We are happy to announce that the volume that arose from the International Conference on Lexical Blending is finally out:

Renner, Vincent, François Maniez & Pierre J. L. Arnaud, eds (2012). Cross-disciplinary perspectives on lexical blending (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs, 252). Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.


Conference program

May 1, 2010

Wednesday, June 9

5-7 pm: early registration / welcome cocktail

Thursday, June 10

8.45 am: registration / coffee

9.30 am: opening remarks by Prof. Nathalie Fournier (UL2′s Vice President for Research) & Prof. François Maniez (Head of the CRTT-Lyon2 research group)

10 am: Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand): Lexical blending: core and periphery

11 am: Paula López Rúa (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain): Beyond All Reasonable Transgression: Lexical Blending in Alternative Music

11.30 am: Isabel Balteiro (University of Alicante, Spain): Blends in Proper Names in English Fiction for Young Audiences

12 noon: lunch

2 pm: Giorgio Francesco Arcodia (University of Milan Bicocca, Italy) & Fabio Montermini (University of Toulouse / CNRS, France): Morphological and prosodic properties of reduced compounds

2.30 pm: Ewa Konieczna (University of Rzeszów, Poland): Lexical blending in Polish: the result of the internationalization of Slavic languages

3 pm: Angela Ralli & George J. Xydopoulos (University of Patras, Greece): Blend formation in Modern Greek

3.30 pm: coffee break

4 pm: Keumsil Kim Yoon (William Paterson University, USA): Lexical Blending in Language Contact: A Study of Korean-English Hybrid Blends

4.30 pm: Christian Bassac (University of Lyon, France): On the semantics of blends

5 pm: Suzanne Kemmer (Rice University, USA) & Louis Wei-lun Lu (National University of Taiwan / Rice University, USA): Exploring Lexical Blending: A Cognitive Grammar Account

5.30 pm: poster session

- Margarida Basilio (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Expressive lexical blends: productivity and creativity in lexical constructions

- Ada Böhmerová (Comenius University, Slovakia): Dynamic Impact of Borrowing English Blends on Word-Formation Principles in Slovak, With Some Cross-Linguistic Considerations

- Silvia Cacchiani (University of Modena, Italy): Motivation in unfamiliar morphological blends from names and nouns

- Camiel Hamans (European Parliament, France/Belgium): How unique are blends

- Arnaud Léturgie (University of Cergy-Pontoise, France): French dictionaries of portmanteau words: an attempt of typology of a complex and unique type of dictionary

- Ramón Martí Solano (University of Limoges, France): Blends of American origin from the 1960s and 1970s: their nature and lifespan

- Ewa Tomaszewicz (Higher School of Philology of Wrocław, Poland): OO Faithfulness in the phonological structure of blends

8 pm: conference dinner at the Brasserie Georges.

Friday, June 11

9 am: Stefan Gries (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA): Quantitative corpus data on blend formation: psycho/cognitive-linguistic perspectives

10 am: Paul Cook & Suzanne Stevenson (University of Toronto, Canada): Computational methods for automatically determining the source words of English lexical blends

10.30 am: coffee break

11 am: Christine Smith (University of Caen, France): The phonaesthetics of blend-words: the role of sound symbolism and metonymy in lexical blending in English

11.30 am: Outi Bat-El & Evan Cohen (University of Tel Aviv, Israel): Stress in English Blends: A Constraint-based Analysis

12 noon: lunch

2 pm: Gordana Lalić-Krstin & Sabina Halupka-Rešetar (University of Novi Sad, Serbia): The order of constituents in Serbian blends: some experimental data

2.30 pm: Adrienne Lehrer (University of Arizona, USA) & Csaba Veres (University of Bergen, Norway): Two Experiments on Processing Lexical Blends

3 pm: Tetyana Kulish (University of Postdam, Germany), Arpita Bose (University of Windsor, Canada) & Susanne Borgwaldt (University of Braunschweig, Germany): Ukrainian Neologisms

3.30 pm: coffee break

4 pm: Carlos-Eduardo Piñeros (University of Auckland, New Zealand): Why portmanteaus are not subtractive

4.30 pm: Elke Ronneberger-Sibold (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany): Blending between grammatical competence and universal cognitive abilities: Contrasting blends in German, Chinese, and Farsi

5 pm: closing remarks

Conference information

February 12, 2010

For any conference-related queries, please contact lexical.blending AT univ-lyon2.fr.


Université Lyon 2, Grand amphithéâtre, 18 quai Claude Bernard, 69007 Lyon

For public transport information, visit the TCL website.

For airport shuttle information, visit the Satobus website.

For information on the city, visit the official Lyon tourism website.


Registration is now open. Please download the registration form and
return it by email to lexical.blending AT univ-lyon2.fr no later than
May 31, 2010.

Early registration (by April 30): 100 € (regular) / 80 € (student)

Late registration (May 1-31): 120 € (regular) / 100 € (student)

The registration fee includes: the admission to all sessions, the conference folder, the mid-session refreshments and the conference dinner at the Brasserie Georges on Thursday evening.

Accommodation suggestions

Hotels located within easy walking distance from the university  (Perrache and Bellecour neighborhoods)

2-star hotels

Hôtel du Simplon, 11 rue Duhamel

single with breakfast: 72 € per night (60 € on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights); twin/double with breakfast: 90 € per night (77 € on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights) – quote “ICLB 2010 / Lyon 2″ to get this discounted price

Hotelo, 37 cours de Verdun – Récamier

single: 68 € per night (72 € with breakfast); twin/double: 75 € per night (85 € with breakfast) – quote “ICLB 2010 / Lyon 2″ to get this discounted price

Ibis Lyon Centre Perrache, 28 cours de Verdun

3-star hotel

Hôtel La Résidence, 18 rue Victor Hugo

4-star hotel

Hôtel Le Royal, 20 place Bellecour

5-star hotel

Sofitel, 20 quai Gailleton

- Budget accommodation (20 to 30 minutes away from the university)

HI Youth hostel, 41-45, montée du chemin neuf

CISL, 103 boulevard des Etats-Unis

B&B Gambetta, 93 cours Gambetta


May 19, 2009

The CRTT-Lyon2 research group is organizing an international conference on lexical blending, to be hosted at the University of Lyon, France, 10-11 June 2010.

Call for papers

The renewed attention devoted to lexical blends (also sometimes called portmanteau words after Lewis Carroll) in the last fifteen years has resulted in a scattered body of work spanning several linguistic fields and research traditions. The aim of this international conference is to bring together linguists working on blending in various languages and different frameworks in order to encourage debate and cross-fertilization of ideas. Papers on the description of lexical blending in understudied languages, on the place of blending in morphological theory, and comparative work on two or more languages will be particularly welcome.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 September 2009
Notification of acceptance: mid-November 2009

We are pleased to announce that Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington) and Stefan Gries (University of California at Santa Barbara) have accepted our invitation to give keynote presentations at the conference.

Accepted papers will be considered for publication after the conference.

Selection committee: Dany Amiot (Lille), Pierre Arnaud (Lyon), Outi Bat-El (Tel Aviv), Laurie Bauer (Wellington), Mario Brdar (Osijek), Stefan Gries (Santa Barbara), Adrienne Lehrer (Tucson), Paula López-Rúa (Santiago de Compostela), Carlos-Eduardo Piñeros (Auckland), Elke Ronneberger-Sibold (Eichstätt), Pavol Stekauer (Kosice), Anna M. Thornton (L’Aquila).

Organizing committee: Vincent Renner (chair), Pierre Arnaud, Pascaline Dury, François Maniez.

Conference information and abstract submission

The language of the conference is English. Each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion. An overhead projector and powerpoint facilities will be provided.

Abstracts should be no longer than one page (Times font, 12-point size, single-spaced). Please submit your file in .doc format to lexical.blending AT univ-lyon2.fr by 30 September 2009. It should include your name, affiliation and email at the top of the page, directly below the title. Abstracts will be anonymized and reviewed by two members of the selection committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent by email by mid-November 2009.


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