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

21.06. Colloquium on African linguistics: Adverbs in Limassa (Winkhart)

“Adverbs in Limassa - an overview” - Talk by Benedikt Winkhart (HU Berlin, Ph.D. project) given within the colloquium of African linguistics and languages
  • When Jun 21, 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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Limassa is a hitherto undescribed language of the Baka-Gundi branch of the Mundu-Baka family (Ubangi), spoken along the Sangha River in the north of the Republic of the Congo. Since it has only few speakers and is highly endangered to become extinct, the central goal of my dissertation project is a thorough linguistic study based on an extensive and diverse data corpus. This talk focuses on the adverbs of Limassa and gives a first overview. The language has a fairly manageable number of adverbs. Semantically, these can be divided into conceptual groups, such as adverbs referring to manner, spatial position, quantity, qualification and location in time. Various aspects of their morphosyntactic behaviour are discussed in order to better define this lexical category.