« The Hybrid Syntactic Typology of Sinitic Languages» ERC Advanced Grant project 汉语方言类型讲座 2009-2010 Research seminars 研讨会

In the framework of the ERC project « The hybrid syntactic typology of Sinitic languages » and the research programme of Team 1,  CRLAO  “Typologie et diachronie des langues sino-tibétaines en Asie orientale”, the following research seminars, each of two hours’ duration, were held during the EHESS teaching period from October 2009 to the end of 2010 (and are ongoing in 2011which is outside of the present reporting period).

20 October 2009

Professor Christine Lamarre, INALCO, Paris

« Using the Atlas of Chinese Dialects (漢語方言地圖集 ) – a critical introduction »

10 November 2009

Professor Susan ROTHSTEIN
University of Bar-Ilan – Gonda Brain Research Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

« Classifier constructions and the count/measure constrast: a crosslinguistic perspective »

17 November 2009

Professor Fang Mei, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking

« 现代汉语零形主语小句的功能 »
The function of null subject clauses in Modern Chinese »)

24 November 2009

Dr Jian WANG, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« An investigation of the phenomenon of classifiers used alone in the Jiangsu and Hui dialects » 苏晚方言量词独用现象考察

1 December 2009

Dr Yujie CHEN, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris
« The system of semantic gradation of demonstratives in the languages of China »

中国语言指示词的语义层级

8 December 2009

Dr Hilario de Sousa, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« Southern Pinghua nominal structure — a brief introduction »

15 December 2009

Professor Thepkanjana KINGKARN and Professor Satoshi UEHARA

Université de Chulalongkorn, Thailand and University of Tohoku, Japon

« Relationship between Word Order and Grammaticalization of Serial Verbs :

A Case Study of the Verbs for ‘Give’ and ‘Take’ in Thai and

Mandarin Chinese »

5 January 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« Expression of adnominal possession: crosslinguistic examination »

(definitions of linguistic possession of alienable and inalienable types, the genitive, iconic and economic motivations (cf Haiman), inalienability hierarchy)

12 January 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« Associative noun phrases in standard Mandarin: the use or omission of de » (exploration of whether the absence of de 的 in Noun __ Noun complex NPs signals the relation of inalienable possession in Mandarin, use in discourse, findings of a variable rules analysis of corpus)

17 January 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

«Possessive noun phrases in Hakka: Part I»

(unusual case of portmanteau possessive pronoun paradigm in Hakka dialects; issue of inalienability)

24 January 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

«Possessive noun phrases in Hakka: Part II»

(diachronic source of possessive pronouns, examination of a small corpus of Hakka materials for the four different adnominal possessive NP construction types)

2 February 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

«Functional polysemy of diminutives in crosslinguistic perspective»

(radial categories, sources, pathways of semantic change, tone sandhi in Cantonese versus suffixes in other Chinese dialects)

9 February 2010

Dr Jian WANG, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« General introduction to the nominal structure of the Jixi dialect

(Hui, Sinitic). »

16 February 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

«Diminutives in Sinitic dialects:Part I»

(Different semantic extensions of diminutives and different domains of usage, the diachronic relation between tone sandhi & suffixes:the fate of 囝 kiàn in Min and Wu dialects)

9 March 2010

«Diminutives in Sinitic dialects:Part II»

(co-existence of several diminutive markers in one language, layering and semantic division of labour.

N.B. Participants may contribute data from the languages they are researching in the discussion session in the second part of the seminar.)

16 March 2010

Dr Yujie CHEN, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« Introduction to the nominal structure of the Zhoukou dialect (Central Plains Mandarin, Sinitic) »  « 中原官话区周口方言中的名词性结构 »

19 March 2010

Dr Alexis Michaud, Lacito, CNRS, Paris

« Tone sandhi in numeral-plus-classifier determiners: data from Na, Laze
and Naxi, and phylogenetic implications for the Na language group
»

30 March 2010

Professor Chinfa LIEN, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

« Rhetorical use of Southern Min question-word questions in the Ming and Qing periods » 明清時代閩南語特指疑 問 句的反詰用法

6 April 2010

Luxia LI, CRLAO, EHESS, Paris

« 汉 语中的“指示代词+量词+名词”和“指示 代词+名词”结构 »
« On the (Dem) + Clf + Noun construction in Chinese »

13April 2010

Sing Sing NGAI 倪星星, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« The Shaowu dialect: A brief introduction to its noun phrase structures»

20 April 2010

Dr Katia Chirkova, CRLAO, CNRS, Paris

« A comparison of classifier systems in four Tibeto-Burman languages of Muli:  Lizu, Namuzi, Shixing and Kami »

May – August 2010  Sinotype team members departed for various fieldwork trips, the linguistic typology summer school held at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany or went for conference trips abroad.

17-18 September 2010:

7th International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Grammar

(ISACG-7) CNRS : Station biologique de Roscoff, Brittany

Apart from attending ISACG-7 and the Workshop on the Grammar of  Northwestern Chinese dialects, Sinotype Team members held a half-day research meeting to discuss the upcoming 2010-2011 research programme on predicate structure of Sinitic languages and gave individual reports on their fieldwork trips and research achievements during 2009-2010.

7 October 2010

CHEN Manjun 陈曼君, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« Diachronic development of the modal verb in Southern Min dialects from the Ming and Qing periods until the present » 明清以来闽南方言助动词通的演变

12 October 2010

Research meeting – team discussion : « Sources of aspect systems in Chinese dialects. Part I » 漢語方言体系統的来源

14 October 2010

WANG Jian 王健

« The Classifier + Noun construction in  the Shangzhuang dialect of Jixi (Hui) »

19 October 2010

Research meeting – team discussion :  « Sources of aspect systems in Chinese dialects. Part II » 漢語方言体系統的来源

21 October 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« The nominal structure of Gaofeng Xiang » 湘西高峰乡话的名词结构

26 October 2010

Research meeting– team discussion :   « Negative adverbs in Chinese dialects » 漢語方言中的否定副詞

28 October 2010

LI Xuping  李旭平, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« On the diminutive marker tsiɁ and the nominal marker tsï in the Yichun dialect of Gan”

2 November 2010

Hilario de SOUSA苏沙, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« First look into the multifunctional particle ke55 in Nanning Pinghua »

4 November 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

«Intersubjectivity and nonlexical uses of say verbs in Sinitic »

9 November 2010

Dr Yujie CHEN, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

«The analysis of Demonstrative + Classifier constructions in the Shangshui dialect (Central Plains Mandarin) »

18 November 2010
Sing Sing NGAI 倪星星, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« The classifier ge in the Shaowu dialect in western Fujian: its properties and multi-functionality »  (试论闽西邵武方言的量词 ‘ 个 ’与其多功能性)

22 November 2010

Hilary CHAPPELL 曹茜蕾, ERC Sinotype project, CRLAO, EHESS , Paris

« Cyclic change in Sinitic classifier systems: the case of Gaofeng Xiang (Hunan) »

汉语量词系统的循环演变 –以湘西高峰乡话为例

Last week of November, 2010:

Most members of the ERC Sinotype team departed for Shanghai to attend and present papers at the 5th International Conference on Chinese Dialect Grammar 第五届汉语方言语法国际学术研讨会held at Shanghai University from 27—29 November 2010. Following the conference,  team members undertook a second set of field trips or took part in other conferences and workshops.

Conférence du Monsieur FENG Xiaoqing

Doctorant au CRLAO

dans le cadre du projet ERC « The hybrid syntactic typology of Sinitic languages« , et du programme scientifique de l’équipe 1 du CRLAO « Typologie et diachronie des langues sino-tibétaines en Asie orientale »

上 海方言的 V.V + O、 V.V + O … 结构  — 上海话、 普通话比较分析
(
La construction V.V + O、 V.V + O … en shanghaïen: Analyse comparative du shanghaïen et du mandarin standard)

jeudi 3 mars de 16 h à 18 h

Centre de recherches sur la typologie linguistique des langues sinitiques « Sinotype »

4, rue Küss   (RDC à gauche)
75013 Paris
M° Maison Blanche
(ligne 7)

Tramway T3: Poterne des Peupliers
La conférence sera donnée en chinois mandarin.

Deux conférences sur la typologie linguistique des langues sinitiques

jeudi 17 février 2011
10h00 à 12h00

salle 01, 105 bd Raspail,  75006 Paris



1. de 10h à 11h00
Monsieur TANG Zhengda 唐正大副研究员
Associate Professor à l’Institut de Linguistique de l’Académie chinoise des Sciences Sociales, Pékin

“动前”与“动后”——以陕西关中方言为例
(« The question of before or after the VP:
with special reference to the Guanzhong Dialect, Shaanxi
Province »)



2. de 11h00 à 12h00
Madame QIANG Xingna 強星娜讲师
Lecturer à Georg-August-Universität Göttingen et à l’Université des Langues de Pékin

汉语过去虚拟表达的类型初探——以
上海话“蛮好”等为例

( « Typology of
‘past subjunctive’ expressions in Chinese: A case study of
« manhao (rather nice) » in the Shanghai dialect »)


Les conférences seront données en chinois.
Bienvenue à tous!

Finiteness in South Asian Languages

Finiteness is a topic that influences and interacts with virtually every syntactic and interface property in linguistics. It deals directly with the core functional properties of a clause such as its tense, aspect and mood and with the way in which these are anchored to the outside world (anaphorically, deictically or somewhere in-between). In addition, finiteness also affects, directly or in more mediated fashion, nominal reference within a clause particularly as it pertains to the syntactic subject. Thus, issues such as the morpho-phonological (c)overtness of a subject, its case/Case and degree of syntactic-semantic anaphoricity could be seen as a function of the finiteness of the clause as a whole. South Asian languages offer fertile ground for investigation in the realm of finiteness because, as is becoming increasingly well-known, they exhibit properties that challenge much conventional wisdom on the subject. Complex predication in Bangla (Ramchand 2008 and prior), long-distance agreement (Bhatt 2005) and correlative constructions (Dayal 1991) in Hindi/Urdu, topic, focus and scrambling (Mahajan 1999, Kidwai 2000) and diachronic aspect shifts (Condoravdi and Deo 2008) in Indo-Aryan, nominative anaphors in Dravidian (Amritavalli 1984, Woolford 1999, Lidz 2004), Dravidian hybrid nominalizations with both tense and Case marking (Amritavalli and Jayaseelan 2005), serial verb constuctions in Malayalam (Jayaseelan 2004), and overt nominative, nonfinite subjects in Sinhala (Gair 2005) and Dravidian (K.P. Mohanan 1982) are only some of the challenging phenomena discussed previously. Yet, this only scratches the surface — many languages of the Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and other families in South Asia remain under-researched and under-publicized to this day. It is the goal of this conference to bridge this gap in empirical and theoretical coverage of these phenomena.

http://castl.uit.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=199:-finiteness-in-south-asian-languages-&catid=76:conferencesaworkshops

Keynote Talks:

There will be 4 invited talks, each followed by a prepared response by an invited discussant.

Rajesh Bhatt, U. Mass., Amherst; Discussant: Miriam Butt, Konstanz
Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers; Discussant: Gillian Ramchand, Tromsø
Ashwini Deo, Yale; Discussant: Thomas McFadden, Tromsø
K.A. Jayaseelan, EFLU, Hyderabad; Discussant: Sandhya Sundaresan, Tromsø/Stuttgart