Hiwa Asadpour, Shene Hassan & Manfred Sailer presented a talk on “Non-wh relatives in English and Kurdish: Constraints on grammar and use” at the HPSG 2022 conference. They sketch an analysis of English and Sōrānī Kurdish non-wh relatives. In both languages, there is variation between bare relatives and relatives introduced by a function word, that and ka respectively. The authors discuss some aspects of social meaning that is attached to the choice between the bare and the non-bare variant. Building on previous work on social meaning in HPSG, Hiwa, Shene & Manfred model the socially conditioned variation as a combination of conventional implicatures and particularized conversational implicatures. The paper combines results of Shene’s dissertation on English and Kurdish relative clauses, Hiwa’s fieldwork on Kurdish varieties, and Manfred’s work on non-at-issue meaning in HPSG.Continue reading “Asadpour, Hassan & Sailer at HPSG 2022”
A new volume on Word Order Variation has been published in the series Studia Typologica [STTYP] (De Gruyter Mouton) by Hiwa Asadpour in collaboration with Thomas Jügel. The focus region is the Iranic-Semitic-Turkic contact area, where many languages are described as verb-final, ‘Targets’ (Goals, Recipients, etc.) tend to appear in the immediate postverbal position, a pattern violating the alleged ‘basic word order’. The volume will be available from August 1 on.Continue reading “Asadpour co-edits volume on language contact”
DGfS 2023 (Cologne, March 8-10) will host a workshop on Coexistence, competition, and change: Structural borrowing and the dynamics of asymmetric language contact, organized by the DALC team.Continue reading “DALC workshop at DGfS 2023”
Host Institution: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
16-Jun-2022 to 20-Jun-2022, Goethe-University hosted the training schoolContinue reading “Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Low-Resource Languages (ETPOLL2022)”
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