First circular and call for papers
The full version of the first circular for the 2006 LAGB Meeting is
ready, and all members are asked to download it from this address:
The deadline for abstracts is *3rd April 2006*
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Highlights are the 2006 meeting are given below, but please make sure
that you download the full circular as this also includes information
about abstract submission, student bursaries and other LAGB-internal
1. The Henry Sweet Lecture 2006 will be delivered by Professor Nick
Evans (University of Melbourne) on the evening of 30th August, with the
title 'The pleasures and pains of careful articulation: stable
nasal-stop clusters in Australian languages as a typological conundrum'.
2. The Linguistics Association Lecture 2006 will be delivered by
Professor Sharon Inkelas (University of California, Berkeley) on 2nd
September, with the title 'The flip side of blocking: multiple
exponence in agglutinating languages'.
3. There will also be a special themed session on 2nd September
organised by Sharon Inkelas and Andrew Spencer, related to the
Linguistics Association Lecture, with the title 'Exponence in
morphology and syntax', for which abstracts are now invited. These
should be submitted in the same way as abstracts for the general
sessions, but should be clearly marked that they are intended for the
special session. For further details, see the call for papers for this
session on the last page of the first circular, and included at the end
of this message.
4. There will be a workshop on Teaching Linguistics at University
organised by the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area
5. There will be a Language Tutorial on Iwaidja, given by Professor
Nick Evans (University of Melbourne).
6. There will be a session organised by the LAGB's Education Committee
with the theme 'How can linguists help schools?' with contributions by
Julie Blake (Villiers Park Educational Trust) and Sue Barry (Manchester
Metropolitan) (see www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/ec/ecsessions.htm).
Deadline for abstracts: *3rd April*. For details of abstract
submission, see the full version of the first circular - abstracts may
be submitted either electronically or in hard copy; sets of abstracts
may be submitted together for a themed session of your choice (for
further details, see below).
**Call for papers for the themed session at the 2006 LAGB meeting,
related to the Linguistics Association Lecture by Sharon Inkelas, and
organised by Sharon Inkelas and Andrew Spencer.**
Exponence in morphology and syntax
Work in realizational theories of morphology has emphasized the complex
many:many relationship between form and function, particularly in
agreement, and has seriously undermined classical conceptions of the
morpheme as a Saussurean sign (Matthews 1972, Anderson 1977). Parallel
cases of many:many: exponence (multiple exponence) are also recognized
in syntax (e.g. Sells 2004). At the same time, attention is being
increasingly focussed on the role of stems in morphology as purely
formal ('morphomic') objects (Aronoff 1992, 1994; Blevins 2003, 2005;
Luis & Spencer 2005; Stump 2001, Inkelas & Zoll 2005, amongst others),
adding a new dimension to the description and analysis of apparent
cases of multiple exponence in morphology.
We invite papers which develop such theoretical ideas and which explore
the complexity of exponence in morphology and/or syntax. Some of the
questions we have in mind include, but are by no means limited to the
following: 'how is exponence factored out between stems, affixes and
non-concatenative exponents such as tone, length, or stress
alternations?', 'how are stems organized into types within paradigmatic
systems?', 'to what degree does multiple exponence involve
co-dependency between a morphomic stem and affix, as opposed to
semantically redundant affixation', 'how does reduplication relate to
affixal, stem-based and non-concatenative exponence in a realizational
framework?', 'how do we distinguish between a process which selects
distinct, albeit related stems or affixes, from a process which selects
a single stem/affix which then displays (perhaps suppletive)
allomorphy?', 'what parallel kinds of multiple exponence phenomena are
found in syntax?', 'in cases of partial grammaticalization, in which a
construction shows some syntactic and some morphological properties,
how is the division of labour best described?'. The answers to some of
these questions will require an explicit account of how morphology and
syntax interrelate. For instance, will it ultimately prove necessary to
adopt some version of Construction Grammar to achieve a smooth
interface between the two components? We particularly welcome
submissions which address this more general issue.
Anderson, Stephen R. 1977. On the formal description of inflection.
Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistic Society 13: 15-44.
Aronoff, Mark. 1994. Morphology by Itself. MIT Press.
Aronoff, Mark. 1992. Stems in Latin verbal morphology. In: Aronoff,
Mark ed. 1992 Morphology Now. Albany: State University of New York
Sells, Peter 2004. Syntactic information and its morphological
expression. In Louisa Sadler and Andrew Spencer (eds) Projecting
Morphology. Stanford, CSLI Publications, 187-225.
Blevins, James P. 2003. Stems and paradigms. Language 79: 737-767.
Blevins, James P. 2005. Word-based declensions in Estonian. In Geert
Booij and Jaap van der Marle (eds) Yearbook of Morphology 2005.
Dordrecht: Springer Verlag, 1-25.
Luís, Ana R. and Andrew Spencer 2005. A Paradigm Function account of
'mesoclisis' in European Portuguese. In Geert Booij and Jaap van Marle
(eds.) Yearbook of Morphology 2004, Dordrecht: Springer, 177-228.
Stump, Gregory T. 2001. Inflectional Morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge
Inkelas, Sharon and Cheryl Zoll. 2005. Reduplication. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
Abstracts are now invited for this session. They should be submitted in
the same way as abstracts for the general sessions, but should be
clearly marked that they are intended for this special themed session.
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