Workshop "Elements of Comparative Syntax: Theory and Description"

Organizing Committee: Enoch Aboh, Eric Haeberli, Genoveva Puskás, Manuela Schönenberger


Since the emergence of generative grammar in the middle of the 20th century, its aim has been to provide an explanatory model of grammatical competence and thereby to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of the human language faculty. Initially, this aim was pursued by examining evidence from a very limited number of languages, with standard English playing the most prominent role. However, since the mid-70s, generative work has considerably expanded its empirical scope. Increasing attention has been paid to other languages stemming from typologically diverse families, but also to varieties and dialects of a language. These developments are reflected in the empirical basis of generative theorizing as well as the theoretical issues that are addressed in current work, and they illustrate how “[i]n this new comparative syntax, careful study of empirical data takes a central position with a stimulating two-way interaction between theoretical developments and empirical study” (Haegeman 1997a:1). The workshop Elements of Comparative Syntax : Theory and Description gathers researchers who have contributed in important ways to the question of comparative syntax. It should help us measure how the domain has grown and thrived, both from the empirical and the theoretical side, in the last 40 years.




17-18 November 2017, Uni Bastions, room B111



Friday 17 November 2017




10.00 - 10.50

Liliane Haegeman and Karen De Clercq (University of Ghent)

Adverbial resumptive die in the Ghent dialect

10.50 - 11.10

Coffee break

11.10 - 11.50

Lieven Danckaert (University of Lille)

The loss of Latin OV: Steps towards an analysis

11.50 - 12.30

Jacqueline Guéron (University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

On –ly adverbs

12.30 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.40

Ur Shlonsky (University of Geneva)

Topics and topicalization in Hebrew

14.40 - 15.20

Kathleen O’Connor (University of Lille)

Apposition at the syntax-phonology interface

15.20 - 15.50

Coffee Break

15.50 - 16.30

Sten Vikner (University of Aarhus)

Verb particle variation in the Germanic languages

16.30 - 17.10

Luigi Rizzi (University of Geneva / University of Siena)

Cartography and explanation: interpretive principles and intervention locality


Workshop dinner





Saturday 18 November 2017


9.30 - 10.10

Adriana Belletti (University of Geneva / University of Siena)

Marking Topics in the (Left) Periphery: Development and Language comparison

10.10 - 10.50

Raffaella Zanuttini (Yale University)

The Syntax of presentatives: Evidence from English and Italian

10.50 - 11.10

Coffee break

11.10 -11.50

Marcel den Dikken (Hungarian Academy of Sciences / Eötvös Loránd University) and James Griffiths (University of Konstanz)

Spec-Head agreement, EPP, and the licensing of ellipsis

11.50 -12.30

Terje Lohndal (NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology / UiT The Arctic University of Norway), Guro Busterud (NTNU), Yulia Rodina (UiT) and Marit Westergaard (UiT/NTNU)

The decline of the feminine gender across Norwegian dialects




7 novembre 2017