LINGUIST List 26.4499

Mon Oct 12 2015

Confs: Morphology, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 12-Oct-2015
From: Tanja Ackermann <>
Subject: Workshop on Proper Names and Morphosyntax
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Workshop on Proper Names and Morphosyntax

Date: 05-Nov-2015 - 06-Nov-2015
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Barbara Schlücker
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Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Invited Speakers:

Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm)
Damaris Nübling (Mainz)

Workshop Description:

Research on proper names has thus far mainly been concerned with diachronic development, thereby focusing on etymological problems and the history of names. In linguistics and the philosophy of language there has also been abundant research on the semantics of proper names and the distinction between proper names and common nouns. In contrast, questions about the morphosyntactic properties of proper names have received comparatively little attention in the literature. Although there are a few aspects that have been discussed in some detail recently such as, for instance, the diachronic development of inflectional marking, in general many questions remain open or have not even been posed yet. One explanation for this is that proper names do not form a homogeneous class with respect to their grammatical status but, rather, there are quite a number of different simplex and complex morphological and syntactic constructions being subsumed under this category.

The workshop aims to contribute to filling this gap. More specifically, we wish to explore the morphosyntax of proper names from two perspectives: on the one hand, we want to discuss the morphosyntactic properties of proper names. On the other hand, we want to focus on complex expressions containing proper names. This includes constructions with prepositional phrases (e.g., by-phrases) or the genitive, just as deonymic word formation, compounding, conversion, and others. For both perspectives, the central question is in which way and to which extent proper names deviate from non-proprial expressions and whether it is legitimate - or even necessary - to posit a specific grammar of proper names.

To this end, we invite both language-specific and cross-linguistic contributions. The primary focus is on synchronic data but a diachronic perspective is also very welcome. Topics to be explored include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- What is the morphosyntactic status of (different kinds) of complex proper names? What are the implications for grammatical theory?
- Are there differences between different kinds of proper names with regard to their morphosyntactic properties?
- How does the morphosyntactic marking of proper names differ cross-linguistically?
- How does deonymic word formation differ from word formation with the same (or: homonymic) derivational affixes?
- Which patterns of onymic word formation can be observed, both language-specifically and cross-linguistically?
- Are there competing patterns of morphological and syntactic constructions with proper names?
- Are there specific patterns of onymic inflection or tendencies that can be observed cross-linguistically?


The full programme is available at:

Thursday, 5 November 2015

09:15 – 10:15
Damaris Nübling (Mainz)
The growing distance between proper names and common nouns in German

10:15 – 11:00
Corinna Handschuh (Regensburg)
Marking of nominal categories on proper nouns

11:30 – 12:15
Betina Schnabel-Le Corre (Rennes)
The Grammar of Toponyms: Categorisation and transposition

12:15 – 13:00
Thomas Stolz (Bremen)
When zero is just enough… Typological aspects of zero-marking of spatial relations with different classes of place names

15:00 – 15:45
Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University)
Proper names in Modern Hebrew Construct State Constructions

15:45 – 16:30
Malka Muchnik (Bar-Ilan University)
The Grammar of Personal Names in Modern Hebrew

17:00 – 17:45
Olga Steriopolo (ZAS Berlin)
Morphosyntactic properties of short first names (hypocoristics) in Russian

17:45 – 18:30
Johannes Helmbrecht (Regensburg)
On the morphosyntax of proper names in Hoocąk and other Siouan languages

Friday, 6 November 2015

09:00 – 10:00
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm)
Swedish proper name compounds in blogs: creativity, productivity and frequency

10:00 – 10:45
Tine Breban (Manchester)
A corpus-based exploration of the identifying function of proper noun modifiers in English

11:15 – 12:00
Carmen Scherer (Mainz)
''Merkelige Putinologen obamatisieren Berlusconien“- Deonymic word-formation in German

12:00 – 12:45
Heike Necker (Zürich) & Liana Tronci (Siena)
Proper names and derivational morphology. Italian -ismo / -ista and Ancient Greek -ismós / istḗs formations

14:00 – 14:45
Luise Kempf (Mainz)
Englaͤndisch, Hamburgisch, Lutherisch − Degrees of „onymicity“ reflected in the history of German -isch-derivation

14:45 – 15:30
Christian Zimmer (FU Berlin)
On motivations that induce inflectional differences between proper names and appellatives in German

15:30 – 16:15
Mirjam Schmuck (Mainz)
Die himmlische Jerusalem – Variation and change in gender classification of proper names (toponyms) in German

16:45 – 17:30
Thomas Stolz & Ingo H. Warnke (Bremen)
Complex – but why? On the compositional structure of colonial place names (with special focus on German colonialism in Africa and Oceania)

17:30 - 18:15
Jaap van Marle (Open University)
Clipping patterns in name formation

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