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Rutgers University, December 12-14, 2013 – Tentative schedule


Click on any title in the schedule below to see an extended abstract for the talk.

All abstracts (alphabetical by first author) can also be downloaded here.


Thursday, December 12

Reception at Department of Linguistics, 5:00-6:30


Friday, December 13

9:20 Welcome - Dean of Humanities, Rutgers University 

9:30 Ken Safir, Rutgers University - The Afranaph Project: Where we are and where we might go

9:45 Vicki Carstens, University of Missouri - On DP positions and the location of subjects: Report on two Sister Projects

10:25 Coffee break

10:40 Sylvester Ron Simango - Rhodes University - Pastness, 'Persistence' and Tense/Aspect in African Languages: Report on the Tense and Aspect Project

11:20 Ibirahim Njoya, University of Hamburg/Asien-Afrika-Institut - Interaction between tense-mood-aspect and negation in Makaa (A83)

11:55 Tarald Taraldsen, University of Tromsø and David Langa, Universidade Edoardo Mondlane - Conjunctive and disjunctive verb forms

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00 Justine Sikuku - Moi University - Possessive Constructions in African Languages

2:35 Claire Halpert - University of Minnesota - Nominal morphology and licensing in Zulu and beyond

3:10 Break

3:25 Ken Safir and Mark Baker, Rutgers University - Towards a principled approach to clausal complementation and selection

4:05 Patricia Cabredo Hofherr - CNRS/Paris-8 & Surrey Morphology Group - Antecedentless subjects: Impersonal constructions and passives

4:40 Hilda Koopman, UCLA - Pooling resources: linking Afranaph and SSWL/Terraling and developing a semi automated questionnaire

5:25 End of day

Note: Blasius Achiri, University of Buea - The definite article and its range of definiteness in Moghambo - Dr Achiri is unable to attend but was able to deliver this paper.

Saturday, December 14

9:30 Ken Safir and Naga Selvanathan, Rutgers University - The Anaphora Sister Project: Transitive reciprocal constructions

10:10 Pius Akumbu, University of Buea - Competing Babanki anaphors

10:45 Break

11:05 Patricia Schneider-Zioga, California State University, Fullerton, and Ngessimo Mutaka, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon - Linkers in Kinande

11:40 Mark Baker, Rutgers University and Ruth Kramer, Georgetown University - The morphosyntax of applicative markers in Amharic

12:15 Mamadou Bassene and Ken Safir, Rutgers University - Verb stems in Eegimaa: The syntax of the verbal spine

12:50-2:15 Lunch

2:15 Hermann Keupdjio, Universit of British Columbia - Wh-movement, remnant movement and clause typing in Mə́dûmbà

2:50 Business meeting and discussion

3:25 Break

3:40 Mamadou Bassene, Rutgers University – Mixed categories in Jóola Eegimaa derived nominals

4:15 David Langa, Universidade Edoardo Mondlane, and Tarald Taraldsen, University of Tromsø - Secondary nominal prefixes in Bantu

4:50 - End of day

7:00 Conference Dinner

The US National Science Foundation has awarded the Afranaph Project another grant totaling $450,000 for the next three years to develop our resources and expand our sister projects. The new grant will support a graduate student research assistant in each of the next three years and a half year post-doc in year 2, which will be fall or spring of academic year 2014-2015. More information about the postdoctoral fellowship will be forthcoming in spring of 2014. The new money will also fund improvements to our database as well as support for our native speaker linguist consultants and those who enter and analyze the data here at Rutgers and elsewhere.

This money is independent from the grant we received for the Afranaph Project Development Workshop to take place this December. Last year at this time our grant was turned down and the project was in jeopardy, but we have stuck with it, and you have stuck with us, and together we have turned the tide. We at Rutgers would like to thank all of you whose participation in our project have made this possible. We look forward to working with all of you to justify the faith that NSF has placed in our common project.

We are pleased to inform you that the call for papers for the Afranaph Project Development Workshop 2 (APDW-2) is now online and the details are available at this link.

Please note that we are looking for any of the following three types of submissions:
A) Proposals for new research topics (NRT) to be developed in collaboration with Afranaph. See the guidelines and opportunities for NRT proposals in the provided link.
B) Papers on any linguistic topic that in some way exploits our existing Afranaph resources.
C) Papers that explore topics that include the analysis of languages that are currently explored in posted Afranaph resources.

The workshop is scheduled for Dec 13-15, 2013.

Important dates:
Deadline for Abstracts/ Proposals: May 24th 2013
Notice of Acceptance: June 15 2013
Workshop Dates: Dec 13 - Dec 15 2013

We look forward to receiving your abstracts/ proposals and seeing you at the workshop.

Please email safir (at) ruccs (dot) rutgers (dot) edu if you should need more information.

Since the Afranaph Project Development Workshop in December, 2010, several new research initiatives to be based on the Afranaph infrastructure, methodology, consultant network and open access database have been in development, and now, in January 2012, they are ready to be launched.

The Afranaph Project Development Workshop took place on December 10-11, 2010 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

The APDW was hosted by the Afranaph Project (NSF BCS-0919086), the Office of International Programs, the Center for African Studies, the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Linguistics Department of Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

About the Workshop

The Afranaph Project, http://www.africananaphora.rutgers.edu/ , which was originally designed to explore empirical patterns of anaphoric phenomena in the languages of Africa and to provide online access to data and analysis thereby uncovered, is expanding its empirical scope, using the infrastructure developed in the last six years, to initiate explorations in other domains of grammar in the languages of Africa and perhaps beyond. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage the development of research that exploits our data and our database, to consider proposals for new domains of research that suit our methodology and resources, and to bring together those who have worked on the project or the languages that are studied in it and to consider how the project can be developed over the next several years as a platform for research into new empirical domains. The goals and methodology of the Afranaph Project are fully explained and presented on our website.
Our workshop welcomes the participation of linguistic theorists, linguists specializing in comparative African linguistics, and native speaker language consultants already working with our project (with the understanding that these are usually overlapping categories). The workshop presentations are of essentially two kinds, those that consist of specific project proposals for new directions and those that present work on languages and/or data in the project wholly or partially. Besides those participating in the project and speaking at the workshop, the public is invited to attend. There is no conference registration fee, although participants are asked to register for our records.

Call for Papers

Official Announcement

Conference Schedule (Final)

Click on any title in the schedule below to see an extended abstract for the talk. For directions to a venue from the Hyatt Hotel, click on that venue.

Pre-Workshop Session from 3 PM - 4 PM, Thursday, December 9 in Room 108, Linguistics Building : This pre-workshop session is for those who would like to see how our database works as it is now, and how it can be extended to host sister projects. This informal presentation will show you how you can build an autonomous project within our database architecture. Please RSVP to Jeremy Perkins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you wish to attend.

Reception on Thursday, December 9: For those participants who have arrived by Friday, there will be a reception at 6:30 at the Zimmerli Museum (on the corner of George Street and Hamilton Street in New Brunswick, a short walk from the train station and the Hyatt Hotel).

Friday, December 10 - Alexander Library , Teleconferencing Room (4th floor)

9:00 Coffee service and registration

9:20 Introduction: Ken Safir

9:30 Tense and Aspect in African Languages - Sylvester Ron Simango, Rhodes University, SA.

10:30 Break

10:45 The Forgotten Relative Clause of Ikalanga - Rose Letsholo, University of Botswana.

11:45 Clausal Complementation and Selection - Mark Baker and Ken Safir, Rutgers University.

12:25 Lunch (not included)

2:00 Agreement and Focus: an exploration of the limits of an Agree/Move typology (handout) - Patricia Schneider-Zioga, California State University, Fullerton.

3:00 The-ik-i- extensions and the tonal domains in the imperative and hortative in Kinande: a complement to the Kinande Grammar sketch (handout) - Ngessimo Mutaka, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon.


Saturday, December 11 - Winants Hall

9:00 Coffee service and registration

9:30 DP Positions in African Languages (handout) - Vicki Carstens, University of Missouri, Michael Diercks, Pomona College, Loyiso Mletshe, University of the Western Cape, SA, Justine Sikuku, Moi University, Kenya

10:30 Break

10:45 The Morphosyntax of Bantu Nouns (handout) - Tarald Taraldsen, University of Tromsø.

11:45 Anaphoric Expressions in Konso - Ongaye Oda, Leiden University, The Netherlands/Dilla University, Ethiopia.

12:25 Lunch (not included)

2:00 An Examination of Anaphoric Relations in Selected African Languages (handout) - Justine Sikuku, Moi University, Kenya

3:00 African Body Part Reflexives (handout) - Eric Reuland and Dagmar Schadler, University of Utrecht.

3:40 Break

3:55 Properties of Subjects in Bantu Languages - Vicki Carstens, University of Missouri-Columbia, Michael Diercks, Pomona College, Luis Lopez, University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyiso Mletshe, University of the Western Cape, SA, Juvénal Ndayiragije, University of Toronto, Justine Sikuku, Moi University, Kenya


6:30 Banquet at Old Man Rafferty's (106 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ)

*Note: Old Man Rafferty's is very close to the Hyatt Hotel, so the linked directions are from Winants Hall.

Please contact Jeremy Perkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and for general information about the workshop.