Tid: Fredag 24 februari 2017, kl. 14:00-16:00
Plats: C397, Södra huset, Frescati

Matt Coler-seminariet sker i samarbete mellan RomLing (Romansk språkforskning/Romanska och klassiska institutionen) och Institutionen för lingvistik.


In this talk, I describe how research in verbal art in Aymara can yield linguistic insight. I base this claim on analyses of 1) story-telling (Coler, 2014), which reveal how evidentiality shapes the dialogicalicity of narratives; and 2) traditional songs recorded in the Peruvian highlands, for which I detail the octosyllabic, homeoteleutonic strategies for stanza formation, the melodic and rhythmic characteristics, and outline the syntactic, morphological, and semantic strategies used in forming semantic couplets. These strategies reveal semantic categories which would not be apparent in a traditional linguistic analysis. I conclude that rigorous, scientific studies of verbal art yield insights into the construction of meaning through practice and are an important part of linguistic fieldwork.

Information about the speaker

Matt Coler has done field work on Muylaq' Aymara and produced a grammar of that language. His many research interests include the intersection of verbal art and language structure, the grammar of dialogicity, and sensory perception in language. For more information on Matt and his current projects, please visit​ his personal webpage at the University of Groeningen: http://www.rug.nl/staff/m.coler/

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