12th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting
The Mediterranean Morphology Meeting is a biennial conference series that brings together linguists from diverse theoretical backgrounds and at various stages of their career to discuss morphology in an inspiring, informal, and interactive setting.
The 12th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM12) will take place at the University of Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia) on June 27-30, 2019. The conference has a thematic session and an open session.
The topic of the thematic day will be:
“The nature of morphological generalizations: Rules, patterns, schemas and analogy”
Linguistic theories differ in their conceptualization of morphological generalizations (Štekauer & Lieber 2005; Stewart 2016; Audring & Masini in press). Classically, generalizations are phrased in terms of rules, i.e. procedural operations that change an input into an output. Individual theories sharpen this concept by distinguishing various types of rule (lexical vs. grammatical rules, productive rules vs. redundancy rules) or organizing rules sequentially and/or in rule blocks (Bonami & Stump 2016). Other theories, however, reject the notion of rules in favour of patterns or schemas (e.g., Booij 2010). Such generalizations differ from rules in that they are declarative rather than procedural. While they can also serve as recipes for new formations and are therefore functionally equivalent to rules, they can serve additional purposes, e.g. in structuring the lexicon or in guiding linguistic processing (see Baeskow 2015; Ortner & Ortner 2015). An important type of pattern is the paradigm, which plays a central role in theories of inflection (Blevins 2016; Boyé & Schalchli 2016)Yet other theories assume analogy as the main mechanism relating existing words and allowing for the formation of new words (see Blevins & Blevins 2009; Arndt-Lappe 2015).
The choice between the options is more than a matter of taste, and the opportunities to combine them are not unlimited. Each notion is commonly embedded in a different type of theoretical architecture. Generally, rule-based approaches assume a strict division between lexicon and grammar, while pattern- or schema-based approaches posit a unitary system for lexical and grammatical knowledge. Each theoretical approach differs from the others in what they consider the core data, and fares better with certain data types than with others. At the same time, experimental evidence has provided interesting insights supporting particular theoretical approaches. For instance, while several studies argue for a psychological reality of rules (Pinker 1991; Kim et al. 1991; Clahsen et al. 1993; Marcus et al. 1995), other studies highlight the importance of networks and connections (Rumelhart and McClelland 1986; Cottrell & Plunkett 1991; Daugherty & Seidenberg 1992).
MMM12 invites theoretical, empirical and experimental contributions within this problem field. Papers on other morphological topics are welcome for the open session.
The conference will be preceded by a workshop on “The morphology of South Slavic languages“. Separate call and info: https://spj.ff.uni-lj.si/index.php?page=en-mmm12-workshop
Olivier Bonami (Université Paris Diderot)
Susan Olsen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
27/06/2019, afternoon: Workshop on “The Morphology of South Slavic”
28/06/2019: Thematic session “The nature of morphological generalizations: Rules, patterns, schemas and analogy”
29/06/2019: Open session
We invite abstracts of max. 500 words (excluding bibliography) for oral presentations or posters. Presenters can submit up to two abstracts, one as single/main author and one as co-author.
Abstract submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mmm12
Deadline for abstract submission:
15 January 2019 extended to 31 January 2019
Notification of decision: 28 February 2019
Program available: 15 March 2017
Christina Manouilidou (Chair of the local organizing committee)
Local organizing committee
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