Afranaph Project Workshop

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The Afranaph Project Development Workshop will take place on December 10-11 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The APDW is hosted by the Afranaph Project (NSF BCS-0919086), the Office of International Programs and the Linguistics Department of Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  Click here for the workshop website.

About the Workshop

The Afranaph Project, which was originally designed to explore empirical patterns of anaphoric phenomena in the languages of Africa and to provide online access to data and analysis thereby uncovered, is expanding its empirical scope, using the infrastructure developed in the last six years, to initiate explorations in other domains of grammar in the languages of Africa and perhaps beyond. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage the development of research that exploits our data and our database, to consider proposals for new domains of research that suit our methodology and resources, and to bring together those who have worked on the project or the languages that are studied in it and to consider how the project can be developed over the next several years as a platform for research into new empirical domains. The goals and methodology of the Afranaph Project are fully explained and presented on our website.

Our workshop welcomes the participation of linguistic theorists, linguists specializing in comparative African linguistics, and native speaker language consultants already working with our project (with the understanding that these are usually overlapping categories). The workshop presentations are of essentially two kinds, those that consist of specific project proposals for new directions and those that present work on languages and/or data in the project wholly or partially. Besides those participating in the project and speaking at the workshop, the public is invited to attend. There is no conference registration fee, although participants are asked to register for our records.

Conference Schedule

Although we have not yet formulated the workshop schedule, the workshop presentations will include those listed below.

Properties of Subjects in Bantu Languages – Vicki Carstens, University of Missouri-Columbia, Michael Diercks, Pomona College, Luis Lopez, University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyiso Mletshe, University of the Western Cape, SA

DP Positions in African Languages – Vicki Carstens, University of Missouri, Michael Diercks, Pomona College, Loyiso Mletshe, University of the Western Cape, SA, Justine Sikuku, Moi University, Kenya

The Morphosyntax of Bantu Nouns – Tarald Taralsen, University of Tromsø.

Tense and Aspect in African Languages – Sylvester Ron Simango, Rhodes University, SA.

Clausal Complementation and Selection – Mark Baker and Ken Safir, Rutgers University.

An Examination of Anaphoric Relations in Selected African Languages – Justine Sikuku, Moi University, Kenya

The Syntax of Conjunction and Disjunction in Bantu Languages – Patricia Schneider-Zioga, University of California, Irvine.

African Body Part Reflexives – Eric Reuland and Dagmar Schadler, University of Utrecht.

Anaphoric Expressions in Konso – Ongaye Oda, Leiden University, The Netherlands/Dilla University, Ethiopia.

The Forgotten Relative Clause of Ikalanga – Rose Letsholo, University of Botswana.

On the syntax of reciprocals in Tarifyt Berber – Noureddine Elouazizi, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Anaphors in Bantu Languages: A Comparative Perspective – Kizitus Mpoche,University of Douala, Cameroon

Strategies of Anaphoric Referencing in Limbum – Francis Wepngong Ndi, Leiden Univeristy Alumni, The Netherlands

The-ik-i- extensions and the tonal domains in the imperative and hortative in Kinande: a complement to the Kinande Grammar sketch – Ngessimo Mutaka, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon.

The Afranaph Workshop is primarily supported by NSF BCS 0919086 which funds the Afranaph Project as a whole, as well as a supplemental grant of $5000 from NSF to enhance support for the Afranaph Workshop awarded to Ken Safir. Additional Workshop sponsors and contributors are the Office of International Programs, the Center for African Studies, and the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures.

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