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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

17.07. Afrikalinguistisches Kolloquium: The verbal complex in Limassa (Winkhart)

"Aspects of the verbal complex in Limassa (UBANGI)" - Vortrag von Benedikt Winkhart (HU Berlin, Ph.D. project) im Rahmen des Afrikalinguistischen Kolloquiums
Wann 17.07.2018 von 16:15 bis 17:45 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo HU Berlin, Institutsgebäude, HAUSVOGTEIPLATZ 5-7, RAUM 302b
Kontaktname Christfried Naumann

My dissertation project aims at documenting Limassa, a language of the Baka-Gundi branch of the Mundu-Baka family (Ubangi), which is spoken along the Sangha River in the north of the Republic of the Congo and today threatened to go extinct. So far, Limassa is undescribed; no substantial information exists beyond three small vocabularies (Bruel 1911, Ouzilleau 1911, Klieman 1993).

This talk will give a first insight into the verbal system of Limassa. To this end, I will present the general structure of verbs and propose a framework for the verb as a grammatical category in this specific language. A central concern will be the distinction between verbs and nouns, which is not always clear-cut. Limassa has a group of lexemes that seem to exhibit characteristics of both word classes. Furthermore, my talk will touch on various topics of the verbal domain such as tense, aspect, and mood categories, negation, and deverbal nominalisation strategies.

Bruel, Georges. 1910. Les Populations de la Moyenne Sanga. Revue d’ethnographie et de sociologie 1(2). 3–32, 111–125.

Klieman, Kairn Anne. 1997. People of the western equatorial rainforest: a history of society and economy, from c. 3000 BC to 1890. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).  

Ouzilleau, F. 1910. Notes sur les langues des Pygmées de la Sanga: Suivies de vocabulaires. Revue d’ethnographie et de sociologie 2. 75–92.