LINGUIST List 32.2422

Mon Jul 19 2021

Calls: Gen Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Jun-2021
From: Natascha Elxnath <>
Subject: Literal and Figurative Meanings of Compounds
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Full Title: Literal and Figurative Meanings of Compounds (DGfS)

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

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2021

Meeting Description:

The workshop ''Literal and Figurative Meanings of Compounds'' will take place in the context of the 44th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft) at Tuebingen University from February 23 to 25, 2022.

Compounds pose a particular problem for semantics since the relation between their two constituents allows a wide if not infinite range of possible interpretations. In addition, compounds constitute a frequently used structure for metaphor formation. Both the general principles for compound interpretation and the semantics of metaphors are domains that are currently stimulating much research and converge in the topic of this workshop. Both strands of research have meanwhile developed advanced research methods. The investigation of compound semantics is increasingly based on the analysis of large corpora and lexical databases and on psycholinguistic experiments. Research on metaphor attracts growing attention from computerlinguistics / machine learning.

Call for Papers:

The workshop aims at gathering researchers from different areas to explore how recent theoretical and methodological advances in compound and metaphor research provide answers to the following questions:
1. How do figurative in contrast to literal meanings of compounds arise and how does compound semantics interact with metaphor semantics?
2. How do compounds differ from their syntactic counterparts semantically (e.g. N-N compounds vs. attributive genitive constructions, A-N compounds vs. A-N phrases), what factors affect the choice between compounds and phrases, and how does this relate to the assumption of a fundamental division of labor between syntax and morphology, namely that phrases are used to provide descriptions and compounds to name concepts?
3. In how far do formal-semantic/pragmatic and rule-based approaches on the one hand and pattern-, analogy-, or construction-based approaches on the other hand provide explanations for compound and metaphor formation and interpretation?
4. What empirical methods can provide insights into the formation of novel metaphorical compounds?

Abstract length: max. one page plus references

Abstract format: 12-point font (e.g. Times New Roman) in pdf-format

Means of submission:
Please send an anonymous pdf-document to until August 15, 2021.

Expected timeline for notification of acceptance:
Notifications of acceptance will be sent shortly after the deadline for submission (August 15, 2021).

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

The workshop will be held in English.

For more information, please visit:

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