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LINGUIST List 19.1024

Thu Mar 27 2008

Confs: Semantics/Germany

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        1.    Simone Heinold, Semantic Features in Derivational Morphology

Message 1: Semantic Features in Derivational Morphology
Date: 25-Mar-2008
From: Simone Heinold <simone.heinoldling.uni-stuttgart.de>
Subject: Semantic Features in Derivational Morphology
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Semantic Features in Derivational Morphology

Date: 30-May-2008 - 31-May-2008
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact: Melanie Uth
Contact Email: Melanie.Uthling.uni-stuttgart.de
Meeting URL: http://inferno.philosophie.uni-stuttgart.de/~simone/workshops.html

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Meeting Description:

The workshop 'Semantic Features in Derivational Morphology' will be held at
Stuttgart University, Germany, on May 30 and 31 2008.

In the literature dealing with derivational morphology, one of the most
intricate issues is the question of how the semantic influence of the
derivational affix on its derivative may best be represented in the respective
modelling of derivational processes.

In recent work on derivational morphology, it is frequently assumed that the
systematic polysemy and the functional diversity of the affixes is best
represented in a multi-layered model in which the influence of the affixes on
the semantic contribution of the base may be modeled at a highly abstract layer
of morphological representation.

In this way, structure building within the bounds of derivational morphology may
be regarded as being subject to regular processes, while the diversity of
derivational patterns exhibited by a single derivational affix may be attributed
to the more specific semantics of the derivational base. This analysis can be
pursued both in morphological and in syntactic approaches to the formation and
interpretation of derivational structures.

This workshop is designed to further our understanding of the abstract semantics
of derivational morphology. We aim to contrast different perspectives on the
question of how the underlying semantic content of morphological processes can
be analyzed starting from phenomena on the surface.

In addition to the diverse morphological models, this workshop is also supposed
to bring together synchronic and diachronic, as well as theoretical and
empirical work on different languages. In this way we hope to achieve further
understanding of the semantics of derivational morphology and the possibilities
of empirical analyses in this field.

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