Differential Object Marking in Romance and Beyond : between internal and contact-induced grammaticalization

INALCO  -  2, rue de Lille  -  75007 Paris


Quite a considerable number of the world’s languages exhibit differential object marking (DOM), where direct objects are overtly marked or left unmarked according to their inherent properties, i.e. their degree of animacy, and/or their referential, i.e. their topical and focal, status. The talk will be divided into three parts. In the first part, a general introduction to the subject will be provided by presenting an overview of the most important findings concerning DOM. In the second part, examples from a range of languages will illustrate the afore-mentioned theoretical considerations. Special attention will be paid to the so-called ‘squishy zone’ (term coined by Bossong 1985) where object marking is optional and establishing a rule for the overt marking seems quite impossible. In the final part, I will present an outline of my post-doc project entitled ‘DOM in situations of language contact between Romance and non-Romance languages’ and then focus on the example of Papia Kristang (Portuguese creole), Hokkien Chinese and Melayu Pasar in Malacca, Malaysia.

Les séminaires du CRLAO, organisés par Hilary Chappell (DE EHESS, CRLAO), commenceront le 15 janvier 2014 et  se dérouleront les mercredis de 16h à 18h jusqu’à la fin juin.

Date et lieu : 19 février 2014, de 16h à 18h, INALCO, 2 rue de Lille, salle 131, 75007 Paris

Pour toute information complémentaire, veuillez contacter Hilary Chappell : hmchappell@gmail.com / tél. 01 81 70 10 59 ou M. Hugues Feler au CRLAO 131 bd St Michel, 75005 Paris, tél. 01 53 10 53 71.
  • le mercredi 19 février 2014  de 16h  à 18h

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