LINGUIST List 31.2132

Wed Jul 01 2020

Confs: Gen Ling, Ling Theories, Morphology/Austria

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 30-Jun-2020
From: Stela Manova <>
Subject: Dissecting morphological theory: Diminutivization in root-, stem- and word-based morphology
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Dissecting morphological theory: Diminutivization in root-, stem- and word-based morphology
Short Title: DMTD2020

Date: 04-Dec-2020 - 06-Dec-2020
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact: Stela Manova
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Morphology

Meeting Description:

This workshop scrutinizes and compares theoretical assumptions in morphology. Diminutivization serves as a testing ground. The goal is to provide a platform for fruitful discussion among scholars working within different theoretical frameworks as well as computational and experimental morphologists.

In the call for papers, we compare the major assumptions of Distributed Morphology, Paradigm Function Morphology and Natural Morphology but contributions within any theory or a mix of theories are welcome.

First Call for Papers:

The text of the call is available at:

We invite papers that, based on diminutives, discuss the (dis)advantages of a single theoretical framework or different theories comparatively. Papers that profit from a mix of theories are also welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Diminutivization of major word classes
- Diminutivization and non-major word classes
- Diminutivization and the derivation-inflection divide
- Gender, animacy, countability and diminutivization of nouns
- Aspect, pluractionality and diminutivization of verbs
- Diminutives versus hypocoristics
- Diminutivization of diminutives
- Acquisition of diminutive morphology
- Diachrony of diminutive morphology
- Diminutive morphology in language contact
- Sociolinguistic variation of diminutive morphology
- Experimental and computational evidence versus theoretical assumptions

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract registration: 27 July 2020 (this is for organizational purposes, required are the title of the abstract and a few keywords)
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 September 2020
Acceptance notifications: 1 October 2020
Workshop: 4-6 December 2020

Abstracts should be registered and submitted via EasyChair:
Abstract format: anonymous PDF, max. 500 words (examples and references do not count), single spaced, justified alignment.

Please note that the workshop may be moved to an online format.

Organizers: Stela Manova, Boban Arsenijević, Laura Grestenberger, Katharina Korecky-Kröll

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