Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory 2021

The 3rd Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory (PSST 20202021) will take place virtually, on March 19th and 20th, 2021.

The theme for this meeting of PSST is “Typology and Variation”. This workshop will feature talks that take up syntactic data (or data at the interfaces with syntax) beyond a single language, dialect, and/or individual speaker, in order to inform everything from analyses of a single language to holistic models of the grammar.

The PSST workshop will meet online in 2021, parallel to the 2021 meeting of PɸF. Talks will be delivered live, and interaction will take place synchronously over Zoom and (a)synchronously over Discord (more info about Discord). Registrants will be emailed instructions with links for the Zoom meetings and the Discord server.

Schedule and Abstracts

Abstracts are posted at this link.

The schedule is posted below. Note that times are in Eastern US Time. (During PSST, this will be UTC−04:00.) The current time in Eastern US Time is given below.

Friday March 19
9:15 – 9:30 — PSST Welcome —
9:30 – 10:15 Artemis Alexiadou An indeterminate counter in Greek: plurality and imprecision
10:25 – 11:10 Bronwyn Bjorkman When syncretism can (or can’t) fix feature mismatches
11:10 – 11:50 — Mingling over Zoom —
— Break for Lunch / Tea Time —
12:40 – 1:25 Neil Myler Three approaches to Mirror Principle violations and their typological predictions
1:35 – 2:20 Laura Kalin On the (non-)transparency of infixes that surface at a morpheme juncture
2:20 – ??? — Mingling over Zoom —
Saturday March 20
9:15 – 9:30 — Mingling over Zoom —
9:30 – 10:15 Susi Wurmbrand Voice restructuring cross-linguistically—evidence for a synthesis model of complementation
10:25 – 11:10 Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria On polarity and negation in polar question-answer pairs
11:10 – 11:50 — Mingling over Zoom —
— Break for Lunch / Tea Time —
12:40 – 1:25 Becky Tollan Dependency paths and extraction constraints
1:35 – 2:20 Byron Ahn Emphatic weak certainty in English: focus at the syntax-semantics/-phonology interfaces
2:20 – ??? — Mingling over Zoom —

PSST 2021 Speakers

(listed alphabetically)

Byron Ahn (Princeton University)
Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University)
Bronwyn Bjorkman (Queen’s University)
Laura Kalin (Princeton University)
Neil Myler (Boston University)
Becky Tollan (University of Delaware)
Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (University of the Basque Country)
Susi Wurmbrand (University of Vienna)


Registration is free, but to receive the complete Zoom meeting information that you will need, you must register at the following link by the start of the workshop.

Registration Form

Contact Information

PSST email address: [our 4-letter acronym]

Organizers: Byron Ahn and Laura Kalin

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