SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: Typology, contact and change


Date: 27 March 2018Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 28 March 2018Time: 12:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Workshop

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SOAS Linguistics Department cordially invites you to the mini workshop “Parametric approaches to morphosyntactic variation in Bantu”, organised as part of the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: Typology, contact and change’ hosted at SOAS.


Tuesday 27 March
10:00-10:30 Welcome, get-together, informal update and workshop objectives
10:30-11:00 Hannah Gibson (University of Essex), Rozenn Guérois & Lutz Marten (SOAS): Exploring the centre-periphery hypothesis
11:00-11:30 Lutz Marten (SOAS): Morphosyntactic variation in Old Swahili
11:30-12:00 Daisuke Shinagawa (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies): Micro-typological observation on negation marking system in Chaga
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Hilde Gunnink (University of Ghent): Pluractionality in Bantu
14:30-15:00 Gastor Mapunda (University of Dar es Salaam): A comparative study of language attitudes in the context of contact: Examples of Sukuma and Ngoni of Tanzania
15:00-15:30 Jenneke van der Wal (Leiden University): Wrong predictions about object symmetry and subject inversions
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:30 Julius Taji (University of Dar es Salaam): The form and functions of particles in Chiyao
16:30-17:00 Sara Pacchiarotti (University of Ghent): Reconstructable function(s) of the PB *-ɪd applicative suffix: testing hypotheses against evidence from Yanzi (B80) and Nzebi-Mbete-Teke (B50-60-70) languages
17:00-17-30 Koen Bostoen (University of Ghent) Reflexive-reciprocal polysemy in South-Western Bantu languages: typology and origins
17:30 Drinks & dinner
Wednesday 28 March
10:00-10:30 Francisca Everduim (SOAS): Parametric variation between Chasu (Kipare, G22) and Mbugu (G221)
10:30-11:00 Peter Edelsten (SOAS): Methodology: representing data for comparative analysis
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Project team: 80%+ languages and parameter partitions
12:00-12-30 Project team: Phylogenetic approach: Presentation and discussion of first results