3-4 Dec 2015 Nice (France)


Exclamations are often seen as linguistic reactions to unexpected events or words. They are associated with specific properties in the areas of syntax (incomplete structures or wh-clauses, i.e. ‘gap'-clauses), semantics (high degree), intonation. Still, such approaches focus on the speaker's point of view, while too often leaving aside the role of the hearer/addressee. This conference aims at questioning the idea that exclamations are only speaker-oriented. Several issues will be addressed including (but not limited to) their role in conversational interactions, their “context change potential”, the linguistic patterns in which they are involved.

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