Saturday, October 31, 2015

Workshop on Proper Names and Morphosyntax, Berlin, November, 2015

523812728_4ec025c123_mFrom the 5th to the 6th of November 2015, a onomastic workshop on Proper Names and Morphosyntax will be held in Berlin, Germany.
In addition to providing a scientific forum for the discussion of the morphosyntactic properties of proper names, this workshop will offer an opportunity to collectively investigate complex expressions containing proper names (e.g. prepositional phrases and compounding). The central question to be explored during this gathering is the necessity of creating a specific grammar to describe the morphological and syntactic properties of proper names.
The full program for this event is available on the conference website.

This workshop deals with proper names from an exclusively linguistic point of view. Specifically, we want to focus on the morphosyntactic properties of names as well as on complex units (both morphological and syntactic) containing names. The central question is in which way and to which extent names deviate from non-proprial expressions both in a specific language and from a cross-linguistic perspective.
NEW: An updated programme is now online (22nd October)

NEW: Registration is still possible until the 25th October

Invited speakers
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm)
Damaris Nübling (Mainz)
Important dates
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2015
Notification of acceptance: (Beginning of) July 2015
Deadline for registration: 25 October 2015
Conference dates: 5 & 6 November 2015

Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Europäische Sprachen (ZEUS)


Download the programme as pdf

Wednesday, 4th November 2015 

19:00 WARMING UP at Luise

Thursday, 5th November 2015

08:30 – 09:00 REGISTRATION

09:00 – 09:15 Introduction
09:15 – 10:15 Damaris Nübling (Mainz): The growing distance between proper names and common nouns in German
10:15 – 11:00 Corinna Handschuh (Regensburg): Marking of nominal categories on proper nouns

11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE

11:30 – 12:15 Betina Schnabel-Le Corre (Rennes): The Grammar of Toponyms: Categorisation and transposition
12:15 – 13:00 Thomas Stolz (Bremen): When zero is just enough… Typological aspects of zero-marking of spatial relations with different classes of place names

13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH

14:30 – 15:15 Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University): Proper names in Modern Hebrew Construct State Constructions
15:15 – 16:00 Malka Muchnik (Bar-Ilan University): The Grammar of Personal Names in Modern Hebrew

16:00 – 16:30 COFFEE

16:30 – 17:15 Olga Steriopolo (ZAS Berlin): Morphosyntactic properties of short first names (hypocoristics) in Russian
17:15 – 18:00 Johannes Helmbrecht (Regensburg): On the morphosyntax of proper names in Hoocąk and other Siouan languages

19:00 CONFERENCE DINNER at Alter Krug 

Friday, 6th November 2015

09:00 – 10:00 Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm): Swedish proper-name compounds in blogs: creativity, productivity and frequency
10:00 – 10:45 Tine Breban (Manchester): A corpus-based exploration of the identifying function of proper noun modifiers in English

10:45 – 11:15 COFFEE

11:15 – 12:00 Heike Necker (Zürich) & Liana Tronci (Siena): Proper names and derivational morphology. Italian -ismo / -ista and Ancient Greek -ismós / istḗsformations
12:00 – 12:45 Luise Kempf (Mainz): Englaͤndisch, Hamburgisch, Lutherisch − Degrees of „onymicity“ reflected in the history of German -isch-derivation 

12:45 – 14:15 LUNCH

14:15 – 15:00 Christian Zimmer (FU Berlin): On motivations that induce inflectional differences between proper names and appellatives in German
15:00 – 15:45 Mirjam Schmuck (Mainz): Die himmlische Jerusalem – Variation and change in gender classification of proper names (toponyms) in German

15:45 – 16:15 COFFEE

16:15 – 17:00 Thomas Stolz & Ingo H. Warnke (Bremen): Complex – but why? On the compositional structure of colonial place names (with special focus on German colonialism in Africa and Oceania)
17:00 - 17:45 Jaap van Marle (Open University): Clipping patterns in name formation