Organizers: Stefan Keine (UCLA), Hilda Koopman (UCLA), Harold Torrence (UCLA)

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The purpose of this workshop is to investigate the relationship between morphology and syntax, and in particular to investigate the extent to which morphological generalizations can be accounted for in terms of purely syntactic operations and conditions.  Can morphology and syntax be unified under purely Merge based theories with the same principles? If so, what does this tell us about the type of syntactic theory we should pursue?

Invited speakers, in alphabetical order (see Program page for titles and abstracts):

Panel members:

Specific questions that could be addressed include the following:

  • Is there a need for a morphological component?
  • Is there a need for post-syntactic morphological operations?
  • How are morphemes combined with stems? By head movement, phrasal movement, affix hopping, morphological merger?
  • What is the status of competition and blocking?
  • How can suppletion and allomorphy be accounted for in syntactic terms?
  • How can syncretism be accounted for in syntactic terms?
  • To what extent can derived nominals be accounted for in syntactic terms?
  • What is the status of traditional terms such as affix, infix, word, bound, and compound in syntactic approaches to morphology?
  • How are features like gender, noun class and declension class represented syntactically?
  • What is the status of the Mirror Principle? Can violations be accounted for in syntactic terms?
  • Can a syntactic account be given for form/syntax mismatches like deponence?
  • What account can be given for bracketing paradoxes?

Some representative publications: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yJd2qYoE2g2mhYjGLGOOqeVZ6Vo1CN_8/view?usp=sharing.