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Mon May 05 2014

Confs: Morphology/USA

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Date: 05-May-2014
From: Robert Botne <>
Subject: MorphologyFest: Symposium on Morphological Complexity
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MorphologyFest: Symposium on Morphological Complexity
Short Title: MorphologyFest

Date: 16-Jun-2014 - 20-Jun-2014
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Contact: Robert Botne
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Meeting Description:

As linguists are quite aware, language can exist without significant morphological structure. In fact, morphological structure typically contributes to the overall complexity of a language. This symposium will address issues of morphological complexity from four different perspectives: cognitive computation, lexical processing, diversity and evolution, and the theory of grammar.

Invited speakers will each provide a daily lecture over the course of four days (Monday-Thursday) in each of these areas. The fifth day (Friday) will be devoted to poster presentations in each of the four areas, followed by focus group discussion for each area.

Program (Updated)

Please register now:

Monday - Thursday, June 16-19

Daily lecture topics

9:00 - 10:30
Complexity, non-concatenation, and the theory of grammar
Stephen R. Anderson, Yale University

10:30 – 11:00

11:00 - 12:30
Complexity and lexical processing
Robert Fiorentino, University of Kansas

12:30 – 2:00
Lunch (on one's own)

2:00 - 3:30
Complexity and computation
Anne-Marie di Sciullo, Université de Québec à Montréal

3:30 – 4:00

4:00 - 5:30
Complexity, diversity, and evolution
Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Dinner (on one's own)

Wednesday, June 18

Keynote address

5:45 - 6:45
Morphological complexity as a typological variable
Gregory Stump, University of Kentucky

6:45 – 8:00

Friday, June 20

Poster Sessions (See below for poster topics)

9:00 – 12:00
Poster Session I
Complexity and computation
Complexity and non-concatenative morphology

12:15 – 2:00
Lunch (on one's own)

2:00 – 5:00
Poster Sessions II
Complexity and lexical processing
Complexity, diversity, and evolution

Dinner (on one's own)

Poster Topics:

Poster Session I

Morphological grammars and computational analyzer/generators for the documentation of indigenous/endangered languages of the world
Uliana Kazagashewa, Malgorzata Cavar, Damir Cavar, Andrew Lamont, and Sarah Fox (Linguist List), and Maike Mueller (Universität in Konstanz)

How much morphology de we need for POS tagging German?
Sandra Kübler, Wolfgang Meier, Daniel Dakota, and Daniel Whyatt (Indiana U.)

Measuring the morphological complexity of the Persian verb system
adigheh Moradi (University of Kentucky)

Designing finite-state morphological transducers for Kypchak languages
Jonathan Washington (Indiana University), Ilnar Salimzyanov (Kazan Federal University), and Francis Tyers (University of Tromso)

Complexity across morphological paradigms: A minimum description length approach to identifying inflectional stems
Jackson Lee and John Goldsmith (University of Chicago)

A predictive account of Arabic masdar formation
Lisa Dawdy-Hesterberg and Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern University)

Getting rid of number features
John Gluckman (UCLA)

Taiwanese reduplication and contraction: A multifaceted morphological problem
Yuchau Hsiao (National Chengchi University)

Poster Session II

Processing the inflectional complexity of Russian: Varieties of definitions and levels of prediction
Jeff Parker (Ohio State University)

Spanish English contact and the Matrix Language Frame and 4-Morpheme models of language production
Daniel Smith (Clemson University)

The effect of morphology on subject-verb agreement
Aazam Feizmohammadpour (University of Illinois) and Wind Cowles (University of Florida)

Inflectional synthesis as a typological non-predictor
Kaius Sinnemäki (University of Helsinki)

Altaic weakening forms: Orientation and axis
Paiyu Zhang (Tong Wah College, Hong Kong SAR)

Root items and derived adpositions: A distributed morphology account
Robert Deacon (University of Florida)

Inka in yes/no and alternative questions: Two types of disjunction
Arum Kang (University of Chicago)

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