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Confs: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Morphology/Israel

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Date: 07-Jun-2015
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Subject: Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 10
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Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 10
Short Title: MMM10

Date: 07-Sep-2015 - 10-Sep-2015
Location: Haifa, Israel
Contact: Wendy Sandler
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Morphology

Meeting Description:

10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM10)

The 10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM10) will take place at the University of Haifa (Israel), September 7-10, 2015.

The theme of the conference will be:

“Quo vadis morphology? Grammar, cognition and computation”

MMM celebrates its 10th meeting with a look at the present and future of morphology. How has the field evolved in recent years? Where do we stand now? And, most importantly, Where do we go from here? We welcome contributions that explore new empirical and methodological directions in morphology, especially in the following domains:

- Morphology and Grammar: What is (or should be) the place of morphology in linguistic theory? How do we face well-known challenges to foundational issues such as the notion of word, the Lexical Integrity Hypothesis, or the universality of lexical/grammatical categories?
- Morphology and Cognition: What can morphology tell us about the mind? About language acquisition? How can we reconcile morphological theory and experimental research? What can morphology learn from the other cognitive sciences?
- Morphology and Computation: What are the new frontiers for computational approaches to morphology? How is the “big-data effect” affecting morphological research and morphological theory?

The aim of these meetings is to bring together linguists who work on morphology in an informal setting which guarantees maximal interaction between researchers, and gives young linguists an opportunity to present their work at a conference of moderate size where fruitful contacts with senior linguists can be established. The traditional emphasis on morphology of European languages is expanded in this 10th anniversary meeting to also include local languages of Israel as well as sign languages, and will emphasize future directions in morphology, such as morphology and cognition, and computational approaches.

Invited Speakers:

Stephen R. Anderson (Yale University)
Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University)
Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University)

Program Outline:

September 7: Morning: Free guided tour of Haifa
Afternoon: Workshop on languages in Israel (Hebrew, Arabic, and local sign languages)
September 8: Thematic session “Quo vadis morphology?”
September 9: Free topic session
September 10: Excursion (details to be posted on the MMM10 website)


Monday, 7 September – Morphology of Local Languages (Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, and Israeli Sign Language)

Guided tour of Haifa



Session 1

Guest Lecture: Competition and the emergence of structure in morphology, sign languages, and writing systems
Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University)

Grammaticalization is not the full story: A non-grammaticalization account
Irit Meir (University of Haifa)

17.05-17.35 Coffee break

The Semitic templates from the perspective of reciprocal predicates
Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Morphological interference of Colloquial Arabic in the Standard Arabic writing of school children
Elinor Saiegh-Haddad (Bar-Ilan University) & Lior Laks (Bar-Ilan University)

The morphosyntax of definiteness agreement in Neo-Aramaic and Central Semitic
Edit Doron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge)

Reception / A Toast to the 10th Anniversary of MMM

Tuesday, 8 September – Thematic Session “Quo Vadis Morphology?”

Session 2

Guest Lecture: Morphology in the Mental Lexicon: New Directions
Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University)

Motivated morphological templates
Gal Belsitzman (University of Haifa) & Wendy Sandler (University of Haifa)

Suffix combinability and the organization of the mental lexicon
Stela Manova (University of Vienna) & Bartosz Brzoza (University of Poznań)

11.10-11.30 Coffee break

Session 3

Inflected and periphrastic features: issues of comparison and modelling
Geri Popova (University of London)

Morphology: The Base Processor
Aysun Kunduraci (Boğaziçi University) & Aslı Göksel (Boğaziçi University)

Suspended affixation with derivational suffixes and lexical integrity
Faruk Akkus (Yale University)

13.15-14.35 Lunch

Poster Session – Group A

Session 4

15.25 -16.00
The saturation value: On the methodology of cross-linguistic research into word-formation
Lívia Körtvélyessy (Rzeszow University) & Pavol Štekauer (Rzeszow University)

Adverbial derivation in Maltese and Italian: a framework for studying cross-linguistic productivity
Benjamin Saade ( Universität Bremen)

A paradigmatic analysis of Italian verbal derivation
Matteo Pascoli (University of Bologna) & Fabio Montermini (CLLE-ERSS, CNRS & Université de Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès)

17.10-17.45 Coffee break

Session 5

Where do grammatical morphemes come from? On the development of a relative clause marker from a deictic gesture in Israeli Sign Language
Svetlana Dachkovsky (University of Haifa)

Morphology and the human language faculty
Anna Maria Di Sciullo (University of Québec at Montréal)

Wednesday, 9 September – Free Topic Session

Session 6

Guest Lecture: TBA
Stephen R. Anderson (Yale University)

The Exception That Proves the Rule: Markedness, defaults and the case of a typological outlier
Matthew J. Carroll (Australian National University)

Lexical blends and lexical patterns in English and ASL
Ryan Lepic (UC San Diego)

11.10-11.30 Coffee break

Session 7

Compounding and the emergence of structure in young sign languages
Oksana Tkachman (University of British Columbia) & Irit Meir (University of Haifa)

Compound versus phrase: Evidence from a learning study
Marcel Schlechtweg (Universität Kassel) & Holden Hartl (Universität Kassel)

Proper name compounding in a contrastive perspective
Barbara Schlücker (Freie Universität Berlin)

13.15-14.35 Lunch

Poster Session – Group B

Session 8

The root and word distinction: An experimental study of Hebrew denominal verbs
Henry Brice (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

A Comparison of Roots as Units of Analysis in Modern Hebrew and Spanish
Ignacio Montoya (City University of New York)

Arabic Consonants as Bootstrapping for Segmentation and Acquisition
Itamar Kastner (New York University)

17.10-17.45 Coffee break

Session 9

Universally dispreferred structures through change: the diachrony of affix ordering in Egyptian-Coptic
Eitan Grossman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

“Romanes eunt domus". Where you can go with Latin morphology: Variation in motion expression between system and usage
Claudio Iacobini (University of Salerno) & Luisa Corona (University of Salerno)

Business meeting

Social Dinner

Thursday, 10 September – Excursion

Poster Session:

Group A

The role of stem frequency in L2 processing (A)
Sabrina Piccinin (University of Verona), Helene Girudo (CNRS , Université de Toulouse 2 - Jean Jaurès) & Serena Dal Maso (University of Verona)

On the so-called morphological "intuition" about derived words in native Italian university students
Diego Sidraschi (Universita del Piemonte Orientale 'Amedeo Avogadro') & Marina Castagneto (Universita del Piemonte Orientale 'Amedeo Avogadro')

A constructional approach to unselected objects in Spanish
Wojciech Lewandowski (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Telicity Makes or Breaks Verb Serialization
Kazuhiko Fukushima (Kansai Gaidai University)

The internal structure of negative morphemes
Karen De Clercq (Ghent University)

Spatial Reduplication in Sicilian: Lexicon or Grammar?
Fabio Montermini (CLLE-ERSS, CNRS & Université de Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès) & Giuseppina Todaro (Roma Tre University)

Language contact in Modern Greek dialects: the MORILAN project
Angela Ralli & Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects (University of Patras)

Group B

Allomorphy between morphology, phonology, and the lexicon: the definite article in Romance
Eulalia Bonet Alsina (CLT, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Maria-Rosa Lloret (Universitat de Barcelona) & Joan Mascaro (CLT, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Morphological Processing during Visual Word Recognition in Hebrew as a First and a Second Language
Tal Norman (Tel Aviv University), Orna Peleg (Tel Aviv University) & Tamar Degai (Tel Aviv University)

Hebrew Object Experiencer Nominalizations
Odelia Ahdout (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The role of the verbal pattern morpheme in organizing the mental lexicon of young and adolescents Arabic speakers
Yasmin Shalhoub-Awwad (University of Haifa) & Mark Leikin (University of Haifa)

Inflectional Displacement and Duplication
Nicholas LaCara (UMass Amherst)

Zero-Derivation Alternations: Unexpected behavior of Hebrew verbs
Shaul Lev (Tel Aviv University)

Default Features: the Case of Greek
Christiana Christodoulou (University of Cyprus/MIT) & Marios Mavrogiorgos (UCY/University of Cambridge)

Creating a database of dialectal data- MORILAN project
Nikos Koutsoukos (University of Patras) & & Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects (University of Patras)

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