Reading groups

Autumn 2020 – Northwestern Bantu

Location:     Online (Skype join link: https://join.skype.com/UQOyTvJW2mcs)

Date/time:    13:30-14:30 CET Wednesdays
23 Sept, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec, 16 Dec

Goals of the reading group:
The reading group is focussed on the following two questions:

  1. How do Northwestern Bantu languages vary from (other) narrow Bantu languages and from Bantoid/other Niger-Congo languages?
  2. What variation is there within the Northwestern Bantu languages?

We will read 1 paper for each session and discuss general thoughts about the paper and answer these two questions. On the basis of the languages the participants know, we will build up a typology of Northwestern Bantu to gain further insight into the patterns and variation.

Please contact Zhen, Lis, or Jenneke to be added to access the papers via Surfdrive!

Schedule:

23 SeptemberDelimiting Northwestern Bantu: Bantu vs Bantoid, Niger-CongoBlench (2015) Marten (2020)
7 OctoberPhylogenetic approachesGrollemund et al. (2018) Holden & Gray (2006)
21 OctoberCase studies in variation: AugmentGrégoire & Janssens (1999)
4 NovemberCase studies in variation: UmlautBostoen & Muluwa (2014)
18 NovemberCase studies in variation: Relative constructionGood (2017)
2 DecemberCase studies in variation: PhonologyHyman (2008) Idiatov & Van der Welde (2016)
16 DecemberWord order of Proto Niger-CongoGensler (1994)

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