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Full Title: DGfS 2014 Workshop: Pejoration

      
Location: Marburg, Germany
Start Date: 05-Mar-2014 - 07-Mar-2014
Contact: Jörg Meibauer
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The DGfS Workshop on Pejoration, 36th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS), will be held at Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, March 5-7, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to connect linguists with researchers from related fields who are interested in pejoration, and to encourage cross-fertilisation between fields. Multi-disciplinary and transversal analyses are welcome.

Topics include, but are not restricted to, the following types/conceptualisations of pejoration:

1. Pejoration in prosody, gesture and facial expression
2. Pejoration in morphology, in particular pejorative affixes
3. Pejoration in word semantics, e.g.: pairs like dog - mongrel; ethnic slurs/ethnophaulisms
4. Pejoration in sentence semantics, e.g., the meaning of sentences like Merkel is a kraut.
5. Pejoration in syntax, e.g. pejorative constructions
6. Pejoration in texts and discourse
7. The pragmatics of pejoration (pejorative speech acts, implicatures, presuppositions, etc.)
8. The acquisition of pejorative expressions
9. The change of pejorative expressions
10. Psycho- and neurolinguistic aspects of pejoratives
11. Pejorative phenomena under a typological perspective

Possible questions we would like to see addressed include the following (but many more can be envisioned):

a) How can we define pejoration as a linguistic notion?
b) What is the relation of pejoration to melioration?
c) Where is the pejorative or derogatory attitude of the speaker to be located?
d) Is pejorative meaning a component of literal meaning, e.g., a semantic feature?
e) Is pejorative meaning only activated in certain contexts of utterance?
f) Is pejorative meaning semantic, pragmatic, or both? Is pejorative meaning a presupposition, a conventional implicature, or a conversational implicature?
g) How can the context intensify or diminish pejorative force?
h) How is pejoration related to language use, e.g., hate speech or insulting?
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2573


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