ALT News No. 17

Johan.VanDerAuwera auwera at
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ALT News No. 17
May 1997


2. The Journal
3. Endangered languages - Zuerich
4. Endangered languages - York

1.  ALT II

Second Meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT),
September 11 - 14 (Thursday through Sunday), 1997



8:45-9:00    WELCOME! (by ALT Officers)

9:00-9:30    Jan Rijkhoff & Dik Bakker (University of Amsterdam)
             Typology and language sampling
9:30-10:00   Michael Cysouw (University of Nijmegen)
             Languages floating in 'head-dependent' space:
             Implications of a large-scale geographic patterns
10:00-10:30  Leon Stassen (University of  Nijmegen)
             A-languages and B-languages: Parameter clusterings
             in the languages of the world
10:30-11:00  J. Diego Quesada (University of Toronto)
             Preference as a typological parameter: A test case

11:00-11:30  COFFEE BREAK

11:30-12:00  Walter Bisang (Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet
             A typology of classifiers in East and Southeast
             Asian languages: Counting and beyond
12:00-12:30  William McGregor (University of Melbourne)
             Verb classification in North-west Australia

12:30-2:00   LUNCH BREAK

2:00-2:30    Anna Siewierska (Lancaster University)
             On nominal and verbal person marking
2:30-3:00    Kari Fraurud (Stockholm University)
             Possessives in extensive use: A source of definite
3:00-3:30    Vera I. Podlesskaya (Russian State University of
             Coordination and subordination in clause
             combining: Resumption as a clause linking device

3:30-4:00    COFFEE BREAK

4:00-5:00    SPECIAL LECTURE
             Joseph H. Greenberg, (Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor
             of Social Science, Emeritus, Stanford University)
             "The relation of historical linguistics to

 5:00-7:00   DINNER BREAK


7:00-7:30    Matthew Dryer (SUNY Buffalo)
             Optional ergative marking in Hanis Coos
7:30-8:00    Noel Rude (Conf. Tribes of the Umatilla)
             Split ergativity in Sahaptian
8:00-8:30    Janne Underriner (University of Oregon)
             Adjectivals in Klamath

8:30-9:00    COFFEE BREAK

9:00-9:30    Timothy Thornes (University of Oregon)
             Instrumental prefixes in Northern Paiute
9:30-10:00   TBA
10:00-10:30  Scott DeLancey (University of Oregon)
             Bipartite verbs in Western North America


9:00-9:30    Giulia Bencini (University of Colorado)
             Classification and explanation of yes/no
             question markers
9:30-10:00   Ferdinand de Haan (University of New Mexico)
             Evidentiality and epistemic modality
10:00-10:30  Johan van der Auwera (Universiteit Antwerpen)
             On the typology of negative modals

10:30-11:00  COFFEE BREAK


11:00-11:30  Fengxiang Li (California State University, Chico)
             & Lindsay J. Whaley (Dartmouth College)
             A cross-linguistic examination of causative,
             intensive and reciprocal
11:30-12:00  Tarek Ahmed (Universitaet zu Koeln)
             Control, initiation and event-construal:
             The semantic relaion between causatives,
             factitives and permissives
12:00-12:30  Mily Crevels (University of Amsterdam)
             Concession: A cross-linguistic approach


11:00-11:30  Sidney da Silva Facundes (SUNY at Buffalo)
             Word order in Apurina(Maipuran)
11:30-12:00  Jon Aske (UC Berkeley)
             Focus position as the main parameter of
             word order typology
12:00-12:30  Maria Polinsky (University of Southern
             California/UC San Diego)
             VSO and VOS: Differences and similarities

12:30-2:00   LUNCH BREAK


2:00-2:30    Greville Corbett (University of Surrey)
             A typology of nominal number system: values
             and constraints
2:30-3:00    Dik Bakker (University of Amsterdam)
             Competing motivations: a basis for typologies


2:00-2:30    Elena Maslova (Universitaet Bielefeld /
             St. Petersburg Institute for Linguistic Research)
             "Mixed" topic types and "optimal" topic encoding
2:30-3:00    Oesten Dahl & Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm
             (Stockholm University)
             Kinship in grammar

3:00-3:30    COFFEE BREAK

3:30-4:00   Jennifer Fitzpatrick-Cole & Aditi Lahiri
            (Universitaet Konstanz)
            Phonological phrasing, focus and intonation
4:00-4:30    Marika Butskhrikidze (Institute of Oriental Studies,
            Tbilisi/Leiden University)
            Distribution of consonant clusters in relation
            with fixed accent placement

4:30-5:00   Joan Bybee, Paromita Chakraborti, Dagmar
            Jung & Joanne Scheibman (University of New Mexico)
            Prosody and segmental effect: Some paths of
            evolution for word stress

5:00        Business meeting

SATURDAY  September 13


9:00-9:30    Stephen Matthews (University of Hong Kong)
             Relative clauses and the word order typology of
             Chinese: A parsing perspective
9:30-10:00   Regina Wu, Amy Meepoe & Foong Ha Yap (UCLA)
             The contribution of inherent lexical semantics to
             the interpretation of temporal reference in
             tenseless languages
10:00-10:30  Kaoru Horie (Tohoku University)
             Functional continuum "genitive - pronominal -
             complementizer": Cross-linguistic evidence from
             Cantonese, English, Japanese, Korean and
             Mandarin Chinese

10:30-11:00  COFFEE BREAK

11:00-11:30  Wolfgang Schellinger (Universitaet Konstanz)
             Dual number and cultural complexity
11:30-12:00  Zygmunt Frayzyngier & Erin Shay (University
             of Colorado)
             The grammatical function of nominal classes: A
             system interaction approach
12:00-12:30  Inga Dolinina (McMaster University)
             Event-plurality: Grammatical status and semantic

12:30-2:00   LUNCH BREAK

2:00-2:30    Bernard Comrie (University of Southern California)
             & Maria Polinsky (University of Southern
             California/UC San Diego)
             The great Dhagestan case hoax
2:30-3:00    Matthew Dryer (SUNY Buffalo)
             Postpositional clitics vs. case suffixes
3:00-3:30    Balthasar Bickel (Universitaet Zuerich)
             The syntax of double marking languages
3:30-4:00    Ritsuko Kikusawa (ILCAA, Tokyo University of
             Foreign Studies)
             Determination of transitive structures in
             Polynesian languages: With special reference to

4:00-4:30   COFFEE BREAK

4:30-5:00   Johannes Helmbrecht (Universitaet zu Koeln)
            The autonomy of person marking: On the
            morphological correlation of person and TAM
5:00-5:30   Per Durst-Andersen (Copenhagen Business School)
            Two types of aspectual systems


9:00-9:30   Kees Hengeveld (UvA Amasterdam), Jan N.M. Rijkhoff
            (UvA Amsterdam) & Anna Siewierska (Lancaster)
            Part-of-speech system as a basic typological
9:30-10:00  Casper de Groot (IFOTT/UvA Amsterdam)
            Parts of speech and derivation
10:00-10:30 William Croft (Manchester)
            Parts of speech as language universals and as
            language-particular categories

10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00-11:30 Paul J. Hopper (Carnegie Mellon University)
            How do we do verbs? A contribution to the discourse
            study of categories
11:30-12:00 Jan Anward (Stockholm) and Leon Stassen (Nijmegen)
            Loss of part-of-speech distinctions
12:00-12:30 Petra M. Vogel (Osnabrueck)
            A new explanation for the de-grammaticalization of
            the English word-class system

12:30-2:00  LUNCH BREAK

2:00-2:30   Maria-Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm) and Frans Plank
            Kinds of adnominals: adjectives, nouns, and
            in between
2:30-3:00   Marianne Mithun (Santa Barbara)
            Noun and verb in Iroquoian
3:00-3:30   Edith Moravcsik (Milwaukee)
            Hungarian adjectives from a typological point
            of view
3:30-4:00   Juergen Broschart (Koeln)
            'Unnatural morphology' in a natural language:
            lexicon-syntax interaction in Nama (Khoekhoe)

4:00-4:30   COFFEE BREAK

4:30-5:00   David Gil (Kuala Lumpur)
            Syntactic categories in Riau Indonesian
5:00-5:30    Inger Ahlgren (Stockholm) & Brita Bergman(Stockholm)
            Parts of speech in Swedish Sign Language

5:30-6:00   Summary of the workshop

6:00-8:00   DINNER BREAK

8:00-11:00  PARTY


9:00-9:30   Alexandr Kibrik (Moscow State University)
            A typology of experiential verbs
9:30-10:00  Martin Haspelmath (Free University of
            Berlin/University of Bamberg)
            Adpositions of temporal sequence and temporal
            distance: lessons from a cross-linguistic study
10:00-10:30 Kumiko Ichihashi-Nakayama (UC Santa Barbara)
            A study on the typology and universals of

10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00-11:30 Masayoshi Shibatani (Kobe University)
            Semantic parameters for intransitive-based passives
11:30-12:00 Dan I. Slobin (UC Berkeley)
            There is more than one way to talk about motion:
            Consequences of linguistic typology for narrative


ALT II will be held on the campus of the University of Oregon,
Eugene, OR, USA.  The main sessions will be in Gilbert Hall 231.

Registration fee for the conference will be $20; this will be
waived for students.  Morning and afternoon refreshments will
be provided for conference-goers.

There is no need for preregistration unless someone needs some
sort of letter from here in order to get funding or permission
for their travel.  Anyone with this or any other problem should
contact Scott Delancey, the local organizer.

   Scott Delancey
   Department of Linguistics
   University of Oregon
   Eugene, OR 97403
   delancey at
   Fax +1-541-3463917

There are no international flights directly into Eugene.  There
are convenient connections to San Francisco, Portland, and
Seattle, all of which have abundant flights to and from Europe
and Asia. The taxi ride from the airport to campus or nearby
motels is neither long nor terribly expensive.


All these motels are within easy walking distance of the meeting
site.  Those marked with # are particularly close.

Make reservations directly with the hotel.  All phone numbers are
Area Code 541-

(S)= single, (D) = double.  Most motels will give you a special
discount if you mention that you are attending a conference
connected with the University of Oregon Linguistics Department.

##New Oregon Motel
     1655 Franklin Blvd.      $52.50(S)           683-3669
     attn. Diane              $60.50(D)

#Greentree Motel
     1759 Franklin Blvd.      $55-110             485-2727
     attn. Karen

#Phoenix Inn
     850 Franklin Blvd.       $57(S)              344-0001
     attn. Jude                $65(D)              686-1288 (FAX)

Franklin Inn
     1857 Franklin Blvd.      $35-50              342-4804

Quality Inn
     2121 Franklin Blvd.      $35(S)              342-1243
     attn. Christy                                343-3474 (FAX)

Excelsior Inn
      754 E. 13th             $69-160             342-6963
                                                  346-1417 (FAX)
Barron's Motor Inn
     1859 Franklin            $40-90              343-6383

Campus Inn
     390 East Broadway        $40-78              343-3376

For those requiring more luxurious accommodations, these can be
had at one of the following hotels.  The Hilton is about 3-4 km.
from campus; the Valley River is not within practical walking

Eugene Hilton
     66 East 6th             $79(S)              342-6651
                               $94(D)              342-6661 (FAX)

Valley River Inn
     1000 Valley River Drive  $100(S)             687-0123
                               $120(D)             687-0289 (FAX)

2. The Journal

For the time being please use the following editorial address for

Frans Plank
Universitaet Konstanz
Postfach 5560
D-78434 Konstanz

For enquiries:
E-mail: frans plank at
        linfp at
        wolfgang.schellinger at
Tel:    +49-7531-88 2656 (Plank)
        +45-8942 2173    (Plank)
        +49-7531-88 4287 (Schellinger)

The second issue of LT, out shortly, will include a call for
papers discussing WORD CLASSES/PARTS OF SPEECH from a typological
perspective, which is also the topic of a workshop at ALT II.
If you have anything suitable, whether or not it is intended for
presentation at ALT II, consider submitting it to LT.  There
won't be a special issue on this topic; so, papers devoted to
this subject will be refereed and possibly published as they
arrive.  And word classes won't be the only matter of potential
typological significance on which the Editorial Board welcomes
submissions, after ALT II or (for those who actually write their
papers before giving them) before.

3. Endangered languages - Zuerich

Am Seminar fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft der Universitaet
Zuerich ist zum 1.8. oder spaeter eine halbe Assistentenstelle
zu besetzen. Die Stelle kann zu einem spaeteren Zeitpunkt
aufgestockt werden. Die/der Bewerber/in sollte ein Studium in
Allgemeiner Sprachwissenschaft abgeschlossen haben und sich
moeglichst in einer asiatischen Sprache auskennen.

Mitarbeit beim Aufbau des Dokumentationszentrums fuer bedrohte
Sprachen; Forschung im Bereich der Typologie und der deskriptiven
Sprachwissenschaft; kleinere Verwaltungsaufgaben; Durchfuehrung
eines Proseminars (gegen zusaetzliche Bezahlung von 5600,- sfr
pro Semester).

Die Bezahlung erfolgt nach kantonalem Reglement und betraegt je
nach Qualifikation zwischen 3000,- und 3300,-  sfr. monatlich (=

Bewerbungen mit den ueblichen Unterlagen bitte bis zum 10.Juni
1997 an:

Prof. Dr. Karen H. Ebert
Seminar fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Plattenstr. 54
CH 8032 Zuerich

4. Endangered languages - York

The Foundation for Endangered Languages announces a call for
registration and papers for a


To be held at The University of York, England, 26th - 27th July,

Papers and discussion panels will be held from the afternoon of
Saturday 26th until after lunch on the 27th on the subject of
endangered languages and steps to be taken to prevent linguistic


The first workshop organised by the Foundation for Endangered
Languages will take place in York over the last weekend in July.
Papers are invited on any aspect of linguistics that refers
explicitly to language endangerment.  Our focus will be on the
practical issues, not all obvious ones, that arise when the
attempt is made to act on behalf of endangered languages.  We
should like to include case studies of individual areas,
sociolinguistic surveys of areas with endangered languages, and
discussion of programmes and initiatives that serve to directly
slow or reverse language endangerment, and also those which raise
the public awareness of the threat posed to dying linguistic
communities, and that posed by dying linguistic knowledge to
global intellectual diversity.


Topics to be discussed, both in talks and in informal
'workshops', include:

 - degrees of endangerment
 - promoting awareness of the issues involved
 - priorities for documentation and program development
 - national languages vs. local languages
 - documentation vs. community work
 - endangered languages work in the linguistics community

 - other items of interest to the participants

Talks will start in the middle of Saturday, and finish early
Sunday afternoon. The Annual General Meeting of the FEL will be
held on Saturday evening.


Mahendra Verma
FEL Workshop
The Department of Language and Linguistic Science
University  of York
York    YO1  5DD
email: mkv1 at


Mark Donohue
FEL Workshop
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

+44 - (0)161 - 275 3259
Fax:  (0)161 - 275 3187

email: mark.donohue at
or donohue at or wk767 at


Bernard Comrie [President]
Linguistics, GFS-301
University of Southern California
Los Angeles,
CA 90089-1693
comrie at
fax: +1-213-740-9306

Frans Plank [Editor-in-chief, Linguistic Typology]
Institut for Lingvistik
Aarhus Universitet
DK-8000 Aarhus C
linfp at
fax: +45-8942 2175

Johan van der Auwera [Secretary-Treasurer]
Linguistiek (GER)
Universiteit Antwerpen (UIA)
B-2610 Antwerpen
auwera at
fax: +32-3-8202762

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