*** Call for Contributions ***

Edited volume in the Phraseology and Multiword Expressions (PMWE) book series (Language Science Press):

"Who nicks the nickname?" - An interdisciplinary, cross-lingual perspective on the role of constituents in multi-word expressions

Submission deadline (extended): March 20, 2018


Multi-word expressions (MWEs), such as noun compounds (e.g., "nickname" in English, and "Ohrwurm" in German) and complex verbs (e.g., "give up" in English, and "aufgeben" in German), often undergo meaning shifts with respect to their constituents. Theoretical, psycholinguistic as well as computational linguistic research remain puzzled by how this meaning shift is processed and computed.

We invite contributions for an interdisciplinary collection in the Phraseology and Multiword Expressions (PMWE) book series (Language Science Press) that brings together the most recent findings from the research fields, to examine how MWE constituents contribute to the processing and representation of MWEs.

The proposed edited volume aims to exploit complementary evidence from different types of MWE to shed light on the interaction of constituent properties and compound transparency. We invite specialists across languages and across research disciplines to contribute to this issue and provide a cross-linguistic perspective integrating linguistic, psycholinguistic, corpus-based and computational studies. Important aspects include
- the investigation of the role of constituent ambiguity,
- conditions for analogies and meaning shifts,
- the age at which children are affected by constituent transparency,
- evidence from neologisms,
- the role of empirical constituent properties (e.g., frequency and productivity).

More details can be found in



All contributions should be anonymous. We will follow a double-blind reviewing with two peer reviews per contribution.

Submissions may have a length of 15-30 pages. Authors should adhere to the PMWE guidelines, including - the LSP Guidelines: http://langsci.github.io/guidelines/latexguidelines/LangSci-guidelines.pdf - the Generic Style Rules for Linguistics: http://www.eva.mpg.de/fileadmin/content_files/staff/haspelmt/pdf/GenericStyleRules.pdf
- templates and tools: http://langsci-press.org/templatesAndTools

Contributions should be submitted as PDF via EasyChair:

The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2018.


Editorial Board:

Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Melanie Bell (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)
Jens Bölte (University of Münster, Germany)
Fabienne Cap (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Paul Cook (University of New Brunswick, Canada)
Christina Gagné (University of Alberta, Canada)
Giannina Iordachioaia (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
Marco Marelli (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Carlos Ramisch (Aix-Marseilles University, France)
Martin Schäfer (University of Jena, Germany)
Niels Schiller (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Thomas Spalding (University of Alberta, Canada)
Lonneke van der Plas (University of Malta, Malta)
Aline Villavicencio (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil / University of Essex, UK)


Guest Editors:

Sabine Schulte im Walde,
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Universität Stuttgart

Eva Smolka,
Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Konstanz


PD Dr. Sabine Schulte im Walde

Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
Universität Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 5b
70569 Stuttgart, Germany

fon:   +49 (711) 685-84584
fax:   +49 (711) 685-81366
email: schu...@ims.uni-stuttgart.de

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