LINGUIST List 30.1456

Tue Apr 02 2019

Calls: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Lexicography / Lexis (Jrnl)

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Date: 30-Mar-2019
From: Denis Jamet <>
Subject: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Lexicography / Lexis (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Lexis

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 10-Jul-2019

Call for Papers:

The e-journal Lexis - Journal in English Lexicology - will publish its 15th issue in 2020. It will be guest-edited by Vincent Hugou (Université de Tours) and Vincent Renner (Université Lumière Lyon 2) and will deal with ''adjectives in English'', a lexical class known for its heterogeneity and instability.

The adjective category in English:
A heterogeneous class:
English adjectives are quite heterogeneous in their semantics, as is attested by the many classifications found in the literature on the basis of syntactico-semantic criteria (qualifying / relational, classifying / non-classifying, objective / subjective, descriptor / classifying, intensive / non-intensive, etc.), or logico-semantic criteria (e.g. intersective / non intersective).

English adjectives also present considerable morphological diversity. The field of lexical morphology has received more scholarly attention than that of inflectional morphology which is now limited to synthetic comparatives and superlatives. Next to simplex adjectives, which can be viewed, at least synchronically, as morphologically unanalyzable roots and tend to express universal semantic types, English complex adjectives can be formed by affixation or compounding, or by using the non-concatenative processes of reduplication (easy-peasy, super-duper), clipping (hyper, delish), or conversion (a through train).

Instability of the class:
The adjective category is also characterized by many interactions within and across its unstable boundaries, so much so that the relevance of a category in its own right could be questioned.The commonalities that the adjective shares with the noun are a reminder that the former was listed as a sub-category of the latter for a long time (cf. the classical dichotomy betweennomen substantivum and nomen adjectivum). This is still evidenced by adjectives functioning as NP heads and by nouns used as adjectives. By the same token, some parallels have been drawn between adjectives and verbs (e.g. adjectival past participles), and between adjectives and adverbs (as in e.g. to scare easy).

Categorial shifts within the class also underscore that borderlines are quite blurry rather than clearly demarcated. This applies, for example, to relational adjectives which, when modified by a degree word, lose their (relational) status, or to predicative-only adjectives, which in some contexts can function attributively (I need some alone time).

Contributors are thus invited to work with this dual perspective in mind: that which concerns the diversity of the class, which also raises the issue of the addition of new members and its renewal, and another which links the discussion to the instability of the class and its subclasses.
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