Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

15.02. Colloquium on African linguistics: Number systems in Katlaic (Nüsslein)

“A comparison of number systems in the Katlaic family” - Talk by Ulrike Nüsslein (HU Berlin) given within the digital colloquium of African linguistics and languages
  • When Feb 15, 2022 from 04:15 to 05:45
  • Where Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, room 410 & via Zoom
  • Contact Name Christfried Naumann (christfried.naumann (AT) hu-berlin.de, please contact for Zoom access information)
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In this talk, I will undertake a comparison of the number marking patterns of the three languages of the Katlaic family, Katla, Tima and Julut, spoken in the Nuba Mountains of the Sudan. In order to compare the number systems, I use a fixed wordlist searching for as many cognate terms as possible in all three languages. The 102 identified cognate items are divided into 6 groups according to morphophonological properties. I will discuss their formal and semantic-functional characteristics and give a summary for the entire family. The ultimate goal of my research is to reconstruct a likely Katlaic proto-system and outline the historical dynamics leading to the number marking in the three modern languages.