The 10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM10) September 7-10, 2015

The 10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM10) will take place at the University of Haifa (Israel) on September 7-10, 2015.

The aim of MMM is to bring together linguists who work on morphology in an informal setting which guarantees maximal interaction between researchers, and gives young linguists an opportunity to present their work at a conference of moderate size, with no parallel sessions, where fruitful contacts with senior linguists can be established.

The theme of the conference will be:

“Quo vadis morphology? Grammar, cognition and computation”

MMM celebrates its 10th meeting with a look at the present and future of morphology. How has the field evolved over the last years? Where do we stand now? And, most importantly, where do we go from here? We welcome contributions that explore new empirical and methodological directions in morphology, especially in the following domains:

– Morphology and grammar: what is (or should be) the place of morphology in linguistic theory? How do we face well-known challenges to foundational issues such as the notion of word, the Lexical Integrity Hypothesis, or the universality of lexical/grammatical categories?

– Morphology and cognition: what can morphology tell us about the mind and language acquisition? How can we reconcile morphological theory and experimental research? What can morphology learn from the other cognitive sciences?

– Morphology and computation: what are the new frontiers for computational approaches to morphology? How is the “big-data effect” affecting morphological research / theory?

Following the MMM tradition, beside the Thematic session (“Quo vadis”), there will be a Free topic session that welcomes all kinds of contributions on morphology and related disciplines.

We explicitly welcome contributions on sign languages, which show how morphology in an alternative natural language modality may shed light on morphology in general.

Invited speakers

Stephen R. Anderson (Yale University)
Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University)
Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University)

Program outline

Sept 7: morning:  free guided tour of Haifa
afternoon: Workshop on languages in Israel (Hebrew, Arabic, and local sign languages)
Sept 8: Thematic session “Quo vadis morphology?”
Sept 9: Free topic session
Sept 10: Excursion (details to be posted on the MMM10 website)

Abstract submission

We invite abstracts (500 words maximum, excluding bibliography) for oral presentations or posters. Each abstract will be reviewed anonymously by the MMM Permanent Committee and the MMM Local Organizing Committee.

Abstracts should be sent to

Please attach two versions of the abstract: one with authors’s names and one anonymous (both should be in .pdf format). In the body of the mail, please specify:
authors’ names and contact details;
title of abstract;
intended session (Thematic session, Free topic session, Workshop on local languages of Israel);
format preference (oral presentation or poster).

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: March 1, 2015.
Notification of decision: May 15, 2015.
Program available: May 31, 2015.
Early bird registration: July 1, 2015


Early bird registration
(until July 1)
Regular registration
(after July 1)
Student fee
20 Euros
35 Euros
Regular fee
55 Euros
75 Euros

MMM Local Organizing Committee
Wendy Sandler (University of Haifa), Chair
Edit Doron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Elizabeth Ritter (Ben Gurion University)
Elinor Saiegh-Haddad (Bar Ilan University)
Shuly Wintner (University of Haifa)
Outi Bat-El (Tel Aviv University)

MMM Permanent Committee

Jenny Audring (University of Amsterdam)
Geert Booij (Leiden University)
Nikos Koutsoukos (University of Patras)
Francesca Masini (University of Bologna)
Angela Ralli (University of Patras)
Sergio Scalise (University of Bologna)


MMM10 website

MMM permanent website

CFP #Grammar of #genres and #styles: which approaches to prefer? 16 Jan 2015

Grammar of genres and styles: which approaches to prefer?

ConSciLa (Confrontations en Sciences du Langage),
Paris, France,
Friday 16 January 2015
(the place will be announced later)

Thierry Charnois (University of Paris 13, LIPN),
Sascha Diwersy (Universität zu Köln),
Meri Larjavaara (Åbo Akademi),
Dominique Legallois (University of Caen, Crisco)

Call for participation

Modern syntactic research consists generally of studies that are oriented towards formal properties of sentences. Sentences are then analyzed independently of any utterer-based perspective, or generic textual features.

As a result of this, grammatical variation is not viewed as central, nor are performance-related specificities viewed as pertinent to the field of syntax. In a similar manner, textual studies (in the tradition of textometrics and discourse analysis) rarely focus on the syntactic specificities of the genres under scrutiny, and instead concentrate on lexical and utterer-based specificities. As a consequence, textual genre is rarely characterized by its syntactic features. Whereas stylistics would appear most suited to the study of such linguistic features, its practice is flawed by heavily academic nature and lack of formal tools, restricting any analyses to pertinent yet isolated units of texts.

In recent years, automatic text analysis has enabled a more accurate identification of lexical and grammatical features of texts and genres. There are two main approaches, the first being more widespread than the second :

The paradigmatic approach rests upon the quantification of morpho-syntactic categories. For instance, in his work on oral discourse in the academic community, Biber 2006 uncovers the over-usage (in comparison with written discourse) of first person pronouns, of evaluative expressions (“mental” verbs, modal adverbs, etc.), of WH- questions, etc. By means of factorisation, it is possible to determine a set of properties particular to a specific genre.

The syntagmatic approach focuses on the combination of lexical units, the identification of preferred, or dispreferred, syntagmatic segments by genre. To give an illustration of this, consider the lexico-grammatical structure named “pattern” or motif in Quiniou et al, ce N si ADJ et si ADJ (lit : That N so ADJ and so ADJ). This semantico-evaluative pattern is specific to the 19th century genre of Memoirs, in comparison with Travel narrative, Novels, Correspondence, Essays of the same period :

Oh ! Tant mieux, tant mieux de n’ être pas bornés par ce temps si court et si triste ! E. de Guérin, Journal (1834-1840)
(lit : that time so short and so sad)

Seulement, pour ne pas faire acte de désobéissance et de bravade envers cette mère si tendre et si aimée, Maurice lui annonça […] un petit voyage au Blanc. G. Sand, Histoire de ma vie, 1855
(lit : that mother so tender and so loved)

On éprouve aujourd’hui encore, comme autrefois, une grande douceur intérieure à voir ces lieux si bénis, et maintenant si abandonnés. Mgr Dupanloup, Journal intime, 1876
(lit : these places so blessed and now so abandoned)

This Conscila Study day devoted to the study of grammar and stylistics of discourse genre, aims to bring together researchers in linguistics or NLP whose work focuses on the identification of lexico- grammatical textual features. Papers submitted must take into account the constraints of comprehensiveness : we will not focus on one type of form, but on a maximum of genre-specific elements. The following issues will be discussed:
– Techniques for the identification of generic properties ;
– The complementarity or competitivity between paradigmatic or syntagmatic approaches;
– Data interpretation.

Proposals should therefore focus on the characterization of discourse genre (literary or otherwise) or style, in a comprehensive perspective ; methods can be discussed, without neglecting linguistic description. Also of interest is the comparison between authors, the focus on registers, discourse practices, and textual units (narrative, argumentative, descriptive, etc.).

Studies may include any language, and both oral and written genres are welcome. We also welcome a variety of perspectives, including: computing, didactics, stylistics, discourse study, syntax…
Communications may be presented in French or in English.

Submission Deadline :

1- An intention to submit a paper will be sent by mid-September at

2- A detailed proposal of at least 1 full page should then be submitted by 1 November 2014. Selected papers will be notified by 20 November 2014 .


Biber D. (2006) University language: A corpus-based study of spoken and written registers. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Biber, D. & S. Conrad 2009: Register, genre and style. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dorgeloh, H. & A. Wanner (eds) 2010: Syntactic variation and genre, Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Larjavaara M et Legallois D. (en prép.) « Les genres discursifs et leur grammaire »

Longrée D. et Mellet S. (2013. « Le motif : une unité phraséologique englobante ? Étendre le champ de la phraséologie de la langue au discours », Langages 189 (D. Legallois & A. Tutin, coord.), p.68-80

Quiniou S., Cellier P., Charnois Th. et Legallois D. (2012)« What About Sequential Data Mining Techniques to Identify Linguistic Patterns for Stylistics ? » in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Vol. 7181, pp 166-177

Martin, J. R. & Rose, D. (2008) : Genre relations. Mapping culture. London: Equinox.

revue Linx n° 64-65 , « Les genres de discours vus par la grammaire », sous la direction de M. Krazem.