One-to-Many Relations in Morphology, Syntax and Semantics

Workshop at DGfS 2018, 7-9 March 2018, Stuttgart

Organiser: Berthold Crysmann (CNRS, Paris)

Deadline for submission: 15 August 2017

Aims and background

The standard view of the form-meaning interfaces, as embraced by the great majority of contemporary grammatical frameworks, consists in the assumption that meaning can be associated with grammatical form in a one-to-one correspondence. Under this view, composition is quite straightforward, involving concatenation of form, paired with functional application in meaning. The workshop aims at highlighting linguistic phenomena across several grammatical sub-modules (morphology, syntax, semantics) that apparently pose a problem for the standard view. The relevant phenomena include fusion as well as multiple and overlapping exponence and are, in different disguise, present at all levels of grammar. Such one-to-many (or many-to-many) relations manifest themselves, e.g., in inflectional paradigms, in periphrastic constructions, in complex predicate formation, with resumption, in semantic concord phenomena, and in polyadic quantification. Formal accounts of such phenomena attempt to model them (i) as 1-to-1 relations by imposing additional structure, (ii) as essentially holistic phenomena, or (iii) by means of decomposition, combining constructional and compositional views. The workshop has two main aims: First, to foster awareness of the ubiquity of one-to-many relations and, consequently, to re-assess them as an essential property of natural language grammar. Second, to evaluate the analytic tools developed for handling them for their adequacy and scalability across the modules of grammar.

Contributions should present detailed studies of exemplary phenomena of one-to-many relations with an empirical or formal emphasis, addressing questions such as: Which grammatical frameworks are particularly apt to accommodate deviations from one-to-many relations? How to extract relevant generalizations over holistic one-to-many and many-to-many relations? What are the differences and similarities of one-to-many relations throughout the modules of grammar?

We aim at having scientific debates across subdisciplines and frameworks and are interested in an empirically grounded, theoretically oriented fruitful exchange of ideas and problems, ideally of course including explicit analyses.


We accept one page abstracts, describing original research on the topic. Submissions must be strictly anonymous. We use Easychair to organise the anonymous review process, so please submit your contribution to