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Noun incorporation vs. nominal composition in a diachronic typological perspective: Evidence from Indo-European and beyond

Research profile seminar, Lecture

Lecture within the research area Linguistic Structures, arranged by the Department of Languages and Literatures. All interested are welcome!

In this talk I focus on the diachronic aspects of noun incorporation as a low transitivity phenomenon, concentrating, foremost, on evidence from Indo-European languages. I demonstrate that, although noun incorporation is unusual for the Indo-European linguistic type, it can be found in some Germanic languages (in particular, in Frisian) and in late Sanskrit. I argue that one possible scenario of the emergence of noun incorporation is based on the expansion of nominal composition on the basis of deverbal nouns (i.e. formations outside the verbal paradigm properly speaking) to non-finite forms belonging to (the periphery of) the paradigm, such as converbs or infinitives. In the event when this compounding is further extended to finite forms, which form the core of the verbal paradigm, we observe the emergence of the full-fledged canonical noun incorporation. This generalization is further corroborated by evidence from some non-Indo-European languages (Quechua, Old Tamil, South Munda).

Date: 12 March 2020

Lecturer: Leonid Kulikov, Ghent Universit

Date: 3/12/2020

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Research, Humanities, Linguistics

Organizer: institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Location: Faculty of Arts, Lundgrensgatan 1B

Contact person: Evie Coussé

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