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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences | Department of Asian and African Studies | Regional Departments | African Studies | Events | Upcoming Events | 09.06. Digital Colloquium on African linguistics: Puzzling palatalisation (Pratchett & Gerlach)

09.06. Digital Colloquium on African linguistics: Puzzling palatalisation (Pratchett & Gerlach)

"Puzzling palatalisation: tracking areal features and contact history across ǂ’Amkoe, Kalahari Khoe, and Bantu" - Talk by Lee J. Pratchett & Linda Gerlach (GU Frankfurt & HU zu Berlin) given within the digital colloquium on African linguistics and languages
When Jun 09, 2020 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Where via Zoom
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Palatalisation is one of the most common phonological assimilatory processes found across the world’s languages, and it is typically motivated by a high front vowel. Yet, every now and again, palatalisation patterns manifest in languages that challenge typological models because of an observed lack of an obvious motivation or because the sound change only occurs with an unexpected subset of consonants (eg. ‘unnatural' palatalisation of labials in Southern Bantu). Palatalisation is an areal feature of some languages of the Kalahari. In this talk, we present work-in-progress that builds on previous research that describes ‘unnatural palatalisation’ in G|ui (Nakagawa 2006) and ǂ’Amkoe (Gerlach 2018), unrelated ‘Khoisan’ languages of the central Kalahari. We expand the investigation to include more Kalahari Basin Area languages and language varieties, unveiling what we analyse as multiple distinct and independent kinds of palatalisation. We will contextualise the geographic spread of each type and suggest exciting hypotheses for distinct language contact scenarios concerning ǂ’Amkoe (Kx’a), Kalahari Khoe (Khoe-Kwadi), and different branches of Bantu (Niger-Congo).

References
Gerlach, Linda. 2018. Palatalization in ǂ'Amkoe. In Güldemann, Tom & Hirosi Nakagawa (eds.), Kalahari Basin sound structure - in memory of Anthony T. Traill (1939-2007). Africana Linguistica 24: 31-43.


Nakagawa, Hirosi. 2006. Aspects of the Phonetic and Phonological Structure of the G|ui Language. Doctoral dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand.

 

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