From: Enoch O. Aboh <e.o.abohuva.nl>
Subject: The Grammar of Reiteration in Creole and Other Natural Languages
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Full Title: The Grammar of Reiteration in Creole and Other Natural Languages
Date: 18-Jun-2009 - 18-Jun-2009
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Anne Zribi-Hertz
Meeting Email: taalwetenschap-fgwuva.nl
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Creole
Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2009
The Grammar of Reiteration in Creole and Other Natural Languages
This one-day workshop is organised in relation to the Van Gogh Project 30-670
'Topic, focus and reduplication: a cross-linguistic approach', jointly directed
by the University of Amsterdam and the Groupe de Recherche sur les Grammaires
Creoles (Research Project on Creole Grammars), UMR SFL/University of Paris-8/CNRS.
Call for Papers
The theme of the workshop is the grammar of reiteration Ñ a nontechnical term
chosen to encompass any linguistic form involving two or several occurrences
of the same expression within the bounds of a certain domain, regardless of
linear adjacency between the reiterated strings.
Reiteration phenomena are clearly heterogeneous in nature and call for diverse
analyses bringing out (morpho)phonological, (morpho)syntactic, semantic and/or
pragmatic constraints and generalisations. The research groups organising the
workshop have a special interest in Creole languages Ñ which justifies their
being overtly distinguished in the proposed title. However, since Creole
grammars activate exactly the same types of grammatical mechanisms as other
natural languages, projects based on non-Creole languages may also crucially
contribute to our global understanding of reiteration.
The study of reiteration raises a number of descriptive and theoretical issues
which include the following:
- What types of (phonological, morphological, syntactic) structures may underlie
- When reiteration involves two adjacent meaningful expressions, are they merged
in syntax or in morphology?
- Can we correlate types of reiteration and types of semantic effects?
- Is a copy mechanism at work in the derivation of some reiteration data? If so,
what type of copy mechanism?
- Are some types of reiteration dependent on specific (phonological,
morphological, syntactic) properties, and if so, which ones?
Eight 35-minute talks (+ 10' for discussion) will be selected for the workshop.
Abstract selection will favour projects based on the in-depth study of one (or
two) specific languages.
One-page (single-spaced) abstracts should be sent to : < taalwetenschap-
fgwuva.nl>. Please send 2 copies: one anonymous, one with author's
identification, and type 'Abstracts Paris' in the 'object' slot of your email.
Deadine for submission: 1 April, 2009.
Acceptation notice: 1 May, 2009.
Scientific/organising committee: Enoch Aboh (ACLC/U. Amsterdam), Muhsina
Alleesaib (SFL/U. Paris-8-ZAS/Berlin), Hans den Besten (ACLC/U. Amsterdam),
Herby Glaude (SFL/U. Paris-8-ACLC/U. Amsterdam), Norval Smith (ACLC/U.
Amsterdam), Anne Zribi-Hertz (SFL/U. Paris-8).
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