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A typology of high vowel reduplication
April 28, 2015 15:00
Speaker: Njoya Ibirahim (University of Hamburg)
Talk at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room H 4.10 /H 4.11 (4th floor, on top of the lecture hall)

Abstract:
High vowel reduplication (hereafter HVR) consists of prefixing to a given stem a copy of its onset followed by an underspecified high vowel. It is a process widespread in West Africa only. This talk has two main goals. First, it provides a description of HVR formal and functional types, and investigates the co-relation between HVR forms and functions cross-linguistically. Second, it revisits previous analyses of high vowel reduplication, provides support for some claims and suggests ways to ameliorate others towards a unified approach of high vowel reduplication.

In relation to the first goal, it results that high vowel reduplication spreads over two phyla, Chadic and Niger-Congo. From a formal perspective, three patterns are identified cross-linguistically depending on the reduplicant (RED) vowel: HVR Type I pattern with a fixed reduplicant; HVR Type II with a quasi-fixed reduplicant; and HVR Type III with a variable reduplicant. Regarding the function, it is shown that HVR is used similarly as other types of reduplication across languages to mark iconic (intensification, plurality, diminution) and non-iconic (word formation and inflection) functions. From a historical perspective, I argue following Faraclas & Williamson 1984 and Steriade 1988 that high vowel reduplication is a case of reduction from full reduplication.

Regarding the second goal, it is argued that the analysis that best accounts for high vowel reduplication as displayed across languages is one in which HVR is considered as a morphophonological process affixing a prosodically underspecified CV[+high] morpheme. The analysis is essentially data based, and the approach combines typology to new trends in generative grammar (Underspecification, feature theory, Autosegmental phonology) to account for high vowel reduplication. Using a purely descriptive approach proves more advantageous. It suggests a way of dealing with a very rich and diverse variety of high vowel reduplication patterns without having to frame any new theoretical approach or postulate any ad hoc rule that fails to apply in certain environments where the same conditions for application are met.

The present study faces fewer problems than previous accounts of high vowel reduplication whereby HVR is considered a purely phonological process. Above all, it has the potential of being generalized, and it exploits frameworks already available to account for high vowel reduplication.

Contact:
Jessica Fiegert
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: jessica_fiegert[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/

Language Comparison with Linguistic Databases (LanCLiD 2)
April 30, 2015
Speaker: diverse
Workshop at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Linguistics/Psychology Seminar Room, U1.50, 1st floor

Contact:
Claudia Bavero
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 329
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: claudia_bavero[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/linguistics/conferences/2014-ws-lanclid2/index.html

Grazzi, Bernard! Honoring the contribution of Bernard Comrie to Maltese Linguistics
April 30, 2015
Speaker: diverse
Farewell colloquium at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Central seminar room H4.10 (4th floor)

Contact:
Claudia Bavero
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 329
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: claudia_bavero[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/maltacentre/comrie.vbhtml

Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospect
May 01, 2015 to May 03, 2015
Speaker: diverse
Conference at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Deutscher Platz 6 D-04103 Leipzig Germany

Contact:
Claudia Bavero
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 329
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: diversity_linguistics[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/linguistics/conferences/diversity-linguistics-retrospect-and-prospect/index.html

The vowel system of Irish
May 12, 2015 13:30
Speaker: Cormac Anderson (University Leipzig & MPI-EVA)
Work in Progress at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room H 4.10 /H 4.11 (4th floor, on top of the lecture hall)

Contact:
Jessica Fiegert
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: jessica_fiegert[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/

Speaking (of) Khoisan: a symposium reviewing southern African prehistory
May 14, 2015 to May 16, 2015
Speaker: diverse
Conference at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Central seminar room H4.10 (4th floor)

Contact:
Claudia Bavero
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 329
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: claudia_bavero[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: tba

The morphosyntax of number systems: a crosslinguistic study. Preliminary analysis and first insights
May 19, 2015 13:30
Speaker: Jessica Ivani (University of Bergamo & MPI-EVA)
Work in Progress at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room H 4.10 /H 4.11 (4th floor, on top of the lecture hall)

Contact:
Jessica Fiegert
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: jessica_fiegert[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/

The nominative case in Baltic
May 26, 2015 13:30
Speaker: Ilja Seržant (Johannes-Gutenberg-University of Mainz & Vilnius University)
Work in Progress at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room H 4.10 /H 4.11 (4th floor, on top of the lecture hall)

Abstract:
The paper is a semasiological study on the nominative case in the Baltic languages, including both syntactic and semantic aspects. This nominative case is "unusual" in many respects. It is morphologically marked in almost all declensions and numbers by dedicated affixes. At the same time, the nominative case is a necessary (non-nominative subjects in terms of syntax are virtually non-existent in Baltic) but not sufficient condition for subjecthood in Baltic, only its combination with verb agreement provides safe evidence. This is because the nominative case can also mark "direct" objects and time adverbials (I have been working for two days). Furthermore, different NP types if marked by the nominative have different degrees of correlation with subjecthood. In addition to subject-related functions, I discuss the functions of the nominative case with time adverbials and with nominative objects. Thus, nominative objects is a productive category in Latvian (in its debitive construction), exhibiting a number of non-subject properties but retaining the nominative case. As regards, nominative time adverbials, I claim that they – in contrast to their accusative alternates (in terms of a "differential time adverbials marking") – encode emphasis (cf. Frey 2010 on the notion) which I test on the basis of a multivariate analysis.

Contact:
Jessica Fiegert
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: jessica_fiegert[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/