Tid: Torsdag 14 januari 2016 kl. 15:00-17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium följer direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.

The languages of North Africa show a number of agreement target-controller pairs rarely or never discussed in typological literature, notably verb-indirect object; demonstrative-addressee; and preposition-subject. In each case their regional distribution crosses family boundaries, suggesting that the patterns in question are relatively easily copied. One possible explanation for this is that these types of agreement are genuinely rare worldwide; for preposition-subject, this is predicted by its grammaticalisation path, which presupposes VSO. However, the grammaticalisation paths for the other two do not seem to presuppose any particularly rare circumstances. Moreover, within the region itself, these phenomena have often gone undescribed even in languages for which they are unambiguously attested in published texts. This suggests that another factor is at work: fieldworkers' and typologists' a priori expectations about which types of agreement to look for have led other agreement pairs to be systematically under-described. To the extent that this applies, it is a source of systematic error in typologies based on checking language descriptions, and a further reason to supplement such work with field and/or corpus data.  This talk will examine the distribution and genesis of the target-controller pairs above, and discuss their implications.

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