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Full Title: 19th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference

Short Title: DiGS 19
Location: Stellenbosch, Cape Province, South Africa
Start Date: 05-Sep-2017 - 08-Sep-2017
Contact: Theresa Biberauer
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Meeting Description: DiGS is an established international conference, first launched in 1990, which has, until now, alternated between venues in Europe and the Americas (see for an overview of DiGS's history). Taking place annually since 2008, with 2009 having produced the first foray beyond Europe and North America (to Brazil), the conference is now widely recognised as a privileged forum for the presentation of research on formal diachronic syntax, combining historical and more broadly comparative investigations of syntactic phenomena from a generative perspective.

In 2016, DiGS will be making (more) history: for the first time in the conference's now more than a quarter century-long history, it will take place in Africa! South Africa's Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape are proud to announce the 19th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference (DiGS 19), which will take place in the fairest Cape 5-8 September 2017.

As has become traditional, the main conference will be preceded by a themed workshop. The theme of this workshop will be 'Language Variation and Change in Contact Situations'. Abstracts may be submitted to both the main conference and the workshop.

DiGS 19 welcomes submissions on any topic in formal diachronic syntax, but especially encourages research that reports novel linguistic data and/or sheds light on the internal and external sources of language change and the courses that this change can and can't take. As always, our aim is, on the one hand, to harness diachrony to probe the properties of natural language, and, on the other, to contribute to our understanding of how those properties constrain language change.

Invited Speakers:

Enoch Aboh (Amsterdam)
Charlotte Galves (Campinas)
David Lightfoot (Georgetown)
Pieter Muysken (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen/Stellenbosch)
Jenneke van der Wal (Harvard)
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax
LL Issue: 28.647

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