Islands in an ocean of (poly)synthesis and concatenative morphology. What linguistic theory and typology can learn from selected Amerindian languages

The project aims at elucidating why the languages of the New World are less homogeneous in terms of their word typology and marking locus than the assumed recent arrival of inhabitants to the continent might lead to expect. Based on both published material and data gathered from fieldwork, selected case studies and theoretical work on issues raised by polysynthesis and the word/clitic/affix distinctions will contribute to our understanding of the development of morphology in some languages of a vast continent.

Id149
Grant Value1449520
Commencement Date / Completion Date1 February 2012 - 31 January 2016
Contributors Prof. Dr. Fernando Zúñiga (Principle Investigator)
Dr. Rik van Gijn (Co-Investigator)
Steffen Haurholm-Larsen (Co-Investigator)
Charitini Karadamou (Co-Investigator)
Funders [4] Swiss National Science Foundation
URIhttp://zuniga.unibe.ch/islands/index.html
Publications Zúñiga, Fernando (30 May 2013). PolySynthesis 6.0 -- bicentennial edition (Unpublished). In: Transalpine Typology Meeting. Zürich. 30.05.13.
Zúñiga, Fernando (17 May 2013). Polisíntesis y lenguas indoamericanas (Submitted). In: III Encuentro de Lenguas Indígenas Americanas. Bariloche (Argentina). 15.-17.05.2013.
Haurholm-Larsen, Steffen (2015). Clitics, affixes, and wordhood in Garifuna (Arawak): A multidimensional continuum of morphosyntactic boundness. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 47(2), pp. 81-100. Routledge 10.1080/03740463.2015.1097089
Haurholm-Larsen, Steffen (2014). Dixon, R.M.W. 2012. Basic Linguistic Theory. Volume 3. Further Grammatical Topics. Studies in Language, 38(4), pp. 1005-1013. John Benjamins 10.1075/sl.38.4.11hau
Haurholm, Steffen (September 2015). Gender marking recruited as number marking in Garifuna (Arawak) (Unpublished). In: 48th meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Leiden, Netherlands. 02.-05.09.2015.
Haurholm, Steffen (April 2015). Why state the obvious? Tense-aspect marking and its connection to information structure in Garifuna (Unpublished). In: Society for Latin American Studies meeting. Aberdeen, Scotland. 17.-18.04.2015.
Haurholm, Steffen (January 2015). Why state the obvious? Tense-aspect marking as a clue to information structure in Garifuna (Unpublished). In: Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas annual meeting. Portland, Oregon, USA. 08.-11.01.2015.
Haurholm, Steffen (December 2014). Exploring grammatical categories of Tol: a journey into the unknown (Unpublished). In: State of the Art of Mesoamerican Linguistics. Leipzig, Germany. December, 2014.
Haurholm, Steffen (November 2014). Exploring grammatical categories of Tol: a journey into the unknown (Unpublished). In: Bernerzirkel talk series, University of Bern. Bern, Schweiz. November, 2014.
Haurholm, Steffen (September 2014). Two kinds of clitics in Garifuna? (Unpublished). In: 47th meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea. Poznan, Poland. September, 2014.
Haurholm, Steffen (June 2014). Interaktion mellem progressivt aspekt og andre verbalkategorier i garifuna (Unpublished). In: Tempus- og aspektseminar, University of Copenhagen. Copenhagen, Denmark. June, 2014.
Haurholm, Steffen (May 2014). Discourse and adverbial enclitics in Garifuna - A preliminary view (Unpublished). In: BeLing Colloquium, Universität Bern. Bern, Switzerland. May, 2014.

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