Re-examining peripheral structures: theoretical and empirical perspectives on linguistic ‘(un)productivity’

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The purpose of this workshop is to critically examine the notion of ‘(un)productivity’, a fundamental concept in linguistic study. It will do so from the perspective of previously under-studied, peripheral structures across typologically different languages and with a particular focus on form, meaning and use. By bringing together scholars working within different frameworks and on different languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, Indic, Iwaidjan, Nubri, Pintupi-Luritja, Spanish, and Syriac), the workshop aims to expand the scope of linguistic inquiry and advance theoretical insights into what counts as good evidence, a key methodological question in fundamental and empirical linguistic investigation.


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Date & time

Fri 18 Nov 2022, 9am–7pm


Hybrid Event : Zoom & Baldessin Precinct Building (Building No. 110) W3.03, The Australian National University


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Manuel Delicado Cantero


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