This page provides information about the Diversity Linguistics Seminar, which usually takes place on Thursdays at 15:00h, in GWZ H4 3.15 (Beethovenstraße 15 in Leipzig). This is organized by Martin Haspelmath. Everyone is welcome to attend.
November 29th, 15:00h: Talk by Diana Forker (University of Jena): Elevation as a category of grammar: East Caucasian languages and beyond
November 22nd, 15:00h: tba
November 15th, 15:00h: tba
November 8th, 15:00h: tba
November 1st, 15:00h: Talk by David Gil (MPI-SHH Jena): “Who is your name?”
October 25th, 15:00h: Talk by Natalia Levshina (Leipzig University): Corpus-based explanation of differential case marking
October 18th, 15:00h: (no seminar; instead, Laura Becker’s defense at 13:00h)
October 4th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Helmbrecht et al. (2018):
Helmbrecht, Johannes, Lukas Denk, Sarah Thanner & Ilenia Tonetti. 2018. Morphosyntactic coding of proper names and its implications for the Animacy Hierarchy. In Sonia Cristofaro & Fernando Zúñiga (eds.), Typological hierarchies in synchrony and diachrony, 377–401. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
September 27th, 15:00h: Talk by Jurica Polančec (University of Zagreb & Leipzig University): Investigating actionality from a cross-linguistic perspective
September 20th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Haig (2018):
Haig, Geoffrey. 2018. The grammaticalization of object pronouns: Why differential object indexing is an attractor state. Linguistics 56(4). 781–818. doi:10.1515/ling-2018-0011.
September 13th, 15:00h: Talk by Matthias Urban (Uni Tübingen): Language and environment between ecological determinism and cultural diversity
August 23rd, 15:00h: Talk by Dan Ke (Leipzig University): A data-based study on universals of nomification systems
August 2nd, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Fiedler & al. (2010)
Fiedler, Ines, Katharina Hartmann, Brigitte Reineke, Anne Schwarz & Malte Zimmermann. 2010. Subject focus in West African languages. In Malte Zimmermann & Caroline Féry (eds.), Information structure: Theoretical, typological, and experimental perspectives, 234–257. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
July 5th, 15:00h: Talk by Vladimir Panov (Moscow and Vilnius): Sentence-final particles in Asia: Defining an area-bound typological concept
June 28th, 11:00h: Talk by Pernilla Hallonsten Halling (Stockholm University): Adverb as a part of speech from a cross-linguistic perspective (Room: SFB Seminar Room 5.55, Nikolaistraße 10, 5th floor)
June 21st, 15:00h: Talk by Sonia Cristofaro (University of Pavia): From result-oriented typology to source-oriented typology: Implicational universals in diachronic perspective
June 7th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing de Swart & de Hoop (2018):
de Swart, Peter & de Hoop, Helen. 2018. Shifting animacy. Theoretical Linguistics 44(1–2). 1–23. DOI: 10.1515/tl-2018-0001.
May 31st, 15:00h: Talk by Katarzyna Janic (Leipzig University): Marking of agent-patient, agent-recipient and agent-beneficiary coreference in a cross-linguistic perspective
May 29th, 15:00h (Tuesday!): Talk by Matthew S. Dryer (University at Buffalo): The phonological basis of the analytic-synthetic-polysynthetic distinction (Room: SFB Seminar Room 5.55, Nikolaistraße 10, 5th floor)
May 17th, 15:00h: Talk by Uli Reich (with Raúl Bendezú and Timo Buchholz) (FU Berlin): Evidentiality, epistemic modality and focus in Conchucos Quechua
May 15th, 15:00h (Tuesday!): Talk by Jingting Ye (Leipzig University): Property words and the attributive prominence hierarchy (Room: SFB Seminar Room 5.55, Nikolaistraße 10, 5th floor)
May 3rd, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Luraghi (2014):
Luraghi, Silvia. 2014. Plotting diachronic semantic maps: The role of metaphors. In Silvia Luraghi & Heiko Narrog (eds.), Perspectives on semantic roles, 99–150. Amsterdam: Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/tsl.106.04lur
April 26th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Handschuh (2017):
April 19th, 15:00h: Talk by Natalia Levshina (Leipzig University): Linguistic diversity, evolution and information theory
April 5th, 13:15h: Talk by Andrej Malchukov (University of Mainz): Exploring the domain of ditransitive constructions: Issues in lexical typology (GWZ H5.3.16!)
April 5th, 15:00h: Talk by Steve Pepper (University of Oslo): Roots, affixes and the typology of binominal lexemes (GWZ H5.3.16!)
March 22nd, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Temperley & Gildea (2018):
Temperley, David & Daniel Gildea. 2018. Minimizing syntactic dependency lengths: Typological/cognitive universal? Annual Review of Linguistics 4(1). 67–80. doi:10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011817-045617.
March 15th, 15:00h: Talk by Matthew S. Dryer (University at Buffalo): Why do languages have nouns and verbs?
March 1st, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Berez-Kroeker et al. (2018):
Berez-Kroeker, Andrea L., Lauren Gawne, Susan Smythe Kung, Barbara F. Kelly, Tyler Heston, Gary Holton, Peter Pulsifer, David I. Beaver, Shobhana Chelliah & Stanley Dubinsky. 2018. Reproducible research in linguistics: A position statement on data citation and attribution in our field. Linguistics 56(1). 1–18. DOI: 10.1515/ling-2017-0032.
February 15th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Georgakopoulos & Polis (2018):
Georgakopoulos, Thanasis & Stéphane Polis. 2018. The semantic map model: State of the art and future avenues for linguistic research. Language and Linguistics Compass (to appear)
February 8th, 15:00h: Talk by Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Universität Kiel): Complement clauses in Luruuli-Lunyara (Bantu)
January 25th, 15:00h: Talk by Greville G. Corbett (University of Surrey): Pluralia tantum nouns: Diversity meets the usual suspects
January 11th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Nichols (2017):
Nichols, Johanna. 2017. Person as an inflectional category. Linguistic Typology 21(3). 387–456. doi:10.1515/lingty-2017-0010.
December 7th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Norcliffe & Jaeger (2016):
Norcliffe, Elisabeth & T. Florian Jaeger. 2016. Predicting head-marking variability in Yucatec Maya relative clause production. Language and Cognition 8(2). 167–205. doi:10.1017/langcog.2014.39.
November 23rd, 15:00h: Talk by Natalia Levshina (Leipzig University): Linguistic universals in the time of corpora
November 16th, 15:00h: Talk by Henrik Liljegren (Stockholm University): Gender and animacy in the areal typology of the Hindukush (Room: SFB Seminar Room 5.55, Nikolaistraße 10, 5th floor)
November 9th, 15:00h: Talk by Péter Maitz (Uni Augsburg): Unserdeutsch (Rabaul Creole German): Zur Kreoltypikalität einer deutschbasierten Kreolsprache
November 2nd, 15:00h: Talk by Dan Ke (Uni Leipzig): A data-based study of gender universals
October 26th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Stolz et al. (2017):
Stolz, Thomas, Nataliya Levkovych & Aina Urdze. 2017. Spatial interrogatives: Typology and dynamics (with special focus on the development from Latin to Romance). In Silvia Luraghi, Tatiana Nikitina & Chiara Zanchi (eds.), Space in diachrony, 207–240. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
October 19th, 15:00h: Talk by Christian Lehmann (Universität Erfurt):
Relative clauses in Cabecar (a Chibchan language of Costa Rica)
October 12th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Malchukov (2016):
Malchukov, Andrej L. 2016. “Ambivalent voice”: Markedness effects in valency change. In Taro Kageyama & Wesley M. Jacobsen (eds.), Transitivity and valency alternations: Studies on Japanese and beyond, 389–422. (Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs 297). Berlin: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110477153-016
September 28th, 15:00h: Talk by Laura Becker (Leipzig University): Articles across the world’s languages
September 27th (Wednesday!), 15:00h: Talk by Kaius Sinnemäki (University of Helsinki): Multiple sources of variation in case marking
September 21st, 15:00h: Talk by Ye Jingting (Leipzig University): Independent and dependent possessive person forms: A cross-linguistic study
September 15th, 15:00h (Friday!): Reading seminar, discussing Seržant & Magaña (2017): Argument realization in Tojolabal (Mayan): A corpus-based approach
August 31st, 15:00h: Talk by Martin Haspelmath (MPI-SHH Jena & Leipzig University):
Role-reference association and form-frequency correspondence: An attempt at unifying monotransitive and ditransitive argument coding splits and alternations
August 24th, 15:00h: Talk by Karolin Obert (Universidade de São Paulo):
Are there serial verb constructions in Dâw (a Nadahup language of Brazil)?
August 17th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Regier et al. (2016):
Regier, Terry, Alexandra Carstensen & Charles Kemp. 2016. Languages support efficient communication about the environment: Words for snow revisited. PLOS ONE 11(4). e0151138. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151138
July 27th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Zwarts (2010):
Zwarts, Joost. 2010. A hierarchy of locations: Evidence from the encoding of direction in adpositions and cases. Linguistics 48(5). 983–1009. DOI: 10.1515/ling.2010.032.
July 20th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Reinöhl & Himmelmann (2017):
Reinöhl, Uta & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann. 2017. Renewal: A figure of speech or a process sui generis? Language 93(2). 381–413. doi:10.1353/lan.2017.0018.
July 6th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Berdicevskis & Semenuks (2017):
Berdicevskis, Aleksandrs & Semenuks, Arturs. 2017. Imperfect language learning eliminates morphological overspecification: Experimental evidence.
June 22nd, 15:00h: Talk by Christoph Holz (Uni Leipzig): Numeral classifiers don’t individuate: A usage-based approach
June 15th, 15:00h: Talk by Katerina Stathi (Uni Bonn): Granularity: Semantic specificity and generality across languages
June 8th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Koplenig et al. (2017):
Koplenig, Alexander, Peter Meyer, Sascha Wolfer & Carolin Müller-Spitzer. 2017. The statistical trade-off between word order and word structure: Large-scale evidence for the principle of least effort. PLOS ONE 12(3). e0173614. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173614.
June 1st, 15:00h: Talk by Holger Diessel (Uni Jena): Introducing the grammar network
May 18th, 15:00h: Talk by Cormac Anderson (MPI-SHH Jena): Descriptive categories and comparative concepts in phonology
May 11th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Hendriks et al. (2015):
Hendriks, Petra, John C. J. Hoeks & Jennifer Spenader. 2015. Reflexive choice in Dutch and German. The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 17(3). 229–252. DOI:10.1007/s10828-014-9070-x.
May 4th, 15:00h: Talk by Thomas Stolz (Uni Bremen): Coding complexity in spatial interrogatives / Zu- und abnehmende Kodierungskomplexität: Der Fall der räumlichen Interrogativa
April 27th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Koontz-Garboden (2006):
Koontz-Garboden, Andrew. 2005. On the typology of state/change of state alternations. In Geert Booij & Jaap van Marle (eds.), Yearbook of Morphology 2005, 83–117. Dordrecht: Springer.
April 20th, 15:00h: Talk by Ilka Wild (University of Erfurt): The Kanakanavu language, an Austronesian language of Taiwan: Selected topics
(April 13th: no seminar)
April 6th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Siegel (2016):
Siegel, Jeff. 2016. Contact-induced grammatical change in Melanesia: Who were the agents of change? Australian Journal of Linguistics 36(3). 406–428 (doi:10.1080/07268602.2015.1134301)
(March 30th: no seminar)
March 23rd, 11:00h: Talk by Aina Urdze (University of Bremen): Coding asymmetries in tense marking world-wide: A preliminary report
March 16th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Lehmann (2012):
Lehmann, Christian. 2012. Converse categorization strategies. Linguistics 50(3). 467–494. doi:10.1515/ling-2012-0016.
(March 9th: no seminar)
March 2nd, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Kurumada & Grimm (2017):
Kurumada, Chigusa & Scott Grimm. 2017. Communicative efficiency in language production and learning: Optional plural marking (submitted).
February 23rd, 15:00h: Talk by Martin Haspelmath (MPI-SHH Jena & Leipzig University): Universals of causative and anticausative verb formation and the spontaneity scale
February 16th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Koch (1995):
Koch, Harold. 1995. The creation of morphological zeroes. In Geert Booij & Jaap van Marle (eds.), Yearbook of Morphology 1994, 31–71. (Yearbook of Morphology). Dordrecht: Kluwer. (doi:10.1007/978-94-017-3714-2_2)
February 9th, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Lewis & Frank (2016):
Lewis, Molly L. & Michael C. Frank. 2016. The length of words reflects their conceptual complexity. Cognition 153. 182–195. (doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.04.003)
February 2nd, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Kurumada & Jaeger (2015):
Kurumada, Chigusa & T. Florian Jaeger. 2015. Communicative efficiency in language production: Optional case-marking in Japanese. Journal of Memory and Language 83. 152–178. (doi:10.1016/j.jml.2015.03.003)
January 26 (2017), 15:00h: Talk by Natalia Levshina (Uni Leipzig): Economy, iconicity and productivity: a typological study of causative constructions
January 19 (2017), 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Urban (2011):
Urban, Matthias. 2011. Asymmetries in overt marking and directionality in semantic change. Journal of Historical Linguistics 1(1). 3–47. doi:10.1075/jhl.1.1.02urb.
January 12 (2017), 15:00h: Talk by Ilja Seržant (Uni Leipzig): Two developmental paths of Differential Object Marking
December 8, 15:00h: Talk by Julia Bischoffberger (Leipzig University): Agreement and reference in Guarayu (Tupian; Bolivia)
December 1, 15:00h: Talk by Martin Haspelmath (MPI-SHH & Leipzig University): Grammatical coding asymmetries and predictability: An overview of the goals of the “Grammatical Universals” project
(November 24: no seminar)
November 17, 15:00h: Talk by Natalia Levshina (Leipzig University): Universal functional motivations and probabilistic grammar: Bayesian mixed-effect regression models of help + (to) Infinitive in varieties of web-based English
November 10, 15:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Plank (2015):
Plank, Frans. 2015. Time for change. In Carlotta Viti (ed.), Perspectives on historical syntax, 61–91. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
November 3, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Lestrade (2013):
Lestrade, Sander. 2013. The optional use of morphological case. Linguistic Discovery 11(1). 84–104.
October 27, 14:00h: Talk by Patrick Steinkrüger (HU Berlin): The typology of Romance languages: An intragenetic approach
October 13th, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Fauconnier (2011):
Fauconnier, Stefanie. 2011. Differential agent marking and animacy. Lingua 121(3). 533–547.
October 6th, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Creissels (2017):
Creissels, Denis. 2017. The Obligatory Coding Principle in diachronic perspective. In: Sonia Cristofaro & Fernando Zúñiga (eds). Typological hierarchies in diachrony. Amsterdam: Benjamins (to appear)
September 29, 14:00h: Talk by Elisabeth Verhoeven (HU Berlin): Argument alternations and linearization: A cross-linguistic corpus study (Abstract)
September 22, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Blasi et al. (2016):
Blasi, Damián E., Søren Wichmann, Harald Hammarström, Peter F. Stadler & Morten H. Christiansen. 2016. Sound–meaning association biases evidenced across thousands of languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 201605782. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/09/06/1605782113.full
September 15, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Kiparsky (2008):
Kiparsky, Paul. 2008. Universals constrain change; change results in typological generalizations. In Jeff Good (ed.), Linguistic universals and language change, 23–53. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
September 8, 14:00h: Talk by Jakob Neels (Leipzig U): Frequency-effect explanations of grammaticalisation: Can we count on them?
August 25, 14:00h: Talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis (Leipzig U): World-wide comparative evidence for calquing of valency patterns in creoles
August 18, 14:00h: Talk by Antonio Magaña Macías (Leipzig U): Ergative agreement in Tojolab’al (Mayan, Mexico)
August 11, 14:00h: Talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode (Leipzig U): Report on a cross-linguistic study of complement clauses and complementation systems
August 4, 14:00h: Talk by Natalia Levshina (Leipzig U): Frequency, predictability and grammatical asymmetries: Evidence from Google n-grams
July 28, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Plag & Balling (2016):
Plag, Ingo & Balling, Laura Winther. 2016. Derivational morphology: An integrative perspective on some fundamental questions. In Pirelli, Vito & Plag, Ingo & Dressler, Wolfgang U. (eds.). 2016. Word knowledge and word usage: A cross-disciplinary guide to the mental lexicon. Berlin: De Gruyter (to appear)
July 21, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Brown et al. (2013):
Brown, Dunstan, Greville G. Corbett, Sebastian Fedden, Andrew Hippisley & Paul Marriott. 2013. Grammatical typology and frequency analysis: Number availability and number use. Journal of Language Modelling 1(2). 227–241. doi:10.15398/jlm.v1i2.69.
July 14, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Kirby et al. (2008):
S. Kirby, H. Cornish & K. Smith. 2008. Cumulative cultural evolution in the laboratory: An experimental approach to the origins of structure in human language. PNAS 105(31): 10681–10686
July 7, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Singh & Ford (2003):
Singh, Rajendra & Alan Ford. 2003. In praise of Sakatayana: Some remarks on whole word morphology. In Rajendra Singh, Stanley Starosta & Sylvain Neuvel (eds.), Explorations in Seamless Morphology, 66–76. New Delhi: SAGE.
June 30, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Schwarz (2013):
June 23: 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Moskal (2015):
Moskal, Beata. 2015. Limits on allomorphy: A case study in nominal suppletion. Linguistic Inquiry 46(2). 363–376. (doi:10.1162/LING_a_00185)
(June 22, 10:00h: Talk by Damián Blasi: What quantitative methods can do for the study of cross-linguistic patterns (GWZ H5 3.16))
June 16, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Newmeyer (2016):
Newmeyer, Frederick J. 2016. Nonsyntactic explanations of island constraints. Annual Review of Linguistics 2(1). 187–210. (doi:10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011415-040707)
June 9, 14:00h: Talk by Ilja Seržant (Leipzig U): Towards a diachronic typology of Differential Argument Marking
June 2, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Huang (2009):
May 26, 14:00h: Talk by Chen Rong (Leipzig U): Hypothesis-driven universal testing: The association between regularity and length of number marking forms
May 19, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Lee Hanjung (2010)
Lee, Hanjung. 2010. Explaining variation in Korean case ellipsis: Economy versus iconicity. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 19(4). 291–318.
May 12, 14:00h: Talk by Karen De Clercq (guest from U Ghent): Typology, syncretisms and nanosyntax in the analysis of negation
April 28, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Himmelmann (2014)
Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2014. Asymmetries in the prosodic phrasing of function words: Another look at the suffixing preference. Language 90(4). 927–960.
April 21, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Dingemanse et al. (2013)
Dingemanse, Mark, Francisco Torreira & N. J. Enfield. 2013. Is “huh?” a universal word? Conversational infrastructure and the convergent evolution of linguistic items. PLOS ONE 8(11). e78273. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078273.
April 14, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Siewierska (2010)
Siewierska, Anna. 2010. Person asymmetries in zero expression and grammatical function. In Franck Floricic (ed.), Essais de typologie et de linguistique générale: Mélanges offerts à Denis Creissels, 471–485. Lyon: ENS Éditions.
April 7, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Creissels (2015+)
Creissels, Denis. The Obligatory Coding Principle in diachronic perspective. Manuscript, University of Lyon 2 (downloadable from the author’s personal website)
March 31, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Everett et al. (2016)
Everett, Caleb, Damián E. Blasi & Seán G. Roberts. 2016. Language evolution and climate: The case of desiccation and tone. Journal of Language Evolution 1(1). 33–46. (doi:10.1093/jole/lzv004).
March 24: no meeting
March 17, 14:00h: Talk by Tom Güldemann (HU Berlin) (& Tjerk Hagemeijer, U Lisbon): How to become a Macro-Sudan belt language: The Gulf-of-Guinea creole (GGC) case
March 10, 14:00h: Talk by Michael Cysouw (Universität Marburg): Using Parallel text to quantify models of linguistic diversity and change
March 3, 14:00h: Talk by Ulrike Zeshan (Central Lancaster University): Another kind of jargon: Deaf sign language users without a shared language developing communication over time
February 25, 14:00h: Natalia Levshina: Multifactorial descriptions and multiple explanations: A study of English permissive constructions
February 18, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Hawkins (2014), Chapter 2
February 11, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Haspelmath (1999)
February 4, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Haig & Schnell (2016)
Haig, Geoffrey & Stefan Schnell. 2016. The discourse basis of ergativity revisited. Language (to appear)
January 28, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Schmidtke-Bode (2012)
Schmidtke-Bode, Karsten. 2012. The performance basis of grammatical constraints on complex sentences: A preliminary survey. In Volker Gast & Holger Diessel (eds.), Clause linkage in cross-linguistic perspective: Data-driven approaches to cross-clausal syntax, 415–448. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
January 21, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Bickel et al. (2015)
Bickel, Balthasar & Witzlack-Makarevich, Alena & Zakharko, Taras & Iemmolo, Giorgio. 2015. Exploring diachronic universals of agreement: Alignment patterns and zero marking across person categories. In: Fleischer, Jürg & Rieken, Elisabeth & Widmer, Paul (eds.) Agreement from a diachronic perspective, 29-51. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
January 14, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Napoli et al. (2014)
Napoli, Donna Jo & Sanders, Nathan & Wright, Rebecca. 2014. On the linguistic effects of articulatory ease, with a focus on sign languages. Language 90(2). 424–456.
January 7, 14:00h: Reading seminar, discussing Anderson (2016)
Anderson, Stephen R. 2016. Synchronic versus diachronic explanation and the nature of the Language Faculty. Annual Review of Linguistics 2(1).
If you need access to a paper for a reading seminar, please write to Martin Haspelmath.