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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.

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Team

Name

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

Principal Investigator A03, B05, C09 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

Principal Investigator 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

Maria Bardají i Farré

Researcher, associated with B05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.10
E-mail: mbardaj1(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89906
Web: Maria Bardají i Farré

Name

Katharina Gayler

Student assistant A03

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

Name

Marc Heinrich

Student assistant A03

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

Publications

To appear

  • Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. & Sonja Riesberg. To appear. Expressions of directed caused accompanied motion events in Totoli, a Western Austronesian language of Indonesia. In Anna Margetts, Birgit Hellwig & Sonja Riesberg (eds.), Caused accompanied motion: Bringing and taking events in a cross-linguistic perspective. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Kroeger, Paul & Sonja Riesberg. To appear. Voice and transitivity. In Alexander Adelaar & Antoinette Schapper (eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Malayo-Polynesian languages of South East Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riesberg, Sonja. To appear. The expression of directed CAM events in Yali, a non-Austronesian language of New Guinea. In Anna Margetts, Birgit Hellwig & Sonja Riesberg (eds.), Caused accompanied motion: Bringing and taking events in a cross-linguistic perspective. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Riesberg, Sonja, Kurt Malcher & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann. To appear. The many ways of transitivization in Totoli. In Michela Cennamo, Elisa Roma & Silvia Luraghi (eds.), Valency and transitivity patterns. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

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  • 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. An introduction to the Yali-German dictionary with a short grammatical sketch. In Sonja Riesberg (ed.), Wörterbuch Yali (Angguruk) – Deutsch. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. 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. pdf