Multiple Exponence@ZAS

Organisator(en) Christian Döhler, Thomas McFadden, André Meinunger, Zorica Puškar-Gallien, Nicholas Rolle, Frank Seifart, Alexander Turtureanu und Tonjes Veenstra
Veranstaltungsbeginn 01.12.2021, 09.00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsende 03.12.2021, 18.00 Uhr
Ort Online

The aim of the workshop Multiple Exponence@ZAS is to provide a platform for discussion of empirical and theoretical questions raised by Multiple Exponence, under which we understand types of non-canonical inflection such as extended and cumulative exponence. The workshop will be hosted online by the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin.

Call for Papers

The MultEx@ZAS workshop seeks papers on Multiple Exponence (henceforth ME) from any perspective, including morphological theory, typology, or language description. As a baseline, we adopt Caballero and Harris’ (2012:165) definition of ME as “the occurrence of multiple realizations of a single feature, bundle of features, or derivational category in more than one position in a domain.” In this workshop, we encourage the discussion of this phenomenon from both empirical and theoretical perspectives and seek to have constructive debate across frameworks and schools of morphology and syntax.

The phenomenon of ME has been a recurring topic in the field over the past decades and different schools of thought have tackled it from various perspectives: Word-in-paradigm (Matthews 1974), Split Morphology (Anderson 1982, Perlmutter 1988), Distributed Morphology (e.g. Halle and Marantz 1993), Nanosyntax (Caha 2018), Minimalist Morphology (Wunderlich 1996, Wunderlich and Fabri 1996, Stiebels 2015), Paradigm Function Morphology (Stump 2001), Optimality Theory (Grimshaw 2001, Trommer 2001; 2003a,b; 2006, Müller 2020) and Lexical Functional Grammar (Nordlinger & Sadler 2019). It also features prominently in the debate on the morphome (Luís & Bermúdez-Otero 2016 and Herce 2020). The phenomenon of ME continues to inform and refine morphological theory building as well as linguistic typology. We would like to provide a platform for the discussion of ME with the MultEx@ZAS workshop.

We welcome contributions whose focus is:
- empirical: new contributions, in-depth case studies, especially from understudied languages and/or fieldwork;
- typological: demarcating the various types of ME and its axes of variation cross-linguistically;
- theoretical: comparing models in terms of how they capture ME;
- experimental: new methodologies which may help shine light on ME.

Due to the travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the workshop will be held fully online.

If you would like to attend our workshop, please register by sending an email with your name and affiliation to and specifying "participation" in the subject line.

Invited speakers

Gabriela Caballero (University of California, San Diego)
Pavel Caha (Masaryk University)
Borja Herce (Universität Zürich)
Ana Luís (Universidade de Coimbra)
Gereon Müller (Universität Leipzig)
Rachel Nordlinger (University of Melbourne)

Important information

Abstract submission deadline: 15 September, 2021
Notification of acceptance: 15 October, 2021
Workshop date: 1-3 December, 2021
Workshop website:

Abstract submission guidelines

- .pdf format
- 2 pages + additional pages for the bibliography
- A4 format, 1-inch/2.45-cm margins
- Times, 12pt
- Examples interspersed throughout the text

We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks and poster presentations. Abstracts should be submitted via email at Please write “abstract submission” in the subject line and your name and affiliation in the body of the email and please specify whether your abstract should be considered for a talk, a poster presentation, or both.