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Full Title: 17th International Morphology Meeting

Short Title: IMM17
Location: Vienna, Austria
Start Date: 18-Feb-2016 - 21-Feb-2016
Contact: Elisabeth Peters
Meeting Email: click here to access email
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Meeting Description: IMM17 will center around one main topic, competition in morphology, which will also provide the title of the planned selected-papers volume.

In many cases, languages offer more than one option for realizing a certain bundle of features (in inflection) or complex concepts (in word formation). The ensuing problems have been treated in terms of competition or rivalry, under disparate labels, including Panini's Principle, the Elsewhere Condition, blocking, pre-emption, suppletion, overabundance, contamination, constructional blend, constraint rankings, inheritance, race models, identification of the 'nearest neighbor' in analogical models, etc. Intimately related topics are productivity and restrictions on productivity. By putting these associated phenomena at center stage, we would like to stimulate the theoretical discussion about this important area of morphological research.

Besides this main topic the conference will be thematically open in order to serve as a seismograph for diagnosing tectonic shifts going on in the morphological landscape. At the same time, workshops up to a limit of twelve papers are welcome to any topic in morphology, excluding, of course, the main topic.

Organizing Committee:

Franz Rainer, Francesco Gardani, Elisabeth Peters

Program Committee:

Franz Rainer, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Francesco Gardani, Hans Christian Luschützky

Conference website:


Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU Vienna)
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Vienna, Austria

Registration Fees:

Registration (before December 1, 2015): General 150 euro / Student 70 euro
Late registration (after December 1, 2015): General 170 euro / Student 80 euro

The registration fee includes drinks after registration and refreshments during the breaks, as well as an evening reception. Payments by credit card (Visa/Euro/Master Card) or by bank transfer are welcome. (All bank fees must be paid by the participant.) Cash payment only upon arrival.

Registration closing
For organizational reasons, all congress participants have to register online before 4 February 2016. If you have not transferred the congress fee to the account indicated on the website you can pay cash when registering on the first conference day. On the first congress day, you will pick up the delegate pack.
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Plenary speakers
Invited Speakers: Mark Aronoff, Anna M. Thornton, Michael Ramscar

Franz Rainer, Francesco Gardani, Elisabeth Peters

See the program of the general sessions and of the workshops, as well as the abstracts at the conference website:

Oral presentations
Sessions will have a duration of 28 minutes. The actual presentation should last 20 minutes, leaving 8 minutes for questions and discussion. The remaining 2 minutes will be reserved for changing rooms.

We expect about 150 participants, so at least 50 handouts for the general sessions should be provided. There are some copying facilities near the conference center, but we highly recommend participants to prepare copies in advance.

The maximum size of a poster is 1.10 m (vertical) x 1.00 m (horizontal).

At the conference
All sessions take place at the “Teaching centre” (TC) at WU Vienna, Welthandelsplatz 1, A-1020 Vienna. For more information about technical devices, registration on the spot, the delegate pack and changes to the program, please visit our website.

For special requests please contact us as soon as possible at
Linguistic Subfield: Morphology
LL Issue: 26.5575

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Lexicalization Patterns in Colour Naming: a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

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