Morphology and its interfaces
The first international symposium “Morphology and its interfaces” will be held at Université Lille 3, France on September 12–13, 2013. The symposium will address questions related to the interfaces that morphology may build with other linguistic disciplines: internal interfaces between flexional and derivational morphology or external interfaces between morphology and syntax, pragmatics, translation, phonology, the lexicon, computational linguistics, and so on.
Three invited talks will be given during the symposium by Greville Corbett (University of Surrey, UK), Muriel Norde (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Geert Booij (Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands).
The researchers are welcome to submit novel and original research work concerned one way or another with the interfaces of morphology with other linguistic disciplines.
The invited speakers and authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to a post-conference special issue of a journal.
Current deadlines (open to the participants of MI2013):
  • Special issue of the Morphology journal
    • The issue is dedicated to the morphology/phonology interface
    • June 1st, 2014: Submission of manuscripts (25 pages max.)
    • September 1st, 2014: Reviewer notifications
    • November 1st, 2014: Modified version ready
    • December, 2014: Publication
    • Submission procedure
  • Special issue of the Lingvisticae Investigationes journal
Sponsors of the symposium
Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, UK
  • Brief bio: Greville Corbett's work addresses different aspects, such as typology of languages, morphology and especially the Network Morphology, the morphosyntactic features, the Slavonic language family especially Russian, and colour terms (joint work with Ian Davies, Psychology).
  • Title of the presentation: The syntax-morphology interface: the significance of split lexemes
  • Abstract of the presentation: A clear principle governing the syntax-morphology interface states that syntax is morphology-free (Zwicky 1992: 354-356); that is, syntactic rules cannot refer to morphological features. This principle excludes rules of the type ‘verbs of inflectional class II take clause‐final position’. This principle has survived well: when counter-examples have been suggested, the data have typically been shown to be better accounted for without contravening the principle (Corbett & Baerman 2006). It implies that the syntax-morphology interface is a featural one (Stump 2001): thus a plural controller triggers plural agreement because of its morphosyntactic specification and not because of its morphological form; we see this clearly when, for instance, indeclinable nouns control number agreement just as declinables do. This framework depends on our having a clear notion of the lexeme. As Blevins (forthcoming) points out, we expect that the forms of a lexeme will be a single part of speech, will share a core lexical semantics and argument structure, and will have a set of intrinsic feature values that are invariant. Beyond this we need a straightforward (ideally compositional) means of integrating lexical and featural information. Against this background of assumptions, I will examine items which we would normally characterize as lexemes yet which are “split”. These are potentially problematic for one of three reasons:
    • (a) their intrinsic features (which we would expect to be invariant) vary in different cells of the paradigm;
    • (b) different cells of the lexeme’s paradigm have varying syntactic requirements, or
    • (c) different cells of the lexeme’s paradigm have variations in their lexical semantics.
Muriel Norde, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Brief bio: Muriel Norde studied Scandinavian and General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam, where she received her PhD in 1997 on a thesis entitled The history of the genitive in Swedish – a case study in degrammaticalization. In the years that followed Muriel Norde worked as a teacher and researcher, and left the Alma Mater in 2004 to accept a position as senior lecturer at the Department of Scandinavian Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen, where, four years later, she was appointed full professor. Muriel Norde held her inaugural lecture on September 15, 2009.
  • Title of the presentation: Debonding of Dutch intensifying prefixoids: a multiple source account
  • Abstract of the presentation: A major issue in morphological theory is the demarcation between inflection and derivation. Various criteria have been proposed to distinguish between these two types of bound morphemes (e.g. Bybee 1985, Beard 1998), but none of these are entirely without exceptions. In this talk, I will approach the inflection-derivation interface from a diachronic perspective. More precisely, I will address the question of whether inflectional and derivational affixes differ from each other in debonding, i.e. “a change whereby a bound morpheme in a specific linguistic context becomes a free morpheme” (Norde 2009: 186). I will argue that debonding of inflectional material is primarily a morpho-syntactic change without a change in function, whereas debonding of derivational material results in an increase in semantic substance. This difference is illustrated in the examples in (1) (Norde 2009: 207, 213).
    • 1a. áhči ja Issáh-a haga (abessive)
    • and Issát-sg.gen without
    •    ‘without father and (without) Issát’
    • 1b. Die kerel heeft al tig vriendinnen gehad
    •    That guy has already dozens girlfriends had
    •    ‘That guy has already had dozens of girlfriends’
    Example (1a) illustrates debonding of the abessive suffix in Northern Saami, which has become a free morpheme that takes scope over larger units (e.g. co-ordinated NPs as in (1a)). Note however that there is no essential change in (grammatical) meaning between the abessive and ‘without’. Debonding of derivational affixes such as Dutch tig ‘dozens’ (from the numeral suffix in vijftig ‘50’, zestig ‘60’), on the other hand, involves a change on the semantic level as well, from modifying meaning (‘times ten’) in the suffix, to ‘dozens, umpteen’ in the free quantifier with clear emphatic function. These different outcomes of debonding are suggestive of different properties of the input material, and hence this dynamic approach may shed new light on the inflection-derivation interface.
    Bybee, Joan. 1985. Morphology. A study of the relation between meaning and form. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    Beard, Robert. 1998. Derivation. In Spencer, Andrew & Arnold M. Zwicky (eds) The handbook of morphology, 44-65. Oxford: Blackwell.
    Norde, Muriel. 2009. Degrammaticalization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Geert Booij, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Brief bio: The research of Geert Booij focuses on theoretical and descriptive issues in morphology, phonology, and on the interface between morphology, phonology, syntax, and semantics. Dutch is his main, though not exclusive, object language. Geert Booij is also interested in construction grammar as an adequate framework to investigate syntactic constructions that have morphology-like functions, and he is also developing a theory of Construction Morphology.
  • Title of the presentation: The interface between morphology and syntax, a Construction Morphology perspective
  • Abstract of the presentation: Structural regularities below the word level (morphology) are partially different in nature from structural regularities above the word level (syntax). Hence, morphology is a relatively autonomous module of grammar. Yet, there are also many similarities between syntactic and morphological representations. This is to be expected since ‘today’s morphology is yesterday’s syntax’, and hence morphology and syntax have properties in common. Moreover, lexical units can be either morphological or syntactic in nature, which implies that there is no principled boundary between syntax and lexicon. I will argue that the framework of Construction Morphology, as outlined in Booij (2010), enables us to do justice to the autonomy of morphology, but also to the similarities between word structure and syntactic structure, and the various form of interaction between morphology and syntax, such as word-internal phrases and the morphological marking of specific syntactic constructions.
    Geert Booij (2010), Construction Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Scientific committee
  • Alain Kihm, Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle
  • Angela Ralli, Department of Philology. University of Patras
  • Anna Thornton, University of L'Aquila
  • Anton Antonov, CRLAO, INaLCO
  • Bernard Fradin, Laboratoire de linguistique formelle – Paris-Diderot
  • Bert Cappelle, Savoirs, Textes, Langage (STL) - UMR 8163 CNRS et Université de Lille 1,3
  • Berthold Crysmann, CNRS, Laboratoire de linguistique formelle (UMR 7110), Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne-Paris Cité
  • Bruno Cartoni, Université de Genève, Département de Linguistique
  • Delphine Bernhard, Université de Strasbourg & LiLPa
  • Dunstan Brown, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
  • Elena Soare, Université de Paris 8
  • Fabio Montermini, CLLE – ERSS. CNRS & Université de Toulouse
  • Fabiola Henri, Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle - UMR 7110 CNRS et Université Paris-Diderot
  • Fiammetta Namer, Université de Nancy 2 & ATILF
  • Florence Villoing, Paris 8 & Structures Formelles du Langage (UMR 7023)
  • Geert Booij, Leiden University Centre of Linguistics
  • Georgette Dal, Savoirs, Textes, Langage (STL) - UMR 8163 CNRS et Université de Lille 1,3
  • Gilles Boyé, CLLE – ERSS. CNRS & Université de Bordeaux 3
  • Hagit Borer, Department of Linguistics, SLLF, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Harald Baayen, Eberhard Karls University
  • Kristel Van Goethem, Université Catholique de Louvain – FNRS
  • Laura Downing, SPL, Göteborgs Universitet
  • Laurence Labrune, CLLE – ERSS, Université de Bordeaux 3
  • Lucia Tovena, Université Paris-Diderot
  • Marc Plénat, Cercle Linguistique de Valence d'Albigeois
  • Marie-Aude Lefer, Institut Marie Haps, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Mark Aronoff, Department of Linguistics, Stony Brook University
  • Marleen Van Peteghem, Gent University
  • Michel Roché, CLLE – ERSS. CNRS & Université de Toulouse
  • Muriel Norde, University of Groningen
  • Nabil Hathout, CLLE – ERSS. CNRS & Université de Toulouse
  • Olivier Bonami, Université Paris Sorbonne & LLF
  • Paolo Acquaviva, University College Dublin
  • Pierre Arnaud, CRTT, Université Lumière, Université de Lyon
  • Stéphanie Lignon, Université Nancy 2 & ATILF
  • Thomas Pellard, CRLAO, INaLCO
  • Tobias Scheer, Laboratoire Bases, Corpus, Langage (BCL) - UMR 6039 CNRS et Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
  • Vito Pirelli, Institute for Computational Linguistics "Antonio Zampolli" National Research Council
  • Walter de Mulder, Universiteit Antwerpen
Important dates (symposium):
First callOctober 2012
Extended deadline for submission of abstractsMarch 15th 2013
NotificationsJune 15th 2013
Final versionJuly 15th 2013
SymposiumSeptember 12-13, 2013
Special issue of the Morphology journal (open to the participants of MI2013)
  • The issue is dedicated to the morphology/phonology interface
  • June 1st, 2014: Submission of manuscripts (25 pages max.)
  • September 1st, 2014: Reviewer notifications
  • November 1st, 2014: Modified version ready
  • Submission procedure
Special issue of the Lingvisticae Investigationes journal (open to the participants of MI2013)
Publication of the proceedingsDecember 2014
Call for submissions to the symposium
Nowadays morphology cannot be studied without considering its interfaces. For examples, inflection interacts with syntax, allomorphy lies at the crossroad of phonology and morphology, word formation deals with semantics, etc. Moreover, inflection and word formation interact as well.
The first international symposium "Morphology and its interfaces", will be held at Université Lille 3, France, September 12-13, 2013. It aims at addressing questions related to morphology and its internal or external interfaces, from a diachronic or a synchronic perspective.
Authors are invited to submit papers (for an oral presentation of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion) dealing with interface between inflection and word formation as well as interactions between morphology and other domains of linguistics including but no limited to:
  • morphology and syntax
  • morphology and semantics
  • morphology and phonology
  • morphology and the lexicon
  • morphology and translation
  • morphology and pragmatics
  • morphology and computer sciences and natural language processing
The researchers are invited to submit novel and original research work concerned one way or another with the interfaces of morphology with other linguistic disciplines.
Abstracts must be anonymous, three to four pages long, including examples, figures and references. The conference languages are English and French. Page format: A4, 12-point font, single line spacing. File submission format: .pdf
Submissions will be anonymously refereed by at least three reviewers.
The invited speakers and authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to a post-conference special issue of a journal.
Submission of final version through EasyChair:
  • The authors must respect the stylesheet: template
  • Abstracts must be three to four pages long, including examples, figures and references
  • The conference languages are English and French
  • File submission format: .pdf
  • Without page numbering


September 12th

 8h30- 9h00Registration and Opening ceremony
 9h00-10h00Invited talk 1: Greville Corbett, University of Surrey: The syntax-morphology interface: the significance of split lexemes
10h00-10h30Session 1: Morphology and Syntax (1)Session 2: Morphology with three interfaces (1)
10h00-10h30Gregory Stump: Morphosyntactic property sets at the interface of inflectional morphology and syntaxMichel Roché: Les alternances thématiques : morphologie ? phonologie ? lexique ?
10h30-10h45Coffee break
10h45-12h15Session 3: Morphology and Syntax (2)Session 4: Morphology with three interfaces (2)
10h45-11h15Rita Valadas Pereira, João Paulo Silvestre and Alina Villalva: Deverbal adjectives: from syntactic to morphological predicationNatalia Beliaeva: From phonology to morphology, from morphology to semantics: A study of English blends
11h15-11h45Cynthia Johnson and Brian Joseph: Morphology and Syntax ... and Semantics ... and Pragmatics: Deconstructing “Semantic Agreement”Masaki Yasuhara: The Further Specification Analysis of the Unique Path Constraint Effect in Japanese V-V Compounds: Morphology-Lexical Semantics Interface
11h45-12h15Junya Morita: Morphology-Syntax Interface: Abstract Nominalization of Adjectives in English and Japanese
12h15-13h45Lunch break (rooms F042 and F043)
13h45-15h15Session 5: Morphology and Syntax (3)Session 6: Morphology with three interfaces (3)
13h45-14h15Clara Cohen: Contextually sensitive paradigm effects on the production of morphemesMaximilien Guérin: L'interface morphologie-syntaxe dans les constructions prédicatives du wolof
14h15-14h45Jana Strnadová: French Denominal Adjectives and their Syntactic EquivalentsFiammetta Namer, Stéphanie Lignon: Les créations verbales dénominales en –iser et –ifier de la Toile : concurrence morphologique et interfaces sémantico-phonologiques
14h45-15h15Fabienne Martin, Nicolas Mazziotta: Transitivizing affixes in FrenchEdwige Dugas: [non-Adj] sequences in contemporary French: morphological negation, syntactic negation, or in between?
15h15-15h30Coffee break
15h30-16h30Session 7: Morphology and Syntax (4)Session 8: Grammaticalization
15h30-16h00Tatsuhiro Okubo: Linking Elements in Distributed MorphologyKristel Van Goethem, Muriel Norde: Debonding of Dutch intensifying prefixoids: a multiple source account
16h00-16h30Daniela Marzo, Birgit Umbreit: Abstract deadjectival nominalizations at the interface between morphology, syntax and the lexiconStefan Hartmann: Changes in Construal Determine Constructional Change: A Corpus-Based Study on the Diachronic Development of Word-Formation Patterns
16h30-17h30Invited talk 2: Muriel Norde, Universiteit Groningen: Debonding and the inflection-derivation interface

September 13th

 9h00-10h00Invited talk 3: Geert Booij, Universiteit Leiden: The interface between morphology and syntax, a Construction Morphology perspective
10h00-11h00Session 9: Morphology and Syntax (5)Session 10: Morphology and Psycholinguistics (1)
10h00-10h30Masaharu Shimada, Akiko Nagano: Morphology of Direct Modification in JapaneseSerena Dal Maso, Hélène Giraudo: The processing of morphologically complex words in Italian L2
10h30-11h00Olga Steriopolo: Formal types of expressive constructions across languagesFrancesca Franzon, Davide Bertocci and Carlo Semenza: Encoding gender between syntax and the lexicon. An aphasia case study provides new insight on inflectional noun morphology
11h00-11h15Coffee break
11h15-12h15Session 11: Morphology and Syntax (6)Session 12: Morphology and Psycholinguistics (2)
11h15-11h45Aurore Koehl, Marie Laurence Knittel: L'héritage des dépendances des adjectifs par les noms désadjectivaux : ce que nous disent les donnéesMadeleine Voga, Anna Anastassiadis-Symeonidis, Hélène Giraudo: Does morphology play a role in L2 processing? Evidence from inflectional and derivational priming with Greek speakers of English
11h45-12h15Louise Esher: Complex functional coherence in autonomous morphology
12h15-13h30Lunch break (rooms F042 and F043)
13h30-15h00Session 13: Morphology and Phonology (1)Session 14: Morphology and Semantics (1)
13h30-14h00Jason Shaw, Chong Han, Yuan Ma: Surviving truncation: informativity at the interface of morphology and phonologyZoe Gavriilidou: Intensifying prefixes in Greek
14h00-14h30Hiroki Koga: The contraction of the unmarked tense morpheme duplicated due to prosodic minimalityMatías Jaque, Mª Ángeles Cano: Levels of Stativity in Deverbal Derivation in Spanish: the Case of -nte Adjectives and -ncia Nouns
14h30-15h00Géraldine Walther: Rethinking morphological autonomy in the light of description compactednessAurore Koehl and Stéphanie Lignon: Les noms de propriété en -ité et -itude : alternance formelle et morphopragmatique ou la tristitude des AitéN
15h00-15h15Coffee break
15h15-16h15Session 15: Morphology and Phonology (2)Session 16: Morphology and Semantics (2)
15h15-15h45Françoise Rose: A hybrid class of affixes in the Mojeño Trinitario verbSusana Rodriguez Rosique: On the telicity of reversative verbs: The case of Spanish
15h45-16h15Laurence Labrune: Devoicing, affrication and -t- insertion as compounding markers in Basque: how phonology inhibits morphology
16h15-16h45Closing ceremony
The Organizers propose the gala dinner on September 12th in the evening.
Registration fees:
Until 2013/07/31 From 2013/08/01
Students 50 euros 60 euros
Non students 70 euros 100 euros
Additional fees:
  • Lunch: 16 euros/lunch
  • Gala dinner: 30 euros
[List of hotels can be found below]


Address of the Université Lille 3:
  • 3 Rue du Barreau
  • 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq
Plan of the Université Lille 3 site (download)
Plan du campus
The symposium will be held in building F.
To get to the Université from the town:
  • it can be reached in 15-20 minutes from the city center or from the rail-stations
  • metro line 1
  • direction 4 cantons
  • station Pont de bois
  • then take the bridge over the avenue du Pont-de-Bois


*** Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place
2 boulevard Carnot
59000 LILLE
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 14 71 47
from 111 euros
*** Novotel
116 rue de l'Hopital Militaire
59000 LILLE
Tel: +33 (0)3 28 38 53 53
from 115 euros
** Séjours and Affaires Lille - Europe
271 avenue Willy Brandt
59777 LILLE
Tel: +33 (0)3 28 04 75 51 One-room appartments: 60 to 79 €
Two-room appartments: 78 to 103 €
** Hotel continental
11 place de la Gare
59800 LILLE
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 06 22 24
Single rooms: 62 to 85 €
Double rooms: 70 to 97 €
** Hôtel Flandre Angleterre
3 place de la Gare
59000 LILLE
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 06 04 12
65 to 75 euros
** Le Napoleon
17 place de la Gare
59000 - LILLE
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 42 19 69
from 65 euros