LINGUIST List 31.2948

Wed Sep 30 2020

Calls: Morphology, Phonology, Typology/Greece

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 30-Sep-2020
From: Nina Topintzi <>
Subject: Artificial/peripheral structures: What can they tell us
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Full Title: Artificial/peripheral structures: What can they tell us

Date: 31-Aug-2021 - 03-Sep-2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Nina Topintzi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Phonology; Typology

Call Deadline: 11-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Workshop Convenors:
Nina Topintzi (
Giorgos Markopoulos (

Linguists’ endeavor to model speakers’ internal grammatical knowledge is often hampered by the fact that the very linguistic data they examine may not accurately reflect the underlying structure at hand. At the word level, this may be due to, broadly speaking, extra-grammatical factors (e.g. frequency, pragmatic context, diachrony, language contact,) that exert a specific influence on the surface form of the word and, therefore, “blur” the (morpho)phonological processes taking place.

In order to avoid this kind of opacity, a great body of phonological research has shifted its focus from “conventional” data (i.e. actual words well-established in the lexicon of a language) to newly formed structures that have received little or no extra-grammatical influence and could thus provide better insight into speakers’ grammars. In particular, the research interest has turned either into peripheral novel forms coined by (a group of) speakers, for instance blends (e.g. Piñeros 2004; Schoenfeld, Cohen & Bat-El 2019), language games (e.g. Vaux 2011; Krämer & Vogt 2018) and Pokémon names (e.g. Shih et al. 2018; Kawahara et al. 2018), or into artificial structures that are used as experimental material in order to reveal the speakers’ response to new data, for instance novel formations / nonce words (e.g. Albright & Hayes 2003; Tessier & Becker 2018) and artificial mini-grammars (e.g. Finley 2016; White et al. 2018).

Second Call for Papers:

Please note that the deadline has been extended to 11 October, 2020!

The workshop aims at bringing together scholars working on the (morpho)phonology of different kinds of artificial/peripheral formations. We thus welcome contributions that address (but are not necessarily limited to) the following questions:
1. Why is it important to include artificial/peripheral formations in the study of language and, specifically, in phonological theory?
2. Which artificial/peripheral formations are more promising to shed light on speakers’ internal grammars? Are there any relevant fields that have been not explored thus far?
3. How artificial/peripheral formations help us deepen our understanding of how natural languages work?

We invite abstract submissions for 20-minute oral presentations (plus 5-minute discussion). Abstracts must be anonymous and should not exceed 300 words (including examples, excluding references).

They should be sent as a PDF attachment to the following email addresses: and

Note: Provisional acceptance of abstracts will be sent by 30 October, 2020. A proposal for the workshop (including the accepted abstracts) will then be submitted to the organizers of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2021) in November. If the proposal is accepted, the workshop will take place during the meeting over 1 or 2 days.

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