Variation and asymmetries in case-marking workshop, 31 July 2015

This is the central page for the Variation and Asymmetries in Casemarking Workshop. The workshop is a collaboration between CoEDL, the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, and the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University

Registrations have closed.

Where: HRC Seminar Room in the AD Hope Building

When: Friday 31 July 2015

The workshop aims to bring together linguists working on morphology and syntax in languages with case-marking in order to share ideas on factors contributing to variation in expression of case-marking, asymmetries in case-marking and methods for analysing this variation.

All welcome!


(If you would like to join the dinner on Thursday night, please send a message to It will be at 6.30pm, Delhi 6, 14 Childers St, Canberra City)

8.30   Welcome (we suggest bringing your own coffee over from across the way at Degree Café or the Street Theatre Café)
9-9.30 McGregor Optional accusative case marking in Shua
9.30-10 Donohue Differential subject marking in Fore
10-10.30 Schultze-Berndt When case focuses on agents: factors influencing “optional” ergative marking in Jaminjung


Introduction to, and launch of Case Alternations in Five Finnic Languages (

MORNING TEA (provided)
11.30-12 O'Shannessy Functions of ergative marking in Light Warlpiri and Warlpiri
12-12.30 Meakins From absolutely optional to only nominally ergative: The life cycle of the Gurindji Kriol ergative suffix
12.30-1 Moodie Variation in case-marking – marked nominative languages
1 - 2 LUNCH LUNCH (university cafés)
2-2.30 van den Bos An innovation in Gurindji Kriol attributive possessive constructions
2.30-3.00 Chambers Case-marking and Language Contact in Medieval English Trade Guilds
3-3.30 Gaby Stacking cases into a portmanteau
3.30 afternoon tea afternoon tea (provided)
4 - 4.30 Koch Case variability in Kaytetye
4.30 - 5 Libert A Provisional Typology of Differential Adpositional Object Marking
5.30   Linguistics in the pub

A program with abstracts is available for download here.

Please e-mail Jane Simpson [] to discuss participation in this workshop.



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