LINGUIST List 25.1077

Tue Mar 04 2014

Confs: Morphology/UK

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 04-Mar-2014
From: Enrique Palancar <>
Subject: Inflectional Morphology and Verb Classes in Oto-Manguean
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Inflectional Morphology and Verb Classes in Oto-Manguean

Date: 14-Mar-2014 - 14-Mar-2014
Location: Guildford, United Kingdom
Contact: Timothy Feist
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Meeting Description:

The Surrey Morphology Group is hosting a one-day workshop titled 'Inflectional Morphology and verb classes in the Oto-Manguean languages of Mexico' at The University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, on Friday 14 March 2014.

Languages of the Oto-Manguean phylum display some of the most complex inflection class systems ever described. The sheer number of classes, their unpredictability, and the layering of cross-classifying systems of affixation, tone and stem alternations present both a descriptive and theoretical challenge. This workshop features some of the leading figures in the field and will provide a space for exposition and discussion about some of these major challenges.

Invited speakers will be:

- Anthony Woodbury (University of Texas at Austin), Chatino family
- Jean-Léo Léonard (LPP & Université Paris 3), Mazatecan family
- Rosemary Beam (UNAM, Mexico City), Southern Zapotec family
- Søren Wichmann (MPI-EVA), Tlapanecan family
- Yuni Kim (University of Manchester), San Juan Amuzgos Amuzgo

Please see programme below or attached.

This workshop is part of the ESRC/AHRC co-funded research project 'Endangered Complexity: Inflectional classes in Oto-Manguean languages' (

Everybody is welcome to attend the workshop, but in order to prepare for the catering (lunch, drinks and coffee will be provided) we kindly request that you let us know in advance of your intention to attend.

The RES-062-23-3126 project has a small amount of funding allocated to assist with the travel expenses of a number of postgraduate students studying at a UK institution. If you are interested in being considered for this assistance, please send Timothy Feist ( a brief outline by the end of February 2014 of how you think the topic of this workshop is relevant to your research.


Matthew Baerman
Dunstan Brown
Greville Corbett
Timothy Feist
Enrique Palancar


Treetops Room at Wates House, University of Surrey Campus
(G6 at campus map:


09:30 - 10:00 Coffee & welcome

10:00 – 10:45
Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)
'Oto-Manguean inflection classes in the light of morphological typology'

10:45 – 11:30
Anthony Woodbury (University of Texas at Austin)
'Inflectional morphology in the Chatino languages: The separate life cycles of tonal vs. affixal conjugational classes'

11:30 – 12:15
Rosemary Beam (UNAM, Mexico City)
'Verb classes in Southern Zapotec'

12:15 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:15
Yuni Kim (University of Manchester)
'Morphological and phonological subregularities in Amuzgo (San Pedro Amuzgos) inflectional class assignment'

14:15 – 15:00
Jean-Léo Léonard (LPP & Université Paris 3)
'Modelling Simplexity versus Complexity in Mazatec inflectional classes: A diasystemic approach'

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee

15:30 - 16:15
Søren Wichmann (MPI-EVA)
'Inflectional verb classes in Azoyú Tlapanec'

16:15 - 17:00
Timothy Feist and Enrique L. Palancar (University of Surrey and CNRS)
'Constructing a database of Oto-Manguean inflectional classes'

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