PhD course on Dynamic Syntax in Bergen (May 4-7 2020)

The University of Bergen in Norway is hosting a PhD course on Dynamic Syntax from May 4-7, 2020. Dynamic Syntax is a grammar formalism which aims to capture the real-time parsing/production of language. The course will be of particular interest to those working in syntax, semantics and the syntax-semantics interface, as well as natural language modelling and computational linguistics, but is open to all!

This course is being funded by the Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistics and Philology (LingPhil).

Any interested PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher who is currently enrolled or employed at a university is welcome to register and take part in the course. All participants who attend the course and complete the written and oral assignment will be awarded 5 ECTS. Participants will be asked to evaluate the course upon completion.

Instructors:  Professor Miriam Bouzouita, Ghent University, Belgium; Dr. Hannah Gibson, University Essex, UK; and Professor Lutz Marten, SOAS University of London

Course organizers: Tori Larsen and Professor Christer Johansson

Course website:

If you would like to register for the course, please do so using the link to the course website provided above. You will be asked to submit a 300-350 word abstract about your current research when registering. The registration deadline is April 6th, 2020.

There are no fees associated with the course; however, participants must pay for their own travel and accommodation. LingPhil affiliated PhD fellows may apply for travel grants to cover travel expenses when participating in research courses organized by LingPhil. For more information, please visit the LingPhil webpage (

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tori Larsen at

Call for Abstracts: The Second Dynamic Syntax Conference

Conference Dates: 17-18th April 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline: 11th of February, 2018

Location: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Conference Website:

Meeting Description: We are pleased to announce that the second Dynamic Syntax conference will take place at Edinburgh University on 17-18thApril 2017. The meeting will bring together those using Dynamic Syntax in their research, as well as those interested in the empirical, computational, and theoretical issues surrounding Dynamic Syntax and its use. Example topics include: the syntax-pragmatics interfaceincremental language processing & grammars, dialogue modelling, fragments and ellipsis, quantification and incremental distributional semantics. We especially welcome content that compares other formalisms to Dynamic Syntax (first principles, formal properties, problematic phenomena etc.).

Dynamic Syntax (DS): Whilst there is broad consensus that humans process linguistic input incrementally, in real time, the dynamics of this process are often not reflected in most formal accounts of linguistic knowledge. Dynamic Syntax (Cann et al. 2005, Kempson et al. 2001, 2011) is a grammar formalism that directly models the dynamics of parsing and production in real-time. On this view, linguistic knowledge is the ability to process (parse and produce) language, incrementally, in context, where syntax is recast as sets of constraints on the incremental building up of semantic and contextual representations from words encountered in a string.

DS Master Class: The conference will also feature a DS 'master class' providing an introduction to the framework, as well as the tools and mechanisms of linguistic analysis (instructor TBC).

Keynote: We are delighted to announce that Prof. Ruth Kempson will deliver the keynote address (title TBC).

Call for AbstractsWe welcome papers directly employing the tools of Dynamic Syntax, as well as those that engage with issues relating to parsing-based approaches to the representation of natural language, incremental systems of grammar, and/or the syntax-semantics and syntax-pragmatic interfaces.

Abstract guidelinesAbstracts should be anonymous and no longer than 2 A4 pages, including references. The deadline for submissions is 11th of February 2017. We ask for abstracts to be sent in PDF or Word formats to Arash Eshghi (). For additional information please contact Arash Eshghi ()

Organisers: Ronnie Cann (University of Edinburgh), Arash Eshghi (Heriot-Watt University)James Reid (University of Edinburgh)

Programme Committee (TBC): Ruth Kempson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Ronnie Cann, Matthew Purver, Christine Howes, Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Arash Eshghi, Ronnie Cann, James Reid, Julian Hough, Miriam Bouzouita, Hannah Gibson, Lutz Marten, Jieun Kiaer

Development of DS-TTR: Satellite event at ESSLLI 2017

As recent work by Arash Eshghi, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Julian Hough and Matt Purver (among others) shows, a new paradigm combining Dynamic Syntax (DS) and Type Theory with Records (TTR) is currently emerging. In order to tie the Formal Approaches to the Dynamics of Linguistic Interaction workshop to current research and to provide insights into pending developments in the field, the workshop organisers have proposed an informal satellite event on DS-TTR. 

After a brief presentation of the current version of DS-TTR by Eshghi and Gregoromichelaki, the session will involve general informal discussions involving current concerns and proposed developments such as the dynamic construction of record types vs current mixture of DS actions and tree structures with TTR decorations; lexical meaning in TTR vs Conceptual Spaces, metalinguistic uses; analysis of case morphologies, speech acts; probabilistic versions of DS-TTR.

Details HERE.

Dynamic Syntax conference programme - revised

The first Dynamic Syntax conference
19/20th April 2017
SOAS University of London

Download the pdf version of the programme here: DSconferenceprogramme16042017.pdf

Click on a talk title to download the abstract.

Day 1 – 19/4/17 Room S209

10:00-11:00 DS tutorial : An Introduction to the framework (Jieun Kiaer)
11:00-11:30 BREAK

Session 1: Chair Miriam Bouzouita
11:30-12:00 Stergios Chatzikyriakidis: Modification in Dynamic Syntax
12:00-12:30 Darryl Turner: Relative clauses as appositional nominal
12:30-13:00 Peter Edelsten: An incremental approach to parsing information structure
13:00-14:30 LUNCH

Session 2: Chair Christine Howes
14:30-15:00 Hannah Gibson & Lutz Marten: Underspecification and procedural meaning: Lexical NPs as anaphora
15:00-15:30 Yan Jiang: Chinese Anaphora: Lexical Encoding, Distributive Alternation and Reference Tracking
15:30-16:00 Andriana Koumbarou: Focusing Hindi and the dynamics of left to right parsing in context
16:00-16:45 BREAK (including poster presentation by Stephen Jones)

Session 3: Chair Lutz Marten
16:45-17:45 Ronnie Cann: Construing person pronouns without features

18:30 DINNER at TAS Bloomsbury

Day 2 – 20/4/17 Room S209

Session 4: Chair Yan Jiang
10:30-11:00 James Reid: Parsing-modulated antecedent-selection in proposition-controlled free adjuncts
11:00-11:30 Miriam Bouzouita & Hannah Gibson: Constraints on Structural Underspecification: Compound tenses in Old Spanish and East African Bantu
11:30-12:00 BREAK

Session 5: Chair Hannah Gibson
12:00-12:30 Riham Abudonia: Passive strategies and argument structure in Luganda: a dynamic syntax account
12:30-13:00 Nadia Christopher: Kazakh Differential Object Marking – the Dynamic Syntax Approach
13:00-14:30 LUNCH

Session 6: Chair Stergios Chatzikyriakidis
14:30-15:00 Mehrnoosh Sadzadeh & Matt Purver: Incremental Distributional Semantics for Dynamic Syntax
15:00-15:30 Christine Howes & Arash Eshghi: Formalising backchannel relevance spaces
15:30-16:00 Jieun Kiaer and Naya Choi: Analysing two-year-old's dialogue corpus in DS
16:00-16:30 BREAK and planning