Dynamic Syntax Conference: List of accepted talks

Along with our keynote talk from Ruth Kempson (Dynamic Syntax on the Move), we are excited to announce the list of talks accepted to the DS conference in London:

Riham Abudonia (Cairo University) - Passive strategies and argument structure in Luganda: a dynamic syntax account

Miriam Bouzouita (Ghent University) and Hannah Gibson (SOAS University of London) - Constraints on Structural Underspecification: Compound tenses in Old Spanish and East African Bantu

Ronnie Cann (University of Edinburgh) - Construing personal pronouns without features

Stergios Chatzikyriakidis (University of Gothenburg) - Modification in Dynamic Syntax

Nadia Christopher (SOAS University of London) - Kazakh Differential Object Marking – the Dynamic Syntax Approach

Peter Edelsten (SOAS University of London) - An incremental approach to parsing information structure.

Hannah Gibson and Lutz Marten (SOAS University of London) -  Underspecification and procedural meaning: Lexical NPs as anaphora

Christine Howes (University of Gothenburg) and Arash Eshghi (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) - Formalising backchannel relevance spaces

Stephen Jones (University of Oxford) - Building processing models with DS and LFG: Some challenges

Yan Jiang (SOAS University of London) - Chinese Anaphora: Lexical Encoding, Distributive Alternation and Reference Tracking

Jieun Kiaer (Oxford University) - Analysing two-year-old's dialogue corpus in DS

Andriana Koumbarou (SOAS University of London) - Focusing in Hindi and the dynamics of left to right parsing in context

James Reid (University of Edinburgh) - Parsing-modulated antecedent-selection in proposition-controlled free adjuncts

Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary University of London), Matt Purver (Queen Mary University of London), Ruth Kempson (King’s College London) - Incremental Distributional Semantics for Dynamic Syntax

Daniel Sax (University of Warsaw) - A DS solution to a puzzle in Polish: TO introducing LINKed structures

Darryl Turner (University of Edinburgh) - Relative clauses as appositional nominal

Xiaolong Yang (Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics) - A dynamic account of verb copying cleft construction in Chinese

The first Dynamic Syntax conference

Date: 19-20th April 2017

Location: SOAS University of London, London, UK

Meeting Description

Whilst there is broad consensus that humans process linguistic input in real time, the dynamics of this process are often not reflected in most formal accounts of linguistic knowledge. Dynamic Syntax (DS; Cann et al. 2005, Kempson et al. 2001, 2011) is a grammar formalism that aims to capture the parsing/production process in real-time. Under the Dynamic Syntax approach, linguistic knowledge is considered to be the ability to parse spoken language in context, whilst syntax is the constraint-based way in which representations of context can be built up from words encountered in a string.

We are pleased to announce that the first Dynamic Syntax conference will take place at SOAS University of London on 19-20th April 2017. The meeting will bring together those using DS in their research, as well as those who are interested in issues that lie at the heart of the theoretical approach.

The conference will also include a DS 'master class' providing an introduction to the framework, as well as the tools and mechanisms of analysis.

We are also delighted to announce that Professor Ruth Kempson will deliver the keynote address at the conference.

Call for Papers

We 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 guidelines

Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than 1 A4 page, including references. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. The deadline for submissions is 9th January 2017. We ask for abstracts to be sent in PDF or Word to Hannah Gibson ().

For additional information please contact Hannah Gibson ()


Hannah Gibson (SOAS University of London)

Jieun Kiaer (University of Oxford)

Lutz Marten (SOAS University of London)