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Department of Linguistics

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


phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 300
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Publications

(last updated December 2013, offprints available on request)

Monographs

Seifart, Frank. 2011. Bora loans in Resígaro: Massive morphological and little lexical borrowing in a moribund Arawakan language. (Cadernos de Etnolingüística. Série Monografias 2). (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2005. The structure and use of shape-based noun classes in Miraña (North West Amazon). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2002. El sistema de clasificación nominal del miraña. Bogotá: CCELA/Universidad de los Andes.

Seifart, Frank. 2000. Grundfragen bei der Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen. Köln: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft der Universität zu Köln (= Arbeitspapier Nr. 36 (Neue Folge)). (pdf)

Edited volumes

Seifart, Frank, Geoffrey Haig, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Dagmar Jung, Anna Margetts, and Paul Trilsbeek, eds. 2012. Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication 3. Manoa: University of Hawai'i Press. (link)

Seifart, Frank, Doris Fagua, Jürg Gasché, and Juan Alvaro Echeverri, eds. 2009. A multimedia documentation of the languages of the People of the Center. Online publication of transcribed and translated Bora, Ocaina, Nonuya, Resígaro, and Witoto audio and video recordings with linguistic and ethnographic annotations and descriptions. Nijmegen: DOBES-MPI. (link)

Seifart, Frank, and Doris L. Payne, eds. 2007. Nominal Classification in the North West Amazon [= Special issue of the International Journal of American Linguistics 73, no. 4]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Online database

Seifart, Frank. 2013. AfBo: A world-wide survey of affix borrowing. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. http://afbo.info

Peer-reviewed articles

Seifart, Frank. Forthcoming. Direct and indirect affix borrowing. Language. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. Forthcoming. Does structural-typological similarity affect borrowability? A quantitative study on affix borrowing. Language Dynamics and Change (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. Forthcoming. Bora syntax.  In Syntax – Theory and Analysis. An International Handbook. Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 42.3, eds. Tibor Kiss and Artemis Alexiadou. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2015

Seifart, Frank. Forthcoming. Valency classes in Bora. In Valency Classes. A Comparative Handbook, eds. Andrej Malchukov and Bernard Comrie. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Seifart, Frank. Forthcoming. The semantic reduction of the noun universe and the diachrony of nominal classification. In The Diachrony of classification systems, eds. William B. McGregor and Søren Wichmann. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Seifart, Frank, and Roger Mundry. Forthcoming. Quantitative comparative linguistics based on tiny corpora: N-gram language identification of wordlists of known and unknown languages from Amazonia and beyond. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics.

Strunk, Jan, Florian Schiel, and Frank Seifart. 2014. Untrained Forced Alignment of Transcriptions and Audio for Language Documentation Corpora Using WebMAUS. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’14), eds. Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Hrafn Loftsson, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Asunción Moreno, Jan Odijk, and Stelios Piperidis. Reykjavik: European Language Resources Association (ELRA). (link)

Seifart, Frank, and Juan Alvaro Echeverri. 2014. Evidence for the Identification of Carabayo, the Language of an Uncontacted People of the Colombian Amazon, as Belonging to the Tikuna-Yurí Linguistic Family. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94814. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094814

Seifart, Frank. 2012. The Principle of Morphosyntactic Subsystem Integrity in language contact: Evidence from morphological borrowing in Resígaro (Arawakan). Diachronica 29, no. 4: 471–504. (pre-print pdf)

Perniss, Pamela, David P. Vinson, Gabriella Vigliocco, and Frank Seifart. 2012. Speaking of shape: The effects of language-specific encoding on semantic representations. Language and Cognition 4, no. 3: 223–242.

Meyer Julien, Laure Dentel, and Frank Seifart. 2012. A methodology for the study of rhythm in drummed forms of languages: application to Bora Manguaré of Amazon. Proceedings of Interspeech 2012. Portland, USA.

Seifart, Frank. 2012. The threefold potential of language documentation. In Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization, eds. Frank Seifart, Geoffrey Haig, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Dagmar Jung, Anna Margetts, and Paul Trilsbeek, 1-6. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication 3. Manoa: University of Hawai'i Press. (link)

Seifart, Frank. 2012. Causative marking in Resígaro (Arawakan): A descriptive and comparative perspective. International Journal of American Linguistics 78, no. 3: 369-384. (pre-print pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2011. Competing motivations for documenting endangered languages. In Documenting Endangered Languages. Achievements and Perspectives, ed. Geoffrey Haig, Nicole Nau, Stefan Schnell, and Claudia Wegener, 17-32. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 240. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Seifart, Frank. 2010. The Bora connector pronoun and tail-head linkage: a study in language-specific grammaticalization. Linguistics 48, no. 4: 893-918.

Seifart, Frank. 2010. Nominal Classification. Language & Linguistics Compass 4, no. 8: 719-736. (link)

Fagua Rincón, Doris, and Frank Seifart. 2010. Aspectos morfosintácticos del ocaina: entre rasgos genéticos (familia Witoto) e influencias areales. Mundo Amazónico 1: 215-241. (pdf)

Gasché, Jürg, and Frank Seifart. 2010. Proposal for a shared classificatory tree for DoBeS language documentations and other socio-cultural databases. Folia Amazónica 19, no. 1-2: 95-108.

Seifart, Frank. 2009. Multidimensional typology and Miraña class markers. In New Challenges in Typology. Transcending the Borders and Refining the Distinctions, ed. Patience Epps and Alexandre Arkhipov, 365-385. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 217. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Seifart, Frank. 2009. Pronombres de forma. El uso anafórico de marcas de clases en miraña. Forma y Función 22: 67-94. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2008. On the representativeness of language documentations. In Language Documentation and Description, Vol 5, ed. Peter K. Austin. 60-76. London: SOAS. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank, Sebastian Drude, Bruna Franchetto, Jürg Gasché, Lucía Golluscio, and Elizabeth Manrique. 2008. Language Documentation and Archives in South America. Language Documentation & Conservation 2, no. 1: 130-140. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2007. The prehistory of nominal classification in Witotoan languages. International Journal of American Linguistics 73, no. 4: 411-445.

Seifart, Frank, and Doris L. Payne. 2007. Nominal classification in the North West Amazon: Issues in areal diffusion and typological characterization. International Journal of American Linguistics 73, no. 4: 381-387.

Seifart, Frank. 2006. Orthography development. In Essentials of language documentation, ed. Jost Gippert, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann and Ulrike Mosel. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 178. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 275-299.

Grinevald, Colette, and Frank Seifart. 2004. Noun classes in African and Amazonian languages: Towards a comparison. Linguistic Typology 8, no. 2: 243-285.

Seifart, Frank. 2004. Explaining apparently overly complicated systems of nominal classification as social badges. In Language and identity. Selected papers of the international conference October 2-5, 2002 sponsored by the American Society of Geolinguistics, Baruch College (CUNY), ed. Leonard R.N. Ashley and Wayne H. Finke, 391-402. East Rockway, NY: Cummings & Hathaway.

Seifart, Frank. 2004. Nominal classification in Miraña, a Witotoan language of Colombia. Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung 57, no. 2/3: 228-246.

Seifart, Frank. 2003. Marqueurs de classes généraux contre marqueures de classes spécifiques en miraña. Faits de Langues 21, no. 2: 121-132.

Seifart, Frank. 2001. Nominal classification in Miraña. Santa Barbara Papers in Linguistics 11: 85-98.

Seifart, Frank. 2000. Motivaciones para la documentación de lenguas amenazadas. Forma y Función 13: 101-115.

Database contributions

Seifart, Frank. 2013. Bora Valency Patterns. Valency Patterns Leipzig, ed. Iren Hartmann, Martin Haspelmath, and Bradley Taylor. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. http://valpal.info/languages/bora

Roß, Franziska, and Frank Seifart. 2013. WALS data points on Balochi, Kalderash, Kedang, Kharia, Kurmanji, Kurux, Lithuanian Romani, Malay, Yiddish, and Yucatec. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (pdf) (csv)

Morgenroth, Lisa, and Frank Seifart. 2012. WALS data points on Kryz, Manange, Tigre, Uru, and Wutun. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (pdf) (csv)

Review

Seifart, Frank. 2009. Review of A Grammar of Hup, by Patience Epps. Anthropological Linguistics 51, no. 2: 176-179.

Manuscripts

Seifart, Frank, Tina Gregor, Sara Mitschke, Franziska von Bibra, Anne Wienholz, Mirjam Grauli, Suong-U Kim, Hanne Köhn, André Müller, Larissa Kröhnert, Alicja Stachura, Franziska Roß, Katarina Berndt, Luisa Oswald, Andreas Domberg, Stephanie Klapper, Bettina Klimek, Katrin Maiterth, Lisa Morgenroth, Susann Schildhauer, Hermann Sonntag, Christin Wienold, Saskia Wunder, Ingmar Brilmayer, Johannes Englisch, Hanna Thiele, Frank Wagner, Hans-Jörg Bibiko. 2014. Dressing and undressing events cross-linguistically. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. Manuscript. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2013. Tracing social history from synchronic linguistic and ethnographic data: The prehistory of Resígaro contact with Bora. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. Manuscript. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2009. Towards a typology of unitization: Miraña noun classes compared to numeral classifiers and singulatives. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. Manuscript. (pdf)

Echeverri, Juan Alvaro, and Frank Seifart. In preparation. A new reconstruction of Proto-Witotoan and its contribution to a re-evaluation of the Witotoan linguistic family.

Publications for the general public and for speech communities

Seifart, Frank. 2013. Gesänge aus einer anderen Zeit. Spektrum der Wissenschaft 2013 (6), Supplement Bedrohte Sprachen, 12-13. http://www.spektrum-cp.com/fm/1426/Bedrohte-Sprachen.pdf.

Seifart, Frank, and Doris Fagua. 2009. Relaciones de parentesco linguístico y rasgos lingüísticos comunes del área de las lenguas de la Gente del Centro. In Seifart et al. (eds.).

Seifart, Frank. 2009. Introducción a la gramática del bora. In Seifart et al. (eds.).

Seifart, Frank. 2009. Ortografía y algunos rasgos gramaticales del resígaro. In Seifart et al. (eds.).

Seifart, Frank, and Patricio von Hildebrandt. 2009. Localización, historia y entorno ecológico de la Gente del Centro. In Seifart et al. (eds.)

Vega, Victoria, with the collaboration of Manuel Ruíz Mibeco, Frank Seifart, and Clever Panduro. 2009. Méénujcátsi píívye / El origen de las peleas. Texto en lengua bora y traducción al castellano. Regensburg: DOBES/IIAP/Universität Regensburg.

Seifart, Frank, and Elio Guillermo Miraña. 2002. Una guia para escribir la lengua miraña. Bogotá: Fundación Puerto Rastrojo. (pdf)

Seifart, Frank. 2000. Tercera versión preliminar del alfabeto de la lengua miraña. Resultados de los talleres realizados en la comunidad de Puerto Remanso durante los meses de Abril y Agosto de 2000. Bogotá: Proyecto OIMT.

Seifart, Frank. 2000. Feldforschung im Amazonasgebiet Kolumbiens. GBS-Bulletin 3. 11-13.

Seifart, Frank. 1998. Situation of the Indigenous Languages of Colombia, especially Chimila. OGMIOS 9: 8-10.

Peer-reviewed conference presentations and invited talks

Seifart, Frank, Sara Mitschke, Franziska von Bibra, Anne Wienholz, Mirjam Grauli, Tina Gregor, Suong-U Kim, Hanne Köhn, André Müller, Larissa Kröhnert, Alicja Stachura, Franziska Roß, Katarina Berndt, Luisa Oswald, Andreas Domberg, Stephanie Klapper, Bettina Klimek, Katrin Maiterth, Lisa Morgenroth, Susann Schildhauer, Hermann Sonntag, Christin Wienold, Saskia Wunder, Ingmar Brilmayer, Johannes Englisch, Hanna Thiele, Frank Wagner, and Hans-Jörg Bibiko. 2013. The semantic domain of dressing and undressing cross-linguistically. Paper presented at the Association for Linguistic Typology 10th Biennial Conference (ALT 10), University of Leipzig, August 15-18, 2013.

Seifart, Frank. 2013. Towards a typology of affix borrowing. Poster presented at the Association for Linguistic Typology 10th Biennial Conference (ALT 10), University of Leipzig, August 15-18, 2013.

Seifart, Frank, Jan Strunk, Balthasar Bickel, Brigitte Pakendorf, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Swintha Danielsen, Taras Zakharko, Søren Wichmann. 2013. Noun-to-verb ratio and speech rate. Paper presented at the international workshop "The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs in discourse", Leipzig, August 12-13, 2013.

Bickel, Balthasar, Jan Strunk, Frank Seifart, Brigitte Pakendorf, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Swintha Danielsen, Søren Wichmann, and Taras Zakharko. 2013. Noun-to-verb ratio and grammar. Paper presented at the international workshop "The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs in discourse", Leipzig, August 12-13, 2013.

Seifart, Frank. 2013. The prehistory of Resígaro contact with Bora. Tracing social history from synchronic linguistic and ethnographic data. Paper presented at the 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Oslo, August 5-9, 2013.

Seifart, Frank, Jan Strunk, and Florian Schiel. 2013. Word- and Phoneme-Level Time Alignment for Language Documentation Corpora. Paper presented at the workshop "Exploring data from language documentation". ZAS, Berlin, May, 10-11, 2013.

Seifart, Frank. 2012. Arawakan inheritance vs. areal influence: A case study on Resígaro. Paper given at the Symposium Arawakan linguistic and cultural identities at the 54th International Congress of Americanists, Vienna, July 15-20, 2012.

Seifart, Frank. 2011. Bora drum communication. Keynote lecture at the Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America V, University of Texas at Austin, October 6-8, 2011.

Seifart, Frank. 2011. Cross-linguistic variation in the noun-to-verb ratio: the role of verb morphology and narrative strategies. Poster presented at the Association for Linguistic Typology 9th Biennial Conference, The University of Hong Kong, July 21-24, 2011.

Seifart, Frank. 2011. The principle of morphosyntactic subsystem integrity in language contact. Paper given at the 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHLXX), National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, July 25-30, 2011.

Seifart, Frank, Roland Meyer, Taras Zakharko, Balthasar Bickel, Swintha Danielsen, Sebastian Nordhoff, and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich. 2010. Cross-linguistic variation in the noun-to-verb ratio: Exploring automatic tagging and quantitative corpus analysis. Paper presented at the workshop “Advances in Documentary Linguistics”, MPI Nijmegen, 14-15 October 2010.

Seifart, Frank, and Juan Alvaro Echeverri. 2010. Towards a re-evaluation of the Boran-Witotoan family/ies (North West Amazon). The First Conference on ASJP and Language Prehistory (ALP-I) Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, September 17-19.

Seifart, Frank. 2010. Interdependences between copied derivational and inflectional morphemes: A new constraint on copying bound morphemes. Paper presented at the workshop Bound morphology in common: copy or cognate?, 43rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 2-5 September 2010, Vilnius University.

Seifart, Frank. 2010. Valency classes in Bora (Peru): a first approximation. Talk given at the Valency Classes Workshop at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, August.

Seifart, Frank. 2010. Die Syntax semantisch opaker Genuszuweisung. Überlegungen zum Deutschen und zum Bora-Miraña (Nordwest-Amazonas). Talk given at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, July.

Seifart, Frank, and Julien Meyer. 2010. “Bora drum communication, the typology of emulated speech, and prosodic typology”. Arbeitsgruppe Prosodic Typology: State of the Art and Future Prospects, DGfS Jahrestagung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, February.

Steinkrüger, Patrick O., and Frank Seifart. 2009. Transfer of derivational morphology without borrowing of stems: Resígaro (Arawakan, Peru) and Chabacano (Creole, Philippines) Paper presented at Morphologies in Contact, University of Bremen, October.

Seifart, Frank. 2009. “Pragmatic, semantic, and morphosyntactic aspects of the grammaticalization of nominal classification, with special reference to Bora-Miraña (North West Amazon)”. Keynote lecture at the COST A31 Workshop The Diachrony of Classification Systems, NIAS, Wassenaar, March.

Seifart, Frank. 2009. “Towards a multidimensional typology of nominal classification”. Keynote lecture at the workshop Creating Infrastructure for Canonical Typology University of Surrey, Guildford, January.

Perniss, Pamela, David P. Vinson, Gabriella Vigliocco, and Frank Seifart. 2008. “Modality vs. typology effects: Investigating the divide”. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Cambridge, UK, September.

Seifart, Frank. 2008. “Nouny tail-head linkage. The anaphoric sentence connector pronoun of Bora”. Paper given at Syntax of the World’s languages III, Freie Universität Berlin, September.

Seifart, Frank. 2008. “Die Dokumentation sprachlicher und kultureller Praktiken im Amazonasgebiet”. Paper given at Forschungskolloquium Philologien, Universität Regensburg, June.

Seifart, Frank. 2007. “Discourse particles and discourse-structuring mechanisms in Bora and Resígaro”. Paper given at the Workshop on Discourse Markers in Amerindian Languages. ACLC/University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, December.

Trilsbeek, Paul, Sebastian Drude, Bruna Franchetto, Jürg Gasche, Lucia Golluscio, Carlos Levinho, Victor Miyakawa, Frank Seifart, Daan Broeder, and Peter Wittenburg. 2007. “Repositories and Archives as Nodes in a Grid”. Paper given at the DELAMAN meeting, Mexico, November.

Seifart, Frank. 2007. “Documentation practice in the North West Amazon: Local, Regional and International Perspectives”. Paper given at the International Symposium Perspectives from Linguistic and Cultural documentation: Ethics and collaborative research. Universidad de Buenos Aires - Museo Etnográfico, Buenos Aires, October.

Seifart, Frank. 2007. “Restructuring nominal grammar only: Bora influence on Resígaro (North West Amazon)”. Paper given at Language contact and morphosyntactic variation and change, Paris, September.

Seifart, Frank. 2006. “Noun classes as reference-tracking devices in Miraña (North West Amazon)”. Paper given at Semantikzirkel, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, March.

Seifart, Frank. 2006. “The role of systematic sampling procedures in language documentation”. Paper given at SOAS/ELDP Workshop, London, December

Seifart, Frank. 2006. “Sampling in language documentation”. Paper given at DOBES Workshop, Nijmegen, June.

Seifart, Frank. 2006. “Nominal classification and reference tracking: The case of Bora-Miraña (North West Amazon)”. Paper given at INALCO, Paris, May.

Seifart, Frank. 2006. “Contact-induced change in Resígaro (Arawak) under influence from Bora (Witotoan)”. Paper given at CNRS/DDL, Lyon, May.

Seifart, Frank. 2006. “Nominal classification in Miraña (North West Amazon): A challenge to the typological distinction between classifiers and noun classes”. Paper given at the DGfS Annual Conference, Bielefeld, February.

Seifart, Frank. 2005. “Orthography development for endangered languages”. Paper given at ELAP Workshop: Endangered Languages and Literacy, SOAS, London, December.

Seifart, Frank. 2005. “An unusual typological mode for handling countability in Miraña (North West Amazon)”. Paper given at the ELAP/Linguistics Department seminar series, SOAS, London, December.

Seifart, Frank. 2005. “Documenting Amazonian Languages”. Paper given at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, September.

Seifart, Frank. 2004. “El desarollo de ortografías prácticas”. Paper given at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogotá, Colombia, March.

Seifart, Frank. 2003. “Haciendo etnolingüística en el Amazonas”. Paper given at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, September.

Seifart, Frank. 2003. “Nominal classification in Witotoan languages: towards a comparison”. Paper given at the 51st International Congress of Americanists, Santiago de Chile, July.

Seifart, Frank. 2003. “La clasificación de los animales y las plantas en Bora”. Paper given at IIAP, Iquitos, Peru, July.

Seifart, Frank. 2002. “Explaning apparently overly complicated systems of nominal classification as social badges”. Paper given at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Geolinguistics, CUNY, New York, October.

Grinevald, Colette, Denis Creissels, and Frank Seifart. 2002. “Noun classes in African and Amazonian languages: Toward a comparison”. Paper given at the International Symposium Typology of African Languages. Sankt Augustin, May.

Seifart, Frank. 2001. “Nominal classification in Miraña”. Paper given at the Annual meeting of SSILA and WAIL. Santa Barbara, July.

Seifart, Frank. 1998. “Formatos de documentaciones de lenguas amenazadas”. Paper given at Universidad del Atlántico, Barrancilla, Colombia, April