The 12th Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting (CIDSM) will take place in the Department of Italian of the University of Cambridge on 3–5 July 2017. carta_dialeti_italia_picola-240x300

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) and encourages all approaches – whether synchronic or diachronic, descriptive or theoretical (all frameworks) – to the regional languages and dialects spoken throughout Italy.

Invited speakers of CIDSM 12:

–      Alessandro De Angelis, Università di Messina
–      Martin Maiden, University of Oxford
–      Tania Paciaroni, Universität Zürich


CIDSM 12 will feature a one-day workshop on (Italo-)Greek varieties: 
(Italo-)Greek Dialects Past & Present:Investigating the Grammars of Endangered Varieties.
The workshop will be held on the first day of the meeting (3 July).

 Invited speakers for the Workshop:

–       Io Manolessou, Academy of Athens
–       Angela Ralli, University of Patras
–       Ioanna Sitaridou, University of Cambridge

 The workshop will also feature a presentation of current research by the Leverhulme-funded project Fading Voices in Southern Italy’ (PI: Adam Ledgeway) and the AHRC-funded project Greek in Italy‘ (PI: James Clackson).


There will be a registration fee of £10 to cover the costs of refreshments. There will also be a conference dinner on the evening of Tuesday 4 July at Clare College. The cost of the dinner is £48.50. Those who are interested in attending the meeting (and optionally the dinner), whether presenting a paper or not, should register and complete their payment here.

Registrations open on 16 March and close on  30 June.


Day 1 _ 3 July: Greek-Romance Workshop

9.30 – 10.00 Registration, Welcome
10.00 – 10.45 Key note speakers
Angela Ralli, Io Manolessou
(University of Patras, Academy of Athens)
Loan noun integration in Italiot
10.45 – 11.15 Cristina Guardiano, Melita Stavrou
(Università di Modena e Reggio E., University of Thessaloniki)
On the loss of polydefiniteness in Italiot Greek
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12:30 Key note speaker
Livia Tagliapietra
(University of Cambridge)
Greek in ancient South Italy: new hypotheses about dialect contact and identity
12.30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 14.45 Key note speaker
Ioanna Sitaridou
(University of Cambridge)
Continuity, contact, and change at the north-eastern extremity of the Greek-speaking world
14.45 – 15:15 Annamaria Chilà
(Università di Messina)
Il sincretismo genitivo-dativo nella varietà reggina di S. Luca
15.15 – 15:45 Coffee break
15.45 – 16:15 Eva-Maria Remberger
(University of Vienna)
The morphosyntax of ‘can’ in Southern Italian Greek: A comparative perspective
16:15 – 17:35 Adam Ledgeway, Norma Schifano, Giuseppina Silvestri
(University of Cambridge)
Project Presentation
Fading voices in Southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia

 Day 2 _ 4 July: Romance Main Session

8.45 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.45 Key note speaker
Martin Maiden
(University of Oxford)
What Are ‘Morphomes’ Made Of? Italo-Romance Evidence for the Substance of Morphomic Structures
9.45 – 10:15 Pavel Štichauer
(Charles University of  Prague)
Morphologization of RF in some of the mixed paradigms in Italo-Romance
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:15 Paolo Lorusso, Ludovico Franco
(Università di Firenze, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
The subject morphology and the progressive aspect in some Southern Italian varieties
11:15-11:45 Luigi Andriani
(University of Cambridge)
The spread of inflected forms in Apulo-Barese aspectual periphrases
11:45-12:15 Giuseppe Torcolacci, Edoardo Cavirani
(University of Leiden, Meertens Institute)
Gender and Number marking on NPs. The case of Lunigiana dialects
12:15 – 13:45 Lunch break
13:45 – 14.30 Key note speaker
Alessandro De Angelis
(Università di Messina)
Articolo definito e accusativo preposizionale- una distribuzione complementare nelle lingue romanze?
14.30 – 15.00 Kathrin Anne Neuburger
(Bergische Universität Wuppertal)
Anaphoric direct objects and Differential Object Marking in Corsican
15.00 – 15.30 Iara Mantenuto
(University of California, Los Angeles)
A morphosyntactic analysis of ‘other’ in Teramano
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 16.30 Marco Maggiore
(Istituto Opera del Vocabolario Italiano, CNR Firenze)
Le varietà italoromanze tra morfologia e lessicografia
16.30 – 17.00 Walter Breu
(University of Konstanz)
Il destino del locativo slavomolisano nel contatto linguistico slavo-romanzo
17.00 – 17.30 Vincenzo Di Caro
(Università di Venezia)
A macro-comparative analysis of Sicilian and Arabic Pseudo-Coordination with motion verb ‘go’
17.30 – 18.00 Silvio Cruschina
(University of Vienna)
Motion verbs and the expression of surprise in Sicilian
19:00 Social dinner

Day 3 _ 5 July: Romance Main Session

8.45 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.45 Key note speaker
Tania Paciaroni
(University of Zurich)
L’accordo del verbo in ripano: forme e condizioni
9.45 – 10:15 Jan Casalicchio
(Università di Trento)
Unstressed subject pronouns in Gardenese Rhaeto-romance: neither weak nor clitic?
10.15-10.45 Michele Loporcaro, Serena Romagnoli, Mario Wild
(University of Zurich)
Pronomi personali instabili in logudorese settentrionale
10.45-11:15 Silvia Rossi, Jacopo Garzonio (Università di Padova)
Pronouns and Construct State in Italo-Romance Complex PPs
11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11.45 -12:15 Simone De Cia
(University of Manchester)
Constrastiveness and the geometry of the left periphery. The case of north-eastern Italian dialects
12:15 -12:45 Jacopo Garzonio, Chiara Gianollo
(Università di Padova, Università di Bologna)
From nec to : the interaction of focus and negation
12:45 -13:15 Giulia Donzelli, Diego Pescarini
(University of Zurich)
Clefts and pseudo-clefts in a Lombard dialect
13:15-13:45 Leonardo Savoia, Bendetta Baldi, Maria Rita Manzini
(Università di Firenze)
Sigmatic plural systems in Romance varieties spoken in Italy
13:45-13:50 Conclusive remarks




 The conference will be held in Room 3 of the Lecture Block on the Sidgwick Site of the University of Cambridge. Click here for directions on how to get to Sidgwick Site. 


CIDSM 12 Organizing Committee

 Luigi Andriani
Valentina Colasanti
Alice Corr
Kim Groothuis
Adam Ledgeway
Norma Schifano
Giuseppina Silvestri
M. Olimpia Squillaci

CIDSM Steering Committee

Roberta D’Alessandro

Adam Ledgeway