skip to content

B05 - Prominence related structures in Austronesian symmetrical voice languages

This project investigates whether there is evidence for widely attested prominence relations relevant at the syntax-semantics interface (e.g. agentive arguments tend to be more prominent than non-agentive ones) in western Austronesian symmetrical voice languages. These languages challenge the concept of prominence because they exhibit two (or more) equally marked constructions to express transitive eventualities. The project looks at the discourse factors governing these voice alternations, at linear ordering constraints, and at the alternation between the dynamic and the potentive paradigm.

See list of publications

Team

Name

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

Principal Investigator A03, B05 and INF

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: sprachwissenschaft(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-2323
Web: Prof. Dr. Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

Name

Dr. Sonja Riesberg

Postdoc B05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.06
E-mail: sonja.riesberg(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89909
Web: Dr. Sonja Riesberg

Name

Kurt Malcher

Doctoral student B05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.08
E-mail: kurt.malcher(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89908
Web: Kurt Malcher

Name

Lukas Laureck

Student assistant B05

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: l.laureck(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6151

Name

Jana Schmelzer

Student assistant B05

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: jschmel2(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6151

Name

Katherine Walker

Student assistant A03/B05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.12
E-mail: kwalker3(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone:

Name

Katja Wiesner

Student assistant B05

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: k.wiesner(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone:

List of publications

In Print

  • Mattissen, Johanna. To appear. Phonological and morphological wordhood in Nivkh. In van der Hulst, Harry & Ksenia Bogomolets (eds.), Word Prominence in Polysynthetic Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riesberg, Sonja. Accepted. 'Fern leaf, so you are challenging me?' Some Observations on the Lelegesan, a Form of Verbal Combating in Totoli. NUSA- Linguistic Studies of Indonesian and Other Languages in Indonesia. 

2018

2017

  • Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2017. Word Classes. In Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics.
  • Reinöhl, Uta & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann. 2017. Renewal: A figure of speech or a process sui generis? Language 93 (2). 381-413. pdf
  • Riesberg, Sonja. 2017. Some observations on word order in western Austronesian symmetrical voice languages. In I Nengah Sudipa et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 8th international seminar on Austronesian and non-Austronesian languages and literature in Indonesia. Denpasar: Udayana University Press.