York-Newcastle-Holland Symposium on the History of English Syntax (SHES9)


The ninth instalment of the York-Newcastle-Holland Symposium on the History of English Syntax (SHES9) will be held in Leiden, following our tradition of alternating British and Dutch venues. The aim of the Symposium is to give researchers the opportunity to present and listen to work-in-progress in the field of English historical syntax, with a focus on approaches that investigate the relation between quantitative findings and structural factors.

The Symposium will take place on Saturday 16 April and Sunday 17 April 2011 at the Gravensteen.


Saturday 16 April

13.15-13.30 Welcome

Richard Zimmermann (University of Geneva)
‘Towards a probabilistic model of syntactic change:

The interaction between V-to-C movement and negation in early English’


Richard Ingham (Birmingham City University)
‘Pseudo-Stylistic Fronting and Late Middle English negation’

15.00-15.30 Break
15.30-16.15 Phillip Wallage & Wim van der Wurff
(University of Northumbia & Newcastle University)
‘Ways of saying yes in early Old English’

An van Linden, Kristin Davidse & Lot Brems
(Catholic University Leuven & Research Foundation Flanders (FWO))
‘The role of polarity in the development of verbonominal expressions

of dynamic and deontic modality’

17.30-18.30 Drinks
19.00 Dinner

Sunday 17 April

10.15-11.00 Joel Wallenberg (University of Iceland)
‘Toward a field of quantitative comparative information structure’
11.00-11.45 Susan Pintzuk & Ann Taylor (University of York)
'A preliminary investigation into clause hierarchy effects in Old English’
11.45-12.15 Break

Rosanne Hebing (Radboud University Nijmegen)
‘What is going on here? Issues surrounding the English progressive

at its earliest stage’ 

13.00-13.45 Ans van Kemenade (Radboud University Nijmegen)
‘The loss of V2: causes and courses’
13.45-14.00 Business meeting


Marion Elenbaas, m.b.elenbaas@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Martina Noteboom, m.h.noteboom@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Esrih Bakker

Department of English Language and Culture/LUCL

Last Modified: 12-04-2011