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18.01. Colloquium on African linguistics: Agreement class assignment in Mel, Limba and Gola (Schulze)

“Agreement class assignment in Mel, Limba and Gola” - Talk by Michael Schulze (HU Berlin, Ph.D. project) given within the digital colloquium of African linguistics and languages
  • When Jan 18, 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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The Mel languages of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia as well as the neighboring languages Limba and Gola are characterized by complex systems of nominal classification. This talk will give a thorough account of class agreement in these languages and will furthermore examine to what extent the notion of ‘class agreement’ can be applied at all to their nominal classification systems. Corbett (1991) elaborates on different systems of agreement class assignment (Corbett: “gender assignment”): semantic systems, morphological systems and phonological systems. In the above-mentioned languages all these systems can be found. Moreover, several languages have a combination of semantic and morphological agreement. The system of each language will be dealt with in detail in order to give insights how the respective mechanisms of agreement class assignment work and to sharpen the framework used so far for the analysis of the nominal classification systems.

Corbett, Greville G. 1991. Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.