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Workshop 'Stem Allomorphy in Inflection and Word Formation'
Message 1: Workshop 'Stem Allomorphy in Inflection and Word Formation'
From: Fabio Montermini <fabio.monterminiuniv-tlse2.fr>
Subject: Workshop 'Stem Allomorphy in Inflection and Word Formation'
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Full Title: Workshop "Stem Allomorphy in Inflection and Word Formation"
Date: 14-May-2010 - 15-May-2010
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Contact Person: Fabio Montermini
Meeting Email: decembrettesuniv-tlse2.fr
Web Site: http://www.nytud.hu/imm14/stemsworkshop.pdf
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2010
Interest in the topic of stem allomorphy has been renewed by Mark Aronoff's
(1994) work on Latin conjugation, which, by highlighting the theoretical
importance of ancient observations, led to novel descriptions of inflectional
and derivational phenomena in work by Boyé & colleagues, Brown, Maiden, Pirelli
& Battista, Sadler, Spencer & Zaretskaya, Stump, Thornton, and others. Central
to Aronoff's work and later developments is the notion that the signifiant of a
lexeme is not a single phonological representation, but an array of indexed
stems, which may stand in relations going from identity through (semi)-regular
phonological alternation to full suppletion. This shared structure accounts for
the observation that regular and irregular inflection give rise to the same
Call for Papers
Despite a period of 15 years of fruitful work, many conceptual, theoretical, and
empirical issues of stem allomorphy remain unsolved. The aim of this workshop is
to showcase work that addresses any of these issues, including:
- What heuristics or principles can be used to distinguish stem alternants from
exponents? Should the peripherality of formatives be used as a criterion? Should
stem size be maximized or minimized?
- How morphomic is stem allomorphy? Stem alternations are best motivated when
the different stems do not correspond to a morphosyntactically coherent set of
paradigm cells. Yet suppletion, another typical motivation for the postulation
of distinct stems, typically affects coherent sets of cells (Veselinova 2006).
- What is the relationship between stem allomorphy and implicative morphology?
Morphomic stems, by their nature, can only be related by implicational
relations. But if implicational relations sometimes need to be stated between
words (e.g. Blevins 2006), could we perhaps dispense with stems altogether as an
- What is the relationship between stem allomorphy and inflectional regularity?
Tradition and naive functional motivation would suggest that a regular lexeme
should have a single stem; this view has been challenged both from the point of
view of synchronic description (Boyé 2000 and subsequent work) and from the
point of view of language change (Maiden 1992 and subsequent work).
- What is the role of stem allomorphy in lexeme formation? Can the analysis of
derived lexemes reveal the existence of stems that are invisible in inflection
('hidden stems')? How is the emergence of allomorphic stems influenced by the
global structure of the lexicon?
Abstracts must be strictly anonymous and no more than 2 pages long (bibliography
and annexes included). On a separate sheet, contributors should indicate their
name(s), affiliation(s) and the e-mail address at which they wish to be
contacted. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail in PDF (preferably) or RTF format
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2010
Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2010
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