The Interaction between Borrowing and Word Formation

19 Sep







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Full Title: The Interaction between Borrowing and Word Formation


Date: 10-Sep-2017 – 13-Sep-2017


Location: Zurich, Switzerland


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Lexicography; Morphology


Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2016



Meeting Description:


The Interaction between Borrowing and Word Formation


Workshop convenors: Pius ten Hacken & Renáta Panocová


When new concepts need to be named two of the most prominent naming procedures are borrowing and word formation. This has been the case throughout the history of languages. However, the study of borrowing has been largely incorporated into etymology whereas word formation has been studied in the context of morphology.


In the study of etymology, the history of words has been traced through the identification of cognates in related languages for which relevant historical connections are plausible. In modern contexts, for which language contacts have been documented more systematically, borrowing is especially prominent in technical and scientific vocabulary.


In the field of morphology, derivation and compounding have been studied in terms of word formation rules. Work in morphology often tends to maximize the scope of word formation rules, to the point that a word formation analysis is proposed for a word that could also be analysed as a borrowing.


In this workshop we want to focus on cases for which borrowing and word formation analyses are both relevant. This can be as competing analyses or as collaboration. Competition is exemplified by English ”dependence”. This can be analysed as a borrowing from French or as a formation based on ”depend”. Collaboration is exemplified by neoclassical word formation in English. ”Morphology” was not borrowed from Ancient Greek, but the components arose by reanalysis of borrowings from Ancient Greek.


Call for Papers:


The workshop is planned as a part of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE), which takes place in Zürich, 10-13 September 2017. We invite submissions of abstracts of 300 words (excluding references) outlining contributions to the workshop. These submissions should be emailed to the workshop organizers ( and After the organizers have decided which submissions will be accepted to the workshop, they will submit a workshop proposal with abstracts to the SLE organizers.


Important Dates:


25 October 2016: Deadline for submission of 300-word abstracts to the workshop organizers ( and


25 November 2016: Notification of acceptance by the workshop organizers and submission of the workshop proposal to SLE


25 December 2016: Notification of acceptance of workshop proposals from SLE organizers to workshop organizers


15 January 2017: Submission of abstracts (taking into account any feedback from the reviewing procedure) for review by SLE


Date to be announced: Notification of acceptance of individual workshop contributions


10-13 September 2017: SLE conference






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