grammatical coding of proper names

Tue Dec 3 12:50:48 UTC 2013

I assume Lukas is not interested in hypocoristics and distinct phonological treatment of proper names?

Certainly these are part of the grammar, though not necessarily the morphosyntax.


On Dec 3, 2013, at 7:05 AM, Mark Van de Velde <vandevelde at VJF.CNRS.FR> wrote:

> Dear Lukas,
> In several Bantu languages Proper Names are distinguished from Common
> Nouns by their agreement properties. When I presented my research on this
> topic in Regensburg, my latest article was already submitted, but it took
> some time to appear (see the attachment).
> Will you post a summary of the replies on the list?
> All the best,
> Mark
> Van de Velde, Mark (2009). Agreement as a grammatical criterion for proper
> name status in Kirundi. In: Onoma 44: 219-241. (written in 2011, appeared
> in January 2012)
>> Hello everyone,
>> We are looking for peculiarities of the grammatical coding of proper names
>> compared to common nouns (and pronouns) in the languages of the world.  In
>> particular we are interested in proper names in S, A and P function and
>> how they differ with regard to word order, case marking and agreement from
>> the treatment of common nouns in a particular language. Are there such
>> differences also in European languages?
>> This is follow up research of a paper that we gave at the last ALT
>> conference in Leipzig on the morphosyntactic coding of proper names and
>> the Animacy Hierarchy.
>> I would thank you for any examples you can give,
>> Best wishes,
>> Lukas Denk (University of Regensburg)
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> Mark Van de Velde

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