The Challenges of Complex Morphology to Morphological Theory


Morphology is undergoing a dramatic reconceptualization concerning objects of inquiry, methodologies, and consequent hypotheses about theory construction. The past few years have witnessed a dramatic increase in morphological research from word-based and construction-theoretic perspectives. This is based on detailed empirical investigation of numerous lesser known languages with complex morphological systems. The papers in this workshop showcase these new trends, including information-theoretic, statistical, simulational techniques applied to complex, typologically-diverse morphological and lexical systems.

This workshop will be open to anyone who wishes to participate; there is no registration process or fee. We hope to organize a group dinner for anyone interested; each person will pay his or her own costs. Information on the dinner will be available at the Workshop.


  • Farrell Ackerman, University of California, San Diego; fackerman AT ucsd DOT edu
  • Mark Aronoff, Stony Brook University; maronoff AT stonybrook DOT edu
  • James P. Blevins, Cambridge University, jpb39 AT cam DOT ac DOT uk
  • Gabriela Caballero, University of California, San Diego; gcaballero AT ucsd DOT edu
  • Alice C. Harris, University of Massachusetts Amherst; acharris AT linguist DOT umass DOT edu
  • Robert Malouf, San Diego State University; rmalouf AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu


The program for the workshop can be downloaded here


The Low Entropy Conjecture and Modern Irish Nominal Declension
Farrell Ackerman (University of California, San Diego) and
Rob Malouf (San Diego State University)

An Information-Theoretic Analysis of the Estonian Inflectional System
James P. Blevins (University of Cambridge) and
Fermin Moscoso del Prado Martin (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Morphology and Phonology in Choguita Rarámuri Morphological Domains
Gabriela Caballero (University of California, San Diego)

Paradigm Shapes: Representation and Reality
Greville G. Corbett (Surrey Morphology Group)

Multiple Plural Exponence in Maay: An Optimality Theoretic Account
Minta Elsman (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

The Marginal Detraction Hypothesis: Evidence from French and Icelandic
Raphael Finkel (University of Kentucky) and
Gregory Stump (University of Kentucky)

Agreement Mismatches in Halkomelem
Donna Gerdts (Simon Fraser University)

Exponent Adjacency in Multiple Exponence
Alice C. Harris (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and
Kevin Ryan (University of California, Los Angeles)

Affixes as Constraints? Evidence from Haplology
Sharon Inkelas (University of California, Berkeley)

Competing for Productivity: Self-Organization in the English Suffix System
Mark Lindsay (Stony Brook)

Operational Exponence: Process Morphology in Harmonic Serialism
Robert Staubs (University of Massachusetts Amherst)