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 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.