LINGUIST List 26.3071

Mon Jun 29 2015

Calls: Morphology/Sweden

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 29-Jun-2015
From: Christiane Andersen <>
Subject: Morphological Borrowing
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Full Title: Morphological Borrowing

Date: 10-Dec-2015 - 11-Dec-2015
Location: University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact Person: Christiane Andersen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

While the borrowing of lexical units is a traditional subject in historical linguistics, as it is one of the main sources of linguistic change, morphological borrowing has been given much less attention in the literature. One reason could be that morphological borrowing apparently is an infrequent contact-induced phenomenon.

This workshop seeks to address fundamental questions concerning the borrowability of morphology raised in recent work by Myers-Scotton (2002) and Gardani, Arkadiev and Amiridze (2015).

Organized by the research profile Diversity and Universals in Language
Christiane Andersen, prof. of German Linguistics
Laura Downing, prof. of African Languages

Place: University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Dept. of Languages and Literatures

Invited Speaker: Dr. M.G. (Maarten) Kossmann (Leiden University Center for Linguistics)

2nd Call for Papers:

Workshop on Morphological Borrowing
Date: 10 – 11 December 2015

Recent work by Myers-Scotton (2002) and Gardani, Arkadiev and Amiridze (2015) raises fundamental questions concerning the borrowability of morphology:

- Is morphological borrowing an infrequent phenomenon in cross-linguistic terms, or is it not as rare as often claimed in the literature?
- Which type of morphology, derivational or inflectional, is most readily borrowed?
- Is there a relationship between morphological borrowing and phenomena such as code-switching and mixed languages (contact varieties etc.)?
- Is bilingual speech a reflection of the abstract structures of the languages involved, as well as linguistic competence in a general sense, constraining morphological borrowing?
- Is it true that not just ‘anything structural’ can happen in contact situations?

For this workshop we invite the submission of abstracts presenting current research related to one of the above questions. We welcome presentations on contact-induced morphological phenomena from mixed languages of European as well as non-European languages.

Please submit your abstract to
before 15 August 2015.


Gardani, Francesco, Peter Arkadiev and Nino Amiridze (eds.). 2015. Borrowed Morphology, p. 2. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
Myers-Scotton, Carol. 2002. Contact Linguistics. Bilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes, p. IX. New York: Oxford University Press.

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