DGfS Workshop on Usage-Based Approaches to Morphology
35th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS)
Potsdam University, 13-15.3.2012
In the past years usage-based models have made substantial contributions to our understanding of the inner workings of grammar and the mental lexicon, especially as they apply to syntax and argument structure (e.g. Goldberg 2006). More recently, the same theoretical mechanisms have been applied specifically to the study of morphology (cf. Booij 2010), shedding new light on familiar problems and offering unified accounts of seemingly disparate phenomena which open up new research areas and questions about learnability, lexicalization, the nature of productive morphology and the structure of the lexicon. This working group will focus on usage-based accounts of morphological phenomena, both synchronic and diachronic, using a wide range of methodologies focusing on empirical evidence such as corpus studies, psycholinguistic experiments, eye tracking and reading studies, grammaticality judgment tasks and more. In particular we welcome submissions on usage-based approaches dealing with, but not limited to:
- Usage effects on inflectional paradigms synchronically and diachronically
- Regular and irregular inflection and derivation and their relation to usage
- First and second language acquisition and learnability of morphology
- Morphological productivity and restrictions in usage, both graded and categorical
- Constructional analyses of non-concatentative or discontinuous morphology (e.g. pattern and root in Semitic languages)
- Valency interactions between morphology and lexical representation
- Schemas for compound formations and interpretation of their semantics
- Interfaces between morphology and syntax, semantics and the lexicon
We look forward to diverse papers offering converging evidence from all languages and disciplines for the role of usage in the emergence of morphological structure.
Prof. Geert E. Booij, Leiden University
Prof. Stefan Th. Gries, UC Santa Barbara
Anke Lüdeling, HU Berlin
Amir Zeldes, HU Berlin
Authors should submit 1 page abstracts (including references) in a 12 point font (e.g. Times New Roman). References should be formatted according to the APA guidelines. Talks will be given 30 or 60 minute slots including discussion, depending on the program. Please specify your preferred length in your submission. The workshop language is English for both abstracts and talks.
- Submission of abstracts: 19.8.2012
- Notification of acceptance: 30.8.2012
- Workshop: 13-15.3.2013
Booij, G. E. 2010. Construction Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Goldberg, A. E. 2006. Constructions at Work: The Nature of Generalization in Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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