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

22.06. Colloquium on African linguistics: Khoekhoe clause types (Job)

  • When Jun 22, 2021 from 04:15 to 05:45
  • Where via Zoom
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Khoekhoe(gowab) exhibits highly flexible clause structures. Interestingly, the highest attested flexibility of the Khoekhoe clausal structure emanates from data that is largely based on elicitation and grammaticality judgment of speakers (see, i.a. Hahn 2013; Haacke 1980, 1992; Kusmer 2020). This leads to several important questions, including primarily the following: Is the flexibility of the Khoekhoe clause also attested in natural discourse data? If so, what is the distribution of the different clause types? Are certain structures more frequent than others and can we motivate such different frequencies? These will be some of the issues of the talk, in line with Apel et al (2015) who convincingly argue for the importance of including natural discourse data in the study of language. This talk primarily aims to report on an analysis of data from a natural corpus of Khoekhoegowab. It will give an overview of the hitherto known Khoekhoe clause types and their corpus distribution as well as report on structures that are not mentioned in the literature.

Apel, Viktoria, Peggy Jacob & Henok Wondimu Tadesse. 2015. A discourse-based approach to focus constructions in three African languages (Pular, Kenga, and Gamo). A paper presented at the Final Conference of the SFB 632 collaborative research project, HU Berlin, 9 May 2015.

Hahn, Michael. 2013. Word Order Variation in Khoekhoe. In Stefan Müller (ed.), Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Freie Universität Berlin, 48–68. Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Kusmer, Leiland. 2020. Prosodic conditioning of word order in Khoekhoe. A Talk at Linguistic Society of America 2020, New Orleans, 5 January 2020.

Haacke, Wilfrid H. G. 1980. Nama "coreferential copulative sentences" re-assessed. In Snyman, Jan W. (ed.), Bushman and Hottentot linguistic studies (papers of seminar held on 27 July 1979), 80-106. Pretoria: University of South Africa.

Haacke, Wilfrid. 1992. Dislocated noun phrases in Khoekhoe (Nama/Damara): further evidence for the sentential hypothesis. Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere, 29, 149-162.


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