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Nov

Forskarseminariet i lingvistik: Halfway up the Mountain of Affixes: an overview of the typology and phonology of nominal and verbal affixation in the languages of the Caucasus

25 November 2021 10:15 to 11:15 Seminar

Filip Larsson

The seminar ‘Halfway up the Mountain of Affixes: an overview of the typology and phonology of nominal and verbal affixation in the languages of the Caucasus’ will present the preliminary results from my PhD project and give some insights into my database Caucaffix. The data consists of more than 10,000 nominal and verbal affixes from 55 languages spoken in the Caucasus between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. This is a linguistically highly diverse region with three indigenous language families and these languages are notorious for their complex phonology and morphology. The languages of the Caucasus are therefore an excellent case for investigating the interaction between grammar and phonology. The aim of my project is to see what the typology and phonology of Caucasian affixes might be able to tell us about affixation and grammar in general. Since there are also Indo-European and Turkic languages spoken in the region, which are known to have migrated into the Caucasus, we can investigate the effects of language contact and potential affix borrowing. The first part of the seminar will present some preliminary results from my typological data, which will focus on spatial and temporal referencing in the shape of local cases, preverbs and converbs. The second part of the seminar will present some of my phonological findings, both across the language families and for particular grammatical concepts.

About the event:

25 November 2021 10:15 to 11:15

Location:
On-site: H402, virtually: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/63263453894

Contact:
mikael.rollling.luse

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