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

07.06. Afrikalinguistisches Kolloquium: Fossilized class affixes in the Mel languages (Schulze)

“Fossilized class affixes in the Mel languages” - Vortrag von Michael Schulze (HU Berlin, Ph.D. project) im Rahmen des (digitalen) Afrikalinguistischen Kolloquiums
  • Wann 07.06.2022 von 16:15 bis 17:45
  • Wo Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, Raum 410 & Zoom-Übertragung
  • Name des Kontakts Christfried Naumann (christfried.naumann (AT) hu-berlin.de, bitte kontaktieren bzgl. Zugangsinformationen per Zoom)
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In the Mel languages of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the systems of affixal class marking on nouns are quite heterogeneous. In the Northern branch, the systems are strictly prefixing, while in the languages of the Southern branch, prefixes, suffixes, circumfixes and class enclitics are found. For the historical-comparative reconstruction of the nominal form marking systems in Mel, this diversity of systems poses a considerable challenge. Having only the synchronic systems in mind, one is tempted to reconstruct a prefixing system for Proto-Mel from which the later diversity in Southern Mel has developed. But a closer look reveals that many nominal forms in Northern Mel languages clearly show fossilized class suffixes. In Southern Mel, both fossilized prefixes and suffixes can be identified. In this talk, some tentative analyses of these observations will be given, together with the consequences for the reconstruction of the Proto-Mel system.