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Full Title: Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition Workshop

Short Title: mtlc2017
Location: Lexington, KY, USA
Start Date: 22-Jul-2017 - 23-Jul-2017
Contact: Adam Ussishkin
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Meeting Description: In recent years there has been increasing attention to the ways in which morphological structure is closely tied to the cognitive processing of word structure and lexical representation. This workshop is designed to explore the hypothesis that morphological structures interact dynamically with lexical processing and storage, with the parameters of morphological typology being partly dependent on the cognitive pathways for processing, storage, and generalization of word structure, and vice versa. We are interested in the nature of this interaction, and seek to determine how far it will take us towards explaining system-level principles of morphological organization and their cross-linguistic distribution. Core questions:

1. What are the cognitive pathways that lead to cross-linguistic morphological tendencies, and how do they create persistent biases over time towards certain language structures and not others?
2. How do system-level principles of morphological organization emerge from interactions between the cognitive processing of language, the representational structure of the lexicon, patterns of language use, social factors, universal principles of grammar, and other factors?
3. Are there cross-linguistic differences in the existence of uniquely morphological principles of organization and/or the modularity of language architecture?
4. What is the role of language-specific distributional properties in influencing the perception and processing of speech with respect to morphological structure?

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Invited Speakers:

Farrell Ackerman (UC San Diego)
Gabriela Caballero (UC San Diego)
Greville Corbett (Univ of Surrey)
Laurie Beth Feldman (Univ at Albany, SUNY & Haskins Laboratories)
Sara Finley (Pacific Lutheran Univ)
Amy LaCross (Arizona State Univ)
Gregory Stump (Univ of Kentucky)
Géraldine Walther (Univ Zürich)

Organizing Committee:

Jeff Parker (Brigham Young University)
Andrea Sims (The Ohio State University)
Adam Ussishkin (University of Arizona)
Samantha Wray (University of Arizona)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Morphology; Typology
LL Issue: 28.370

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