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Confs: SLE 2021 Workshop 9: Dissecting Morphological Theory 1: Diminutivization Across Languages and Frameworks

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Date: 21-Aug-2021
From: Boban Arsenijevic <>
Subject: SLE 2021 Workshop 9: Dissecting Morphological Theory 1: Diminutivization Across Languages and Frameworks
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SLE 2021 Workshop 9: Dissecting Morphological Theory 1: Diminutivization Across Languages and Frameworks

Date: 30-Aug-2021 - 31-Aug-2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact: Stela Manova
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Meeting Description:

The workshop is planned as the first of a series of workshops that challenge morphological theory with data from diminutivization and address three basic issues of diminutive morphology: A. Demarcation, B. Status in grammar, and C. Theoretical description.

Diminutive(-related) meanings and forms have received much attention in the literature (overview in Grandi & Körtvelyessy 2015) and some authors have claimed that we cannot account for peculiarities of diminutives with the regular mechanisms of grammar but need an additional component: evaluative morphology (Scalise 1986), morphopragmatics (Dressler & Merlini-Barnaresi 1994). Do we? Or is everything a matter of method (Jurafsky 1996)?

Convenors: Stela Manova, Boban Arsenijevic, Laura Grestenberger & Katharina Korecky-Kröll
Format: online, 20 min presentation + 10 min discussion


Monday, August 30th
17:00-17:30 Introduction, Stela Manova, Boban Arsenijevic, Laura Grestenberger, Katharina Korecky-Kröll
17:30-18:00 Diminutive or singulative? The suffixes -in and -k in Russian, Olga Kagan & Silva Nurmio
18:00-18:30 Diminution, categorization and declension class in Serbo-Croatian, Boban Arsenijevic & Marko Simonovic
18:30-19:00 Slavic diminutive morphology: An interplay of scope, templates and paradigms, Dmitri Sitchinava & Stela Manova

Tuesday, August 31st
09:00-09:30 Parameters of variation in the syntax of expressive size suffixes: Case studies of Russian, German, Spanish, and Greek, Olga Steriopolo, Giorgos Markopoulos & Vassilios Spyropoulos
09:30-10:00 Structural functions of diminutives in modern Russian, Maria Voeikova
10:00-10:30 Borrowed or inspired? Komi diminutive under Russian influence, László Fejes
10:30-11:00 Diminutivization in Lithuanian: The case of noun borrowing, Bonifacas Stundžia & Lina Inčiuraitė-Noreikienė
11:00-11:30 Pejorative suffixation in present-day English: A sociolinguistic analysis of -ie and -o nominalisations, Elizaveta Tarasova & Jose Antonio Sánchez Fajardo
11:30-12:00 The Swedish suffix -is and its place in the theory of diminutivization, Maria Rosenberg
12:00-12:30 Diminutive formation in Spanish: evidence for word morphology, Angel Alonso-Cortés
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Anna Siewierska and Eugenio Coseriu Awards and Presentations
14:30-15:00 Typological impact of morphological richness and priority of pragmatics over semantics in Italian, Arabic, German, and English diminutives, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Elisa Mattiello & Veronika Ritt-Benmimoun
15:00-15:30 Acquisition of diminutives in typologically different languages: Evidence from, Russian and Estonian, Reili Argus & Victoria Kazakovskaya
15:30-16:00 Prosodic factors in the selection of Bulgarian diminutive suffixes in the perspective of Headmost accent theory, Mirena Patseva
16:00-16:30 Break
16:30-17:00 Decomposing so-called diminutives in Turkish, Utku Türk
17:00-17:30 Diminutives: Templatic morphology in an agglutinating language, Péter Rebrus, Péter Szigetvári, & Miklós Törkenczy
17:30-18:00 The parallel between diminutives, hypocoristics and embellished clippings in English and Dutch, Camiel Hamans
18:00-18:30 Verbal diminutives and cross-categorial syncretism, Laura Grestenberger & Dalina Kallulli
18:30-19:00 Discussion, Moderators: S. Manova, B. Arsenijevic, L. Grestenberger, K. Korecky-Kröll
20:00 Digital welcoming reception

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