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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Professor Lutz Marten

MA PhD(London)

Overview

Lutz Marten
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Professor of General and African Linguistics

Department of Linguistics

Professor of General and African Linguistics

Name:
Professor Lutz Marten
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4653
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
473
Office Hours:
Thursdays 3-5pm

Biography

Lutz Marten's research interests are in linguistic theory (syntax, semantics, pragmatics, formal models of interpretation) and African linguistics. He has conducted fieldwork in East, Central, and Southern Africa, working on Swahili, Luguru, Bemba, and other Bantu languages. He is involved in the Dynamic Syntax project (with colleagues at King's College London), in SOAS projects on Adara, an endangered language of Central Nigeria, and Herero, spoken in Namibia, and, most recently, in a British Academy funded international collaboration project on Bantu grammar with colleagues at the University of Leiden and ZAS, Berlin. He was associated with the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages during his 1995 internship in Dublin.

Inaugural Lecture

Professor Lutz Marten's Inaugural Lecture: Linguistic Variation, Language Contact and the New Comparative Bantu

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Connor Youngberg, Vocalic variation and coalescence in Japanese varieties
  • Douglas Mcnaught, "An Investigation into the Morphosyntax of Tense-aspect and Modality in Sakizaya: an Indigenous Language of Taiwan"
  • Heather Ayn Todd, A cross-linguistic areal comparison of the semantics of ethnobotanical knowledge in Cameroon
  • Joanna Nolan,
  • Julia An-Lun Cheng, Exploring the concept of grammatical relations in Mandarin Chinese using real conversational data
  • Nana Agyeman, Verb serialisation in Efutu
  • Peter Nichols, A Morpho-semantic Analysis of the Persistive, Alterative and Inceptive Aspects in siSwati
  • Teresa Poeta, Object marking in Makhuwa and Swahili discourse
  • Thomas Ritchie, Valency changing operations in Chimane

Expertise

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Botswana
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
Languages
  • German
  • Swahili
  • Zulu

Publications

Authored Books

McGrath, Donovan and Marten, Lutz (2012) Colloquial Swahili: The Complete Course for Beginners (2nd edition). London; New York: Routledge.

Marten, Lutz and Cann, R. and Kempson, R. (2005) The Dynamics of Language. An Introduction. Elsevier Academic Press.

McGrath, Donovan and Marten, Lutz (2003) Colloquial Swahili: A Complete Course for Beginners. London: Routledge. (Colloquials Series)

Marten, Lutz (2002) At the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface. Verbal Underspecification and Concept Formation in Dynamic Syntax. Oxford University Press.

Möhlig, Wilhelm and Marten, Lutz and Kavari, Jekura (2002) A Grammatical Sketch of Herero (Otjiherero). Köln: Köppe. (Grammatische Analysen afrikanischer Sprachen; v.19)

Edited Books

Austin, Peter and Bond, Oliver and Marten, Lutz and Nathan, David, eds. (2011) Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Language Description and Theory. London: SOAS.

Kula, Nancy C. and Marten, Lutz, eds. (2007) Bantu in Bloomsbury: Special Issue on Bantu Linguistics. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. (SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics)

Downing, Laura and Marten, Lutz and Zerbian, Sabine, eds. (2006) Papers in Bantu Grammar and Description. Berlin: ZAS. (ZAS Papers in Linguistics; 43)

Book Chapters

Marten, Lutz (2013) 'Introduction.' In: Naughten, Jim, (ed.), Conflict and Costume: The Herero Tribe of Namibia. London: Merrell, pp. 12-18.

Marten, Lutz (2012) 'Agreement in locative phrases in Luganda.' In: Brenzinger, Matthias and Fehn, Anne-Maria, (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Congress of African Linguistics, Cologne 2009. Cologne: Koppe, pp. 433-443.

Marten, Lutz (2012) 'Herman Batibo.' In: Akyeampong, Emmanuel K. and Gates, Henry Louis Jr., (eds.), Dictionary of African Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 402-404.

Marten, Lutz (2011) 'Bemba benefactive constructions in the typology of applicatives.' In: Austin, Peter and Bond, Oliver and Marten, Lutz and Nathan, David, (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Language Description and Theory. London: SOAS, pp. 183-192.

Kula, Nancy and Marten, Lutz (2011) 'The prosody of Bemba relative clauses: a case study of the syntax-phonology interface in Dynamic Syntax.' In: Kempson, Ruth and Gregoromichelaki, Eleni and Howes, Christine, (eds.), The Dynamics of Lexical Interfaces. Stanford: CSLI, pp. 61-90.

Kempson, Ruth and Marten, Lutz and Thwala, Nhlanhla (2011) 'SiSwati clefts: The meeting ground of context and contrast.' In: Kempson, Ruth and Gregoromichelaki, Eleni and Howes, Christine, (eds.), The Dynamics of Lexical Interfaces. Stanford: CSLI, pp. 23-60. (Studies in constraint-based lexicalism)

Kula, Nancy and Marten, Lutz (2010) 'Argument structure and agency in Bemba passives.' In: Legère, Karsten and Thronell, Christina, (eds.), Bantu Languages: Analyses, Description and Theory. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe, pp. 115-130. (East African Languages and Dialects, 20)

Marten, Lutz (2010) 'The great siSwati locative shift.' In: Breitbarth, Anne and Lucas, Christopher and Watts, Sheila and Willis, David, (eds.), Continuity and Change in Grammar. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 249-267.

Kavari, Jekura and Marten, Lutz (2009) 'Multiple noun class prefixes in Otjiherero.' In: Austin, Peter and Bond, Oliver and Charette, Monik and Nathan, David and Sells, Peter, (eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Language Description and Theory. London: SOAS, pp. 165-173.

Kula, Nancy and Marten, Lutz (2009) 'Defining initial strength in clusterless languages in Strict CV.' In: Nasukawa, Kuniya and Backley, Phillip, (eds.), Strength Relations in Phonology. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 251-284. (Studies in generative grammar, 103)

Marten, Lutz and Kula, Nancy (2008) 'Zambia: One Zambia, One Nation, Many Languages.' In: Simpson, Andrew, (ed.), Language and National Identity in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kula, Nancy C. and Marten, Lutz (2008) 'Central, East and Southern African Languages.' In: Austin, Peter, (ed.), One Thousand Languages. Berkeley and Los Angeles: Ivy Press/University of California Press, pp. 86-111.

Marten, Lutz and Kempson, Ruth and Bouzouita, Miriam (2008) 'Concepts of structural underspecification in Bantu and Romance.' In: de Cat, Cécile and Demuth, Katherine, (eds.), The Romance-Bantu Connection. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 3-39.

Marten, Lutz (2007) 'Agreement, word order and information structure: some Bantu examples.' In: Austin, Peter and Bond, Oliver and Nathan, David, (eds.), Proceedings of the Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory. London: School of Oriental and African Studies, pp. 165-176.

Marten, Lutz (2007) 'Focus strategies and the incremental development of semantic representations: evidence from Bantu.' In: Aboh, Enoch and Hartmann, Katherina and Zimmermann, Malte, (eds.), Focus Strategies in African Languages. Berlin; New York: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 113-135.

Marten, Lutz (2006) 'Bantu classification, Bantu trees and phylogenetic methods.' In: Foster, Peter and Renfrew, Colin, (eds.), Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of Languages. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, pp. 43-55.

Marten, Lutz (2006) 'Southern Bantu Languages.' In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Languages and Linguistics, 2nd ed.; vol.11. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 595-598.

Marten, Lutz (2006) 'Swahili.' In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Languages and Linguistics, 2nd ed.; v.12. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 304-308.

Marten, Lutz and Kempson, Ruth (2006) 'Dynamic Syntax.' In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Languages and Linguistics, 2nd ed.; v.4. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 33-37.

Marten, Lutz (2005) 'Zulu.' In: Encarta World English Encyclopedia. London: Websters Multimedia.

Cann, Ronnie and Kempson, Ruth and Marten, Lutz and Otsuka, Masayuki and Swinburne, David (2004) 'On the left and on the right.' In: Adger, David and de Cat, Cécile and Tsoulos, George, (eds.), Peripheries: Syntactic Edges and their Effects. Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp. 19-47. (Studies in natural language and linguistic theory, v. 59)

Marten, Lutz (2003) 'Dynamic and pragmatic partial agreement in Luguru.' In: Sauzet, Patrick and Zribi-Hertz, Anne, (eds.), Typologie des langues d’Afrique et universaux de la grammaire, Vol. 1: Approaches transversales et domaine Bantou. Paris: L’Harmattan, pp. 113-139.

Marten, Lutz (2003) 'The dynamics of Bantu applied verbs: an analysis at the syntax-pragmatics interface.' In: Lébikaza, Kézié K., (ed.), Actes du 3e Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Africaine Lomé 2000. Köln: Köppe, pp. 207-221.

Kula, Nancy C. and Marten, Lutz (2002) 'Nasality in Bemba: Onset-to-onset government and licensing constraints.' In: Proceedings of the Eighth Manchester Postgraduate Conference. University of Manchester, pp. 2-22. (Papers in Linguistics from the University of Manchester)

Marten, Lutz (1997) 'Licensing constraints for Swahili vowel harmony.' In: Proceedings of the Sixth Manchester Postgraduate Linguistics Conference. University of Manchester, pp. 239-255. (Papers in Linguistics from the University of Manchester)

Kibble, Rodger and Marten, Lutz and Meyer-Viol, Wilfried (1997) 'Incremental interpretation using a tree description language.' In: Proceedings of the 11th Amsterdam Colloquium. Amsterdam: ILLC, University of Amsterdam, pp. 199-204.

Articles

Marten, Lutz (2013) 'Formal syntax and African languages: Dynamic Syntax case studies of Swahili, Bemba, and Hadiyya.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 16 . pp. 195-213.

Marten, Lutz (2013) 'Structure and interpretation in Swahili existential constructions.' Italian Journal of Linguistics, 25 (1). pp. 45-73.

Kempson, Ruth and Cann, Ronnie and Marten, Lutz (2013) 'Tree growth dynamics.' STIL Studies in Linguistics 6: Special Issue on Directionality of Phrase Structure Building, 6 . pp. 49-81.

Marten, Lutz and Mostert, Carola (2012) 'Background languages, learner motivation and self-assessed progress in learning Zulu as an additional language in the UK.' International Journal of Multilingualism, 9 (1). pp. 101-128.

Kavari, Jekura and Marten, Lutz and Van der Wal, Jenneke (2012) 'Tone cases in Otjiherero: Head-complement relations, linear order and information structure.' Africana Linguistica, 18 . pp. 315-353.

Marten, Lutz and Kula, Nancy (2012) 'Object marking and morphosyntactic variation in Bantu.' Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies , 30 (2). pp. 237-253.

Riedel, Kristina and Marten, Lutz (2012) 'Locative object marking and the argument-adjunct distinction.' Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies , 30 (2). pp. 277-292.

Marten, Lutz and Riedel, Kristina and Simango, Silvester Ron and Zeller, Jochen (2012) 'Introduction.' Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies , 30 (2). iii-vii.

Marten, Lutz (2011) 'Information structure and agreement: Subjects and subject markers in Swahili and Herero.' Lingua, 121 (5). pp. 787-804.

Crisma, Paola and Marten, Lutz and Sybesma, Rint (2011) 'The point of Bantu, Chinese and Romance nominal classification.' Italian Journal of Linguistics/Rivista di Linguistica, 23 (2). pp. 251-299.

Cheng, Lisa and Delfitto, Denis and Marten, Lutz (2011) 'Introduction: The structure and interpretation of noun phrases (part I).' Italian Journal of Linguistics/Rivista di Linguistica, 23 (2). pp. 199-202.

Marten, Lutz and Kula, Nancy C. (2008) 'Meanings of money: national identity and the semantics of currencies in Zambia and Tanzania.' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 20 (2). pp. 183-199.

Marten, Lutz and Kula, C. and Thwala, N. (2007) 'Parameters of Morphosyntactic Variation in Bantu.' Transactions of the Philological Society, 105 (3). pp. 253-338.

Marten, Lutz and Kula, Nancy C. (2007) 'Morphosyntactic co-variation in Bantu: Two case studies.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics (15). pp. 227-238.

Marten, Lutz (2006) 'Locative Inversion in Otjiherero: More on Morphosyntactic Variation in Bantu.' ZAS Papers in Linguistics (Berlin), 43 . pp. 97-122.

Marten, Lutz (2005) 'The dynamics of agreement and conjunction.' Lingua, 115 . pp. 527-547.

Cann, Ronnie and Kempson, Ruth and Marten, Lutz and Otsuka, Masayuki (2005) 'Right node raising, co-ordination and the dynamics of language processing.' Lingua, 115 (4). pp. 503-525.

Marten, Lutz and Kempson, Ruth (2002) 'Pronouns, agreement, and the dynamic construction of verb phrase interpretation: A Dynamic Syntax approach to Bantu clause structure.' Linguistic Analysis, 32 (3-4). pp. 471-504.

Marten, Lutz (2002) 'A lexical treatment for stem markers in Swahili.' Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Swahili Forum IX, 72 . pp. 87-100.

Marten, Lutz and Ramadhani, Deograsia (2001) 'An overview of object marking in Kiluguru.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics (11). pp. 259-275.

Marten, Lutz and Kula, Nancy C. (2000) 'Constraints and Processes: Evidence from Bemba, Herero, and Swahili.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, 10 . pp. 91-102.

Marten, Lutz (2000) 'Agreement with conjoined noun phrases in Swahili.' Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Swahili Forum VII, 64 . pp. 75-96.

Hunter, Anthony and Marten, Lutz (1999) 'Context sensitive reasoning with lexical and world knowledge.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, 9 . pp. 373-386.

Kempson, Ruth and Marten, Lutz (1999) 'The dynamics of word-order change in the Romance languages.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, 9 . pp. 21-38.

Kula, Nancy C. and Marten, Lutz (1998) 'Aspects of nasality in Bemba.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, 8 . pp. 191-208.

Marten, Lutz (1998) 'Swahili -kwisha: sketching the path of grammaticalization.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, 8 . pp. 141-163.

Marten, Lutz (1996) 'Swahili vowel harmony.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, 6 . pp. 61-75.

Marten, Lutz (1996) 'The history of English modals: syntax, semantics, grammaticalization.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, 4 . pp. 11-30.

Book Reviews

Marten, Lutz (2006) 'Review of Maarten Mous, 'A Grammatical Sketch of Mbugwe'.' Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 27 (2). pp. 205-208.

Marten, Lutz (2005) 'Review of Derek Nurse and Gérard Philippson, eds., 'The Bantu Languages'.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 68 (3). pp. 500-502.

Marten, Lutz (2004) 'Review of Jouni Filip Maho and Bonny Sands, eds., 'The Languages of Tanzania: A Bibliography'.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 67 (3). p. 451.

Marten, Lutz (2003) 'Review of Paul Newman and Martha Ratliff, eds., 'Linguistic Fieldwork'.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66 (1). pp. 152-157.

Marten, Lutz (2002) 'Review of Kulikoyela Kahigi, Yared Kihore and Maarten Mous, eds., Lugha za Tanzania – Languages of Tanzania.' Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 23 (1). pp. 95-101.

Marten, Lutz (2000) 'Review of Otto Dempwolff, 'Induktiver Aufbau des Urbantu'.' Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 21 (2). pp. 191-192.

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