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B05 - Prominence related structures in symmetrical voice systems and Papuan languages

Symmetrical voice systems provide a major challenge for the claim that prominence universally plays a central role at the interface between syntax and semantics, because such systems always allow for at least two equally basic transitive constructions. The project investigates whether there is nevertheless evidence for the influence of prominence relations in the organization of grammatical structures in these languages. A special focus is on the interplay between episode structure and clause structure, an area where Papuan languages promise to provide important pieces of evidence.

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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 B05

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

Name

Marc Heinrich

Student assistant B05

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