LINGUIST List 26.3209

Wed Jul 08 2015

Calls: Morphology, Phonology, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 08-Jul-2015
From: Jochen Trommer <>
Subject: Workshop on Replicative Processes in Grammar: Harmony, Copying, Doubling, and Repetition
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Full Title: Workshop on Replicative Processes in Grammar: Harmony, Copying, Doubling, and Repetition
Short Title: WORP

Date: 01-Oct-2015 - 02-Oct-2015
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Jochen Trommer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Phonology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 17-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

Besides the recursive and typically asymmetric concatenation of lexical material, replication (i.e., copying doubling, repetition and structure sharing) constitutes the second major mechanism of structure building in natural language. Replicative processes are pervasive in all areas of grammar ranging from phonological segment splitting and harmony over reduplication and affix doubling to syntactic copying, but also abstract replication of function as in coalescence and elliptic constructions where a single grammatical entity serves double duty.

Whereas replicative processes have played a central role in the major theoretical developments of the last decades – cf. the importance of the operation Agree in Minimalist syntax (Chomsky 2000, 2001) and of reduplication for optimality-theoretic Correspondence Theory (McCarthy & Prince 1994, 1995) – many types of replication are still poorly understood. Thus it is still largely unclear whether affix copying processes (Inkelas and Zoll 2005, Bickel et al. 2007, Zimmermann 2012) are motivated morphologically or phonologically and how they relate to another huge but underresearched area of replication, extended exponence (Anderson 2002, Müller 2007, Caballero & Harris 2012), we are still far from a general theory of verb copying constructions (Kandybowicz 2008, 2013), and the development of the Agreement-by-Correspondence approach to phonological harmony processes (Hansson 2001, Rose & Walker 2004, Bennett 2015) has raised as least as many new questions as it solves.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together, theoretical linguists with highly different empirical and formal backgrounds to advance our understanding of grammatical replication by theoretical crossfertilization, addressing questions such as:

- What is the empirical range of replicative processes? For example Staroverov (2014) shows that many, perhaps all, cases of apparent consonant epenthesis can be better understood as imperfect copying from an adjacent vowel, and the morphosyntactic status of ellipsis constructions has been notoriously contentious.

- What is the modular affiliation of specific replicative processes (e.g. is reduplication phonological or morphosyntactic?)

- What are substantial parallels and differences between different replicative process, e.g. between long distance harmony in phonology and syntactic long-distance agreement (Nevins 2010)?

- Are replicative processes symmetric or directional?

- Do replicative processes have internal structure? (cf. the two-step approach to syntactic agreement in Arregi & Nevins 2012)

- How complex are replicative constructions? Cases of reduplication and agreement (or concord) are the central phenomena that have lead to the insight that natural languages are not context-free (cf. Culy 1985 on reduplication in Bambara and Michaelis & Kracht 1997 on case concord in Old Georgian).

- What are possible triggers of replicative processes?

Invited Speakers:

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
Jason Kandybowicz (City University of New York)
Greg Kobele (University of Chicago)
Gabriella Caballero (UC San Diego)
William Bennett (Rhodes University)
Jason Merchant (University of Chicago)
Alan Yu (University of Chicago)
Rita Finkbeiner (Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz)
Jason Haugen (Oberlin College)

Program and Organizing Committee:

Jochen Trommer
Gereon Müller
Fabian Heck
Sandhya Sundaresan
Barbara Stiebels
Peter Staroverov

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for twenty-minute talks with a ten-minute discussion on any aspect of replicative processes in grammar.

Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.

The abstract should be submitted as a PDF attachment and sent to the following email address:

Please use 'Abstract' as the Subject header and include the information in (1) - (4), which should constitute the body of the message. Please make sure that all fonts are embedded.

Author Information:

1. Name(s) of author(s)
2. Title of talk
3. Affiliation(s)
4. Email address(es)

The deadline for submission is August 17. We will announce acceptances by September 1.

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