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Workshop European Dialect Syntax VI Queens’ College, Cambridge, 31 March 2012

The Sixth European Dialect Syntax Workshop is organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge, in cooperation with the Meertens Institute and the Edisyn project ( It will take place at Queens’ College, Cambridge, on March 31st, 2012. It will be preceded by The Second Cambridge Colloquium on the ‘Histories of the Ibero-Romance languages’–Norman MacColl Symposium 2012, to be held 28-30 March 2012 at Queens’ College, Cambridge; and it will be immediately followed on 1st April 2012 (Queens’ College, Cambridge) by the workshop on Romeyka and Asia Minor Greek, the second instalment of a series of workshops on Greek dialectal syntax, Romeyka, in particular, and Asia Minor Greek, in general.

The general goal of Edisyn (an ESF-funded project which runs from 2005 - 2012 at the Meertens Institute and whose labours continue to bear fruits) is to stimulate international cooperation in the study of European dialect syntax, which is a rapidly growing field. The workshop this year does not have a specific theme, but on previous years we examined doubling phenomena and dative constructions; therefore, this year we would be keen on receiving abstracts for papers in other areas of the grammar, for instance, complementation, information structure, and wh-clauses, although no thematic restrictions apply. We continue to welcome project presentations by new members to the Edisyn network. If the number of new project presentations is high enough we will organize a poster session during the workshop.

Submissions are limited to 1 single authored and 1 jointly authored abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages including figures, examples and references, with 1-inch margins and in fonts no smaller than 12-point. Please send your abstract as an attachment (PDF or Word format) by e-mail to Ioanna Sitaridou. Submissions should be anonymous. Contact details (name, affiliation and e-mail) along with the title of the talk should be included in the body of the e-mail.

Important dates:
Deadline for submission: 23/12/2011.
Notification of acceptance: 21/1/ 2012.
Program available on: 10/2/2012.

Presentation and publication Presentations are allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Depending on the emerging theme, we may consider publishing a volume or special journal edition with selected papers presented during the workshop.

Organising committee Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge), Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute), Franca Wesseling (Meertens Institute).

Confirmed invited speaker David Willis (‘Syntactic Atlas of Welsh Dialects’, University of Cambridge).

Practical details:
Conference fee: a) Speakers: free b) Students: free c) Other participants: £20.
Conference dinner: Saturday 31 March. If participants (speakers, students, others) want to take part in the conference dinner, they have to subscribe at the registration desk. For all participants, the fee is £25.
Registration: Information will become available in due time.
Accommodation: Accommodation at Queens’ College is available (single en-suite rooms). Please contact Ioanna Sitaridou to make a booking prior to 1st February 2012. Mention the code "EDISYN" on the heading of your message.
How to get to Queens’ College: Information will become available in due time.


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