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LINGUIST List 20.2142

Thu Jun 11 2009

Calls: Morphology, Psycholinguistics, Syntax,Typology/Germany

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        1.    Corinna Handschuh, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Portmanteau Morphemes (32. DGFS)

Message 1: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Portmanteau Morphemes (32. DGFS)
Date: 10-Jun-2009
From: Corinna Handschuh <corinna_handschuheva.mpg.de>
Subject: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Portmanteau Morphemes (32. DGFS)
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Full Title: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Portmanteau Morphemes (32. DGFS)
Short Title: Portmanteaus (DGfS 2010)

Date: 24-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Corinna Handschuh
Meeting Email: corinna_handschuheva.mpg.de

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2009

Meeting Description:

Workshop: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Portmanteau Morphemes

Portmanteau morphemes combine more than one meaning into a single form. As a
theoretical concept a portmanteau is an unanalyzable unit, which cannot be split
up into separate forms corresponding to the individual meanings. In actual
linguistic data this strict criterion is hardly ever met. Most portmanteau-like
forms are at least partly analyzable. Often they can be understood
synchronically and/or diachronically as non-portmanteaus, either because they
are formed by concatenation from two different forms, or because they are
identical in form to non-portmanteau forms and one component of the meaning is
understood through implicature.

Given this observation, portmanteaus are of vital interest for a wide range of
linguistic subfields. Of course, first of all morphology comes to mind. Here the
question arises how portmanteaus are integrated into paradigms, especially if
they are alternating with non-portmanteau forms. Beyond this the study of
portmanteaus is also highly relevant for our understanding of syntactic
analysis, both from a theoretical and a psycholinguistic point of view. Related
to this is the question of whether portmanteaus are stored as one unit or
whether they are derived from their components at each utterance. Even though
portmanteaus might be analyzable in a number of languages by linguists, that
does not necessarily mean that they are actually analyzed by the speakers of
that language. If one analyzes at least some portmanteaus as holistically stored
by speakers, how and when does the switch from analyzing portmanteaus as
separate forms to a unified representation come about -- given that portmanteaus
originate from simplex morphemes? And how is linguistic theory able to represent
this switch? This is only one of the many questions concerning the diachronic
development of portmanteaus.

From a typological perspective the question arises if there are any systematic
restrictions on the distribution of portmanteaus in lexical inventories within
and across languages? Furthermore, is the development of portmanteaus
constrained by any other features of the language, and how?

This workshop is part of the annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (German Linguistic Society, DGfS) in Berlin from February
24--26, 2010. Presentations at multiple workshops during DGfS are generally not
approved of.


Corinna Handschuh (MPI EVA Leipzig)
Jochen Trommer (Universität Leipzig)
Michael Cysouw (MPI EVA Leipzig)

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions from the following areas, but not restricted to them:

- Formal analysis of portmanteau systems
- Diachronic studies of the development of portmanteaus
- The syntactic behavior of portmanteaus
- Psycho- and neurolinguistic insights on the parsing and storage of portmanteaus
- Case studies of portmanteau systems, especially previously undescribed systems
- Typological studies of the distribution of portmanteau systems across languages

Abstracts should be anonymous and no more than 1 pages in length (an additional
page for data and/or references can be added). Please send your abstracts
electronically in pdf- and doc- or rtf-format to corinna_handschuheva.mpg.de.
Include your name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the body of the
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