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B02 - Split case marking and constituent order variation in East Africa

This project investigates prominence relations in East African languages with different types of split case marking systems that interact with constituent order. The focus is on languages that mark case on postverbal (but not on preverbal) agents or subjects. Using spoken language corpora, we identify the features that trigger differential marking and study their interaction and variability in languages across the region.

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Prof. Dr. Birgit Hellwig

Prof. Dr. Birgit Hellwig

Deputy Spokesperson of the CRC, Principal Investigator B02

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-Mail: bhellwig(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-3889
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alice Mitchell

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alice Mitchell

Principal Investigator B02

Office: Afrikanistik, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 9
E-Mail: alice.mitchell(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6936
Dr. Gertrud Schneider-Blum

Dr. Gertrud Schneider-Blum

Associated Postdoc B02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.10
E-Mail: schneider_blum(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89906
Mandy Lorenzen

Mandy Lorenzen

Representative Doctoral students, Doctoral student B02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.10
E-Mail: mandy.lorenzen(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89906
Elisabeth Clages

Elisabeth Clages

Student assistant B02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.12
E-Mail: e.clages(at)


To appear

  • Mitchell, Alice. To appear. Documenting difference: Interactional approaches to the documentation of special registers. In Rich Sandoval & Nicholas Williams (eds.), Interactional approaches to language documentation (Language Documentation & Conservation SP). Honolulu, Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press.
  • Mitchell, Alice. To appear. Pointing for time-of-day reference in Datooga. In Eric Dzwiza-Ohlsen (ed.), Deixis – Zeigen – Pointing. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven. Darmstadt: WBG.








  • Dimmendaal, Gerrit J. 2017. Areal contact in Nilo-Saharan. In Raymond Hickey (ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics, 446-470. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Schneider-Blum, Gertrud. 2017. Once or more often? On pluractionality marking in Tima. STUF - Language Typology and Universals 70(1). 163-194. pdf

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