LINGUIST List 31.2811

Wed Sep 16 2020

Calls: Ling Theories, Morphology/Slovakia

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Date: 15-Sep-2020
From: Vincent Renner <>
Subject: Towards a competition-based word-formation theory
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Full Title: Towards a competition-based word-formation theory

Date: 24-Jun-2022 - 24-Jun-2022
Location: Kosice, Slovakia
Contact Person: Vincent Renner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2022

Meeting Description:

**Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this conference has been postponed one year. The new date is 24 June, 2022**

Convenors: Alexandra Bagasheva (Sofia), Akiko Nagano (Shizuoka), Vincent Renner (Lyon)

The study of linguistic competition, or rivalry, has recently gained heightened interest in the word-formation literature (see e.g. Santana-Lario & Valera, 2017, and Rainer et al., 2019) and elements of a competition-based morphological theory have appeared in e.g. Mark Aronoff's recent work on competitive exclusion (see e.g. Aronoff 2016, 2019). This workshop aims to build on this dynamic and bring together scholars eager to link their latest findings to theoretical considerations such as the various forms of competition resolution, their underlying mechanisms and plausible motivations, as well as a possible lack of resolution (in the long run) and plausible reasons for that. Important topics include macro-level competition between different word-formation processes (like the competition between conversion and affixation or that between blending and compounding) and more systemic considerations (see e.g. Renner, 2020). Equally welcome are papers adopting a long diachronic perspective and those following a contrastive approach. This list of topics and approaches is neither exhaustive, nor restrictive.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts of max. 300 words (plus references) should be sent to:,, and by 15 March 2022. Acceptance will be notified by 31 March 2022.

Aronoff, M. (2016). Competition and the lexicon. In A. Elia, C. Iacobino & M. Voghera (eds.), Livelli di analisi e fenomeni di interfaccia: Atti del XLVII congresso internazionale della società di linguistica italiana (pp. 39-52). Bulzoni.

Aronoff, M. (2019). Competitors and alternants in linguistic morphology. In Rainer et al., 2019.

Rainer, F., Gardani, F., Dressler, W. U. & Luschützky, H. Ch. (2019). Competition in inflection and word-formation. Springer.

Renner, V. (2020). An ecosystem view of English word-formation. The Mental Lexicon, 15 (1), pp. 4-20.

Santana-Lario, J. & Valera, S. (2017). Competing patterns in English affixation. Peter Lang.

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