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Facets of Linguistics

Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale


Edited By Anne Ammermann, Alexander Brock, Jana Pflaeging and Peter Schildhauer

This volume aims to represent the breadth and depth of current linguistic research of predominantly young linguists and thus to produce a snapshot of topical linguistic issues and trends. Therefore, it presents papers from systemic linguistics next to ones on text linguistics, sociolinguistics and the didactics of language. The volume is based on talks given at the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale. The book contains 14 contributions in English, and three in German.
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Usage, Status, and Function of Stand-Alone Ish


Meike Pentrel


This paper looks at a recent and remarkable phenomenon in the history of English morphology: the development from a bound derivational suffix (-ish) into a seemingly free morpheme (Ish). The first part of this paper will give a very brief overview of the diachronic development, the present-day English usages, and the meanings of -ish. The second part concentrates on the usage of ish as a free morpheme used utterance initially as in: A: That’s interesting. B: Ish.. The focus lies on the function and usage of ish in present-day English (PDE) as well as on the question whether and in how far ish can be considered a free morpheme at the present stage of its development, thus identifying different types of stand-alone ish with a varying degree of independence.

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