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Call for participation: You are cordially invited to a one-day workshop aimed at researchers with an interest in derivational morphology in spoken language and its relevance to corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and educational & clinical settings. This event is funded by the British Academy. Attendance is FREE, including lunch and refreshments, but places are limited, so please email j.v.laws at reading.ac.uk<mailto:j.v.laws at reading.ac.uk> to reserve a place as soon as possible.
Date: Wednesday 22nd June, 2016 from 10:00 to 16:00 Venue: The University of Reading, UK.
Background: Complex words, such as 'reusable', are constructed by attaching word-initial (re-) and word-final (-able) derivational morphemes to a word base, in this case 'use'. Understanding of the usage profile of complex words in different spoken contexts tells us a great deal about the characteristics of word formation and affix productivity in English. The workshop is designed to promote discussion between researchers interested in derivational morphology from a variety of linguistic perspectives.
Programme: - Dr Jacqueline Laws (University of Reading): MorphoQuantics: researching complex words and its relevance to linguistics, and educational & clinical settings - Chris Ryder (University of Reading): MorphoQuantics and spoken language - Dr Tanja Säily (University of Helsinki) & Dr Jukka Suomela (Aalto University): Exploring sociolinguistic variation in the productivity of -er and -or: BNCweb, MorphoQuantics, and types2 - Lauren Burton (University of Oxford): Children’s awareness of word stems & derivational morphology - Dr Lynne Duncan (University of Dundee): Children’s awareness of derivational morphology in second language learning - Professor Julia Carroll (Coventry University): Could morphological knowledge improve literacy in dyslexic children? - A round table discussion at the end of the day to reflect on the information shared and how to build on the collaborative themes
The full programme is currently available on the website at (http://www.reading.ac.uk/english-language-and-applied-linguistics/News/elal_British_Academy_Workshop_June_2016.aspx); abstracts and details of how to reach the venue will be added there shortly.
I look forward to seeing you in Reading in June.
Dr Jacqueline Laws Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics University of Reading, UK __________________________________________