LINGUIST List 21.4197

Thu Oct 21 2010

Calls: Morphology/Spain

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        1.     Alexandra Bagasheva , Word Formation - the godchild of lexicology, morphology

Message 1: Word Formation - the godchild of lexicology, morphology
Date: 21-Oct-2010
From: Alexandra Bagasheva <>
Subject: Word Formation - the godchild of lexicology, morphology
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Full Title: Word formation - the godchild of lexicology, morphology Short Title: WF

Date: 08-Sep-2011 - 11-Sep-2011 Location: Universidad de la Rioja, LogroƱo, Spain Contact Person: Alexandra Bagasheva Meeting Email: Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Call Deadline: 11-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

This is a first call for papers for a workshop to be included in the 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 8-11 September 2011

Call For Papers

Potential participants should send a provisional title and a short abstract (max. 250 words, references excluded) no later than November 11, 2010, so that the workshop proposal (including a preliminary list of participants) could be submitted to the SLE Scientific Committee by November 15, 2010.

If the workshop is accepted, all abstracts will have to be submitted to the SLE by January 15, 2011 via the conference site ( The purpose of the proposed session is to invite discussions on the status of word formation as the site of multiple interfaces, as a language universal and as an area fairly neglected in lexicography. Both language and mind are considered to be systems functioning as integrated wholes. The study of word formation is crucial for understanding both the linguistic and cognitive interfaces and the constraints that operate on them (Van Der Zee and Nikanne 2000). Despite heightened research in discourse studies and pragmaticalization, word formation remains an area of ongoing debate as it resists unequivocal analysis. The proposed workshop is an attempt to bring together state-of-the-art research on word formation which takes into account the new epistemological realities of linguistic theorizing [constructionism (Booj 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010); Tuggy 2005 a,b; Langacker 1987; Lampert and Lampert 2010) and cognitive linguistics (Langacker 1987, 2009; Evans 2006, 2007, 2009), etc.] and reveals the central role of words (as names and as lexical concepts) as lenses into the patterning of our concepts and different types of cognitive knowledge.

The main areas which the workshop targets in its general interest in the central place of word formation in meaning construction processes include but are not restricted to: a) word creation/manufacturing (Booij 2005) and word formation - How do the two relate? b) word formation at the cognition-semantics-pragmatics interface; c) word formation at the syntax - morphology interface; d) word formation and lexicography - cross-pollination between linguistics and lexicography - What can be done? e) word formation and language contact (borrowings, mutual influences, etc.); f) What is universal in word formation? There are no restrictions as to the word formation type discussed (all types of affixation, compounding, conversion, back-formation, clipping/truncation, blending, etc.). The seminar is open to all theoretical frameworks and models, despite the cognitivist underpinnings of the proposal.

The following bibliography includes some of the items that inspired the proposal:

Booij, G. 2005. Compounding and derivation: evidence for construction morphology. In Wolfgang U. Dressler, W. Dieter Kastovsky, Oskar E. Pfeiffer & Franz Rainer (eds.) Morphology and its demarcations. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins. 109-132.

Booij, G. 2007 The Grammar of Words, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Booij, G. 2009 Lexical integrity as a formal universal: a constructionist view. In Sergio Scalise, Elisabetta Magni & Antonietta Bisetto (eds.) Universals of language today. Berlin: Springer. 83-100.

Booij, G. 2010 Construction Morphology. Oxford University Press.

Evans, V. 2007 Towards a cognitive compositional semantics: An overview of LCCM Theory. In Magnusson, Kardela, H. and Glaz, A. (eds.) Further Insights into Semantics and Lexicography. Lublin, Poland: Wydawnictwo UMCS. 11-42

Evans, V. 2006 Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models and Meaning- Construction. In Cognitive Linguistics 17 (4): 491-534.

Evans, V. (2009) How words mean: Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models and Meaning Construction. Oxford University Press.

Lampert, M. and G. Lampert. 2010 Word-formation or word formation? The formation of complex words in Cognitive Linguistics. In Onysko, A. and S. Michel. (eds.). Cognitive Perspectives on Word formation. De Gruyter Mouton.

Lampert, M. 2009 Attention and Recombinance. A Cognitive-Semantic Investigation into Morphological Compositionality in English. Peter Lang. Frankfurt am Main.

Langacker, R. 1987 Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, vol. 1. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Van Der Zee, E. and Nikanne, U. (eds.) (2000) Cognitive Interfaces: Constraints on Linking Cognitive Information. Oxford University Press.

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