Third AMC Symposium Edinburgh, December 2022

The third AMC Symposium will take place on 5-7 December 2022. It will be held in-person (with no hybrid option) in Edinburgh.

The theme of the Symposium is Change in syntax and phonology: the same or different?

What is the locus of linguistic change? Is it the same in syntax and in phonology? Does language acquisition have a crucial role in change? Or does change happen in adults? Are speakers and hearers equally important in change? Is reanalysis and restructuring always fundamental in implementing change? Is change fed by exogenous or endogenous factors (or both)? Should we expect the answers to these questions to be the same across the grammar, or are there reasons to expect that phonology and syntax will behave differently? These fundamental questions are often overlooked in historical linguistics as we strive to understand particular changes or types of change from specific languages or from only one linguistic level. This symposium intends to offer a space for their discussion by bringing together (historically interested) specialists from both syntax and phonology (and related fields) and by inviting engagement with them. We do not expect to answer all of these questions, but we hope to make progress in understanding them.

The symposium has been kindly supported by the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, Edinburgh University Press and the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh.

Invited speakers


The programme can be found here. It includes details of the talks and posters at the symposium and various pieces of practical information, including information about the room that we will be using and listings and maps to help you find somewhere to eat and drink. (Final update: 2nd December.)

Abstracts booklet

The abstracts booklet can be found here. This will only be available electronically.


The symposium is taking place in room G.03 in the 50 George Square Building, which is part of the central campus of the University of Edinburgh. Details of how to find 50 George Square are available as part of the Practical Information which you can access from the link in the right-hand menu of this page, and are also included in the programme (which you can download above).


Registration for the symposium is now closed.


The main organisers of the symposium are Bettelou Los and Patrick Honeybone. Please direct any enquiries to:

Practical information (about accommodation, travel and Edinburgh as a city) can be found from the link in the right-hand menu.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed – the details can be found here.

Banner: detail, Peter G. Collins, March Morning, c1956 (Edinburgh College of Art Collections)