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LINGUIST List 22.3273

Tue Aug 16 2011

Calls: Morphology/Syntax/ Southern African Linguistics... (Jrnl)

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        1.     Jodie Bell , Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Message 1: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Date: 15-Aug-2011
From: Jodie Bell <jodie.belltandf.co.uk>
Subject: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
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Full Title: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2011

Call for Papers -- Special Issue

Subject and object marking in Bantu

Guest editors: Lutz Marten, Kristina Riedel, Ron Simango, and Jochen Zeller

One of the most salient and well-known typological characteristics of Bantu
languages is the marking of NP/DP arguments by co-referential agreement
morphemes on the verb, often called subject and object markers, which are
found in the vast majority of Bantu languages. The morphological and
syntactic analysis of subject and object markers has attracted considerable
attention in the Bantu linguistics literature in the last two decades (e.g. Baker
2003, Beaudoin-Lietz et al. 2004, Bresnan & Mchombo 1987, Carstens 2005,
Diercks 2010, Henderson 2006, Marten 2011, Morimoto 2002, Riedel 2009,
Rugemalira 1993, Schneider-Zioga 2007, Zeller 2008), and empirical evidence
from subject and object marking has contributed to the development of
different theoretical analyses of clausal relations between verbs and their
arguments, and the agreement relations holding between them, from a wide
range of different theoretical perspectives (e.g. LFG, OT, GB and
Minimalism, Dynamic Syntax).

Papers are invited addressing different aspects of subject and object marking
in Bantu, including detailed studies of individual languages and comparative
studies, from descriptive, typological and theoretical perspectives. Among
the possible research questions for papers in the special issue are:

- the analysis of subject/object markers as either incorporated pronouns or as
agreement markers, or whether evidence from Bantu rather points to an
analysis which transcends this dichotomy
- the co-occurrence restrictions between NP/DP subjects/objects and their
agreeing subject and object markers, for example, whether subject or object
marking is required with certain kinds of NPs/DPs (e.g. those with animate
referents), or disallowed (e.g. with non-dislocated objects)
- restrictions on the kinds of NPs/DPs which can be expressed by subject or
object markers (e.g. indirect objects or adjuncts), and the behaviour of
subject and object markers in specific syntactic environments, such as in
questions, relative clauses, or inversion constructions
- the use of subject/object markers without co-referring NP/DP, such as in
expletive constructions
- the choice of subject/object markers in constructions with conjoined
subjects/objects belonging to different noun classes
- the morphological analysis of subject/object markers and their relation to
other aspects of Bantu nominal morphology
- morphosyntactic microvariation between different Bantu languages with
respect to subject/object markers

June 2012: Final version of the issue to printers
30 May 2012: Deadline for submission of revised papers
April 2012: Anonymised reviewers' comments sent to authors with requests
for revisions, if applicable
Feb 2012: Papers sent out to three reviewers each with request for review
within six weeks
31 Jan 2012: Deadline for submission of completed paper
Oct 2011: Papers to be included selected based on abstracts and notification
of authors
15 Sept 2011: Deadline for abstract submission

Potential authors are asked to send an abstract of maximally 1 page
(excluding references) outlining the paper to be included in the issue to the
corresponding guest editor, Lutz Marten (lm5soas.ac.uk), by 15 September
2011. Papers accepted for inclusion in the issue will be due by 31 January
2012. For further information, please contact Lutz Marten at the email
address above.

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