Formal approaches to Romance microvariation / FARM

I'm a proud co-founder of the FARM, a platform for scholars working on Romance microvariation. We aim to stimulate research and involve junior scholars in formulating research questions on the grammar of Romance varieties.

The FARM website is here.

FARM has created a new way of discussing linguistics data: the challenge. 

What's a FARM challenge?

  • We invite some prominent linguists who developed influential analyses on a topic

  • We give them a set of data and a set of questions, and ask them to show how their theory accounts for them

  • We put them in an arena where they have to show the «superiority» of their theory in accounting for the data

  • We believe that real progress can be made if we all focus on the same questions/data, rather than each of us speaking about their own data set

  • Our aim is to collect new data and to take some steps forward in linguistic theory