31st Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop

Wallenberg Research Center, STIAS, Stellenbosch, RSA

December 1, 2016 – December 3, 2016

* Importance Notice: Change of Dates

Given the high quality of the abstracts that CGSW 31 received, we are pleased to announce that the conference has been extended by half a day and will now be running from 1-3 December, starting after lunch on the 1st, instead of 2-3 December as initially planned.



Invited Speakers

Roland Hinterhölzl (Venice)

Jason Merchant (Chicago)

Tarald Taraldsen (Tromsø)




The 31st edition of the Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop will be a historic one as this will be the first CGSW to be held in Africa. Stellenbosch University in South Africa’s beautiful Western Cape Province will be hosting this meeting, which will take place on 1-3 December 2016, at the Wallenberg Research Centre at the Stellenbosch Intstitute for Advanced Study (STIAS).

Given the location of the conference, we are very interested in research focusing on lesser studied Germanic varieties, particularly those that have developed and/or been used in contact situations, including “extraterritorial” varieties of continental Germanic. Papers focusing on “non-standard” varieties and on phenomena like code-switching are also very welcome, as are papers considering how aspects of the structure of non-Germanic languages spoken in southern Africa (may) have impacted on the structure of Germanic languages spoken in this part of the world.




Theresa Biberauer (Submissions & Review): samtb23@gmail.com

Erin Pretorius (Local Organiser:): erink@sun.ac.za

Kate Huddlestone (Support with the online conference system): katevg@sun.ac.za

Lauren Onraët (Registration & Administrative Support): linguis@sun.ac.za

Anthea Joseph (Administrative Support)




Submissions open on 15 February 2016 and will close on 31 May 2016 at midnight. Authors will be notified by 1 July 2016 whether their submissions have been successful.

To submit an abstract for CGSW 31, it is necessary to create a login on the conferences.sun system. Follow this link to the submissions page, where you will be prompted to register on the site before making a submission:  http://conferences.sun.ac.za/index.php/cgsw31/cgsw31/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions




We would like to extend a big thank-you to all of our reviewers, listed below, whose enthusiastic willingness to contribute to CGSW 31 we appreciate enormously.

1. Peter Ackema
2. Sjef Barbiers
3. Marijke de Belder
4. Kristine Bentzen
5. Theresa Biberauer
6. Jonathan Bobaljik
7. Anne Breitbarth
8. Federica Cognola
9. Norbert Corver
10. Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
11. Lieven Danckaert
12. Marcel den Dikken
13. Tolli Eythorsson
14. Eric Fuss
15. Remus Gergel
16. Eric Haeberli
17. Will Harwood
18. Caroline Heycock
19. Anders Holmberg
20. Tabea Ihsane
21. Ans van Kemenade
22. Marjo van Koppen
23. Hans van de Koot
24. Marit Julien
25. Tom Leu
26. Terje Lohndal
27. Bettelou Los
28. Jason Merchant
29. Gereon Müller
30. Neil Myler
31. Dennis Ott
32. Gertjan Postma
33. Erin Pretorius
34. Mike Putnam
35. Ian Roberts
36. Dorian Roehrs
37. Martin Salzmann
38. Florian Schaefer
39. Volker Struckmeier
40. Andreas Trotzke
41. Rob Truswell
42. George Walkden
43. Andrew Weir
44. Rebecca Woods
45. Wim van der Wurff
46. Susi Wurmbrand
47. Hedde Zeijlstra
48. Jan-Wouter Zwart




CGSW has taken place annually for just over thirty years (the history of the conference, maintained by Prof Jan-Wouter Zwart, can be accessed here: http://www.let.rug.nl/~zwart/cgsw/history.htm), and constitutes a meeting of an international community of generative syntacticians working to understand the structure of Germanic languages.




Submissions deadline extention only available to Peer Reviewers

As we are now entering crunch-time, I get a few requests that we extent the submissions deadline. However, if it is allowed, it will bring an unfair
burden to the review panel.
We therefore, have the following arrangement:
Two weeks' deadline extension will be granted to everyone who availed themselves for the peer review panel, updated their review interests profile, and who are committed respond within 4 weeks to at most 5 review requests from papers submitted late by other authors (if you submitted more that one late paper, you commit yourself to number of reviews = 3 x number of papers submitted).
If you would like to make use of this opportunity:
  1. Log into http://conferences.sun.ac.za/index.php/saiie28/saiie28/user/profile
  2. Update your review interests. This will be used to assign papers to the most appropriate reviewer.
  3. Clearly state your affiliation in the appropriate window, so that we can ensure that papers are not reviewed by persons from the same institution.
  4. At the bottom of your profile window, make sure that the "Reviewer"-role is ticked of.
  5. Save

The submission backdoor will be opened from 30 June - 3 July 2017. Everyone will be able to sneak in a paper, but papers by authors who did not follow the steps above will be rejected.

I will keep the submissions front door open for everyone until 19 June 2017 to account for last minute events under Murphy's Law.

All of the best of the finalization of your paper. We are looking forward to this batch of excellent work,

Posted: 2017-06-15

To prepare your paper for 18 June 2017


consult the author guidelines of the SAJIE: http://sajie.journals.ac.za/pub/about/submissions. The papers published in the conference proceedings only are generally shorter than the full journal papers.

The Afrikaans translation of the abstract is not a requirement for the conference proceedings.

Posted: 2017-05-18

Submissions awaited of full papers for accepted abstract


Submissions awaited of full papers for accepted abstract. No new abstracts for the academic track can be accepted.

Abstracts for the "Presentations Only" track can still be accepted.

Posted: 2017-05-02
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