University of Surrey, June 7-8, 2010


NOTE that this conference has been rescheduled from April 2010, when the volcanic ash situation prevented most speakers from coming.

In June 2010 we will be holding a two-day conference on periphrasis, the situation where a grammatical function normally realised by a single word is expressed by more than one word. The dual nature of periphrasis (morphological function performed by means of syntax) presents interesting problems for linguistic theory. These have not yet been resolved, in part because the theoretical devices available have been inadequate and partly because the range of data considered has been rather narrow. Little is known about the extent of typological variation of periphrastic constructions, their interaction with the morphology and syntax of the languages they are found in, the way they adapt to morphological structure, and the changes they undergo over time on the way from being a free syntactic phrase to being a part of the inflectional paradigm.

The conference arises from an ESRC funded project on periphrasis, within the Surrey Morphology Group, involving Greville Corbett, Dunstan Brown and Marina Chumakina.

Programme, abstracts and information for presenters

The programme of the conference and the abstracts are available here.

Data projection

A data projector will be available. A computer will also be available, but you are welcome to bring your own laptop, especially if you are using special fonts.

Conference location

The Treetops room, Wates House, University of Surrey. Travel details and the campus map is available here.


There is no conference fee, but if you would like to attend the conference, it is important that you send us the following information so that we know the numbers for lunch and coffee:

Your name:

Your affiliation and address:

Days you are planning to attend (choose from June, 7-8 / June 7 only / June 8 only):

Whether you have any dietary requirements.

Please send this information by email to as soon as possible, and by June 1 at the latest.


The invited speakers will be staying in the Holiday Inn, Guildford. You are welcome to book there. Alternatives can be found on a list of accommodation in Guildford available here.

A list of B&Bs is available here

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