LINGUIST List 32.2259

Fri Jul 02 2021

Calls: Gen Ling, Morphology/Germany

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Date: 02-Jul-2021
From: Jenny Audring <>
Subject: How productive is derivational morphology? (DGfS 2022)
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Full Title: How productive is derivational morphology? (DGfS 2022)

Date: 23-Feb-2022 - 25-Feb-2022
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Jenny Audring
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology

Call Deadline: 1-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

Morphological productivity is still a major conundrum in linguistic theory. Disagreement starts right at the base: Should productivity be considered the norm, so we need to explain the restrictions that we find? Or is productivity itself the phenomenon that needs explaining? With the growing popularity of usage-based approaches to language, the focus of linguistic thinking is shifting from the former question to the latter. In addition, new tools and methods for empirical research are becoming available. In the light of both developments, this workshop seeks to compile new evidence on productivity in word formation.

We invite contributions that shed light on the conditions under which we see greater or lesser productive use of derivational morphology. In particular, we are interested in factors related to the speaker and the situation of speaking, such as:

- Register and sociolinguistic setting: Are certain communicative situations or registers more conducive to productive use of word-formation (cf. e.g. Plag et al. 1999)?
- Age: To what extent is the morphology in child language conservative or innovative?
- Literacy: Does higher literacy boost awareness and hence productive use of derivational patterns?
- The individual: To what degree do we see individual differences in the active use of a word formation pattern (cf. e.g. de Smet 2020)?

The workshop aims at synthesizing the factors that influence productivity. Ultimately, we are interested in finding out how often, when and by whom words are actually formed productively, as opposed to heard, stored and reproduced. How productive is YOUR derivational morphology?

Convenors: Jenny Audring (Leiden University) & Kristian Berg (University of Bonn)
Keynote speaker: Harald Baayen (University of Tübingen)

Call for Papers:

Deadline extended to September 1, 2021

We invite submissions of abstracts for 30 minutes (20+10) presentations. Abstract should be 300 words (plus references, one page in total). Deadline: September 1, 2021. Please send your abstract to

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

Important Dates:
Call Deadline: 1 September 2021
Notification: 15 September 2021
Workshop: 23-25 February 2022 (in the context of the 44th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), Tübingen, Germany).
Meeting URL:

The conference is intended to be held on site.

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