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Full Title: First Workshop on Paradigmatic Word Formation Modeling

Short Title: ParadigMo-2017
Location: Toulouse, France
Start Date: 19-Jun-2017 - 20-Jun-2017
Contact: Nabil Hathout
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Meeting Description: In the wake of the word-based models, specifically in connection with the word and paradigm approach introduced by Blevins (2013, 2016), the paradigmatic approach is gaining a growing support in the field of Word Formation (WF), essentially in derivation but also compounding. More and more work refers to this approach including Van Marle 1985, Stump 1991, Bochner 1993, Bauer 1997, Pounder 2000, Booij 1997, Roché & Plénat 2015, Štekauer 2014, Strnadová 2015, among others.

Paradigmatic WF is an alternative to the generative models in morphology and to binary and oriented rules. Paradigmatic models involve derivational relations that are not limited to base-derivative pairs and that may be oriented both ways or have an unspecified direction (Jackendoff 1975). Morphological paradigms are usually considered as interconnected by more or less complex networks of words, reflecting the patterns of the many relations that each word has with the others. These networks cluster into derivational families on one dimension and pile up and form analogies on the other.

Paradigm-based approaches to WF are characterized by several distinctive properties:

- The need for a strong meaning/form correlation
- The nature of the paradigmatic regularities, which (re)defines canonicity in WF
- The importance taken by derivational families and the fundamental question of their identity and their limits (unlike lexemes, families are open sets).

On the orthogonal dimension, we also have to figure out how morphological families are grouped into paradigms according to the properties shared by their matching relations. The paradigmatic conception of WF leads us to define structures composed of partial and overlapping networks.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss recent proposals and advances on paradigms in WF, and in particular with respect to derivation. It constitutes a contribution to the debate and discussion on this issue, in particular the previous discussion during the two workshops organized during the 49th SLE conference (“Paradigms in Word-Formation: New perspectives on data description and modeling” and “Similarities and differences between inflectional and derivational paradigms: individual languages and beyond”).

The goal of ParadigMo is to identify and discuss a series of fundamental issues that underlie the principles of paradigm-based approaches to WF. These include the following:

- What does paradigmatic WF look like?
- What objects do we need to describe WF paradigms?
- How are semantic and formal dimensions connected within WF paradigms?
- What questions/issues/problems arise from the shift to paradigmatic WF?

Invited Speakers:

Olivier Bonami (LLF, U. Paris-Diderot & CNRS)
Gregory Stump (U. Kentucky)
Linguistic Subfield: Morphology
LL Issue: 28.801

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