LINGUIST List 25.1023

Sat Mar 01 2014

Confs: Creoles, Morphology, Typology/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 27-Feb-2014
From: Gregory Stump <>
Subject: Workshop on Creole Complexity
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Workshop on Creole Complexity

Date: 08-Mar-2014 - 08-Mar-2014
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Contact: Gregory Stump
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Typology

Language Family(ies): Creole

Meeting Description:

It is now well established that creole languages may exhibit morphology; yet, they are frequently portrayed as simple languages that express few (if any) of the morphological distinctions exhibited by their lexifier languages (see e.g. McWhorter 2001, Parkvall 2008, Bakker et al. 2011). In the morphologist's view, this assertion fails to take account of the varied dimensions of morphological complexity: a language's morphology may exhibit complexity in its morphotactics, in its exponence relations, in the structure of lexemes' inflectional paradigms, in its system of inflection-class distinctions, and elsewhere. Complexity does not simply mean more parts; it also means the opacity of the varied relations among a system's parts (cf. Good 2012).

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the issues and questions surrounding the notion of morphological complexity and to employ them in evaluating the complexity of creole morphologies.

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