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Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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The contribution of lexifier languages to creoles
September 24, 2014 15:00
Speaker: Claire Lefebvre (University of Quebec at Montreal & MPI-EVA)
Talk at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room U 1.50 (Linguistics/Psychology)

Contact:
Claudia Büchel
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

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

Comparative constructions in four Uto-Aztecan languages of the Highlands of northwestern Mexico
September 25, 2014 15:00
Speaker: Zarina Estrada Fernández (Universidad de Sonora & MPI-EVA)
Talk at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room U 2.50 (Primatology/Human Evolution)

Abstract:
From a functional perspective prototypical comparative constructions communicate a contrasting, opposite or gradable property or attribute asserted or denied in relation to two distinct participants. The aim of this presentation is three-fold: (i) to explore the strategies that four Uto-Aztecan languages of the Highlands of northwestern Mexico use to encode comparative constructions, (ii) to discuss the paths of grammaticalization that have influenced the emergence of such constructions, and (iii) to evaluate the idea that comparative constructions are not available in all cultures.

Contact:
Claudia Büchel
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

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

Spatial orientation in Benabena
September 30, 2014 13:30
Speaker: Carola Emkow
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:
Claudia Büchel
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

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

Pervasive body division classifiers in Present Great Andamanese
October 09, 2014 15:00
Speaker: Anvita Abbi (JNU New Delhi & MPI-EVA)
Talk at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room U 2.50 (Primatology/Human Evolution)

Abstract:
Present-day Great Andamanese (PGA), a koinéized version of the North Great Andamanese languages, belongs to the sixth language family of India (Abbi 2009; 2013). It is a head-marking polysynthetic and agglutinative language with an SOV pattern. PGA has a dual semantic system for body part categorization: one that is expressed in nouns and another more abstract one that is expressed in grammaticalized morphemes marking inalienability. The latter is nested in seven possessive body division classes that operate as proclitics. This dual system is extended to other form classes, viz. verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Thus, all content words in PGA can easily be divided into bound forms that are necessarily attached to proclitics and free forms which do not obligatorily attach to proclitics. The former are imbued with the semantics of "inherency" and "dependency". The Great Andamanese conceptualize their world through these interdependencies and hence the grammar of the language encodes this important phenomenon in every word class expressing referential, attributive and predicative meaning. The idea behind this presentation is to familiarize the audience with unique and rare linguistic feature of Present Great Andamanese, a moribund language of the Andaman Islands.

References

Abbi, Anvita. 2009. Is Great Andamanese genealogically and typologically distinct from Onge and Jarawa? Language Sciences 31: 791–812. doi:10.1016/j.langsci.2008.02.002.

Abbi, Anvita. 2013. A grammar of the Great Andamanese language: An ethnolinguistic study. Leiden: Brill.




Contact:
Claudia Büchel
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

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