The Morpheme (A Theoretical Introduction)

20 Nov


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Title: The Morpheme

Subtitle: A Theoretical Introduction

Author: David Embick

Series Title: Interface Explorations [IE] 31

Published: 2015

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

Book URL:


This book develops a theory of the morpheme in the framework of Distributed Morphology. Particular emphasis is devoted to the way in which functional morphemes receive their phonological form post-syntactically, through the operation of Vocabulary Insertion. In addition to looking closely at syncretism, the primary motivation for Vocabulary Insertion, the book examines allomorphy, blocking, and other key topics in the theory of the morpheme.




Word-Formation. An International Handbook of the Languages of Europe. Volume III

18 Nov



An International Handbook of the Languages of Europe



Ed. by Müller, Peter O. / Ohnheiser, Ingeborg / Olsen, Susan / Rainer, Franz


Acaba de publicarse el TERCER volumen de los cinco del manual Word-Formation. An International Handbook of the Languages of Europe (de Gruyter). Los dos restantes seguirán publicándose hasta el inicio del año próximo (2016).


Aims and Scope

This handbook comprises an in-depth presentation of the state of the art in word-formation. The five volumes contain 207 articles written by leading international scholars. The XVI chapters of the handbook provide the reader, in both general articles and individual studies, with a wide variety of perspectives: word-formation as a linguistic discipline (history of science, theoretical concepts), units and processes in word-formation, rules and restrictions, semantics and pragmatics, foreign word-formation, language planning and purism, historical word-formation, word-formation in language acquisition and aphasia, word-formation and language use, tools in word-formation research. The final chapter comprises 74 portraits of word-formation in the individual languages of Europe and offers an innovative perspective. These portraits afford the first overview of this kind and will prove useful for future typological research. This handbook will provide an essential reference for both advanced students and researchers in word-formation and related fields within linguistics.




Compounding and Derivation: Interactions in Structure and Interpretation

16 Nov


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Full Title: Compounding and Derivation: Interactions in Structure and Interpretation

Short Title: SLE-CDISI
Date: 31-Aug-2016 – 03-Sep-2016
Location: Naples, Italy
Contact Person: Martina Werner

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Typology

Call Deadline: 09-Nov-2015

Meeting Description:
Compounding and derivation are word-formation processes that build new lexemes. Beyond the usual language-specific and universal problems of definition (see Lieber & Stekauer 2009, 2014), what the two processes have in common (and what differentiates them from inflection) is their combining content morphemes (e.g., roots, stems, affixes), whose interaction raises intricate questions about both the morphosyntax and the compositional interpretation of the output. Historically speaking, affixes may develop from productive compound parts that no longer preserve their free form (e.g., -ship, -hood, -ful), and synchronic formations may exhibit properties in between derivation and compounding as a result of language change (e.g., manlike, trustworthy; see Marchand 1969, Dalton-Puffer & Plag 2001, Trips 2009, Schlücker 2012, Werner 2012, and Olsen 2014 for an overview). In addition, the linguistic tradition has long debated the status of so-called synthetic compounds, in which compounding and derivation interact (e.g., dog-train-er, long-leg(g)-ed), although for various theoretical reasons neither of the two naturally qualifies as preceding the other (see, e.g., Levi 1978, Roeper & Siegel 1978, Selkirk 1982, Lieber 1983, 2004, Booij 1988, 2005, Leser 1990, Ackema & Neeleman 2004, Harley 2009, Borer 2013).
The main difference between these two processes is morphological: derivation adds an affix to a lexeme (root or stem; e.g., play-er), while compounding puts together two lexemes (e.g., fair play). A direct consequence of this difference concerns the interpretation: while affixes usually contribute a compositional (though, possibly, polysemous) meaning to derived words, the semantic relations between the parts of primary compounds, in particular, may be rather underspecified (see the notorious German example Fischfrau ‘fish woman’). But beyond these differences, compounding and derivation have similar structural properties (binary branching, recursion, and headedness; Olsen 2014).

Invited Speakers: Susan Olsen, Paolo Acquaviva


Gianina Iordachioaia (University of Stuttgart) & Martina Werner (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

Call for Papers:

Our workshop aims to discuss the patterns of interaction between the morphological units of derived words and compounds, along with their effect on the interpretation of the output and the implications for their theoretical modeling from a crosslinguistic perspective. We invite submissions on synchronic and diachronic studies that address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
1. The morphosyntactic status of the morphological units in compounds and derived words from a crosslinguistic perspective. Language families are known to vary in their structural properties. For instance, compounds are right-headed in Germanic (Williams 1981), but left-headed in Romance (cf. contributions in Scalise & Masini 2012). In addition, while Germanic languages may use linking elements (e.g., state-s-man vs. state employee, Ger. Universität-s-bibliothek ‘university library’, Anmietung-s-vereinbarung vs. Anmiet-vereinbarung ‘rental agreement’), Romance languages usually employ prepositional/case marking on non-heads in so-called ‘analytic compounds’ (e.g., Fr. homme d’Etat, Ro. om de stat ‘statesman’). What is the morphological status of such compound parts in different languages, and what are their theoretical implications for the analysis of compounds in general (cf. Haider 2001, Delfitto, Fabregas & Melloni 2011)? Besides compounds, affixes also exhibit various morphosyntactic interactions with their bases, which have a direct effect on the interpretation of the output (see, e.g., Spanish nominal and adjectival suffixes in Fabregas 2013).
2. Synthetic compounds. How can we reliably characterize the structure of synthetic compounds in relation to derivation and primary compounds? How many types of synthetic compounds are there? Nominal synthetic compounds most often appear with -er and -ing, but we also find them with derived nominals (e.g., student evaluation, law enforcement). Synthetic compounds based on conversion have been controversial in English (see Grimshaw 1990, Borer 2013), but in German we find them with nominalized (converted) infinitives, whose eventive interpretation resembles the typical English synthetic compounds (e.g., Sternebeobachten ‘stargazing’). The question then is what properties of the deverbal head are relevant in the formation of a synthetic compound? For instance, is there a difference between the compounds based on heads with different suffixes (cf. Ger. Sterne-beobacht-erei vs. Sterne-beobacht-en ‘stargazing’) and/or of different lexical categories (cf. nominal vs. adjectival/participial compounds as, e.g., handwritten, long-legged)?
3. Argumental relations with compounds and derived words. In the discussion on synthetic compounds the question of whether the non-head is an argument of the derived head plays a crucial role (see discussion in Grimshaw 1990, Bobaljik 2003, Lieber 2004, Borer 2013). How can we distinguish between genuine argumental relations and those that arise only by association in compounds (see internal argument in teacher evaluation vs. external argument reading in teacher recommendation)? What is the status of relational adjectives that appear with a deverbal noun and seem to realize an argument of the latter in a compound-like behavior (e.g. presidential election; Marchis 2010)? Moreover, do phrases with derived words and arguments (e.g. the training/trainer of the dog) differ from corresponding compounds (e.g., dog-training/-trainer) in terms of argument structure? In Germanic languages the two patterns differ in form (see left- vs. right-headedness), but in Romance languages they are both left-headed and differ only in the (discourse-linked) interpretation of the non-head (cf. Ro. dresorul câinelui ‘trainer.the dog.the.Gen’ vs. dresorul de câini ‘trainer.the of dogs’).
We welcome studies that are couched in both formal and functional approaches to morphology and especially encourage new insights driven by large corpus-oriented data from theoretical linguistics, historical linguistics, language typology, and variational linguistics.
We invite submissions of abstracts for 20+10 min presentations at the email address below, which should also include contact details (name, affiliation, and email address). For the first phase, please submit an abstract of max 300 words (excluding references) to be evaluated for consideration in our workshop proposal. If the workshop is accepted, we will require a full abstract submission (deadline 15 January 2016), which will undergo the general SLE reviewing process. Submission address: Submission deadline: November 9


Ackema, P. & Neeleman, A. 2004. Beyond Morphology: Interface Conditions on Word Formation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bobaljik, J. 2003. Auspicious Compounds. T. Grüter and T. Takehisa, eds., Papers in Memory of Lara Riente, McGill Working Papers in Linguistics vol 17.2, 65-71. Booij, G., 1988. The relation between inheritance and argument linking: Deverbal nouns in Dutch. In: Morphology and Modularity. In Honour of Henk Schultink. Dordrecht: Foris, 57-74. Booij, G., 2005. Compounding and derivation: Evidence for Construction Morphology. In: Dressler, W., Kastovsky, D., Pfeiffer, O. & Rainer, F. (eds.): Morphology and its Demarcations. John Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins, 109–132. Borer, H. 2013. Structuring Sense: Volume III: Taking Form. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Dalton-Puffer, C. & Plag, I. 2001. Categorywise, some compound-type morphemes seem to be rather suffix-like: on the status of -ful, -type, and -wise in Present Day English. Folia Linguistica 34(3-4). 225-244. Delfitto, D., Fabregas, A. & Melloni, C. 2011. Compounding at the interfaces. S. Lima, K. Mullin and B. Smith, eds., Proceedings of the 39th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society: 255-269. GLSA Publications, Amherst. Di Sciullo, A.-M. & Williams, E. 1987. On the Definition of Word. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Di Sciullo, A.-M. 2005. Asymmetry in Morphology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Fabregas, A. 2013. Towards a syntactic account of affix combinations: from nouns to adjectives and vice versa, in Iordachioaia, G., I. Roy & K. Takamine, Categorization and Category Change. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 95-122. Grimshaw, J. 1990. Argument Structure. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. Harley, H. 2009. Compounding in Distributed Morphology, in Lieber & Stekauer (2009). Haider, H. 2001. Why are there no Complex Head-Initial Compounds? In: Schaner-Wolles, C., Rennison, J. & Neubarth, F. (ed.): Naturally! Festschrift for Wolfgang U. Dressler. Turin: Rosenberg & Sellier, 165-174. Lieber, R. 1983. Argument linking and compounding in English. Linguistic Inquiry 14, 251–286. Lieber, R. 2004. Morphology and lexical semantics. Cambridge University Press. Lieber, R. & Stekauer, P. (eds). 2009. The Oxford Handbook of Compounding. Oxford University Press. Lieber, R. & Stekauer, P. (eds.). 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology. Oxford University Press. Leser, M. 1990. Das Problem der ‘Zusammenbildungen’: eine lexikalistische Studie. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Levi, J. N. 1978. The Syntax and Semanties of Complex Nominals. Academic Press, New York. Marchand, H. 1969: The categories and types of present-day English word-formation. 2nd edition. München: Beck Marchis, M. 2010. Relational Adjectives at the Syntax-Morphology Interface in Romanian and Spanish. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Stuttgart. Olsen, S. 2014. Delineating derivation and compounding, in Lieber & Stekauer (2014). Roeper, T. & Siegel, M. E. A. 1978. A lexical transformation for verbal compounds. Linguistic Inquiry 9: 199-260. Scalise, S. & Masini, F. (eds.). 2012. Special Issue on Romance Compounds. Probus 24:1. Schlücker, B. 2012. Die deutsche Kompositionsfreudigkeit. Übersicht und Einführung. In: Gaeta, L. / Schlücker, B. (eds.): Das Deutsche als kompositionsfreudige Sprache. Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 1–27. Selkirk, E. O. 1982. The Syntax of Words. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Trips, C. 2009. Lexical Semantics and Diachronic Morphology The Development of -hood, -dom and -ship in the History of English. Tübingen: Niemeyer. Werner, M. 2012. Genus, Derivation und Quantifikation. Zur Funktion der Suffigierung und verwandter Phänomene im Deutschen. (Studia Linguistica Germanica 114) Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter. Williams, E. 1981. On the notions of lexically related and head of a word. Linguistic Inquiry 12: 245-274.

ARTÍCULOS DE MORFOLOGÍA EN LA RED: GMHP Grupo de Morfologia Histórica do Português

13 Nov


El Prof. Mário E. Viaro nos remite la siguiente información…

Estimados colegas:

Somos un grupo de morfología histórica de la lengua portuguesa, activo hace diez años. Nuestra producción (no actualizada) está en estos enlaces:


También tenemos un centro de estudios etimológicos


Recientemente, nuestros textos fueron publicados en:

VIARO, Mário E. (org.) Morfologia histórica. São Paulo: Cortez, 2014.

Estos son los capítulos de este livro:



Grupo de Morfologia Histórica do Português

Em busca de um método de investigação para os fenômenos diacrônicos

Graça Maria Rio-Torto

Desafios em morfologia: história e (re)conhecimento

Mário Eduardo Viaro, Michael J. Ferreira, Zwinglio O. Guimarães Filho

Derivação ou terminação: limites para a semântica, lexicologia e morfologia


Valéria Gil Condé

Estudo comparativo do sufixo -aria/-eria nas línguas iberorromânicas do Noroeste Peninsular

Martin Becker

O sufixo -ada em português – aspectos semânticos e diacrônicos

Daniel Kölligan

Os sufixos lat. -dō e gr. -δών: origem e desenvolvimento

Nilsa Areán-García

Algumas características do sufixo -ista

Vanderlei Gianastacio

A origem do sufixo -ismo: da língua grega à latina e desta à portuguesa

Érica Santos Soares de Freitas

O sufixo -mento sob uma perspectiva diacrônica

Anielle Aparecida Gomes Gonçalves

Origem e análise semântica dos sufixos -agem, -igem, -ugem, -ádego, -ádigo e -ádiga

Alice Pereira Santos

Estudo semântico-histórico do sufixo -udo

Andréa Lacotiz

O surgimento de -ntia e sua disseminação nas línguas neolatinas

Mônica Yuriko Takahashi

Mudanças semânticas no sufixo -ada

Gracias por todo

Prof. Mário E. Viaro



Construction Grammar and its Application to English

11 Nov


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Hilpert, Martin (2014): Construction Grammar and its Application to English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (Colección: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language – Advanced. Formato: Paperback, 232 págs. ISBN-13: 9780748675852. Precio: 27,35 EUR)



What do speakers of English know in order to produce utterances that other speakers will understand? Construction Grammar explains how knowledge of language is organized in speakers’ minds. The central and radical claim of Construction Grammar is that linguistic knowledge can be fully described as knowledge of constructions, which are defined as symbolic units that connect a linguistic form with meaning. The implications of this claim are far-reaching: in Construction Grammar, not only lexical items, but also syntactic patterns are seen as symbolic, meaningful units. Instead of being meaningless structural templates, syntactic patterns actively contribute to the overall meaning of an utterance. Knowledge of language is thought of as a vast repository of interrelated symbolic units, and nothing else in addition. This book expands on this idea and familiarizes readers with the central concepts of Construction Grammar, as applied to English constructions. In the process, it explains how the theory of Construction Grammar relates to issues of language processing, language acquisition, and language variation and change.
– Introduces Construction Grammar as a cognitive-functional theory of language, applied to the structures of English.

– The first textbook to offer a full introduction to Construction Grammar, as applied to English.

– Includes exercises and questions to stimulate reflection.

– Provides a thorough grounding in the central concepts of Construction Grammar.


Preface: To readers: Why you shouldn’t pick up, let alone read this book 1. Introduction 2. Argument structure 3. Inside the construct-i-con 4. Constructional morphology 5. Information packaging 6. Constructions and language processing 7. Constructions and language acquisition 8. Variation and change 9. Concluding remarks.


9 Nov


Nuestra querida colega y no menos querida amiga Elisenda Bernal nos pasa esta información…

¡Os damos la bienvenida al Martes Neológico!

El Observatori de Neologia del grupo IULATERM de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra y el Instituto Cervantes por medio de su Centro Virtual lanzan conjuntamente esta nueva iniciativa de divulgación lingüística. Cada martes se difundirá un texto con el análisis de un neologismo del español, entendiendo por neologismo aquella palabra que se encuentra documentada en el uso de los hablantes (especialmente en textos de prensa) y que no se encuentra recogida en el diccionario de la Real Academia Española.

Para cada neologismo se ofrecerá información gramatical (categoría, tipo de formación), semántica (ejemplos de uso, explicación del significado) y de otros tipos (origen etimológico, frecuencia de aparición, presencia en obras lexicográficas, etc.).

Los textos son redactados por especialistas en la materia de todo el mundo hispanohablante que constan en el texto con nombre y afiliación. En el blog hay un espacio previsto para hacer comentarios, plantear dudas y sugerencias. Además, en las pestañas superiores se puede acceder a un glosario donde se definen las etiquetas utilizadas para categorizar los neologismos según su recurso de formación.

Las responsables de los contenidos del Martes Neológico son: Elisenda Bernal, Rosa Estopà y Judit Freixa. Y la responsable de su mantenimiento en la web, Mari Pepa Palomero.

A disfrutar y aprender en…

New Morphology Website

4 Nov



Información aparecida en LINGUIST List:

From: Robert Beard <>

This is to announce that I have opened my personal website,, which will bring all the articles on LMBM, Lexeme-Morpheme Base Morphology, together in one place. The LMBM website contains the following:

1. A competence theory of inflection (syntactic derivation) and word formation (lexical derivation) – which explains empty morphemes, null morphemes, morphological over- and underdetermination, and other morphological phenomena (Separation Hypothesis), – showing that the same categories that syntax operate over (inflectional categories) are used by the lexicon for word formation (including a list of all word formation types), – along with a complete list of those 44 categories which I consider universal (Unitary Grammatical Function Hypothesis)

2. the performance theory of the lexicon and morphology that is included in LMBM (Lexical Stock Expansion)

3. an explanation of the relationship of lexical categories to semantics (Decompositional Composition)

4. a hypothesis of the relationship of morphological operations and the functions of the brain

The website will fit monitors of all sizes from smart phones to desktops. Many of the articles at may be downloaded at my presence on
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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity

2 Nov



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Title: The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity
Editor: Rodney H. Jones

Series Title: Routledge Handbooks in English Language Studies
Published: 2015
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)

Book URL:

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity provides an introduction to and survey of a wide range of perspectives on the relationship between language and creativity. Defining this complex and multifaceted field, this book introduces a conceptual framework through which the various definitions of language and creativity can be explored.

Divided into four parts, it covers:

  • different aspects of language and creativity, including dialogue, metaphor and humour
  • literary creativity, including narrative and poetry
  • multimodal and multimedia creativity, in areas such as music, graffiti and the internet
  • creativity in language teaching and learning.
  • With over 30 chapters written by a group of leading academics from around the world, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity will serve as an important reference for students and scholars in the fields of English language studies, applied linguistics, education, and communication studies.


“The creative use of language is neither extraordinary nor merely supplementary. As many scholars have come to realise, it plays a pivotal enabling role in human thought and social interaction, and is a key feature of language use. Integrating a wealth of different approaches and a wide sweep of domains, with contributions by the leading researchers in the field, this authoritative handbook is a key entry and reference point for what is now a central topic in the study of language and communication.”

Guy Cook, King’s College London, UK

“This book moves the discussion of creativity beyond a focus on creativity as a characteristic of individuals to an exploration of how creativity is a core feature of all aspects of language use and communication. It provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the nature of creativity and in the process redefines the landscape of creativity studies.”

Jack C. Richards, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald Carter Introduction Rodney H. Jones I Dimensions of Language and Creativity 1. Everyday Language Creativity Janet Maybin 2.Language, Creativity and Cognition Andreas Langlotz 3. Creativity and Discourse Analysis Rodney H. Jones 4. Creativity and Dialogue Keith Sawyer 5. Lexical Creativity Judith Munat 6. Metaphor and Metonymy Laura Hidalgo 7. Humour and Language Play Nancy Bell 8. Constructed Languages Douglas Ball 9. Creativity and Interdiscursive Performance in Professional Communication Vijay K. Bhatia 10. Discourses of Creativity Camilla Nelson II Literary Creativity 11. Literariness David Miall 12. Literary Stylistics and Creativity Geoff Hall 13. Cognitive Stylistics Peter Stockwell 14. Poetry and Poetics Michael Toolan 15. Literary Narrative Andrea MacRae 16. Creativity in Response Joan Swann 17. Creativity and Translation Douglas Robinson III Multimodal and Multimedia Creativity 18. Literature and Multimodality Alison Gibbons 19. Language and Music Anna Jordanous 20. Silence and Creativity: Re-mediation, Transduction and Performance Adam Jaworski 21. Creativity in the Fourth Dimension: The Grammar of Movement according to Jean Tinguely Theo Van Leeuwen 22. Computational Approaches to Language and Creativity Tony Veale 23. Creativity and Internet Communication Angela Goddard 24. Creativity and Digital Text Roberto Simanowski 25. Language, Creativity and Remix Culture Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear 26. Vernacular Creativity in Urban Textual Landscapes Victoria Carrington and Clare Dowdall IV Creativity in Language Teaching and Learning 27. Creativity in Second Language Learning Tan Bee Tin 28. Multilingual Creative Cognition: Theory and Practice Anatoliy Kharkhurin 29. Literature and Language Teaching Gillian Lazar 30. Creativity in Composition Martha C. Pennington 31. Teaching Creative Writing Graeme Harper


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