2-9 May 2019, Maceió, Br

ABRALIN50

Linguistics Today: Debates, Challenges and Propositions

The main objective of ABRALIN50 is to address fundamental issues for Linguistics today, instigating debates that facilitate courses of actions in the area in face of the transformations in the contemporary world. Moreover, the event also aims to promote propositional dialogues between Linguistics and other areas of knowledge.

Willem Adelaar

Lexical items in wordlists may contain remnants of non-productive morphological formations. The identification of such residual morphology is one of the main challenges for historical reconstruction in South American languages. Another point of attention is the habit, frequently found in Amazonian languages, of expanding a nominal or verbal base by adding an additional root or element with a related semantic content. This procedure is often followed in order to compensate for the loss of a phonological contrast that caused two originally different forms to coincide.
In order to overcome obstacles of this kind, I advocate a proactive approach that consists in the deconstruction of the available lexical material prior to its inclusion in a comparison. In order to ensure a successful and objective comparison, the lexical material has to be analyzed and reduced to its etymological essence by first eliminating all productive and non-productive morphological elements.

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KEY DATES

15 July 2018 Special session proposal submission deadline
30 July 2018 Special sessions announced
16 August 2018 Programme announcement
31 August 2018 Paper submission portal open
31 August 2018 Registration opens
16 December 2018 Paper submissions deadline
9 January 2019 Paper decisions announced
2-4 May 2019 XXIV ABRALIN School
5-9 May 2019 XI ABRALIN International Congress
15 Sep – 14 Oct 2019  Paper submission for publication

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