Introducing MMM

The MMMs are organized by a committee of three morphologists: prof. Geert Booij (Universiteit Leiden - formerly Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - the Netherlands), prof. Angela Ralli (University of Patras, Greece) and prof. Sergio Scalise (University of Bologna, Italy).

The aim of these meetings is to bring together linguists who work on the morphology of (mainly, but not exclusively) European languages in an informal setting which guarantees maximal interaction between researchers, and gives young linguists the chance to present their work at a conference of moderate size where fruitful contacts with senior linguists can be established. Thus, a European network of morphologists is being developed. It is the plan of the MMM committee to develop this network into a European Network of Linguistic Morphology.

The first five meetings, in 1997 in Mytilene (Lesvos, Greece), in 1999 in Lija (Malta), in 2001 in Barcelona (Spain), in 2003 in Catania (Sicily, Italy) and in 2005 in Fréjus (France) have proven the succes of this formula: the interest in attending these meetings was high, many abstracts were submitted, and the abstracts were selected anonymously, which gave young linguists the chance to present their work on the basis of quality, not primarily reputation. In addition, each meeting had a number of invited speakers, the leading morphologists of the world.

The papers presented at MMM have been and will be published in various ways: as conference proceedings, in the international Yearbook of Morphology, published by Springer Academic Publishers (which will be continued as a new new journal Morphology edited by Geert Booij, Jaap van Marle and Ingo Plag), and in Lingue e Linguaggio, an international journal edited by Sergio Scalise and published by Il Mulino, Bologna.

Each meeting is organized in colloboration with a linguistic department of a university in the Mediterranean area. The first five meetings were organized by prof. Angela Ralli of the University of Patras, prof. Ray Fabri of the University of Malta, prof. Janet De Cesaris of the Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, prof. Salvatore Sgroi of the University of Catania and prof. Bernard Fradin of the CNRS & Université Paris 7 respectively.

The biannual Mediterranean Morphology Meetings take usually place in September.

For more information on the organisational details of the MMM conferences, please read the MMM Constitution.