DiGS

The Diachronic Generative Syntax conference has been running since 1990: at first every two years, then annually since 2008. It's a forum for people to present work on diachronic and historical syntax that is informed by, and informs, generative syntactic theory.

Though the conference goes back to 1990, the acronym, DiGS, was not in use until the 1995 Montreal workshop.

Since there's no clear record of the conference's past anywhere on the interwebs, as far as I can see, I decided to create this page as a little summary for posterity.

History of DiGS

Year Location Date Programme Volume
2018 University of York - - -
2017 Stellenbosch University 5th-8th September programme -
2016 Universiteit Gent 29th June-1st July programme -
2015 Háskóli Íslands (Reykjavík) 29th-31st May programme TBA
2014 Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest) 3rd-5th July programme TBA
2013 University of Ottawa 1st-3rd Aug programme Mathieu, Eric, & Robert Truswell (eds.). 2017. Micro-change and macro-change in diachronic syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2012 Universidade de Lisboa 3rd-6th July programme Martins, Ana Maria, & Adriana Cardoso (eds.). 2018. Word order change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2011 University of Pennsylvania 2nd-5th June programme TBA
2010 University of Cambridge 14th-16th July programme Biberauer, Theresa, & George Walkden (eds.). 2015. Syntax over time: lexical, morphological and information-structural interactions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2009 Universidade Estadual de Campinas 22nd-24th July programme Galves, Charlotte, Sonia Cyrino, Ruth Lopes, Filomena Sandalo, & Juanito Avelar (eds.). 2012. Parameter theory and linguistic change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2008 Cornell University 7th-9th Aug programme -
2006 Università degli Studi di Trieste 8th-10th June programme Crisma, Paola, & Giuseppe Longobardi (eds.). 2009. Historical syntax and linguistic theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2004 Yale University 24th-27th June programme Jonas, Dianne, John Whitman, & Andrew Garrett (eds.). 2012. Grammatical change: origins, nature, outcomes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2002 Universitat de Girona 27th-29th June programme Batllori, Montse, Maria-Lluïsa Hernanz, Carme Picallo, & Francesc Roca (eds.). 2005. Grammaticalization and parametric variation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2000 University of Maryland 22nd-24th May programme Lightfoot, David (ed.). 2002. Syntactic effects of morphological change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
1998 University of York 30th May-1st June programme Pintzuk, Susan, George Tsoulas, & Anthony Warner (eds.). 2000. Diachronic syntax: models and mechanisms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
1995 Université du Quebec à Montreal 31st Oct-2nd Nov programme -
1994 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 30th March-1st April programme van Kemenade, Ans, & Nigel Vincent (eds.). 1997. Parameters of morphosyntactic change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
1992 University of Pennsylvania 5th-8th November programme -
1990 University of York 10th-11th April participants Battye, Adrian, & Ian Roberts (eds.). 1995. Clause structure and language change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

If you can help fill in any of the gaps, or have any further information, please email me! Thanks in particular to Susan Pintzuk, Ian Roberts and Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson for help so far.

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