problem for a long time. First of all, because … Continue reading
Speaker: Anna Volkova (Higher School of Economics (Moscow) & Utrecht University) Title: Locally bound possessives in Mordvin languages Date: Thursday 19 November Venue: Van Wijkplaats 3/006 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs Abstract: Reuland (2011) and Despic (2011, forthcoming) propose the following correlation between the … Continue reading
Speaker: Jemes Griffiths (Utrecht University) Title: The syntax of reformulative appositions Date: Thursday 5 November Venue: Van Wijkplaats 3/006 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs Abstract: Reformulative appositions (RAs) are appositions that provide alternative and often more informative names for the referents (1a) or … Continue reading
Speaker: Luis Vicente (the University of Potsdam) Title: ATB extraction without coordination Venue: Wijkplaats 3/006 Time: 15:15 – 16:00 Abstract A substantial portion of the literature treats Across-the-Board (ATB) extraction as a process restricted to coordinate structures. However, our best accounts of … Continue reading
Speaker: Lotte Hendriks, Sjef Barbiers, Hans Bennis (Meertens Instituut) Title: Mapping the linguistic system Venue: Vrieshof 4 / 012 Time: 15:15 – 16:30 Abstract Speakers are able to judge syntactic constructions that are not part of their own language variety. When they are asked … Continue reading
Speaker: Liisa Buelens (Ghent University) Title: External and Event Possession in Flemish: affected arguments Venue: Arsenaal 112 Time: 15:15 – 16:30 Abstract In this talk I look at Flemish External Possession patterns (FEP) such as in (1) (Haegeman, 2011, Haegeman and van Koppen, 2012). These … Continue reading