LINGUIST List 30.503

Thu Jan 31 2019

Confs: Comp Ling, Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Ling Theories, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 28-Jan-2019
From: Gianina Iordachioaia <>
Subject: Zero Derivation (Conversion)
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Zero Derivation (Conversion)

Date: 21-Jun-2019 - 22-Jun-2019
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact: Gianina Iordachioaia
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics

Meeting Description:

(Session of 8th International Workshop on Nominalizations)

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 (e.g., the status of the zero derivational suffix, how to determine the direction of derivation in zero-derived pairs of words, the crosslinguistic modeling of zero derivation with reference to any lexical category a.o.) 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.

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