The workshop aims to discuss the role of word formation in discourse structure. The study of discourse structure considers both the formal side of linguistic expressions and the semantic-pragmatic relations and, notably, interface relations between grammar and pragmatics. However, the formal side is mostly restricted to syntax. The workshop seeks to resume the relation between word formation and discourse structure by taking into account a wide range of word formation patterns with a focus on advanced discourse models and empirical approaches. This includes questions such as:

  • Which discourse relations can be evoked by word formation patterns?
  • How does formal recurrence of word formation elements increase coherence? More generally: What is the role of frequency in this connection?
  • Which role do conversion and other word formation processes besides derivation and compounding play in this connection?
  • How do word formation categories other than nominalization contribute to the coherence of the text and establishing discourse relations? -In which way do different kinds of event nominalizations contribute to establishing the discourse structure? What about affixes that are not event nominalizations?
  • How are related elements limited by distance?


Call for Papers

We invite contributions that discuss these or related questions from a theoretical or empirical perspective. We especially welcome corpus-based and psycholinguistic studies.
Submissions (500 words, exclusive references) should be sent to

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2021, extended Deadline: January 9, 2022
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2022
Deadline for registration: April 25, 2022
Conference dates: 5 & 6 May 2022

Invited speaker

Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam


Bibliotheca Albertina
Beethovenstr. 6
04107 Leipzig



May 5, 2022

08:30 – 09:00 REGISTRATION

09:00 – 09:15 Introduction

Chair: Barbara Schlücker
09:15 – 10:15 Manfred Stede: Anaphoric connectives: Discourse processing at its best!
10:15 – 11:00 Martina Werner & Sophia M. Beiter (Vienna): Word-formation of light verb-constructions and its role in German texts. A corpus-based study

11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE

Chair: Maximilian Frankowsky
11:30 – 12:15 Zi Huang (Barcelona): The discourse status of verbal gerunds
12:15 – 13:00 Fabian Fleißner, Regina Ruf, Elena Smirnova (Neuchâtel): Im Einklang mit der Konstruktion: a diachronic corpus analysis of deverbal nominalizations in prepositional phrases

13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH

Chair: Adele Baltuttis
14:30 – 15:15 Mauro Le Donne (Perugia): (Con)textaholic: a corpus-driven study on Italian blends among textuality and word formation
15:15 - 16:00 Milena Belosevic, Sabine Arndt-Lappe (Trier): Personal name compounding in German. On the relationship between productivity and pragmatic functions across discourse domains and text types

16:00 – 16:30 COFFEE


May 6, 2022

Chair: Anna Bliß
09:00 – 9:45 Mark-Christoph Müller (Heidelberg): A Proposal for Explicit Word Formation Annotation in Discourse Corpora
09:45 – 10:30 Wei Zhao, Kevin Mathews and Haixia Chai (Heidelberg): Improving Coreference Resolution with Word Formation

10:30 - 11:00 COFFEE

Chair: Barbara Schlücker
11:00 – 11:45 Adele Baltuttis (Leipzig): Affixes and their role in discourse structure
11:45 – 12:30 Katrin Menzel (Saarbrücken): Word formation and cohesion in specialized languages
12:30 - 13:15 Julia Lukassek, Anke Lüdeling, Anna Shadrova, Shujun Wan (HU Berlin): Complex nouns as markers of academic register in L1-and L2-authored essays

13:30 END

Social Program

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
19:00 WARMING UP at Moritzbastei (Kurt-Masur-Platz 1)

Thursay, May 5, 2022
19:30 CONFERENCE DINNER at PILOT (Bosestraße 1)


The registration is now closed.

Registration fee: €35.
The fee includes coffee breaks and a lunch on Thursday. Please register by April, 25 2022, at the latest.

Please transfer the registration fee to the following account:

Hauptkasse Sachsen
IBAN: DE22 8600 0000 0086 0015 22
Usage: 142191269/704000361-2/Name

PhD students giving a presentation at the workshop can receive a grant for travel and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of €200 (billing is processed according to travel expenses laws effective in the state of Saxony). If you would like to make use of this, please email by April, 15 and include proof of your status.


Adele Baltuttis, Anna Bliß, Maximilian Frankowsky & Barbara Schlücker

Institut für Germanistik, Arbeitsgruppe “Grammatik des Deutschen”, Universität Leipzig

We thank Universitätsgesellschaft - Freunde und Förderer der Universität Leipzig for financial support of the workshop.

Coronavirus information

The workshop will be held in accordance with the regulations of Saxony’s emergency coronavirus legislation. For more information visit the webpages of the University of Leipzig or the City of Leipzig.


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