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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.