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Leiden/Bielefeld Workshop on Comparative Syntax (LeiBieCos)

Thursday 23 May 2024 - Friday 24 May 2024
Sterrewacht C1.04 & Lipsius 1.23

We are delighted to announce LeiBieCos, a workshop on Comparative Syntax organized by the universities of Leiden and Bielefeld. This 2-day conference will take place at Leiden University on Thursday 23 May and Friday 24 May 2024.


Day 1 (Thursday May 23)
Sterrewacht C1.04



Sjef Barbiers

09:30-10:10 Keynote: The inventory of functional categories in the verbal domain: Lessons from the antipassive
Masha Polinsky (University of Maryland)

Embedded verb placement in North American and Argentine heritage Scandinavian
Kari Kinn (University of Bergen) & Ida Larsson (Østfold University College)



11:10-11:50 Deriving disharmonic clausal word order: Case studies from West/Central Africa
Elisabeth J. Kerr (Leiden University)
11:50-12:30 Comparative perspectives on extraction from EV2
Fabian Heck (Universität Leipzig)
12:30-13:30 Lunch break

Panel “Theoretical approaches to variation”

  • 13:30 – 14:45 Talk by Michelle Sheehan (Newcastle University) with questions/commentary from Susi Wurmbrand (Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg) and Masha Polinsky (University of Maryland)
  • 14:45 – 15:30 General discussion
15:30-16:00 Break

Panel “Methodology and resources”

  • 16:00 – 18:20 Short presentations (including a 15-minute break)
    Short presentations (15+10) each including commentary on the usefulness and advantages of particular methods and resources as well as the challenges they pose.
    • Jenneke van der Wal (Leiden University) — Field methods
    • Hilda Koopman (UCLA) — TerraLing
    • Sjef Barbiers (Leiden University) — Microvariation
    • Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (KU Leuven / Meertens Instituut) — Quantitative method
  •  18:20 – 19:00 General discussion
19:30-22:00 Dinner


Day 2 (Friday May 24)
Lipsius 1.23

09:30-10:10 The curious case of the two-headed phrase: The symmetrical syntax of co-compounds
Lena Borise (CNRS) & Tamás Halm (HUN-REN Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics)
10:10-10:50 DP/NP distinctions in Kwa languages
Imke Driemel (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Abigail Bimpeh (Leibniz-Zentrum ZAS), Reginald Duah (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
10:50-11:10 Break
11:10-11:50 The syntax of gender features
Ivona Kucerova (McMaster University)
11:50-12:30 An in-situ analysis of reduced embedded questions with multiple wh-phrases in Uyghur
Xue Bai (Tohoku University)
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:10 Exploring the cross-linguistic variation in sluicing
Ekaterina Georgieva (HUN-REN Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics)
14:10-14:50 Discontinuous agreement in Eastern Sudanic: A reprojection-based account
Helene Streffer (Universität Leipzig)
14:50-15:05 Brief presentation Cambridge Handbook
15:05-15:30 Break
15:30-16:10 Agree and Merge repair Labeling
Mariia Privizentseva (Univerisität Leipzig)
16:10-16:50 From topics to subjects: An A'-A scale of Austronesian pivots
Magdalena Lohninger (University of Vienna), Ioannis Katochoritis (MIT)
16:50-17:10 Break
17:10-17:50 Subject to Change
Nofar Rimon (Harvard University), Tal Siloni (Tel Aviv University)
17:50-18:30 Pro Drop and the morphological structure of inflection
Olaf Koeneman (Radboud University) & Hedde Zeijlstra (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)


The official registration is now closed. However, you can still register to join online (free of charge), or simply join us on the day itself (unfortunately, we won't be able to ensure catering). 

For more information please send an email to LeiBieCos@hum.leidenuniv.nl or contact the organisers: 

Linguistlist webpage LeiBieCos

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