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Call for papers

The Department of Linguistics and Literature of the University of Padua is very happy to announce that the 8th Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting will take place at the Universities of Padua and Venice on June 20 – 22 2014. The meeting aims to bring together dialectologists working on any aspect of the syntax and/or morphology of the dialects of Italy (including non-Romance varieties such as Germanic, Greek, Slavonic, and Albanian varieties) and encourages all approaches – whether synchronic or diachronic, descriptive or theoretical (all frameworks) – to the regional languages and dialects spoken throughout Italy.

The invited speakers for CIDSM 8 are:

- Christina Tortora (CUNY, College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center)

- Delia Bentley (University of Manchester)

The conference will include a special lecture by professor Richard Kayne (NYU) and a roundtable on ‘Dialects and Diachrony’ chaired by Mair Parry (Bristol) with the participation of Paola Benincà, Guglielmo Cinque, Michela Cennamo, Anna Laura Lepschy, Giulio Lepschy, Adam Ledgeway, Nicola Munaro, Cecilia Poletto, Ian Roberts, John Charles Smith, Rosanna Sornicola, Laura Vanelli, Nigel Vincent.


Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) and posters on any aspect of the syntax and/or morphology of the dialects of Italy. The conference languages are English and Italian (although English is preferred). Abstracts must be sent to no later than March 31 2014. Speakers will be notified of the results of their abstract review by 30 April. 

Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author. The abstract should include the title, but not the author’s name(s). Abstracts should be no longer than two pages in length (including examples and references), in 12-point type.


Those who are interested in attending the meeting, whether presenting a paper or not, should also send an e-mail to by Sunday 15 June to register (no registration fee). There will also be a conference dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 (if you wish to attend, please send an email to by Friday 31 May). Further information (including accommodation) will be provided in due course on our website:

CIDSM 8 Organising Committee:

Diego Pescarini (University of Padua)

Jacopo Garzonio (University of Venice)

Silvia Rossi (University of Venice)

Diana Passino (University of Padua)

Davide Bertocci (University of Padua)

Paola Benincà (University of Padua)


CIDSM Steering Committee:

Roberta D’Alessandro (Universiteit Leiden)

Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)