Morphological complexity: Typology as a tool for delineating cognitive organization

Workshop on the Growth and Decline of Morphological Complexity

The Surrey Morphology Group held a one-day workshop on the diachrony of morphological complexity, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig (Germany) on Saturday, 28 April 2012. The workshop immediately followed the Anna Siewierska Memorial workshop on 27 April 2012 in the same location.


28 April 2012

09.30 - 10.00 'Introduction'
10.00 - 11.00 Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, and U.C. Santa Barbara) ‘On the origins of morphological complexity’
11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 -12.15 Andrej Kibrik (Russian Academy of Sciences) ‘Qualitative morphological complexity: The case of Athabaskan’
12.15 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Martin Maiden (Oxford) ‘Romanian feminine nouns and other diachronic delinquents. Reflections on why morphomes persist in diachrony’
14.30 - 14.50 Break
14.50 - 15.35 Enrique Palancar (Surrey) ‘The history and evolution of the conjugation classes of Otomi: From the colonial to the modern times’
15.35 - 16.20 David Gil (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig) & Tim McKinnon (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Jakarta) ‘New morphology in Malayic languages’
16.20 - 16.30 Conclusion

Project members

Prof Greville G. Corbett
Dr Matthew Baerman
Prof Dunstan Brown (University of York)
Dr Scott Collier
Dr Maris Camilleri

Period of award:

February 2009 - January 2015


European Research Council (ERC)