Symposium on the History of English Syntax

Posted on April 27, 2014 by



On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May, Manchester will be hosting the 12th York-Holland Symposium on the History of English Syntax (SHES). Here’s the programme:

Sat 17th:
13:00-13:15: Welcome
13:15-14:00: Erwin Komen & Ans van Kemenade (Nijmegen): “Subject position variation in PP-initial clauses”
14:00-14:45: Gea Dreschler (Amsterdam): “The emergence of the locative inversion pattern in Early Modern English”
14:45-15:30: Thijs Lubbers (Edinburgh): “‘After the dust has settled’? Information Structure as an indicator of style in Early Modern English”
15:30-16:00: Break
16:00-16:45: Tom McFadden (ZAS Berlin): “What the history of the perfect can tell us about the decline of Old English preverbal ge-”
16:45-17:30: Gertjan Postma (Meertens Institute): “Structural factors in the decline of the passive auxiliary weorþan in the history of English”
17:30-18:15: Olga Fischer (Amsterdam): “The mechanisms involved in the development of the semi-auxiliary have to”
19:00: Dinner

Sun 18th:
09:30-10:15: David Denison (Manchester): “This won’t take long”
10:15-11:00: Tine Breban (Manchester): “Indefinite determiners in Middle English”
11:00-11:30: Break
11:30-12:15: Meta Links (Nijmegen): “Correlative constructions in earlier English: characteristics of the þa … þa construction”
12:15-13:00: Theresa Biberauer & Ian Roberts (Cambridge): “Conditional inversion and types of parametric change”
13:00-13:30: Business meeting
13:30: Lunch and farewells

If you’d like to attend, please email George Walkden to register.

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