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Book launch: Associated Motion, 25 June 5pm

Australian National University

Date: 17 June 2021

BOOK LAUNCH: Associated Motion. Edited by Antoine Guillaume and Harold Koch (Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 64), Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 2021. 

Help us celebrate this landmark publication on a grammatical topic which, from its genesis here at ANU, is now becoming accepted as relevant to many languages around the world. 

When: Friday 25th June 2021, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm (AEST)

Where: Please note this is a hybrid seminar with a Zoom option as well as in-person. FOr in-person attendance please register via Eventbrite. Zoom details are also available on the Eventbrite listing. 


Book launcher: Danielle Barth, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU 

The editors: Harold Koch, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics, ANU and Antoine Guillaume, Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, CNRS and Université Lumière Lyon 2, France 

Contributors: Greetings and very short remarks by some of 29 contributors (mostly from overseas by Zoom or video) 

About this book 

This volume is the first book-length presentation of the grammatical category of Associated Motion. It provides a framework for understanding a grammatical phenomenon which, though present in many languages, has gone unrecognized until recently. Previously known primarily from languages of Australia and South America, grammatical AM marking has now been identified in languages from most parts of the world (except Europe) and is becoming an important topic in linguistic typology. The chapters provide a thorough introduction to the subject, discussion of the relation between AM and related grammatical concepts, detailed descriptions of AM in a wide range of the world’s languages, and surveys of AM in particular language families and areas.  

“This is an excellent volume, bound to become a classic in the field.” 

 – Jean-Christophe Verstraete, series editor, Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 

ANU connections 

  • Grammatical category proposed by Harold Koch, and further developed by ANU students, in 1980s, based on languages of central Australia 
  • Book developed out of “Workshop on Associated Motion” at Association for Linguistic Typology conference, Canberra, December 2017 
  • ANU contributors: Harold Koch, Lauren Reed, David Osgarby, Dineke Schokkin 
  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University