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Lingvisticae Investigationes

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2016

Call Information:
Contributions are invited for a special issue on ''Lexical plurals'' in Lingvisticae Investigationes (John Benjamins).

Lexical Plurals are plural forms (oats, remains) in which plurality constitutes an inherent lexical specification (cf. Booij 1994, 1996 : ''inherent inflection''; Acquaviva 2008). As such, they cannot be accounted for by means of a grammatical rule (or generalization) yielding nouns that mean 'many x' as opposed to the meaning of the corresponding singular form 'one x'. Therefore they have to be learned as part of ''what it is to know a word''.

This wide-ranging definition aims at covering a very large spectrum of phenomena that have been dealt with from quite a number of different points of view, which are reflected in the abundant terminology found in this domain (pluralia tantum, plural mass, greater plural, pluriel interne, …). None of these approaches fully cover the whole issue of ''lexical plurals''.

Most of these phenomena have too often been relegated to the heading of (archaic) ''language curiosities''. However, since a couple of years, especially since Paolo Acquaviva's 2008 monograph (Lexical plurals, Oxford Univ. Press), they have been put to the fore. Moreover, it appeared that, cross-linguistically, these lexical plurals constitute a quite stable language phenomenon (Corbett 2000 8-10 ; Acquaviva 2008: 109), although within each language they appear as idiosyncrasies, whose numeric importance should not, however, be underestimated.

This special issue is open to linguists (and psycholinguists) coming from diverse theoretical and methodological horizons, covering the whole linguistic spectrum, from formally oriented work to work inspired by cognitive or functional approaches, presenting both descriptive and theoretical work (generalizations/proposals of modelling), synchronic and diachronic, dealing with one particular language system or implying several languages.

Submission guidelines

Papers can be submitted in English or in French. They will be reviewed anonymously by two members of the scientific committee. Submissions should not exceed 35 000 signs (including spaces), references included, and respect the typographical conventions of Lingvisticae Investigationes (

Full versions of the papers can be sent to no later than June 1st.

A far more detailed version of this call can be downloaded (PDF) from

The important dates are:

1st June 2016 : deadline for submission
1st July 2016 : notification to authors
1st September 2016 : deadline for final versions

Guest editors:

Marie Lammert (University of Strasbourg)
Peter Lauwers (Ghent University)
Scientific committee (to be completed):
Paolo Acquaviva (Dublin)
Artemis Alexiadou (Berlin)
Elizabeth Cowper (Toronto)
Mary Dalrymple (Oxford)
Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht)
Jenny Doetjes (Leiden)
M. Teresa Espinal (Barcelona)
Nelly Flaux (Arras)
Philippe Gréa (Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Scott Grimm (Rochester)
Emilia Hilgert (Reims)
Richard Huyghe (Paris Diderot)
Georges Kleiber (Strasbourg)
Marie Lammert (Strasbourg)
Peter Lauwers (Ghent)
Wiltrud Mihatsch (Tübingen)
Danièle Van de Velde (Lille III)
Marleen Van Peteghem (Ghent)
Marc Wilmet (Brussels, ULB)
Martina Wiltschko (University of British Columbia)
Nina Zhang (Chung Cheng University)