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A canonical look at overabundance in English verbs: Form, meaning and frequency

Surrey Linguistics Circle

A canonical look at overabundance in English verbs: Form, meaning and frequency

Jeff Parker
(Brigham Young University)

Open to all

Date: 30 Nov 2021
Time: 16:00 – 17:30


Information distributions in language: Investigating optimality and adaptation across levels and contexts

Surrey Linguistics Circle

Information distributions in language: Investigating optimality and adaptation across levels and contexts

Christine Cuskley
(University of Newcastle)

Open to all

Date: 07 Dec 2021
Time: 11:00 – 12:30


Ancient languages and Algorithms: Demystifying new methods in historical linguistics


Ancient languages and Algorithms: Demystifying new methods in historical linguistics

Registration required

Starts: 01 Aug 2022, 09:00
Ends: 05 Aug 2022, 17:00

Venue: University of Oxford


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Past events


  • Mutual Intelligibility: Language, Culture, Cognition, University of Surrey, Guildford, and online via Zoom, 24 Jun25 Jun 2021. More information

  • How language shapes thought: categorisation in the South Pacific, Michael Franjieh, Alexandra Grandison and Greville Corbett (University of Surrey), Hosted online as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, 11 Nov 2020.

  • Verbal and nominal number colloquium, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, 09 Oct 2019. More information

  • ‘External’ agreement with unexpected targets, Leipzig University, 21 Aug 2019. Abstract More information

  • Non-canonicity in inflection, University of Surrey, Guildford, 21 Jun22 Jun 2019. More information

  • New Fields for Morphology, University of Surrey, 02 Nov03 Nov 2018. More information

  • 10th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL10), University of Surrey, 04 May05 May 2018. More information

  • The Morphological Eye: SMG 25th Anniversary Workshop, University of Surrey, 08 Sep09 Sep 2017. More information

  • Loss of Inflection, San Antonio, Texas, 31 Jul04 Aug 2017. More information

  • Prominent Internal Possessors, SOAS, University of London, 22 Sep23 Sep 2016. More information

  • Gender and classifiers: Diachronic and synchronic variation, University of Surrey, Guildford, 28 Jan29 Jan 2016. More information

  • Gender and classifiers: Areal and genealogical perspectives, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, 26 Jan27 Jan 2015. More information

  • Lexical entries in Archi, University of Surrey, Guildford, 17 Mar 2014. More information

  • Inflectional morphology and verb classes in the Oto-Manguean languages of Mexico, University of Surrey, Guildford, 14 Mar 2014. More information

  • Gender and classifiers: Cross-linguistic perspectives, University of Surrey, Guildford, 17 Jan 2014. More information

  • The syntax–semantics interface in Archi, University of Surrey, Guildford, 25 Oct 2013. More information

  • Training workshop for native speaker linguists, San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico, 08 Jul19 Jul 2013. More information

  • The conditions problem in Archi, University of Surrey, Guildford, 19 Apr 2013. More information

  • Computational approaches to morphological complexity, Maison de Recherche, Sorbonne, Paris, 22 Feb 2013.

  • South East Morphology Meeting – Morphophonology, University of Surrey, Guildford, 25 Jan 2013.

  • Inflectional classes in the languages of the Americas, Boston, Massachusetts, 06 Jan 2013. More information

  • The syntax–morphology interface in Archi, University of Surrey, Guildford, 01 Nov02 Nov 2012. More information

  • Dissemination workshop on Alor-Pantar languages, British Academy, London, 14 Sep 2012. More information

  • The lexical problem in Archi, University of Surrey, Guildford, 01 Jun 2012. More information

  • The domain problem in Archi, University of Surrey, Guildford, 02 Mar 2012. More information

  • Introductory seminar on Archi, University of Surrey, Guildford, 16 Jan 2012. More information


Surrey Linguistics Circle

  • Manner/result polysemy in Daakaka: Complex verbal paradigms and their implications for the distribution of root meaning, Jens Hopperdietzel (University of Manchester), 23 Nov 2021.

  • The Agreement Hierarchy: Updating the typology of controllers , Greville Corbett (University of Surrey), 16 Nov 2021.

  • Insights into Dinka noun number morphology, Mirella Blum (University of Edinburgh), 09 Nov 2021.

  • Can analogy account for the Seri verb?, Helen Sims-Williams, (Edinburgh), Jeremy Pasquereau (Poitiers) & Matthew Baerman (Surrey) (), 02 Nov 2021.

  • Asymmetries in Affixation: Morphology Attaches, Phonology Binds, Hilary Wynne (University of Oxford), 26 Oct 2021.

  • Argument structure and morphological verb types in sign languages., Vadim Kimmelman (University of Bergen), 19 Oct 2021.

  • Internal-external splits: what they tell us, Greville Corbett (Surrey Morphology Group), 11 Dec 2020. Abstract

  • Nominal possessors and verbal plurality in Seri, Matthew Baerman & Jérémy Pasquereau (Surrey Morphology Group), 01 Jun 2021.

  • An HPSG approach to Kazakh Auxiliary Verbs, Dávid Győrfi (Surrey Morphology Group), 13 Aug 2020.

  • Gender: New Horizons, Greville Corbett (Surrey Morphology Group), 14 Jul 2020.

  • Exponence in Papuan Languages, Matthew Carroll (Australian National University), 13 May 2020.

  • Non canonical case or something else? On the morphological forms of nouns in Berber, Aicha Belkadi (SOAS, University of London), 12 Feb 2020.

  • Inflection vs. derivation in the early Slavonic aspect system, Hanne Eckhoff (University of Oxford), 30 Jan 2020.

  • Simulating paradigm evolution: analogical change and morphomic patterns, Sacha Beniamine (MPI Jena), 22 Jan 2020.

  • State/change of state polysemy and the lexical semantics of property concept lexemes, Andrew Koontz-Garboden (University of Manchester), 14 Jan 2020.

  • Kambaata negative participles: (almost) perfect verb-adjective hybrids, Yvonne Treis (LLACAN, CNRS), 27 Nov 2019.

  • Aspectual categories in Kipchak Turkic auxiliary verb constructions, Dávid Győrfi (Surrey Morphology Group), 31 Oct 2019.

  • Inflectional relations, Eric Rosen (Johns Hopkins University), 29 Aug 2019.

  • On the nature of causes of language change: data from Greek systems in contact, Michalis Marinis (University of Patras & University of Surrey), 02 Jul 2019.

  • Variation in Vatlongos subject-indexing prefixes, Eleanor Ridge (Massey University), 11 Apr 2019. Abstract

  • Andi verb morphology: when does the root begin and end?, Neige Rochant (École Normale Supérieure – Paris), 05 Mar 2019.

  • Optimal Categorisation: the origin and nature of gender from a psycholinguistic perspective, Grev Corbett, Ally Grandison, Mike Franjieh (University of Surrey), 06 Dec 2018.

  • External agreement: setting the scene, Marina Chumakina, Steven Kaye, Oliver Bond (University of Surrey), 06 Nov 2018.

  • Reported speech in Dargwa, Nina Sumbatova (Russian State University for the Humanities), 30 Oct 2018.

  • Case loss in Bulgarian and Macedonian: Two faces of contact-induced language change, Max Wahlström (University of Helsinki), 18 Sep 2018.

  • Complex Cell-mates: Measuring complexity across single and multiple variables in situations of language contact, Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland), 11 Sep 2018.

  • Learning complex inflectional paradigms through blended gradient inputs, Eric Rosen (Johns Hopkins University), 30 Aug 2018.

  • Notes on the morphology of Loxodumau, an Oceanic language of PNG, Lidia F. Mazzitelli (University of Cologne), 03 May 2018.

  • Event plurality in Seri, Jérémy Pasquereau (University of Surrey), 12 Apr 2018.

  • Form and function in the morphosyntax of Shilluk transitive verbs, Bert Remijsen (University of Edinburgh), 20 Feb 2018.

  • Leaky phonology and language design, Bob Ladd (University of Edinburgh), 11 Jan 2018.

  • The loss of gender in Swedish and English, Briana Van Epps (Lund University), 13 Nov 2017.

  • Phonological phylogenetics, Erich Round (University of Queensland), 18 Oct 2017.

  • Gender assignment in Jamtlandic and Scandinavian, Briana Van Epps (Lund University), 21 Sep 2017.

  • (Deictic-)Associated Motion/Directional morphology and aspect in the Koman languages, Manuel Otero (University of Oregon), 26 Jul 2017.

  • A study of Nuer verbs: reporting on data collection in Kenya, Tatiana Reid (University of Surrey), 18 Jul 2017.

  • Variable affix sequencing in Murrinhpatha, Chintang and Tagalog, John Mansfield (University of Melbourne), 07 Jun 2017.

  • Lexical splits and inflectional periphrasis in Romance, Pavel Štichauer (Charles University, Prague), 09 May 2017.

  • Distributed exponence in Ngkolmpu and beyond, Matt Carroll (Surrey Morphology Group), 25 Apr 2017.

  • The Animacy Hierarchy revisited, Greville Corbett (University of Surrey), 21 Feb 2017.

  • One system or two? Reflections on variation and coherence in a single system of nominal classification, Ruth Singer (University of Melbourne), 13 Dec 2016. Abstract

  • Metathesis in Amarasi, Owen Edwards (ANU), 13 Dec 2016. Abstract

  • Strategies for visualizing linguistic information, Chris Culy (Consultant for Visualization of Language and Linguistic Data), 01 Dec 2016.

  • Overabundance in Zürich German, Anja Hasse (University of Zürich), 18 Oct 2016.

  • Reappraising comparison in linguistics: A view from neighbouring disciplines, Erich Round (University of Queensland), 09 Aug 2016. Abstract

  • Periphrasis in Bulgarian (and elsewhere), Andrew Spencer (University of Essex), 08 Feb 2016.

  • Computer tools for computational morphology, Raphael Finkel (University of Kentucky), 25 Jan 2016.

  • Overabundance: An overview, Anna M. Thornton (University of L’Aquila, Italy), 02 Dec 2015.

  • Web solutions and research tools for linguists, Edward Garrett (SOAS, University of London), 01 Dec 2015.

  • Canonical head marking: Morphology in the relational parts of grammar, Johanna Nichols (UC Berkeley), 17 Nov 2015.

  • Internal possessor prominence in Chimane, Sandy Ritchie (SOAS, University of London), 27 Oct 2015.

  • The exception that proves the rule: Markedness and defaults in stem selection in Ngkolmpu, Matthew Carroll (ANU, Canberra), 30 Sep 2015.

  • Passives, reflexives and impersonals in Catalan Sign Language, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (CNRS & Université Paris-8), 27 Aug 2015.

  • Referential density and reference tracking in Mian, Sebastian Fedden (University of Sydney), 14 Jul 2015.

  • Independent person marking in Romance languages. Synchronic paradigm structure and diachronic development from Latin, Chiara Cappellaro (St John's College, Oxford University), 18 Feb 2015.

  • The structure of metathesis in Amarasi, Owen Edwards (ANU, Canberra), 27 Nov 2014.

  • Why bother doing linguistics? What the Hoava VP tells us., Bill Palmer (University of Newcastle, NSW), 29 Oct 2014.

  • Is there a signed passive? Evidence from Catalan and Italian Sign Language., Gemma Barberà & Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (UMR 7023, CNRS & Paris-8), 01 Jul 2014.

  • What zero subjects can mean, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (UMR 7023, CNRS & Paris-8), 13 May 2014.

  • Modelling Non-Canonical Inflection in Ngkolmpu: A Yam Family Language of Southern New Guinea, Matthew Carroll (ANU, Canberra), 08 May 2014.

  • Non-finites and their agreement in Udmurt and other Finno-Ugric languages., Ekaterina Georgieva (University of Szeged), 08 Apr 2014.

  • Realis, focus, and existential closure, Irina Nikolaeva (SOAS, University of London), 02 Apr 2014.

  • Preverbs and bi-partite stems in Lezgic languages : semantic functions, syntactic correlates and productivity, Gilles Authier (L'École Pratique des Hautes Études), 01 Apr 2014.

  • Spanish infinitives borrowed into Zapotec, analyzed as falling into a native light verb construction, Rosemary Beam (UNAM, Mexico City), 12 Mar 2014.

  • The exuberant tonal system of San Marcos Zacatepec Eastern Chatino, Anthony Woodbury (University of Texas at Austin), 12 Mar 2014.

  • Allocutivity: towards a canonical approach to the encoding of a non-argumental addressee, Anton Antonov (INALCO/CRLAO (UMR 8563), CNRS, Paris), 26 Feb 2014.

  • A typology of Bantu subject inversion, Lutz Marten (SOAS, University of London), 24 Feb 2014.

  • The performance of STRUCTURE on linguistic datasets, and 'researcher degrees of freedom', Erich Round (University of Queensland), 11 Feb 2014.

  • Morphologically-motivated phonological change in Modern Aramaic, Bob Hoberman (Stony Brook University), 15 Jan 2014.

  • Inflectional allomorphy in Seri, Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey), 27 Nov 2013.

  • The Circassian languages – phonetic details and typological conclusions, Ludger Paschen (University of Bochum), 13 Nov 2013.

  • Enindhilyakwa (Australia) noun categorization systems: noun classes, gender and verb-incorporated generics, Marie-Elaine Van Egmond (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald), 24 Oct 2013.

  • The temporal interpretation of modals in SENĆOŦEN and Hul'q'umi'num, Claire Turner (University of British Columbia), 27 Aug 2013.

  • R(eference)-impersonals in Mauritian Creole, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (CNRS UMR 7023 SFL / Université Paris 8), 05 Jun 2013.

  • Comparing what isn't there: Distribution and interpretation of null subjects, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (CNRS UMR 7023 SFL / Université Paris 8), 14 May 2013.

  • Going for plural: the piecemeal emergence of a fourth number value in Nen, Nicholas Evans (ANU), 03 May 2013.

  • Reconstructing elements of early human language, Tania Kuteva, Bernd Heine and Gunther Kattenbock (Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf), 05 Mar 2013.

  • The lexical semantics of nouns and adjectives and variation in property concepts, Andrew Koontz-Garboden (University of Manchester), 19 Feb 2013.

  • Defaults and discreteness in morphology, Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University), 24 Oct 2012.