Workshop: Morphological typology and linguistic cognition
- Andrea Sims
- Adam Ussishkin
- Jeff Parker
- Samantha Wray
The proposed workshop will explore the role of linguistic cognition in shaping morphological patterns within and across languages. The central question of the workshop is whether the cognitive processing of language creates a persistent influence on the typological distributions of morphological structures in the world’s languages. This workshop will 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. By bringing together different types of linguists – experimentalists, typologists, computational modelers, formalists – we hope to shape a research agenda and push forward progress in this area. We have invited ten scholars with special expertise to give research talks at the workshop. This particular group was chosen to represent the diversity of theoretical advances and novel methodological approaches being pursued currently in the field. In composing the list of invitees, we have also made a particular effort to include recent Ph.D.’s, in addition to midcareer academics and distinguished senior scholars. Our invitees comprise a gender-balanced group of scholars whose work addresses a diverse group of languages. We will also solicit abstracts for additional oral presentations and poster presentations through an open call for papers.