Tid: Torsdag 15 januari 2015 kl. 15:00–17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Seminariet är ett halvtidsseminarium baserat på Pernilla Hallonsten Hallings avhandlingsarbete.

Postseminarium följer direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.

The notion of ‘adverb’ is recurrently treated as covering left-over items in a class that shows little consistency within as well as across languages. In the typological literature, adverbs remain rather neglected. By contrast, adjectives have received a lot of attention within typology and also in accounts of major parts of speech which typically include nouns, verbs, and adjectives. However, if adjectives are taken to be modifiers of nouns, it seems that modifiers of verbs also require due research. The aim of this PhD project is thus to examine adverbs that function as modifiers of verbs as forming a potential lexical category, from a typological perspective.

In this talk, I present my typological study, which compares the encoding of three related functions: attributive adjectives, predicative adjectives, and adverbs. I will focus on a methodology that has its base in Construction Grammar (cf. Koch 2012), illustrating how approaching the data as whole constructions enables a more complete comparison within as well as across languages, while it also avoids loss of valuable information. The patterns of encoding found in applying this method to a cross-linguistic sample of around 45 languages will be discussed. Furthermore, my aim is to show that typologically, the adverb function deserves attention in its own right.

Koch, P. 2012. Location, existence, and possession: A constructional-typological exploration. Linguistics 50-3: 533-603.