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

24.01. Afrikalinguistisches Kolloquium: NE Africa's tripartite number marking systems (Junglas)

“A statistical take on Northeastern Africa's tripartite number marking systems” - Vortrag von Jan Junglas (HU Berlin, Ph.D. project) im Rahmen des Afrikalinguistischen Kolloquiums
  • Wann 24.01.2023 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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Drawing on data from 13 languages from eight language groups, my dissertation is set to provide a typological overview of tripartite number marking in Northeastern Africa’s non-Cushitic languages. Even though a self-compiled 600-word list serves as comparative basis, the number of entries varies from language to language, as in all but one case data was collected from secondary sources (dictionaries, word lists) with differing scopes. In order to guarantee a typological analysis built on appropriate scientific standards, a wide array of statistical methods had to be applied to the obtained data. In this talk, these very methods are presented. Subdivided into the domains of “descriptive statistics” and “inferential statistics”, a variety of values, operations and visualizations are introduced serving two purposes. For one thing, the suitability of different statistical methods for particular kinds of data is examined, and for another thing, selected data from my language sample is discussed. In this way, the benefits and flaws of a statistical approach to comparative typology come to light. In addition, a concise introduction into the programming language “R” is provided, which functioned as the main tool for my statistical work.