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UCSB CTS Taiwan Studies Workshop: Root and Word Level Categories in Early Austronesian by Dr. Daniel Kaufman
You are invited to register for the following online talk, which is part of the "Taiwan Studies Workshop: Linguistics & The Languages of Taiwan" talk series, an event sponsored by the Center for Taiwan Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register. Please contact the event host/organizer Yi-Yang Cheng (UCSB Linguistics) if you have any questions about the event.

Title: Root and Word Level Categories in Early Austronesian

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Kaufman (CUNY & Endangered Language Alliance)

Time: Thursday November 17, 4:00-5:30pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Root level categorization is an oft-neglected area in language description and this is true for the Austronesian languages as much as any other family. In previous work, I have explored the surprisingly nominal character of both full words and roots in Philippine languages. In this talk, I explore to what extent nominalism on the root level exists outside of the Philippines and to what extent nominalism at any level holds true for Formosan languages. This area is of particular historical importance as the reinterpretation of nominalizations as main clause predicates is the defining feature of Ross's (2009) Nuclear Austronesian subgroup. I discuss a challenge to this idea from Blust & Chen (2017), who argue that what Ross and others take to be a distinction between verbs and thematic nominalizations has nothing to do with lexical category and that the purported nominalizations were likely verbal from the earliest reconstructable stage. Here, I defend the idea that the reinterpretation of embedded nominalizations as main clause predicates is cross-linguistically well-attested and aligns perfectly well with the Austronesian facts. In contrast, the origin of (patient-oriented) nominalism on the root level, as found in most modern Philippine languages, remains mysterious and is potentially unrelated to changes in the higher-level morphosyntax.

Nov 17, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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