Institut de Lingüística Aplicada

Third Mediterranean Meeting on Morphology (MMM3)

  The Third Mediterranean Meeting on Morphology (MMM3) was held September 20-23, 2001 in Barcelona. As in the past, the conference was organized by the MMM-committee, Geert Booij (Free University of Amsterdam), Angela Ralli (University of Patras), and Sergio Scalise (University of Bologna) in conjunction with the hosting institution. MMM3 was hosted by the Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and the local coordinator for the meeting was Janet DeCesaris.

Topics for the conference

The organizing committee selected the following as the topics for this conference:

  1. The borderline between syntax and morphology (compounds versus phrases, criteria of demarcation, periphrasis, typology of European languages in terms of the division of labor between morphology and syntax, can phrases block the formation of complex words? etc.).
  2. Prosodic constraints in morphology (which roles do prosodic constraints play in restricting morphological processes, the choice between competing morphological processes? Are they input or output constraints?).

The following speakers presented invited papers:


(By clicking on the title of an article, you'll be directed to its abstract, if available)


Thursday, Sep. 20

15 h

registration begins

16 - 16.15 h

welcoming remarks: M. Teresa Cabré and Janet DeCesaris (IULA - Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

16.15 - 17.10 h

invited speaker: Soledad Varela (Autonomous University of Madrid), Lexical morphology revisited: structure/meaning correspondences in the word

17.10 - 17.50 h

J. Trommer (University of Osnabrück), The Role of Syntax and Morphology in Affix Order

17.50 - 18.30 h G. Dal (University of Lille 3) and F. Namer (University of Nancy 2), Complex words vs. phrases: the case of causative verbs in French
18.30 h tribute to the late Danielle Corbin
19.30 h welcoming reception
Friday, Sep. 21  (Posters are set up in Room 104 and the room is open all day)

9.15 - 10.10 h

invited speaker: Geert Booij (Free University of Amsterdam), Periphrastic Word Formation

10.10 - 10.50 h

Marc Plénat & M. Roché (University of Toulouse le Mirail), Prosodic Constraints on Suffixation in French

10.50 - 11.30 h Anke Lüdeling and Tanja Schmid (IMS - University of Stuttgart), Does Origin Determine Combinatory Properties of Affixes and Stems in German?

11.30 - 11.50 h

coffee break

11.50 - 12.30 h J. D. Bobaljik (McGill University), What's in a paradigm?
12.30 - 13.10 h Stuart Davis (Indiana University), The Status of the Consonantal Root in Arabic
13.10 - 13.50 h Mark Aronoff (SUNY-Stony Brook) and N. Fuhrhop (ZAS-Berlin), Restricting suffix combinations in German and English
13.50 - 15.15 h lunch
15.20 - 16 h Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire), Compound interpretation is not a matter of syntax
16 - 16.40 h S. Barbiers and M. van Oostendorp (Meertens Institute), Deriving speaker-oriented evaluative adverbs in Dutch: -erwijs, -weg, -genoeg
16.40 - 17 h coffee break
17 - 18 h round table: Research on morphology in Spain
Miren Azcarate (University of the Basque Country), Lluïsa Gràcia (University of Girona), Maria Rosa Lloret (University of Barcelona); moderator: Janet DeCesaris (IULA - UPF)
18 - 18.40 h Daniel Harbour (MIT), The Kiowa Case for Feature Insertion
18.40 - 19.40 h invited speaker: Anne-Marie DiSciullo (UQAM), Spatial Relations in Morphological Objects
Saturday, Sep. 22
10 - 10. 40 h Andrew Spencer and Ana Luis (University of Essex), A Paradigm Function account of 'mesoclisis' in European Portuguese
10.40 - 11.20 h Laura Kornfeld (CONICET - University of Buenos Aires), Compounds N+N as formally lexicalized appositions in Spanish
11.20 - 11.40 h coffee break
11.40 - 12.30 h poster session
12.30 - 13.10 h Greville Corbett (University of Surrey), Agreement: Canonical instances and the contribution of inflectional morphology

13.10 - 13.50 h

Elena Felíu and Antonio Fábregas (Autonomous University of Madrid), Phrasal scope and argument constraints of Spanish inter- prefixation

13.50 - 15.30 h lunch
15.30 - 15.50 h business meeting
15.50 - 16.30 h S. Lappe (University of Siegen), English prosodic morphology: short names and y-diminutives
16.30 - 17.10 h J. Mateu (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Complex Denominal Verbs and Parametric Variation: A Lexical-Syntactic Approach
17.10 - 17.30 h coffee break
17.30 - 18.10 h Peter Ackema (University of Utrecht) and A. Neeleman (University College London), Context-sensitive spell-out and adjacency
18.10 - 19.10 h invited speaker: Stephen Anderson (Yale University), Conference Summary
19.15 h concluding remarks

Accepted as posters and as alternate paper presentations

A. Spencer: Does English have productive compounding?
G. Drachman: Concord in Morphology
A. Marantz & L. Pylkkänen: Morphological Decomposition in Derivation: MEG Evidence and Some Theoretical Context

Accepted as posters

L. Kornfeld & A. Saab: Morphology and syntax: the case of prepositional preffixes in Spanish
I. Roca & E. Felíu: Morphology and Prosody in Spanish Word Truncation
P. Acquaviva: Agreement in autonomous morphology: Evidence form Irish Prepositions
C. Kelling: The role of Agentivity for suffix selection
B. Fradin & F. Kerleroux: How abstract are lexemes?
E. Benmanoun: Reciprocals as Plurals in Arabic: Implications for the debate between Word vs. Root Based Analyses of Semitic Morphology
S. Tatevosov: Verbal Reduplication in Bagwalal and Fixed Segmentism

Sunday, Sep. 23 (Day trip)
Visit Miguel Torres, lunch at typical farmhouse restaurant, afternoon in Sitges

Abstract review committee: G. Booij, J. DeCesaris, A. Ralli and S. Scalise

Local organizing committee: Teresa Cabré, Janet DeCesaris, Mercè Lorente, Elisenda Bernal, Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Lluïsa Gràcia, University of Girona.

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