George Walkden

Invited talks

  • 2016. A semantic solution to the progressive passive puzzle. Paper presented at the 1st DAAD Workshop on Morphosyntactic Change through Corpora in German and Beyond, Cambridge, September 2016.
  • 2016. The diachrony of embedded V2 in Germanic. Paper presented at the Second Workshop on Traces of History, Ullershov, June 2016.
  • 2016. The diachrony of embedded V2 in Germanic. Paper presented at the Workshop on Rethinking Verb-Second, Cambridge, March 2016.
  • 2015. Subject omission in Old English and Chinese. Paper presented at Shandong University, Beijing Languages & Cultures University and East China University of Science and Technology, December 2015.
  • 2015. The nominal domain in Old Saxon. Paper presented at the Workshop on Noun Phrases in Early Germanic, September 2015. [slides]
  • 2015. Relative clauses and preposition stranding in early Germanic. Paper presented at the Relative Clause Colloquium, Frankfurt, June 2015.
  • 2015. Regional variation in Jespersen's Cycle in Early Middle English. (with Donald Alasdair Morrison) Paper presented at the Symposium on the History of English Syntax, Leiden, May 2015.
  • 2015. Language contact and the loss of strict V2. Paper presented at Traces of History, Oslo, March 2015. [slides]
  • 2015. 'Fashionably late' finite verbs in Old English. Paper presented at the Philological Society, Wolfson College, Oxford, March 2015. [slides]
  • 2014. The whether forecast: English embedded questions then and now. Paper presented at the Edinburgh Linguistic Circle, November 2014.
  • 2014. The whether forecast: English embedded questions then and now. Paper presented at the Lancaster Linguistics Circle, November 2014.
  • 2013. Complexity as L2-difficulty: implications for syntactic change. Paper presented at the University of Cambridge Linguistics Forum, November 2013. [slides]
  • 2012. Why language change is not (language) evolution. Plenary presented at the Manchester-Salford New Researchers Forum in Linguistics, November 2012. [slides]
  • 2012. Tying up syntactic loose ends: hwæt/huat-clauses in Old English and Old Saxon. Paper presented at the University of Westminster, October 2012.
  • 2012. Object position and Heavy NP Shift in Old Saxon and beyond. Paper presented at the 2nd Workshop on Information Structure Annotation in Historical Corpora, Oslo, June 2012.
  • 2011. Syntactic reconstruction and null arguments in early Germanic. Paper presented at the Institute for Linguistics and Language Studies Seminar, University of Manchester, October 2011.
  • 2011. Verb-third in early West Germanic: a comparative perspective. Paper presented at the 1st Workshop on Information Structure Annotation in Historical Corpora, Oslo, January 2011.
  • 2010. Tying up syntactic loose ends: hwæt/huat-clauses in Old English and Old Saxon. Talk given at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, December 2010. [handout]
  • 2010. Verb-third in Old English: a comparative perspective. Paper presented at the Symposium on the History of English Syntax, York, May 2010. [handout]

Peer-reviewed conference presentations

  • 2017. Early Germanic preposition stranding revisited. Paper presented at the 32nd Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop, Trondheim, September 2017. [handout]
  • 2017. Exceptions to V2 in Estonian (and Kiezdeutsch). (with Virve Vihman) Paper presented at the SLE Annual Meeting, Zürich, September 2017.
  • 2017. Early Germanic preposition stranding revisited. Paper presented at the 19th International Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference, Stellenbosch, September 2017.
  • 2016. The Person-Case Constraint in Old English. Presented in poster form at the 31st Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop, Stellenbosch, December 2016. [poster]
  • 2016. Germanic syntax beyond Germanic? V2 ‘violations’ in Estonian and in Kiezdeutsch. (with Virve Vihman) Paper presented at the 31st Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop, Stellenbosch, December 2016.
  • 2016. Modifiers in early Germanic: a comparative corpus study. (with Kristin Bech, Hannah Booth, Kersti Börjars, Tine Breban, Svetlana Petrova and Sheila Watts) Paper presented at Grammar and Corpora 2016, Mannheim, November 2016. (GW not present for talk.)
  • 2016. A semantic solution to the progressive passive puzzle. Paper presented at the Workshop on Formal Diachronic Semantics, Konstanz, September 2016.
  • 2016. The Welsh impersonal: towards a middle ground. (with Laura Arman) Paper presented at the Welsh Linguistics Seminar, Gregynog, July 2016. (GW not present for talk.)
  • 2016. A production bias model of the Constant Rate Effect. (with Henri Kauhanen) Paper presented at the 18th International Diachronic Syntax Conference, Ghent, June 2016.
  • 2016. Null subjects and null D: evidence from Germanic. Paper presented at the 18th International Diachronic Syntax Conference, Ghent, June 2016. [slides]
  • 2016. Regional variation in Jespersen's Cycle in Early Middle English. (with Donald Alasdair Morrison) Paper presented at the Angus Mackintosh Symposium on Historical Dialectology, Edinburgh, June 2016. [slides]
  • 2016. A production bias model of the Constant Rate Effect. (with Henri Kauhanen) Paper presented at New Ways of Analysing Syntactic Variation 2, Ghent, May 2016.
  • 2016. The Corpus of Historical Low German: a tagged and parsed corpus of historical Low German. (with Anne Breitbarth, Melissa Farasyn and Sheila Watts) Paper presented at the Workshop on Diachronic Corpora, Genre and Language Change, Nottingham, April 2016.
  • 2016. A production bias model of the Constant Rate Effect. (with Henri Kauhanen) Paper presented at Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) 39, Göttingen, April 2016.
  • 2016. Making the best use of bad data: analysing syntactic change in Middle Low German. (with Anne Breitbarth) Paper presented at the Workshop on Dealing with Bad Data in Linguistic Theory, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, March 2016.
  • 2016. Signal or noise? Biases, interactions and the Constant Rate Effect. (with Henri Kauhanen) Paper presented at the Workshop on Dealing with Bad Data in Linguistic Theory, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, March 2016.
  • 2015. The Welsh impersonal: towards a middle ground. (with Laura Arman) Paper presented at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics, November 2015. [slides]
  • 2015. A population dynamic mechanism for the Constant Rate Effect (and beyond). (with Henri Kauhanen) Paper presented at the 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Naples, July 2015. [slides]
  • 2014. Regional variation in Jespersen's Cycle in Early Middle English. (with Donald Alasdair Morrison) Paper presented at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics, November 2014.
  • 2014. The syntax of partial null argument languages: a view from early Northwest Germanic. Presented in poster form at the 29th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop, York, September 2014. [poster]
  • 2014. Null subjects in Middle English. Paper presented at the 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Leuven, July 2014. [handout]
  • 2014. Language contact and the loss of strict V2. Paper presented at the 16th International Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference, Budapest, July 2014.
  • 2014. Extending the typology of partial null argument languages. Paper presented at the Workshop on Understanding Pro-Drop, Trento, June 2014. [handout]
  • 2014. Null subjects in early Icelandic. (with Kari Kinn and Kristian Rusten) Paper presented at the Workshop on Understanding Pro-Drop, Trento, June 2014.
  • 2014. Die variable Geschwindigkeit von Jespersens Zyklus im Mittelniederdeutschen. (with Anne Breitbarth) Paper presented at the 127th Annual Meeting of the Verein für Niederdeutsche Sprachforschung, Paderborn, June 2014. (GW not present for talk.)
  • 2014. Sociolinguistic typology and syntactic complexity. (with Anne Breitbarth) Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Marburg, March 2014. [handout]
  • 2014. Sociolinguistic typology, syntactic complexity, and Jespersen's Cycle in Middle Low German. (with Anne Breitbarth) Paper presented at FGLS 11 (with SGL), Cambridge, January 2014.
  • 2013. The Person-Case Constraint in Old English. Paper presented at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics, November 2013. [handout]
  • 2013. Diagnosing embedded V2 in Old English and Old French. (with Christine Meklenborg Salvesen) Paper presented at the 15th International Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference, Ottawa, August 2013. (GW not present for talk.)
  • 2013. Null subjects in Old High German and Old Saxon. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Historical Syntax of German, Bamberg, May 2013. [handout]
  • 2013. VP preposing without remnant movement. (with Gary Thoms) Paper presented at the 2nd Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference (CamCoS), May 2013.
  • 2013. Sociolinguistic typology and syntactic complexity. (with Anne Breitbarth) Paper presented at the 2nd Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference (CamCoS), May 2013.
  • 2012. English VP preposing as resumption. Paper presented at the LAGB Annual Meeting, Salford, September 2012. [handout]
  • 2012. Object position and Heavy NP Shift in Old Saxon and beyond. Paper presented at the SLE Annual Meeting, Stockholm, August 2012.
  • 2012. Null subjects in Old English. Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Zürich, August 2012.
  • 2012. Refining the 'null argument cycle': the place of partial null argument languages. Paper presented at the 14th International Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference, Lisbon, July 2012. [slides]
  • 2012. Null subjects in early Northwest Germanic and the challenges of comparing corpora. Paper presented at Exploring Ancient Languages through Corpora, Oslo, June 2012.
  • 2012. Null subjects in the Lindisfarne Gospels as evidence for syntactic variation in Old English. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels, Westminster, April 2012. [slides]
  • 2012. The syntax of partial null argument languages: a diachronic perspective. Paper presented at Synchrony and diachrony: variation and change in language history, Oxford, March 2012. [slides]
  • 2012. Building a corpus for Middle Low German: notes and queries. (with Anne Breitbarth and Sheila Watts) Paper presented at the Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS) 10, Sheffield, January 2012.
  • 2011. Object position and Heavy NP Shift in Old Saxon and beyond. Paper presented at the Workshop on Information Structure: Empirical Perspectives on Theory, Potsdam, December 2011. [slides]
  • 2011. Null arguments in Old English. Paper presented at the LAGB Annual Meeting, Manchester, September 2011. [handout]
  • 2011. The development of Old English "exclamative" hwæt. Paper presented at the 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, July 2011.
  • 2011. The correspondence problem in syntactic reconstruction. Paper presented at the Workshop on Syntactic Reconstruction, 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, July 2011. [slides]
  • 2011. Tying up syntactic loose ends: hwæt/huat-clauses in Old English and Old Saxon. Paper presented at the 13th International Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference (DiGS), Philadelphia, June 2011. [handout]
  • 2011. A Corpus for Middle Low German. (with Anne Breitbarth and Sheila Watts) Paper presented at the Workshop on New Methods in Historical Corpora, Manchester, April 2011. [slides]
  • 2010. Abduction or inertia? The logic of syntactic change. Paper presented at the Sixth Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics (CamLing), December 2010. [handout]
  • 2010. The subject-position alternation in early West Germanic. Paper presented at Grammatical Change and the Expression of Subjects (GCES), Regensburg, December 2010.
  • 2010. Verb-third in early West Germanic: a comparative perspective. Paper presented at the 12th International Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference (DiGS), Cambridge, July 2010. [handout]
  • 2010. 231 from A(frikaans) to Z(ürich German): a challenge to the Final-over-Final Constraint? (with Theresa Biberauer) Paper presented at the LAGB Annual Meeting, Leeds, September 2010.
  • 2010. Verb-third in early West Germanic: a comparative perspective. Paper presented at the LAGB Annual Meeting, Leeds, September 2010.
  • 2010. Reconstructing the syntax of protolanguages: can syntactic theory inform philology? Paper presented at the 5th Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics, 23rd March 2010. [handout]
  • 2010. Reconstructing the syntax of protolanguages: can syntactic theory inform philology? Presented in poster form at Language, Text and History: Linguistics and Philology in the 21st Century, Cambridge, March 2010. [poster]

Other talks

For talks and training sessions on Open Access, see my page on Open Access.

  • 2015. Deriving the Constant Rate Effect in language change. (with Henri Kauhanen) Paper presented at the Manchester Friday Complexity Seminar, November 2015.
  • 2014. Early English dialect morphosyntax: workshop introduction. (with Nynke de Haas) Paper presented at the 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Leuven, July 2014.
  • 2014. Hwæt? Old English outbursts aren't riddles. Talk given at Reflections on Language, University of Manchester, May 2014.
  • 2013. Verb-late clauses in Old English. Talk given at Langwidge Sandwidge, University of Manchester, April 2013. [slides]
  • 2012. English VP fronting and the syntax of Yoda. Talk given at LinguistMix, University of Manchester, November 2012. [slides]
  • 2011. The parameter is dead. Long live the parameter? Commentary on Anders Holmberg & Ian Roberts, Linguistic variation in a Minimalist perspective, at The Past & Future of Universal Grammar, Durham, December 2011.
  • 2011. Old English hwæt. Pecha kucha talk given at the LAGB Annual Meeting, Manchester, September 2011.
  • 2011. FOFC, West Germanic and intervention. Talk given at SyntaxLab, University of Cambridge, January 2011.
  • 2011. Tying up syntactic loose ends: hwæt/huat-clauses in Old English and Old Saxon. Paper presented at the Workshop on Methods in Historical Linguistics, Cambridge, January 2011.
  • 2010. Verb-third in early West Germanic and the Inertial Theory. Talk given at SyntaxLab, University of Cambridge, June 2010.
  • 2009. Syntactic reconstruction as lexical reconstruction: V2 in Proto-Germanic. Pecha kucha talk given at the 3rd Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics, Lesbos, Greece, August 2009. [slides]
  • 2009. Word order and functional features in West Flemish verb clusters. Speed paper presented at the 14th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference, Cambridge, 13th July 2009. [slides]
  • 2009. The Final-over-Final Constraint and West Flemish verb clusters. Talk given at the University of Cambridge, 12th March 2009. [slides]
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