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

Workshop: Gender across Niger-Congo - 29.11. / 30.11.2018


Location: Humboldt University Berlin "re:work", IGK Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Georgenstr. 23, 10117 Berlin, 6th floor, Conference room

Organizer: Dr. Ines Fiedler, Prof. Dr. Tom Güldemann


Understanding ‘gender’ as noun classification combined with grammatical agreement, the project “Nominal classification between gender and declension” investigates gender and its relation to morphological and other formal marking on the noun in African languages.

One main goal of the project is the reconstruction of gender systems in Niger-Congo on different genealogical levels. By focusing on five geographical pools of Niger-Congo that possess functioning gender and associated systems of nominal inflection and derivation and that show a wide geographical and genealogical spread, the project hopes to shed light on the still enigmatic history of the largest language family in both Africa and on a global level.

The international workshop “Gender across Niger-Congo”, organized by the Department of African Studies within the framework of this research project, brought together leading researchers on nominal classification in such Niger-Congo groups as Atlantic, Adamawa and Benue-Kwa, thus providing important insights into the macro- and microstructure of gender systems in these language groups.




09.00 – 10.00 Tom Güldemann & Ines Fiedler


10.30 – 11.30 Lee Pratchett

An areal and typological appraisal of gender in Ju

11.30 – 12.30

Ron Schaefer

Edoid noun class and gender systems

14.00 – 15.00 Ines Fiedler & Tom Güldemann

The reconstruction of the Guang gender system

15.00 – 16.00 Mark van de Velde & Dmitry Idiatov

The relation between noun form classes and agreement classes in Adamawa and beyond

16.30 – 17.30 Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer

Agreement and noun form classes in Vere (Benue-Volta)

17.30 – 18.30 Florian Lionnet

The gender system of Laal (isolate) in typological and areal perspective






09.00 – 10.00 Jack Merrill

Evidence from Atlantic for a recently grammaticalized classifier system in early Niger-Congo

10.30 – 11.30 Konstantin Pozdniakov

Some properties of the Atlantic noun class systems in the Niger-Congo context

11.30 - 12.30 Michael Schulze

Morphosyntax of gender and deriflection in Southern Mel

14.00 – 15.00 Denis Creissels

Genders, inflectional classes of nouns, and the non-contextual use of “classes” in Jóola Fóoñi (Atlantic)

15.00 – 16.00 Guillaume Segerer

Noun class assignment in a comparative perspective: the Bak languages (Niger-Congo, Atlantic)

16.30 – 17.30 Tom Güldemann & Jan Junglas

Gender and number in Kadu with particular reference to Krongo

17.30 – 18.30   Roundtable