LINGUIST List 21.3262

Fri Aug 13 2010

Calls: Morphology, Psycholing/Netherlands

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        1.    Matthew Baerman, Morphological Complexity and Psycholinguistics

Message 1: Morphological Complexity and Psycholinguistics
Date: 12-Aug-2010
From: Matthew Baerman <>
Subject: Morphological Complexity and Psycholinguistics
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Full Title: Morphological Complexity and Psycholinguistics

Date: 28-Jan-2011 - 28-Jan-2011 Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands Contact Person: Matthew Baerman Meeting Email: Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

The Surrey Morphology Group and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics will host a one-day workshop entitled 'Morphological Complexity: Implications for Psycholinguistics', as part of a European Research Council project (grant number: ERC-2008-AdG-230268 MORPHOLOGY). The workshop will be held on 28 Jan (Friday), 2011, at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen, with guest speakers Mirjam Ernestus (MPI Nijmegen and Radboud University) and Alice Harris (University of Massachussetts, Amherst).

By the term 'morphological complexity', we understand the extra layer of structure that morphological systems may introduce in between meaning and its expression, such as inflection classes or stem alternations. This layer may operate at cross-purposes to functional distinctions, attaining in some languages an astonishing degree of complexity. Such phenomena are a key resource for understanding mental processes as they represent an unconscious and yet highly structured autonomous system. This is the second in a series of workshops exploring the implications that morphological complexity has for various branches of linguistics. The first, held in January 2010 at Harvard, addressed questions of general linguistic theory. The present workshop focuses on psycholinguistics: how does the mind cope with apparently gratuitous morphological elaboration?

Call For Papers

We invite proposals for 20 minute talks (plus a 10-minute question period) on the theme of morphological complexity and psycholinguistics. Anonymous abstracts should be no more than one page, and should be sent as an e-mail attachment (in PDF or Word) to morphological.complexity AT The due date is October 31, 2010. In order to provide some background on the larger project, we have made the original project position paper available on the project website ( Any questions may be addressed to m.baerman AT

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