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Bart Jacobs

In the ongoing debate on whether creoles form a typological class, a frequently maintained argument is that most creoles are still so poorly documented that any attempt at typifying them as a separate class based on linguistic criteria is destined to be flawed. In a recent paper presented at

Remco Knooihuizen

presented in §4, followed by a discussion of the implications of the results (§5). A brief conclusion (§6) addresses the issues from Hansson’s research program cited above. 2. Practical and Theoretical Considerations 2.1. Preaspiration The term ‘preaspiration’ is often used as an umbrella term for

Eitan Grossman and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich

effects of language contact on valency and transitivity patterns. 2 Basic Terms and Concepts The section briefly introduces a number of terms used throughout the volume and points to the different ways these terms have been understood. We first present the notion of valency (or valence ), and then turn

Yvonne Treis

, the present article elaborates on a case of Omotic influence on the grammar of Cushitic languages. It will be argued that the switch-reference systems found in four Highland East Cushitic languages in Southwest Ethiopia have been induced by neighbouring North Omotic languages. The structure of the

Carola Trips and Achim Stein

1 Introduction In his monograph on the acquisition of argument structure Pinker (1989: 45–47) discusses an interesting observation concerning double-object constructions in Present-Day English ( pde ): following others he notes that dativizable verbs tend to be of native (Germanic) and not of

Robert Nicolaï

historicized recontextualization), objectivization and the inscription in signs of what this three-dimensional reality is supposed to indicate, transmit, establish, present (e.g. the reality of language contact, whether taken as an evidential or construct – terms which I shall specify below). – And

Bridget Drinka

morphological features ( Taylor et al., 2000; Ringe et al., 2002; Nakhleh et al., 2005a; 2005b ) or those who use these data to locate a homeland for Proto-Indo-European ( Gray and Atkinson, 2003; Atkinson and Gray, 2006; Bouckaert et al., 2012 ). 4 The present study begins with a close examination of several

What Motivates Morphological Copying?

A Review article of Martine Vanhove, Thomas Stolz, Aina Urdze, and Hitomi Otsuka (eds.). 2012: ‘Morphologies in Contact’

Zygmunt Frajzyngier

In the fall of 2009 the University of Bremen hosted a two-week Festival of Languages organized by Bremen linguists under the leadership of Thomas Stolz. During this festival a number of symposia were held. The present volume is a product of a symposium specifically dedicated to morphologies in

Ian R. Smith

alignment developed as part of the early formation of the language rather than subsequently. The first section below presents an overview of the Sinhala and Tamil noun marking systems in order to highlight their differences. The noun marking system of Sri Lanka Malay is then presented, and the fact that

Patrick McConvell and Maïa Ponsonnet

this approach, so that we found the arguments somewhat difficult to follow. Peter Koch’s ‘Cognitive onomasiology and lexical change. Around the eye’ is the first of a series of three chapters presenting a particular method for semantic typology. Koch’s describes a methodology for the study of