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Language Sciences

Call Deadline: 30-Oct-2014

Call Information:
Word and grammar: Experimental and theoretical perspectives
A special issue of Language Sciences Journal

Guest editor:
Raul Aranovich - University of California

The concept of word is notoriously difficult to define. Besides denoting a prosodic unit (the phonological word) and a semantic unit (the lexeme), word is often used as a morphosyntactic unit: the grammatical word. This concept unifies concerns of inflectional morphology and morphophonology. It is the term on which paradigmatic relationships are defined. The grammatical word plays an important role in modeling storage and processing of lexical and grammatical information, in psychology and computer science as well. Given the resurgence in interest that inflectional morphology has experienced in recent years, it seems appropriate to dedicate a special issue of Language Sciences to the relationship between word and grammar. The editor solicits contributions exploring how different perspectives (theoretical and experimental) may converge in expanding our understanding of this multifaceted concept.

Submission Guidelines
Papers should follow the normal format for Language Sciences Journal (see link to guide below). Each paper will be double blind peer reviewed. The papers should address the aims and scope of Language Sciences Journal and also should be presented under the context of the special issue title. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Inflectional morphology and its relation to phonology and semantics
- Word-and-paradigm vs. item-and-arrangement models of morphology
- Morphological paradigms: synchronic and diachronic perspectives
- Synthetic and analytic (i.e. periphrastic) word forms
- Syncretism and related problems
- Words and the Lexical Integrity Principle
- Word forms in Distributed Morphology
- Productivity, inflection, and mental representation
- The neuropsychological reality of inflected forms
- Storage and retrieval of grammatical information in word processing
- Acquisition of word forms in first and second language
- Representation of inflectional features in NLP
- Automatic tagging and disambiguation of word forms

The Language Sciences Journal Guide to Authors is available at:

Deadlines and Timeline
1. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors at their earliest convenience to discuss possible article themes (see contact info below).
2. Initial paper submissions are due by 30 October 2014. Submit papers online at: Submission may be made from July 1st onwards.
3. Peer review and revisions will occur during July 2014 through around February 2015.
4. Expected online publication is April 2015 and printed publication by end of summer 2015.

Please direct any inquiries to Raul Aranovich (