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B02 - Split ergativity in Tima

The project first investigates split ergativity in Tima from a synchronic perspective, paying special attention to topicality, focus, verb semantics and tense/aspect. Subsequently, we adopt a diachronic perspective on the development of split ergativity, comparing the argument structures of cognate verb roots, as well as the distribution of cognate derivational morphology and prepositions in Tima and Katla/Julut. This perspective allows for a close cooperation with B03 with regard to changes in prominence relations.

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Team

Name

Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

Principal Investigator B02 and B03

Office: Afrikanistik, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: gerrit.dimmendaal(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5762
Web: Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

Name

Prof. Dr. Birgit Hellwig

Principal Investigator B02

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: bhellwig(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-3889
Web: Prof. Dr. Birgit Hellwig

Name

Dr. Gertrud Schneider-Blum

Postdoc B02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.10
E-mail: schneider_blum(at)yahoo.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89906
Web: Dr. Gertrud Schneider-Blum

Name

Tatjana Schnellinger

Student assistant B02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.10
E-mail: tschnel2(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89906

List of publications

2019

  • Hellwig, Birgit. 2019. Grammatical relations in Katla. In Alena Witzlack-Makarevich & Balthasar Bickel (eds.), Argument selectors: New perspectives on grammatical relations (Typological Studies in Language), 511-531. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2018

  • Dimmendaal, Gerrit J. 2018. Reconstructing Proto-Katloid and deconstructing Kordofanian. In Schneider-Blum, Gertrud, Birgit Hellwig & Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.), Nuba Mountain Language Studies: New Insights, 383-415. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. 
  • Dimmendaal, Gerrit J. & Gertrud Schneider-Blum. 2018. Transitivity in Tima. In Rose-Juliet Anyanwu (ed.), Transitivity in African languages, Frankfurter Afrikanistische Blätter 26 / 2014 (2018) Köln: Supplement Rüdiger Köppe.
  • Hellwig, Birgit. 2018. Verbal derivation in Katla: The comitative. In Schneider-Blum, Gertrud, Birgit Hellwig & Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.), Nuba Mountain Language Studies: New Insights, 209-232. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe.
  • Schneider-Blum, Gertrud. 2018. Constituent focus and selective marking in Tima. In Schneider-Blum, Gertrud, Birgit Hellwig & Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.). Nuba Mountain Language Studies: New Insights, 255-279. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe.
  • Schneider-Blum, Gertrud & Birgit Hellwig. 2018. Reference tracking in Tima and its interplay with split ergative marking. Studies in Language 42 (2), 970-993. 
  • Schneider-Blum, Gertrud, Birgit Hellwig & Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.). 2018. Nuba Mountain Language Studies: New Insights. Köln. Rüdiger Köppe.

2017

  • Schneider-Blum, Gertrud. 2017. Once or more often? On pluractionality marking in Tima. In Language Typology and Universals 70 (1). 163-194. pdf