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LINGUIST List 23.1013

Wed Feb 29 2012

Confs: Morphology, Historical Linguistics/Germany

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Date: 28-Feb-2012
From: Matthew Baerman <m.baermansurrey.ac.uk>
Subject: Growth, Maintenance and Decline of Morphological Complexity
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Growth, Maintenance and Decline of Morphological Complexity

Date: 28-Apr-2012 - 28-Apr-2012
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact: Matthew Baerman
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www2.surrey.ac.uk/english/smg/researchprojects/morphologicalcomplexity/workshop_2012

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology

Meeting Description:

The Surrey Morphology Group will be holding a one-day workshop on the
diachrony of morphological complexity, hosted by the Max Planck Institute
for Evolutionary Anthropology, on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Theme of the Workshop:

Inflection often (or even typically) displays formal patterns which cannot be
readily derived from the syntactic and semantic categories which it realizes.
Phenomena such as inflectional classes, syncretism, defectiveness and
deponency manifest what appear to be a purely morphological element in the
composition of words and paradigms. While these are sometimes dismissed
as mere products of diachrony, the historical development of such
‘autonomous’ morphology may well be the best argument for its existence:
the maintenance, extension and dismantling of morphological patterns all
provide evidence for morphological structures, as well as their interaction with
other grammatical components.

Invited Speakers:

Bernard Comrie
Martin Maiden


Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig,
and U.C. Santa Barbara)
'On the origins of morphological complexity'


Patrick McConvell (Australian National University/University of Cologne)
'Pronominal Enclitics In Australia: Change Of Placement, And Conversion To
Nominal Morphology'

Andrej Kibrik (Russian Academy of Sciences)
'Quantitative assessment of morphological complexity'


Martin Maiden (Oxford)
'Romanian feminine nouns and other diachronic delinquents. Reflections on
why morphomes persist in diachrony'


Enrique Palancar (Surrey)
'The history and evolution of the conjugation classes of Otomi: From the
colonial to the modern times'

David Gil (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig) & Tim
McKinnon (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Jakarta)
'New Morphology in Malayic Languages'


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