LINGUIST List 31.2095

Fri Jun 26 2020

Calls: Ling Theories, Morphology, Phonology, Psycholing, Typology/Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 26-Jun-2020
From: Marie-Luise Popp <>
Subject: Edge-asymmetries in morphophonology (short workshop at the 43rd Annual Conference of the DGfS)
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Full Title: Edge-asymmetries in morphophonology (short workshop at the 43rd Annual Conference of the DGfS)
Short Title: EAIM43DGFS

Date: 24-Feb-2021 - 26-Feb-2021
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Contact Person: Marie-Luise Popp
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2020

Meeting Description:

It is widely known that suffixes outnumber prefixes in inflectional morphology. Specifically, WALS feature 26A ‘Prefixing vs. Suffixing in Inflectional Morphology’ (Dryer 2013) counts 529 suffixing languages and only 152 prefixing languages. While the asymmetries in the distribution of prefixes and suffixes have been known for long, recent studies reveal asymmetries in their morphophonological behaviour, as well. Concretely, Krämer (2002) shows that dominant-recessive vowel harmonies can only be triggered by suffixes but not prefixes. An exhaustive study on prosodic patterns in Lithuanian by Kushnir (2018) reveals that there are four different prosodic patterns in suffixes but only one pattern in prefixes. Moreover, Luís (2009) argues that enclitics in European Portuguese are part of the grammatical word, while the same elements as proclitics are not. While asymmetries like these are frequently described in the literature, theoretic accounts that capture this phenomenon (at least partially) are quite rare (Hyman 2002; Himmelmann 2014; Moskal 2015). This workshop aims to bring together linguists working on different aspects of the phenomenon to initiate an empirically adequate modelling of the phenomenon. In this workshop, we want to cover theoretical as well as empirical aspects of prefix-suffix asymmetries with a focus on research on non-European languages. Thus, we are looking forward to contributions that provide insights in the following areas: theoretical phonology, theoretical morphology, typology and psycholinguistics.

Invited speaker: TBA

Please note also: A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income.

Call for Papers:

The questions we want to address include (but are not limited to) the following:

1. Are there asymmetries in phonological processes within or across languages?
2. Are there asymmetries in affix order within or across languages?
3. How can these asymmetries be modelled in linguistic theory?
4. What are possible explanations for the suffix-preference?
5. Do morphosyntactic categories (tense, agreement, case, ...) exhibit different degrees of asymmetries?

We invite submissions for 20-minute oral presentations (+ 10 minutes discussion) in English. We are equally interested in theoretical and empirical contributions. Abstracts should be anonymously submitted to:

Abstracts should be at most one page long, plus references on the second page, on A4 paper with 2.5cm margins on all sides, and must be set in Times New Roman font of at least 11 points. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2020; notification date is 15 September 2020.

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