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Neoclassical Compounding

Special issue of the Verbum journal

Guest Editors: Stéphanie Lignon and Fiammetta Namer

Among all the available morphological processes for lexical creation in languages, the neoclassical compounding involves specific models. Compounding is a constructional process during which at least two base lexemes are combined in order to construct a new lexeme (tea bag). Two types of compounding may be distinguished: standard compounding (also called popular) on the one hand which involves the modern vocabulary (porte-bagage), and neoclassical compounding on the other hand which involves lexemes borrowed from ancient languages, often Greek and Latin (anthropophage).

Neoclassical compounding was first used to describe the creation of terms in specialized vocabularies, such as medicine, etc. More recently however, this type of compounding also provides models for the creation of lexemes which do not belong to specialized vocabularies, but to the "general" language; e.g., théâtrolâtre, publivore. Moreover, automatic identification of such lexemes is not obvious, while the affixed lexemes may be detected quite easily.

Hence, in addition to the linguistic modeling, the automatic processing of the neoclassical compounds also requires a specific treatment.

The unsuspected success of the neoclassical compounding within the general language is our main motivation for this special issue dedicated to neoclassical compounding.
Special attention will be paid to submissions which establish a link between corpus processing and formal models, within monolingual and multilingual contexts, in specialized areas or in general language.

The call welcomes researchers from different areas, whatever their theoretical schools and trends:
- Linguistics: Lexicon, Terminology, Morphology;
- Natural Language Processing,
- Psycholinguistics (aspects related to the perception, language learning, language impairment, etc.).

Important dates:
- January 30th, 2013: Authors who would like to submit an article addressing these topics are invited to send their proposal consisting of two pages (plus references) with their publication project. The abstract should not be programmatic but should clearly indicate its purpose and present the main results which will be developed in the article.
- February 28th, 2013: Selection of the communications performed by the Scientific Committee and notifications sent to the authors.
- June 30th, 2013: Reception of final versions of the articles, which should contain between 15 and 20 pages. The style sheet will be provided to the concerned authors with the acceptance notifications.

Please send your submission to S. Lignon (stephanie.lignon@univ-lorraine.fr) and F. Namer (fiammetta.namer@univ-lorraine.fr).

Further details: http://www.atilf.fr/spip.php?rubrique214&idfirst=922

Scientific committee:
Dany Amiot (STL, Université Lille 3),
Frédérique Brin-Henry (ATILF, Université de Lorraine),
Georgette Dal (STL, Université Lille 3),
Natalia Grabar (STL, Université Lille 3),
Nabil Hathout (CLLE, Université Toulouse-Le Mirail),
Stéphanie Lignon (ATILF, Université de Lorraine),
Fiammetta Namer (ATILF, Université de Lorraine),
Séverine Casalis (URECA, Université Lille 3),
Thierry Hamon (LIM&BIO, Université Paris 13),
Thi Mai Tran (STL, Université Lille 2).