Call for Papers

22nd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 22)

1. Meeting Description

The 22nd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 22) will take place at Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea, from August 12 (Wednesday) through August 14 (Friday), 2020. The conference will be co-hosted by the Korean Generative Grammar Circle and Center for Area Studies at Gyeongsang National University and supervised by Center for Korean Studies at Korea University. This year’s SICOGG will take place online as a virtual conference, due to current health concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19. It is the first time in its history that SICOGG will be run online.

SICOGG 22 will consist of a general session, three workshops on topic and focus, and a series of lectures by the plenary speaker. The main theme of the general session is ‘The Syntax-Pragmatics Interface in Generative Grammar’. The confirmed invited speakers are as follows:

Plenary speaker:
Professor Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore)
Invited workshop speakers:
Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
Professor Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea)
Professor Jungmee Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)

2. General Session

Equal consideration will be given to papers from all areas of generative grammar, which may include syntactic theory, the syntax-pragmatics interface, the syntax-semantics interface, the syntax-morphology interface, the syntax-phonology interface, syntactic acquisition, and any other syntax-related interests. Applicants for oral/poster presentations in the general session must submit their abstracts by May 15 (Friday), 2020 

The general session of SICOGG 22 features a series of invited lectures by Professor Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore). The topic of the lectures is the theory of focus at the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface. Professor Erlewine will introduce theoretical approaches and problems in the analysis of focus particles with an emphasis on recent results from languages of Asia. Some specific topics that the lectures will discuss, or which are related to the lectures, include:

  • The syntax and semantics of focus and discourse particles, including questions of particle placement (pied-piping, anti-pied-piping);
  • The status of information-structural features such as [topic], [focus], [given] in the grammar;
  • The prosodic realization of focus;
  • Variation and possible universals in the cross-linguistic semantics of focus particles;
  • The relationship of focus alternatives to the semantics of questions, disjunction, and indefinites;
  • The role of context and structure in the calculation of alternatives.

We especially encourage submissions touching on any of these topics.

3. Workshop

The workshop on topic and focus will feature invited talks by Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan), Professor Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea), and Professor Jungmee Lee (Seoul National University, Korea).

Workshop 1 will feature an invited talk by Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University), which provides an in-depth discussion on the focus construals of reflexives and wh’s-in-situ in Chinese. The investigation will look into the quantificational properties shared by both types of expressions, particularly in relation to their syntactic distributions and corresponding interpretations under the cartographic approach. Workshop 2 will feature an invited talk by Professor Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul) whose theme is “Differential Case Marking, Information Structure and Tense Revisited: Pragmatic Bases and Processing Motivations”. Workshop 3 will feature an invited talk by Professor Jungmee Lee (Seoul National University), which will address current issues concerning “Temporal constraints on the meaning of modalized sentences”.

For the workshops, abstract submissions are invited for oral presentations on issues having to do with the workshop theme “Topic and Focus”.

4. Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted using the EasyAbs service of the LINGUIST List. All you need to do is visit and click on Abstract Submission. Then, follow the online guidelines to upload your abstract in either the .pdf or .doc format. Note, however, that the .doc format is acceptable only if the abstract contains no special fonts or diagrams. Only electronic submissions through the aforementioned link will be taken into considerationAbstracts should be anonymous and may not exceed 2 pages (A4/US letter), including examples (embedded within the text) and references, with 2.54 cm (1 inch) margin on all four sides and should employ the font Times New Roman 12 pts. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. Please indicate whether the submitted work is proposed for a poster, an oral presentation, or either. Abstracts should be submitted no later than May 15 (Friday), 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or after June 12 (Friday), 2020. Each speaker will be allotted 20 minutes for oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. For poster presentations, each presenter will be allotted 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

5. Proceedings Paper Submission

Accepted papers (including poster presentation papers) will be published in The Proceedings of the 22nd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, which will be available online. All presenters will be asked to provide their paper in both .pdf and .doc formats by July 31 (Friday), 2020. The text should be single-spaced and the general page limit is 20 pages including appendices and references. The page limit of a poster presentation paper is 10 pages including appendices and references.

6. Contact Information

All information about the conference will be available at Participants are asked to check this site to keep up to date regarding possible alterations and changes. Inquiries concerning abstract submission and other queries about the conference should be sent to

7. Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: May 15, 2020 May 31, 2020
  • Review result notification: On or after June 12, 2020
  • Proceedings paper submission deadline: July 31, 2020
  • Conference dates: August 12 through August 14, 2020

SICOGG 22 Organizing Committee:

S.-H. Gyemyong Ahn (Hanyang University)
Michael Barrie (Sogang University)
Seungwan Ha (Kyungpook National Uinversity)
Rhanghyeyun Kim (Korea University)
Tae Sik Kim (Seoul National University of Science & Technology)
Jong Kun Lee (Mokpo National University)
Dongwoo Park (Korea National Open Univeristy)
Myung-Kwan Park (Dongguk University)
Junghyoe Yoon (Gyeongsang National University)