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Mon Jun 20 2011

Calls: Morphology, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics/Austria

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        1.     Elena Tribushinina , Conceptual Salience and Early Child Morphology

Message 1: Conceptual Salience and Early Child Morphology
Date: 20-Jun-2011
From: Elena Tribushinina <e.tribushininauu.nl>
Subject: Conceptual Salience and Early Child Morphology
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Full Title: Conceptual Salience and Early Child Morphology

Date: 11-Feb-2012 - 12-Feb-2012
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact Person: Elena Tribushinina
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.wu.ac.at/inst/roman/imm15/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Morphology; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2011

Meeting Description:

This workshop deals with the complex relationship between the conceptual development of a child and the acquisition of morphology and is part of the 15th International Morphology Meeting held in Vienna on February 9-12, 2012.

There are different ways in which conceptual salience may influence the acquisition of morphology. For example, one of the reasons that nouns are acquired faster than adjectives is that the prototypical referents of nouns (i.e. objects) are more salient and more easily accessible to a child than relatively abstract properties denoted by adjectives. Some concepts, such as agentivity, causality, possession and number, are so salient that children may attempt to express them even before they have started acquiring the morphological form associated with that particular meaning.

On the other hand, children are from early on highly sensitive to the distributional properties of the linguistic input addressed to them. Whereas high token frequency leads to entrenchment and storage as ‘chunk’, type frequency and morphotactic transparency play an important role in the recognition of analogies and the extraction of regularities between morphological patterns. Consequently, the acquisition of morphology may also influence the formation of concepts and determine which concepts would become more salient than others.

Moreover, languages may differ with respect to which specific concepts are expressed morphologically. Accordingly, a number of cross-linguistic investigations demonstrate that children's attention is channeled towards different aspects of a situation depending on which portions of the conceptual space are grammaticized in the target language.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

P.M. Bertinetto (Pisa), W.U. Dressler (Vienna), D. Ravid (Tel Aviv), U. Stephany (Cologne)

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions exploring the complex relationship between the conceptual development of a child and the acquisition of morphology using a variety of state-of-the-art methods of psycholinguistic research. A special focus of the workshop will be on cross-linguistic comparisons.

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts (max. 500 words) in MS Word should be sent to e.tribushininauu.nl by September 15, 2011.

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: September 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 25, 2011

More Information:

For further information please contact the convenors: Sabine Laaha (sabine.laahaoeaw.ac.at) or Elena Tribushinina (e.tribushininauu.nl).




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