LINGUIST List 17.758|
Mon Mar 13 2006
Qs: A Little Bit of Irony; Vowel and Nasal Harmony
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A Little Bit of Irony
Vowel and Nasal Harmony
Message 1: A Little Bit of Irony
From: Lieselotte Brems <Lieselotte.Bremsarts.kuleuven.ac.be>
Subject: A Little Bit of Irony
Hello Linguist list readers,
A study on expressions like "a bit of" has led me to uses where the downtoning
quantifier semantics of "bit" ('only a small quantity of') have in fact reversed
into the more or less emphatic meaning of 'rather a lot', as in examples such as
"She is a bit of an old bag" in contexts where the speaker actually means that
she is a really old bag. Both face work and irony seem to be at play here, but I
cannot really get my head around the systematic strategies behind it.
I was wondering if there are some general formulations of such reversal
strategies for ironic purposes available and known to fellow linguist list
readers. Since this is a somewhat of a side road in my study, I am not really au
fait with such literature.
Any comments or references are much appreciated.
Assistent Engelse Taalkunde
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Message 2: Vowel and Nasal Harmony
From: Shakuntala Mahanta <shakuntala.mahantalet.uu.nl>
Subject: Vowel and Nasal Harmony
I am working on Vowel Harmony and I would be delighted to get some
information regarding this question:
Does anyone know of any language where nasals or nasal harmony
impede/intervene or in any way interact with the process of vowel harmony?
I hope you will respond if you are aware of any work which discusses the
interaction of the two phenomena.
I will definitely post a summary of all the responses.
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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