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

26.04. Colloquium on African linguistics: Katlaic number marking systems (Nüsslein)

“Emergence or loss in Katlaic number marking systems?” - Talk by Ulrike Nüsslein (HU Berlin) given within the digital colloquium of African linguistics and languages
  • When Apr 26, 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 explore the question of why the number marking systems of the Katlaic languages are so different. The three languages, Katla, Tima and Julut, are spoken in the Nuba Mountains of the Sudan. The central question is whether the different number systems are the result of partial loss of an earlier proto-system or of separate emergence. By using comparative language data I argue for the hypothesis that the modern number marking systems are separate innovations. The establishment of a number marking system is most advanced in Tima while Julut is still at the beginning of such a process. Finally, I want to show that an assumed Proto-Katlaic language did not have a number marking system at all.