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)

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?

Schedule:

  1. 19 February: Strong Uniformity Thesis
    Miyagawa 2010, 2017 – chapter 1 from both
    further reading: Boeckx 2011
  • 11 March: Strong Modularity Thesis
    Fanselow 2006
    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

20 Feb            
Güldemann, Tom, Sabine Zerbian & Malte Zimmermann. 2015. Variation in Information Structure with Special Reference to Africa. Annual Review of Linguistics 1.155-78.

6 March         
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.

20 March       
Downing, Laura. 2011. The Prosody of “Dislocation” in Selected Bantu Languages, Lingua 121:772-786.

3 April            
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.

17 April          
Bostoen, Koen, and Léon Mundeke. 2011. Passiveness and Inversion in Mbuun (Bantu B87, Drc). Studies in Language 35 (1). 72-111.

1 May             
Yoneda, Nobuko. 2011. Word Order in Matengo (N13): Topicality and Informational Roles. Lingua 121 (5). 754-71.

15 May           
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)

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