PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME (updated 15 May, 2016) (pdf download)

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Thursday 19 May2016

8.00 – 9.00 Welcome and registration (room A1.04)
9.00 – 9.15 Conference opening (room A1.04)
9.15 – 10.15 Keynote lecture 1: Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Syntactic alternation research: taking stock and suggestions for the future.
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10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break (room A1.04)
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10.45 – 11.15 Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller, Melanie Röthlisberger and Benedikt Szmrecsányi.
Syntactic variation and probabilistic indigenization in World Englishes.
Elisabeth Verhoeven.
Syntactic variation and syntactic uniformity across languages: A crosslinguistic corpus study on linearization devices.
11.15 – 11.45 Gosse Bouma.
Agreement Mismatches in Dutch Relatives.
Simone Ueberwasser.
Case variation in German PPs: Influence of the regional distribution.
11.45 – 12.15 Laurence Romain.
The alternation strength of causative verbs: a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the interaction between the verb, theme and construction.
Jonah Rys.
A verb-centered approach to the ACC/DAT alternation of German two-way prepositions: Integrating qualitative and quantitative methods.
12.15 – 13.30 Lunch break (room A1.04)
13.30 – 14.30 Keynote lecture 2: Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Language variation and change: the case of heritage grammars
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14.30 – 15.00 Dirk Speelman and Stefan Grondelaers.
The noemen/heten alteration: on the rapid emergence of a new variant.
Trang Phan.
Syntactic variation between the two plural markers in Vietnamese.
15.00 – 15.30 Annelore Willems and Gert De Sutter.
Understanding PP placement in written Dutch. A corpus-based multifactorial investigation of the principal syntactic, semantic and discursive determinants.
Alexandra Simonenko, Benoit Crabbé and Sophie Prévost.
Quantificational dimension of Taraldsen’s Generalisation: The loss of pro-drop and rich verbal inflection in French.
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break (room A1.04)
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16.00 – 16.30 Jelke Bloem, Arjen P. Versloot and Fred Weerman.
Verbal cluster order and processing complexity.
William Harwood and Tanja Temmerman.
Barking up the right tree: Idiomatic constructions and syntactic domains in English and Dutch.
16.30 – 17.00 Dirk Pijpops and Dirk Speelman.
An alternation study of Dutch psych verbs.
Sjef Barbiers, Hans Bennis and Lotte Hendriks.
Merging Verb Cluster Variation.
17.00 - 17.30   Eugenia Mangialavori Rasia and Ana Laura Marusich.
Alternative constructions for Romance deadjectival verbs: relevant correlations between eventive and argument structure.


Friday 20 May 2016

9.00 – 10.00 Keynote lecture 3: Hendrik De Smet (University of Leuven)
The changing functions of competing forms: Attraction and differentiation.
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10.00 – 10.30 Malte Rosemeyer and Scott Schwenter.
Priming and Frequency in Language Change: the Spanish Past Subjunctive.
Johanna Lorenz.
Subordination in language contact situations: Complement clauses in Caucasian Urum.
10.30 – 11.00 Anton Granvik.
Syntactic variation and change in the rise of the shell noun construction in 16th century Spanish: presence vs. absence of the preposition de in nominal complement clauses (N que vs. N de que)
Pegah Faghiri and Pollet Samvelian.
Persian Phrase Structure: Lessons from Studies on Word Order Variations.
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break (room A1.04)
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11.30 – 12.00 Henri Kauhanen and George Walkden.
A production bias model of the Constant Rate Effect.
Leonid Kulikov.
Dative subject construction and their syntactic variants in Eastern Slavic: Archaism or early innovation?
12.00 – 12.30 Mathieu Avanzi and Elisabeth Stark.
A crowdsourcing approach to the description of regional variation in French clitic-clusters.
Jeroen Claes and Daniel Ezra Johnson.
Cognitive constraints on language variation: Agreement with English presentational ‘there be’ and Spanish presentation ‘haber’.
12.30 - 13.00 Monique Dufresne, Mireille Tremblay and Rose-Marie Dechaine.
Determiners and feature hierarchy in Old French.
Borja Herce.
A quantitative analysis of the synchrony and diachrony of Spanish time constructions with ‘hacer’.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break (room A1.04)
14.00 – 15.00 Keynote lecture 4: Robert J. Hartsuiker (Ghent University)
Shared syntax in multilinguals: learning, translation, and variation
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15.00 – 15.30 Tanya Karoli Christensen, Torben Juel Jensen and Marie Herget Christensen.
Does word order affect attention to changes in complement clauses? Testing a semantic hypothesis experimentally.
Patrick Brandt and Eric Fuss.
A corpus-based analysis of pronoun choice in German relative clauses.
15.30 – 16.00 Anti Arppe, Atticus Harrigan and Katie Schmirler.
So similar in principle, but so different in practice – mixing texts, elicitation and experimentation in the study of the Plains Cree independent and conjunct verb constructions.
Leah S. Bauke.
Handling syntactic variation in compounds and idioms.
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break (room A1.04)
16.30 - 17.30 Keynote lecture 5: Stefan Grondelaers (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Subtitles, tweets, and syntax. Big data from small input.
(room A1.04)
17.30 – 17.45 Closing remarks (room A1.04)

Important dates:

  • 15.09.2015:
    First CFP
  • 30.10.2015:
    Deadline for submissions
  • 15.03.2016:
    Registration opens
  • 19-20.05.2016: