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Full Title: DGfS 2015 - AG 2: Exact Repetition in Grammar & Discourse

Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Contact: Rita Finkbeiner, Ulrike Freywald
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Meeting Description: DGfS 2015 Leipzig - AG 2: Exact repetition in grammar and discourse

Organizers: Rita Finkbeiner (University of Mainz) & Ulrike Freywald (University of Potsdam)

Most linguists will agree that iteration is a pervasive phenomenon in language and an important notion for linguistic analysis. Traditionally, the process of repetition is related to the domains of text and discourse, and associated with specific pragmatic effects (e.g., emphasis), while the process of reduplication is restricted to the domains of phonology and morphology, and associated with specific semantic effects (e.g., intensification).

In phonological and syntactic theory, reduplication has mainly been discussed as a local copying process, while in typology, it has been described as a morphological marker of inflection or word formation. Repetition phenomena, in contrast, have been claimed to apply above word level. In interactional linguistics, the focus has been on functions of repetition such as marking of agreement and disagreement.

In recent years, however, one has come to realize that the borderline between reduplication and repetition is rather fuzzy (Stolz et al. 2011). For example, in contrastive focus reduplication (e.g. salad-salad 'prototypical salad'), it is not quite clear whether we have to do with a 'grammatical' or rather a 'pragmatic' process. Moreover, while most European languages traditionally have been regarded as lacking reduplication altogether, there is now evidence that there are niches of productive (total) reduplication also in alleged 'reduplication avoiders' such as German, English, and French (Finkbeiner 2014, Freywald (in prep.), Rossi 2011).

Invited Speakers:

Laurence R. Horn, Yale University
Thomas Stolz, Bremen University
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.3352

This is a session of the following meeting:
Annual Meeting 2015 of DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)

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