Paradigms in Word Formation: New Perspectives on Data

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Full Title: Paradigms in Word Formation: New Perspectives on Data


Short Title: SLE-Paradigms in WF


Date: 31-Aug-2016 – 03-Sep-2016


Location: Naples, Italy


Contact Person: Nabil Hathout
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology


Meeting Description:


Among the many trends that shape contemporary morphology, paradigm-based approaches is attracting the interest of a growing number of morphologists.


Over the last decade, the paradigmatic approach is becoming a standard in inflectional morphology ( Stump 2001, Ackermann, Blevins, Maalouf 2009, Bearman, Corbett & Brown 2010, Stump & Finkel 2013, Bonami & Stump to appear,). For some years, following the example given by inflection, the paradigmatic approach is gaining a growing support in the field of Word Formation (WF), essentially derivation. More and more work refers to it, as can be seen by referring to recent handbook articles on the issue (such as Stekauer 2014 or Boyé & Schalchli, to appear). The authors who are interested in the paradigmatic dimension of the derivation, or offering derivational paradigmatic models include (without claiming to be exhaustive) Van Marle 1985, Stump 1991, Bochner 1993 who introduces the notion of ‘cumulative patterns’ and in his wake Strnadová 2015, Bauer 1997, Booij 1997, Pounder 2000, and Hathout 2011, Roché 2009, 2011, Roché & Plénat 2014 who define an organization of the lexicon based on derivational families and series.


In the wake of the word-based models (specifically in connection with the word and paradigm approach introduced by Blevins 2013), paradigmatic derivation is a response to the generative approach to WF and to the binary and oriented rules advocated in the generative tradition.


In other words, in a paradigmatic perspective, the morphological paradigms are interconnected by more or less complex networks of words, reflecting the patterns of the many relations that each word has with the others. For a given word, these networks cluster into a derivational family.


There is a good chance that the new way to perceive WF but also the structure of the lexicon, opened up by the notion of paradigm, will strongly boost the development of new models and lines of arguments, be they in descriptive or theoretical WF systems, in typological approaches to morphology, in psycholinguistics, e.g. in language acquisition aspects, in natural language processing or in the framework of statistical modeling.


This workshop gives us the opportunity to point out the recent advances on paradigms in Word Formation and particularly in derivation.


Workshop Organizers : Nabil Hathout (UMR CLLE-ERSS, Toulouse, France) and Fiammetta Namer (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France)




Call for Papers:


Researches on any languages of the world are welcome, including, but not limited to, European, Semitic Polysynthetic, etc. languages. Without claiming to be exhaustive, issues relevant to the workshop include the following questions:


– what does paradigmatic derivational morphology look like?


– what objects do we need to describe derivational paradigms?


– how are semantic and formal dimensions connected within derivational paradigms?


– what questions/issues/problems arise from the shift to paradigmatic Word Formation?



Submissions :


We invite submissions of abstracts for 20+8 min presentations.


– For all abstracts, the submission deadline is January 15 2016. Abstract should be submitted via Easychair ( by the deadline. You should select the workshop upon abstract submission (it will soon appear on the SLE webpage). All abstracts will undergo the standard reviewing process from external reviewers.


– Following the SLE general guidelines, abstracts should i) be anonymous, ii) contain between 400 and 500 words (exclusive of references), and (3) state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results.


– Participants are allowed to present only one single-authored paper. In addition, they may either have a joint paper (but not as a first author). Two co-authored papers are also allowed.



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