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, Elisabeth Kerr and Maarten Bogaards.
30 Sep — James Baker (LUCL) — In person
14 Oct — Matthew Tyler (Cambridge) — Online
28 Oct — Marjo van Koppen (UU) — TBD
11 Nov — Halima Husic (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) — In person [Combined talk with LUSH]
25 Nov — Matthijs Westera (LUCL) — In person
9 Dec — Mike Diercks (Pomona College) — Online
In person talks are in Lipsius 207 and online talks are held on Skype (please join our mailing list for the links).
Author Archives: Elisabeth Kerr
Speaker: Kyle Johnson (UMass) Title: Rehabilitating Reinhart and Reuland Date: Monday 16 December Venue: Lipsius 2.35 (!) Time: 15.15 – 17.00 hrs (drinks afterwards at Café de Keyser) Abstract: One of the several innovations to Reinhart and Reuland’s binding theory is the idea that reflexives … Continue reading
Speaker: Elisabeth Kerr (Leiden University) Title: Clefts in Tunen: A biclausal account Date: Thursday 21 November Venue: Lipsius 2.28 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs (drinks afterwards at Café de Keyser) Abstract here
Speaker: Allen Asiimwe (Makerere/Leiden) & Jenneke van der Wal (Leiden) Title: Rukiga augments are like Greek Date: Thursday 24 October Venue: Lipsius 2.28 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs (drinks afterwards at Café de Keyser) Abstract Rukiga, a Bantu language spoken in Uganda, has augments not just … Continue reading
Speaker: Gurmeet Kaur (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) Title: Not all imperatives have a Jussive head- Insights from allocutive imperatives Date: Thursday 7 March Venue: Van Eyckhof 2/006 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs Abstract: According to the syntactic-pragmatic approach to imperatives, all imperatives contain a dedicated … Continue reading
Speaker: Katharina Hartmann (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) Title: The interpretation of syntactic focus variation Date: Thursday 21 February Venue: Van Eyckhof 2/006 Time: 15.15-16.30 hrs Abstract: In many West-African languages, non-subject focus in questions and answers is expressed in two … Continue reading