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:
- How do Northwestern Bantu languages vary from (other) narrow Bantu languages and from Bantoid/other Niger-Congo languages?
- 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!
|23 September||Delimiting Northwestern Bantu: Bantu vs Bantoid, Niger-Congo||Blench (2015) Marten (2020)|
|7 October||Phylogenetic approaches||Grollemund et al. (2018) Holden & Gray (2006)|
|21 October||Case studies in variation: Augment||Grégoire & Janssens (1999)|
|4 November||Case studies in variation: Umlaut||Bostoen & Muluwa (2014)|
|18 November||Case studies in variation: Relative construction||Good (2017)|
|2 December||Case studies in variation: Phonology||Hyman (2008) Idiatov & Van der Welde (2016)|
|16 December||Word order of Proto Niger-Congo||Gensler (1994)|
Spring 2020 – Syntactic features of information structure and Case
Question: Which features (of IS and Case) are in the Syntax, and what arguments have been used to decide whether they are?
- 19 February: Strong Uniformity Thesis
Miyagawa 2010, 2017 – chapter 1 from both
further reading: Boeckx 2011
- 11 March: Strong Modularity Thesis
further reading: Horvath 2010
- 25 March: The Syntax-Pragmatics interface
Trotzke 2015 ch.4.
further reading: Trotzke 2015, ch.3, Trotzke 2017
- 1 April: IS features and inclusivity
each reads one: Snyder 2000 (Jenneke), Kratzer Selkirk 2018 (Lis), Aboh 2010 (Astrid), part of Slioussar 2007 (Zhen)
- 15 April: Case
Diercks 2012, Baker 2018
- 29 April: IS features in neuro/psycholinguistics
Bornkessel-Slesewsky and Schumacher (2015)
Spring 2019 – Information structure and Bantu languages
Güldemann, Tom, Sabine Zerbian & Malte Zimmermann. 2015. Variation in Information Structure with Special Reference to Africa. Annual Review of Linguistics 1.155-78.
Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2017. What is the conjoint/disjoint alternation? Parameters of variation. In J. van der Wal & L.M. Hyman (eds.), The conjoint/disjoint alternation in Bantu, 14-60. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Downing, Laura. 2011. The Prosody of “Dislocation” in Selected Bantu Languages, Lingua 121:772-786.
Sasse, Hans-Jürgen. 2006. Theticity. In G. Bernini & M. Schwarz (eds), Pragmatic organization of discourse in the languages of Europe, 255-308. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Yoneda, Nobuko. 2011. Word Order in Matengo (N13): Topicality and Informational Roles. Lingua 121 (5). 754-71.
Güldemann, Tom. 2016. Maximal backgrounding = focus without (necessary) focus encoding. Studies in Language 40(3). 551 – 590
Autumn 2018 – Definiteness, specificity and (their interaction with) information structure
27 september Abbott (2004)
11 oktober Dayal (2018)
18 oktober Bloom-Ström & Miestamo (to appear)
8 november von Heusinger (2013)
22 november Dayal (2012)
6 december Barlew (2014)