LINGUIST List 26.3371

Mon Jul 20 2015

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Morphology/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 20-Jul-2015
From: Rik van Gijn <>
Subject: Inheritance Hierarchies in Morphology
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Full Title: Inheritance Hierarchies in Morphology

Date: 10-Nov-2015 - 11-Nov-2015
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Contact Person: Tania Paciaroni
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology

Call Deadline: 12-Sep-2015

Meeting Description:

Inheritance Hierarchies in Morphology
10 – 11 November 2015
Universität Zürich
Keynotes: Geert Booij (Universiteit Leiden) and Dunstan Brown (University of York)

Inheritance hierarchies or inheritance networks are an important part of a number of contemporary morphological theories, such as Construction Morphology (Booij 2010),Network Morphology (Brown and Hippisley 2012), and Word Grammar (Hudson 2006). Such approaches contrast with rule-based morphological models such as Distributed Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993). Inheritance networks have been invoked to yield new perspectives on long-standing issues in morphology like productivity and regularity (Brown forthc.), holistic morphological typology (Brown 2010), and multi-word units (Booij 2010). However, much remains to be explored concerning the precise nature and architecture of these inheritance hierarchies. For instance, hierarchies of different types have been proposed (e.g. lexical class hierarchies, ontological hierarchies, syntactic hierarchies, and morphological hierarchies), but it is not clear what the restrictions (if any) on an inventory of hierarchies are or how the different hierarchies relate to or interact with each other.

Call for Papers:

The workshop will bring together linguists from several backgrounds to explore questions related to inheritance networks in morphology. Questions we would like to address include (but are not limited to):

- What level of abstractness is defendable or feasible in a hierarchical lexicon?
- To what extent are different (types of) hierarchies comparable?
- Is there psycholinguistic evidence for inheritance hierarchies?
- Can inheritance hierarchies shed new light on diachronic processes?
- In what way do inheritance-based approaches change our perspective on paradigmatic relations, both in word formation and in inflection?
- Rule-based versus inheritance-based approaches: do we need a hierarchical lexicon?

Applicants are invited to send in an anonymous abstract in pdf format of 1 page maximum (excluding references) before 13 September 2015 to Notification of acceptance will be given on 30 September. Doctoral students in particular are encouraged to hand in an abstract.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the above address.

Per Baumann, Rik van Gijn, Anja Hasse, Patrick Mächler, Tania Paciaroni, Claudia Schmid, Florian Sommer (IG Morphologie, Universität Zürich)

The support of the PhD Program Linguistics of the University of Zurich is gratefully acknowledged.


Booij, Geert (2010). Construction Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brown, Dunstan (2010). “Morphological Typology”. In: Handbook of Linguistic Typology. Ed. by Jae Jung Song. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 487–503.
Brown, Dunstan (forthc.). “Defaults and overrides in morphological description”. In: The Cambridge Handbook of Morphology. Ed. by Andrew Hippisley and Gregory Stump. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Brown, Dunstan and Andrew Hippisley (2012). Network Morphology: A Defaults-based Theory of Word Structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Halle, Morris and Alec Marantz (1993). “Distributed morphology and the pieces of inflection”. In: The view from building 20: essays in linguistics in honor of Sylvain Bromberger. Ed. by Kenneth Hale and Samuel J. Keyser. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 111–176. Hudson, Richard (2006). Language networks: The new Word Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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