[Corpora-List] CfP: Neoclassical Compounding, Special issue of the Verbum journal

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at univ-paris13.fr
Fri Dec 21 12:55:25 CET 2012

Neoclassical Compounding

Special issue of the Verbum journal

Guest Editors: Stéphanie Lignon and Fiammetta Namer

Neoclassical Compounding

Special issue of the Verbum journal

Guest Editors: Stéphanie Lignon and Fiammetta Namer

Among all the available morphological processes for lexical creation in languages, the neoclassical compounding involves specific models. Compounding is a constructional process during which at least two base lexemes are combined in order to construct a new lexeme (tea bag, timbre-poste, porte-bagage). Two types of compounding may be distinguished: standard compounding (also called popular) on the one hand which involves the modern vocabulary (porte-bagage), and neoclassical compounding on the other hand which involves lexemes borrowed from ancient languages, often Greek and Latin (coléoptère, anthropophage).

Neoclassical compounding (also called in French “savante”, “érudite”, “infixation”, “confixation”, etc.) was first used to describe the creation of terms in specialized vocabularies, such as medicine, chemistry, zoology, botanics, etc. More recently however, this type of compounding also provides models for the creation of lexemes which do not belong to specialized vocabularies, but to the “general” language; e.g., contraintophobe, ferrovipathe, capillo-tracté, chronophage, théâtrolâtre, publivore, bobophile. Moreover, automatic identification of such lexemes is not obvious, while the affixed lexemes may be detected quite easily. We can mention several reasons for this situation:

- the only segment shared by the neoclassical compounds is the binding

vowel –o- (politicomédiatique, primoaccédant) or –i- (liberticide)

occurring between the components;

- the segment which follows the binding vowel is either a modern word

(in French, English or in other languages) or a Greek or Latin element

also present in other words of the modern language;

- the Greek or Latin elements are not part of the modern lexicon of a

given language (French, English...), while the modern words are.

Hence, in addition to the linguistic modeling, the automatic

processing of the neoclassical compounds also requires a specific


The unsuspected success of the neoclassical compounding within the general language is our main motivation for this special issue dedicated to neoclassical compounding.

Special attention will be paid to submissions which establish a link between corpus processing and formal models, within monolingual and multilingual contexts, in specialized areas or in general language.

The call welcomes researchers from different areas, whatever their theoretical schools and trends:

- linguistics: lexicon, terminology, morphology; - Natural Language Processing, - psycholinguistics (aspects related to the perception, language

learning, language impairment, etc.).

Important dates (deadline extension):

- January 30th, 2013: Authors who would like to submit an article

addressing these topics are invited to send their proposal consisting

of two pages (plus references) with their publication project before

January 15th, 2013. The abstract should not be programmatic but should

clearly indicate its purpose and present the main results which will

be developed in the article.

- February 28th, 2013: Selection of the communications performed by the

Scientific Committee and notifications sent to the authors.

- June 30th, 2013: Reception of final versions of the articles, which

should contain between 15 and 20 pages. The style sheet will be

provided to the concerned authors with the acceptance notifications.

Please send your submission to Stéphanie LIGNON (stephanie.lignon at univ-lorraine.fr) et Fiammetta NAMER (fiammetta.namer at univ-lorraine.fr)

Scientific committee:

Dany AMIOT (STL, Université Lille 3), Frédérique BRIN-HENRY (ATILF, Université de Lorraine), Georgette DAL (STL, Université Lille 3), Natalia GRABAR (STL, Université Lille 3), Nabil HATHOUT (CLLE, Université Toulouse-Le Mirail), Stéphanie LIGNON (ATILF, Université de Lorraine), Fiammetta NAMER (ATILF, Université de Lorraine), Séverine CASALIS (URECA, Université Lille 3), Thierry HAMON (LIM&BIO, Université Paris 13), Thi Mai TRAN (STL, Université Lille 2).

-- Thierry Hamon E-mail : thierry.hamon at univ-paris13.fr Laboratoire d'Informatique Médicale et Bioinformatique - LIM&BIO (EA3969) UFR SMBH Léonard de Vinci et Institut Galilée Université Paris 13 Tel: +33 1 49 40 35 53 74, rue Marcel Cachin Tel: +33 1 48 38 73 07 93017 Bobigny Cedex France Fax: +33 1 48 38 73 55 URL: http://www-limbio.smbh.univ-paris13.fr/membres/hamon

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