[PLing] Lecture Prof Hartmann Nov 9, 5pm

Kocher Anna anna.kocher at univie.ac.at
Sun Nov 4 12:56:38 CET 2018

Dear all,

The Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform would like to invite you to a lecture by our original member Prof Katharina Hartmann on "The Conjoint-Disjoint Alternation in Dagbani."

Date & time: November 9, 2018, 5pm

Venue: University of Vienna, Department of African Studies - Seminar room 1 (Spitalgasse 2 Hof 5, 1090 Wien)


Brief summary of the presentation:

The talk presents an analysis of the conjoint-disjoint dichotomy in Dagbani (Mabia) adducing other Mabia languages for comparison. It is
shown that this dichotomy is firmly anchored in the morphological system of Dagbani. I argue that the conjoint and disjoint markers overtly
express a functional head above the Aspectual Phrase. The distinction between conjoint and disjoint marking is syntactic and not
focus-related, thus conjoint marking occurs if the verbal phrase is not yet completed, whereas disjoint marking marks the right edge of a
completed VP.
In the second part of the talk, I show that movement of the perfective verb to this functional head is blocked in operator constructions
(wh-questions, focus constructions, relative clauses, and negation) to the effect that the disjoint marker cannot appear on the perfective
verb. The blocking effect follows from the assumption that the operator constructions are all focus related inducing a focus specification on
the head hosting the conjoint and disjoint markers. This feature specification is incompatible with the perfective verb. Progressive
verbs, on the other hand, are shown to be inherently focal, hence may access the conjoint / disjoint head also in focal contexts.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Best regards,

Anissa Strommer


Project Assistant

Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform
gads.univie.ac.at [1]

Department of African Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5

1090 Vienna, Austria, Europe

[1] http://webmail2016.univie.ac.at/gads.univie.ac.at
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