Call for Papers

Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2017

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This is the second call for papers for an NSF-funded workshop, Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition, to be held during the LSA’s 2017 Linguistic Summer Institute at the University of Kentucky (July 22-23, 2017).

In recent years there has been increasing attention to the ways in which morphological structure is closely tied to the cognitive processing of word structure and lexical representation. This workshop is designed to explore the hypothesis that morphological structures interact dynamically with lexical processing and storage, with the parameters of morphological typology being partly dependent on the cognitive pathways for processing, storage, and generalization of word structure, and vice versa. We are interested in the nature of this interaction, and seek to determine how far it will take us towards explaining system-level principles of morphological organization and their cross-linguistic distribution. Core questions:

  1. What are the cognitive pathways that lead to cross-linguistic morphological tendencies, and how do they create persistent biases over time towards certain language structures and not others?
  2. How do system-level principles of morphological organization emerge from interactions between the cognitive processing of language, the representational structure of the lexicon, patterns of language use, social factors, universal principles of grammar, and other factors?
  3. Are there cross-linguistic differences in the existence of uniquely morphological principles of organization and/or the modularity of language architecture?
  4. What is the role of language-specific distributional properties in influencing the perception and processing of speech with respect to morphological structure?

We invite submissions that address these issues from a variety of perspectives and via various methods, including but not limited to experimentation, typological description, and computational modeling.

The workshop will consist of talks by invited speakers and others, a poster session, and discussion/commentary sessions. We plan to publish an edited volume based on select presentations.

Invited speakers:
Farrell Ackerman (University of California, San Diego)
Gabriela Caballero (University of California, San Diego)
Greville Corbett (University of Surrey)
Laurie Beth Feldman (University at Albany, SUNY & Haskins Laboratories)
Sara Finley (Pacific Lutheran University)
Amy LaCross (Arizona State University)
Gregory Stump (University of Kentucky)
Géraldine Walther (Universität Zürich)
Laura Gonnerman (McGill  University)

We are soliciting abstracts for both talks (35 minutes + 10 for questions) and posters. Abstract submission will be open at until February 1, 2017. Abstracts must meet the following submission guidelines:

– Abstracts must be completely anonymous.
– Abstracts may not exceed one page in length, with minimum 1-inch/2.5 cm margins on all sides of the page and 12-point font. The one-page limit includes any examples, tables, graphs, references (if needed), etc.
– Abstract submission is limited to one single-author submission per author and 2 multi-author submissions.
– Abstracts must be submitted as PDF files.

We plan to award several travel allowances (about $400 each, by competitive review) to students and non-tenured scholars whose abstracts have been accepted for oral or poster presentation. Students and other junior scholars should indicate whether they would like to be considered for a travel award at the time that they submit their abstract(s).

Organizing Committee:
Jeff Parker (Brigham Young University)
Andrea Sims (The Ohio State University)
Adam Ussishkin (University of Arizona)
Samantha Wray (University of Arizona)

Questions concerning the Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition Workshop can be sent to