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Confs: Philosophy of Lang, Syntax, Comp Ling, Gen Ling, Morphology/Germany

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Date: 10-Apr-2019
From: Gianina Iordachioaia <>
Subject: 8th International Workshop on Nominalizations
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8th International Workshop on Nominalizations
Short Title: JENom

Date: 21-Jun-2019 - 22-Jun-2019
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact: Gianina Iordăchioaia
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Morphology; Philosophy of Language; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The JENom workshop series was initiated in France, which explains the French acronym JENom from Journées d'Études sur les NOMinalisations. The first seven editions were held in Nancy, Lille, Paris, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Verona, and Fribourg. The fourth edition of the workshop was the first to be organized outside France and it took place at the University of Stuttgart, which will also host the coming eighth edition on June 21-22, 2019.

The study of nominalizations has represented one of the main topics in modern linguistic research starting at least as early as in Lees (1960), Vendler (1968) and Lakoff (1970). Especially after Chomsky (1970), nominalizations have formed the grounds for the split between lexicalist and syntactic approaches to morphology with many implications for the ongoing debate about the organization of a theory of language and the place morphology and the 'lexicon' occupy in it. Besides generative linguistics in the Chomskyan tradition, the special categorial status of nominalizations has also figured prominently in lexicalist (e.g., Malouf 2000, Tribout 2010, Bloch-Trojnar 2013) and functionalist (Koptjevskaja-Tamm 1993, Liesbet Heyvaert 2003) theories of language. In the generative literature, Grimshaw's (1990) seminal work laid the theoretical foundations for much of the study of nominalizations over the past few decades (see Marantz 1997, Alexiadou 2001, Harley & Noyer 2000, van Hout & Roeper 1998 and much of the subsequent literature).

Yet, issues such as argument structure realization, polysemy, reference, categorization and the status of nominalizers, mixed categorial properties, functional structure at the interfaces between phonology, morphology, syntax and (lexical) semantics and many others have remained as actual as ever and incite for further discussion as proven also by two quite recent monograph studies in Borer (2013) and Lieber (2016) and edited collections such as Iordăchioaia, Roy & Takamine (2013) and Paul (2014).

Special Theme on Zero Derivation (Conversion)

To allow for a broader discussion on categorial shift in morphology and its interfaces, this year's edition of JENom proposes a special theme on zero-derived nominals and zero derivation (or conversion), which will be integrated with the general theme of nominalizations.

Zero derivation is a type of categorial shift whereby the semantic change undergone by the input is not formally reflected in the output, thus challenging the one-to-one form-meaning mapping in morphological processes and, implicitly, their modeling. Such mismatches are known to have led to a split in morphological theory between approaches that are strictly faithful to the form-meaning isomorphism and others that model the morphosyntax and lexical semantics independently of morphophonology (see Don 1993 for an overview). One important difference between the two approaches is whether they employ zero derivational suffixes or not (cf. the debate in syntax-based models of morphology such as Distributed Morphology and the Exo-Skeletal Model as described in Borer 2013: 322-363). A further challenge raised by zero derivation is the difficulty to assess it across languages given essential differences in terms of categorial classes, productivity, and formal marking, as Valera (2005) notes.

Studies on nominalizations as well as topics concerning zero derivation are welcome to this eighth edition of the JENom workshop. We particularly encourage data-oriented contributions from computational, experimental and diachronic studies on various languages, besides theoretical approaches.

Invited Speakers:

Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt U. Berlin)
Rochelle Lieber (U. New Hampshire)
Delphine Tribout (U. Lille)


Friday, June 21

9:00 - 9:25:

9:25 - 9:30:

9:30 - 10:30:
Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire): The semantics of -ing: eventivity, quantification, aspect

10:30 - 11:10:
Yoshiki Ogawa, Keiyu Niikuni and Yuichi Wada (Tohoku University): Nominalization and De-nominalization as Diachronic Syntactic Change

11:10 - 11:30: Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:10:
Rossella Varvara (University of Florence): Constraints on nominalizations: investigating the productivity's domain of Italian: -mento and -zione

12:10 - 12:50:
Marine Wauquier, Nabil Hathout and Cécile Fabre (CLLE & CNRS & Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès): Semantic discrimination of nominalizations based on distributional and statistical clues

12:50 - 14:15: Lunch

14:15 - 14:55:
Vincent Krebs (University of Paris 8): Argument-projecting radicals: French nominalizations lacking a lexical verb

14:55 - 15:35:
Maria Bloch-Trojnar (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin): Zero-derived action nominals in Polish and Irish and the architecture of grammar

15:35 - 16:00: Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:40:
Andrew McIntyre (Humboldt-University Berlin): Zero nominals in English: Support for category-neutral oots?

16:40 - 17:40:
Delphine Tribout (University of Lille): TBA

19:00: Workshop dinner (Mezzogiorno)

Saturday, June 22

10:00 - 10:40:
Obed Nii Broohm and Chiara Melloni (University of Verona): Action Nominals in Esahie (Kwa): A descriptive and typological assessment

10:40 - 11:20:
Terrance Gatchalian (University of British Columbia): Deverbal nominalizations in Ktunaxa

11:20 - 12:00:
Philip Shushurin (NYU): A uniform account of applicatives and possessors: evidence from external possessors

12:00 - 14:00: Lunch + Coffee & Poster session

14:00 - 15:00:
Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University Berlin): Agentive nominalization in Greek: a puzzle

15:00 - 15:40:
Marie-Laurence Knittel (Nancy University) and Florence Villoing (Nanterre University): Instrument and means interpretation of deverbals: the role of ambiguous stative verbs in French V-N compounding

15:40 - 16:10: Coffee Break

16:10 - 16:50:
Odelia Ahdout (Humboldt University Berlin): No Results with Middles: on Non-Eventive Readings in Hebrew Nominalizations

16:50 - 17:30:
Bozena Rozwadowska (University of Wroclaw): On the non-existence of causative Psych nominalizations in Polish

17:30 - 17:40:
Closing remarks

Ahmet Bilal Özdemir (Leipzig University): Nominalizers in Turkish: a hierarchy-based account

Poster session:

1. Ahmet Bilal Özdemir (Leipzig University): Nominalizers in Turkish: a hierarchy-based account

2. Gianina Iordachioaia, María Camila Buitrago Cabrera, Susanne Schweitzer and Yaryna Svyryda (University of Stuttgart): Deverbal zero-nominalization and verb classes: An empirical investigation

3. Alec Kienzle (University of Toronto): Voice and Implicit Arguments in Hebrew Deverbal Nominalizations

4. Elena Soare (University of Paris 8 & CNRS): Participant -or nominals in Romanian

5. Martina Werner: A development within the nominalization of infinitives in the history of German: increasingly complex verbal structures

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