LINGUIST List 27.2236

Tue May 17 2016

Calls: Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Ling Theories, Morphology, Psycholing, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 17-May-2016
From: Sophie Ellsäßer <>
Subject: Morphological Variation – Theory and Empirical Evidence
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Full Title: Morphological Variation – Theory and Empirical Evidence

Date: 08-Mar-2017 - 10-Mar-2017
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Contact Person: Oliver Schallert
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2016

Meeting Description:

Morphological variation – linking theory and empirical evidence

Antje Dammel (University of Freiburg/Br.), Oliver Schallert (University of Munich)

While variation in syntax has experienced a downright boom in theory-informed modelling and explanation over the last decade, analogous approaches to morphological variation in time and space still lead something of a wallflower existence. This is even more surprising as morphology presents a number of intricate issues that any (integrative) theory of grammar has to cope with.

We are interested in approaches that interpret and explain morphological variation in the light of modern morphological and/or morpho-syntactic theories, or theories grounded in psycho-/neurolinguistics (cf. e.g. Corbett 2007; Booij 2010; Brown & Hippisley 2012; Embick 2015; Stump 2015).


Booij, Geert (2010): Construction Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brown, Dunstan und Andrew Hippisley (2012): Network Morphology: A Defaults-Based Theory of Word Structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Corbett, Greville (2007): Canonical Typology, Suppletion, and Possible Words. Language 83(1): 8–42.
Embick, David (2015): The Morpheme. A Theoretical Introduction. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter.
Stump, Gregory (2015): Inflectional Paradigms. Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Call for Papers:

Contributions from any linguistic discipline (e.g., Romance linguistics, typology) and of any theoretical persuasion are welcome as long as they are empirically grounded in a solid way and focus on one of the following areas of morphological variation:

- Areal structures of variation as evidence of grammaticalization processes, implicational hierarchies, systematic gaps (e.g., perfect expansion, definiteness marking)
- Variation at the interfaces: morphology – syntax, morphology – phonology, e.g., agreement conflicts, case marking and word order, linking elements, phonological processes at morpheme borders
- Over- and underdifferentiation: allomorphy, syncretism, morphological complexity and their speaker- and hearer-related conditioning
- Psycho- and neurolinguistic perspectives, e.g., acquisition and online processing of canonical and non-canonical inflectional patterns in non-standard varieties.

We invite submissions for 20-minute oral presentations (plus 10 min. discussion), either in English or German. Contributions from less well-studied and/or from non (Indo) European varieties are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts must conform to the following guidelines:

- They must be anonymous.
- They must not exceed one page of text (12pt font, with reasonable margins) plus 1 additional page for data, figures and references.
- They must be submitted as .pdf files via the EasyChair system at: If you do not have an EasyChair account, you can create one for free at:

The deadline for submission is 15 August 2016; notification date is 5 September 2016.
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