LINGUIST List 29.2969

Fri Jul 20 2018

Calls: Morphology / Lexis (Jrnl)

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Date: 20-Jul-2018
From: Isabel Balteiro <>
Subject: Morphology / Lexis (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Lexis

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2019

Call for Papers:

The e-journal Lexis is planning to publish its 14th issue devoted to ''Blending in English'' in 2019.

Co-editors: Isabel Balteiro (University of Alicante, Spain) & Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).

CFP in English:
CFP in French:

Blending in English:
The 14th issue of Lexis will be devoted and deal with the mechanism of blending in English, mainly from a synchronic approach, although a diachronic one may also be of interest. A lexical blend is generally defined as a word which cannot be analysed into morphemes (Bauer [1983: 234]; Cannon [1987: 144]), intentionally formed by merging together elements or splinters usually from two source lexical units (sometimes more, e.g. afflufemza < affluence + influenza + feminism (example from Bassac [2012: 169]), or the more recent scinfotainment, < science + information + entertainment). However, despite the recent interest in blending, it is still a somehow poorly understood and underresearched mechanism, often regarded as ''irregular'' (Connolly [2013: 3]) and/or ''marginal''. For these and other reasons, Lexis 14 will aim at exploring the linguistic and even extralinguistic contexts which affect and motivate the creation and success of blends in English.
The 14th issue of Lexis will focus on the following three main areas of research (though scholars with other interests should feel free to enquire about other areas):
First, what constitutes a blend and the difficulties in distinguishing blends from other mechanisms, including problems posed by fuzzy boundaries.

Authors may deal with issues such as:
- the identification of blending as either word creativity or word-formation; can the limits of blending be established?
- the identification of blending as a lexical or a semantic phenomenon or mechanism
- whether the differences between blending and clipped compounding (complex clipping), for example, are always clear; what is the most prominent identifying feature, if any, of blends?

The second area of research will basically concentrate on the different types of blends:
- coordinate blends
- headed blends
- blends with truncation at the inner edge of the constituent words
- blends which do not contain any input word in its entirety

The third area of research will tackle the purposes and motivations for blending in English. By adopting a corpus-based approach, authors may:
- address the question of whether blends are created with the aim of designating a new referent or a new concept or to give a new name to an existing referent or concept
- explain the different motivations in different contexts and registers for the creation of blends
- measure the weight of the semantic, phonological, graphemic and/or formal motivation of blending in English and compare and contrast the importance of meaning versus shape at the time of creating a blend

The articles are expected to deal with these issues from an applied perspective, mainly via corpora or representative samples of data.

Researchers and scholars are invited to submit papers from the field of lexicology, but also in the fields of sociolinguistics, lexicography, comparative and contrastive linguistics, translation studies, cross-cultural linguistics and corpus linguistics.
Guidelines and Deadlines:

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