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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Sam Wolfe

Research Interests

As part of the ERC 'Rethinking Comparative Syntax Project', Sam Wolfe is researching the comparative and historical syntax of the Romance and Germanic languages, with a particular focus on the Verb Second property.


  • Information Structure
  • Syntactic Change
  • Null Subjects
  • Left Periphery
  • Verb Movement

Key Publications

In Press. "Redefining the V2 Typology: Data from Romance and Beyond". Invited Submission to Linguistics Variation: Special Issue: "A Micro-Perspective on V2 in Germanic and Romance". 9,000 words.
In Press. "Medieval Romance Languages and the Theory of Verb Second". Rivista di Grammatica Generativa: Selected Papers from the 41st Incontro di Grammatica Generativa. 10,000 words.

A New Perspective on the Evolution of Romance Clausal Structure”. Diachronica 33 (4), 461-502.
2015. "Microparametric Variation in Old Italo-Romance Syntax? The View from Old Sicilian and Old Sardinian". In E. O. Aboh, J. C. Schaeffer and P. Sleeman (eds.) Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2013: Selected Papers from Going Romance Amsterdam 2013. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 51-66.
2015. "Medieval Sardinian: New Evidence for Syntactic Change from Latin to Romance. In D. T. T. Haug (ed.) Historical Linguistics 2013: Selected papers from the 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Oslo, 5-9 August 2013, Oslo. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 303-324.
2015. "Verb Initial Orders in Medieval Romance. A Comparative Perspective". Revue roumaine de linguistique LX (2-3 Special Issue on Syntactic Variation), 147-172.
2015. "The nature of Old Spanish Verb Second Reconsidered". Lingua 164, 132-155.
2015. "Microvariation in Old Italo-Romance Syntax: Evidence from Old Sardinian and Old Sicilian." Archivio Glottologico Italiano 100 (3), 3-36.
2015. "The Old Sardinian Condaghes: A Syntactic Study." Transactions of the Philological Society 113 (2), 137-205