Professor Friederike Lüpke
MA (Köln), PhD (Nijmegen)
Professor in Language Documentation and Description
- Professor Friederike Lüpke
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- 21/22 Russell Square
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- By pre-arranged appointment
- On Sabbatical:
- Term 1 2013/14
- Curriculum Vitae:
- Friederike Lüpke's Curriculum Vitae (binary; 522kb)
Friederike Lüpke studied General and African Linguistics at the University of Cologne and at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris. For her Ph.D. dissertation project at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen, she conducted extensive fieldwork on Jalonke, an endangered variety of Yalunka spoken in Guinea. She came to SOAS in 2003 as a PostDoctoral Fellow. Currently, she is working on the Baïnounk language cluster in Senegal.
PhD Students supervised
- Charlotte Hemmings, The Kelabit Language, Austronesian Voice and Syntactic Theory
- Golden Ekpo, The functions of mono- and multilingual language modes in Oro
- Heather Ayn Todd, A cross-linguistic areal comparison of the semantics of ethnobotanical knowledge in Cameroon
- Nana Agyeman, Verb serialisation in Efutu
- Rachel Watson,
- Teresa Poeta, Object marking in Makhuwa and Swahili discourse
- Tracey Carro Noya, The expression of Tense-Aspect-Mood in Tomárãho
Friederike Lüpke is currently on research leave and is not teaching.
ResearchFriederike Lüpke’s research interests include verbal argument structure, Atlantic and Mande linguistics, with a focus on syntactic and semantic typology, the influence of cognition, culture and contact on language, and the use of non-Roman scripts for the writing of West African languages. Since 2008, she has expanded her research focus to include (nominal) classification systems, in particular in the Baïnounk language cluster of Senegal. She is leading an interdisciplinary documentation project on these languages, the DoBeS-funded project ‘Pots, plants, and people – a documentation of Baïnounk knowledge systems’. With Serge Sagna (University of Manchester), Rachel Watson and Alexander Cobbinah, she is collaborating in the research group ‘Crossroads on language contact and multilingualism in Casamance’. Other longstanding interests lie in data collection methods for language documentation and in linking sociolinguistics to language documentation in order to gain a better understanding of situations of language endangerment and language vitality, and to be able to build representative corpora of language use. These interests find expression in new collaborative research she will lead from 2014, in the Leverhulme Research Leadership award project ‘Crossroads - investigating the unexplored side of multilingualism’.
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Lüpke, Friederike and Storch, Anne (2013) Repertoires and choices in African languages. Boston; Berlin: de Gruyter. (Language Contact and Bilingualism)
Lüpke, Friederike and Chambers, Mary, eds. (2010) Journal of Language Contact. THEMA Series, Number 3. (Multilingualism and language contact in West Africa: towards a holistic perspective). Brill.
Cobbinah, Alexander and Lüpke, Friederike (2014) 'When number meets classification: the linguistic expression of number in Baïnounk languages.' In: Storch, Anne and Dimmendaal, Gerrit J., (eds.), Number - constructions and semantics. Case studies from Africa, Amazonia, India and Oceania. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 199-220.
Cobbinah, Alexander and Lüpke, Friederike (2012) 'Not cut to fit - zero-coded passives in African languages.' In: Brenzinger, Matthias and Fehn, Anna-Maria, (eds.), Proceeedings of the 6th World Congress in African Linguistics, Cologne 2009. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe, pp. 153-165.
Lüpke, Friederike (2011) 'Orthography development.' In: Austin, Peter and Sallabank, Julia, (eds.), Handbook of endangered languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 312-336.
Lüpke, Friederike (2011) 'Data collection methods for field-based language documentation.' In: Austin, Peter K. and McGill, Stuart, (eds.), Endangered languages. London: Routledge. (Critical concepts in linguistics)
Luepke, Friederike (2009) 'Jalonke.' In: Dimmendaal, Gerrit J., (ed.), Coding participant marking. Construction types in twelve African languages. Amsterdam; Phildadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 173-214.
Jaggar, Phil and Luepke, Friederike (2008) 'North and West African languages.' In: Austin, Peter, (ed.), 1000 languages. The worldwide history of living and lost tongues. London: Thames & Hudson, pp. 60-85.
Lüpke, Friederike (2006) 'Guinea - language situation.' In: Encyclopaedia of Languages and Linguistics. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 170-171.
Lüpke, Friederike (2010) 'Language and identity in flux: in search of Baïnouk.' Journal of Language Contact, THEMA (3). pp. 155-174.
Lüpke, Friederike (2010) 'Multilingualism and language contact in West Africa: towards a holistic perspective.' Journal of Language Contact, THEMA (3). pp. 1-12.
Lüpke, Friederike (2010) 'Research methods in language documentation.' Language Documentation and Description, 7 . pp. 55-104.
Lüpke, Friederike (2010) 'Rare and endangered - languages or features? An African perspective.' Journal of West African Languages, XXXVII . pp. 119-139.
Lüpke, Friederike (2009) 'At the margin - African endangered languages in the context of global endangerment discourses.' African Research and Documentation (109). pp. 15-41.
Lüpke, Friederike (2009) 'Data collection methods for field-based language documentation.' Language Documentation and Description, 6 . pp. 53-100.
Lüpke, Friederike (2007) 'Smash it again, Sam! Verbs of Cutting and Breaking in Jalonke.' Cognitive Linguistics, 18 (2). pp. 251-61.
Bohnemeyer, Jürgen and Enfield, Nicholas J. and Essegbey, James and Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Iraide and Kita, Sotaro and Lüpke, Friederike and Ameka, Felix K. (2007) 'Principles of event segmentation in language: the case of motion events.' Language, 83 (3). pp. 495-532.
Lüpke, Friederike (2007) 'It's a Split, but Is It Unaccusativity?: Two Classes of Intransitive Verbs in Jalonke.' Studies in Language, 31 (3). pp. 525-568.
Lüpke, Friederike (2007) 'On Giving, Receiving, Affecting and Benefitting in Jalonke.' Linguistics, 45 (3). pp. 539-76.
Lüpke, Friederike (2007) 'Vanishing Voice - the Morphologically Zero-Coded Passive of Jalonke.' Linguistische Berichte, 14 . pp. 173-90.
Lüpke, Friederike (2006) 'Small is beautiful - the contribution of small field-based corpora to different linguistic disciplines.' Language Documentation and Description, 3 . pp. 75-105.
Lüpke, Friederike (2004) 'Language planning in West Africa - who writes the script?' Language Documentation and Description, 2 . pp. 90-107.
Lüpke, Friederike (2012) 'Voices of our genes? A review of Mark Pagel's book "Wired for culture".' Times Literary Supplement .
Lüpke, Friederike (2005) A grammar of Jalonke argument structure. PhD thesis. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.