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Conference Description

This conference takes up the issue of Contact Morphology raised by David Wilkins 1996. In the majority of contact-related studies, morphology is at best a marginal topic. According to the extant borrowing hierarchies, bound morphology is copied only rarely, if at all, because morphological copies presuppose long-term intensive contact with prior massive borrowing of content words and function words. On the other hand, especially in studies of morphological change, contact is often identified as the decisive factor which triggers the disintegration of morphological systems. However, it remains to be seen whether these two standard treatments of morphology in contact situations exhaust the phenomenology of Contact Morphology.


The conference programme hosts more than 45 papers which shed new light on the behaviour of morphology under the conditions of language contact. Fresh empirical data from XX languages world-wide are presented and new theory-based concepts are discussed. Morphologies in Contact is a first in the history of both morphology and language contact studies. It is meant to mark the beginning of an international research program which explores the entire range of aspects connected to morphologies in contact and thus, paves the way for a full-blown Contact Morphology qua linguistic discipline.


Posters are still welcome (see contact)


The conference will be hosted by the University of Bremen (Germany) and is organised by the Institute of General and Applied Linguistics (IAAS) of the University of Bremen. The conference is scheduled for October 1–3, 2009 and forms part of a series of fifteen international conferences on the occasion of the Festival of languages (Bremen/Germany, 17 September – 7 October, 2009), also organised by the Institute of General and Applied Linguistics (IAAS) at the University of Bremen.

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There are plans for the conference proceedings be published with a major publishing house.

Conference fees

The fees for this conference are as follows:

Conference fees
  Full rate Student rate
until 15/8/2009 € 100.00 € 50.00
after 15/8/2009 € 150.00 € 75.00

In case you are in interested in attending other conventions of our "conference marathon" you should follow this link: Conference Fees Summary.


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