LINGUIST List 33.3323

Sat Oct 29 2022

Confs: Text/Corpus Ling, Historical Ling, Morphology, Syntax, Translation/Australia

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 28-Oct-2022
From: Manuel Delicado Cantero <>
Subject: Re-examining Peripheral Structures: theoretical and empirical perspectives on linguistic ‘(un)productivity’
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Re-examining Peripheral Structures: theoretical and empirical perspectives on linguistic ‘(un)productivity’

Date: 18-Nov-2022 - 18-Nov-2022
Location: Canberra & online, Australia
Contact: Manuel Delicado Cantero
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to critically examine the notion of ‘(un)productivity’, a fundamental concept in linguistic study. It will do so from the perspective of previously under-studied, peripheral structures across typologically different languages and with a particular focus on form, meaning and use. By bringing together scholars working within different frameworks and on different languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, Indic, Iwaidjan, Nubri, Pintupi-Luritja, Spanish, and Syriac), the workshop aims to expand the scope of linguistic inquiry and advance theoretical insights into what counts as good evidence, a key methodological question in fundamental and empirical linguistic investigation.

Date & time: Friday 18 Nov 2022, 9am–7pm (AEDT, Canberra/Sydney/Melbourne time)

Location: hybrid event, Zoom & Baldessin Precinct Building (Building No. 110) W3.03, The Australian National University.
To obtain the Zoom link and to register, please go to


9:00-9:30 Manuel Delicado and Zhengdao Ye (ANU)
Acknowledgement of Country; opening remarks

9:30-10:00 Emily Manetta (University of Vermont)
A comparative view of marginal syntactic structure in Indic

10:00-10:30 Manuel Delicado Cantero (ANU)
Resituating marginal syntactic constructions in the history of Spanish

10:30-11:00 Morning Tea

11:00-11:30 Cathryn Donohue (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
On the productivity of differential object marking in Nubri

11:30-12:00 Mengistu Amberber (University of New South Wales)
On irregular verb stems in Amharic

12:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:30 Charbel El-Khaissi (ANU)
Reconstructing the construct: Syntactic (Un)productivity in Semitic Construct State Nominals

2:30-3:00 Janet Davey and Zhengdao Ye (ANU)
''When one corner of a room is mentioned, you infer the other three'': Examining the productivity of chengyu structures in Chinese

3:00-3:30 Avery Andrews (ANU)
On getting up people’s noses: the semantics of an idiom in LFG+glue

3:30-5:30 Roundtable discussion & refreshments
5:30-6:00 Break

6:00-6:30 James Gray (ANU)
Mismatches in Pintupi-Luritja focus particle placement

6:30-7:00 Robert Mailhammer (Western Sydney University)
Productivity of morphological patterns in the Iwaidjan languages

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