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Full Title: Total Reduplication: Morphology, Pragmatics, Typology

      
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Start Date: 18-Nov-2012 - 19-Nov-2012
Contact: Daniela Rossi
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Meeting URL: http://redup.ulb.ac.be
Meeting Description: We are happy to announce the workshop ‘Total Reduplication: Morphology, Pragmatics, Typology’ that will take place in Brussels on November 18-19, 2012.

Contact: Daniela Rossi, drossi@ulb.ac.be
Website: http://redup.ulb.ac.be

Workshop Scope:

Reduplication, the linguistic process consisting in the iteration of a word or a part of a word is widely attested across languages, and has always prompted interest in morphology, phonology, pragmatics, linguistic typology, and cross-cultural linguistics.

This workshop will focus on ‘total reduplication’, that is, reduplication of an entire lexical word. The specific interest of total reduplication lies in the fact that it is realized both for morphological/semantic purposes (new word formation) and pragmatic purposes (conveying implicated meanings). One of the chief question raised by total reduplication is what are the links between ‘frozen’ reduplications, i.e. fixed expressions whose meaning is linked to the reduplicated form (as so-so in English or dare-dare in French), and more creative uses. A related topic is the relationship between total reduplications and the meaning of the word taken in isolation. Other issues may be concerned with how total reduplication depends on the grammatical category of the reduplicated word (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs) and/or under the scope of negation. Some of these features may contribute to define different kinds of total reduplications.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in linguistics to discuss total reduplication from different points of views, in order to give a coherent and articulated characterization of this topic.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Mark Dingemanse, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
David Gil, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Silvia Kouwenberg, University of West Indies, Mona
Thomas Stolz, Universität Bremen
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.2987


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