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Seminar: Survey of Associated Motion in the Pama-Nyungan languages, Harold Koch, 13 Mar

Australian National University, Shape

Date: 3 March 2020

Seminar: Survey of Associated Motion in the Pama-Nyungan languages

Speaker: Harold Koch

When: 13 Mar 2020, 3.30pm-5pm

Where: Engma Room (3.165), HC Coombs Building, ANU


Associated Motion (AM) as a grammatical category of verbs has been well known among Australianists since the 1980s, when it was documented for several Central Australian languages. Only since about 2000, however, has it become more accepted internationally, as a result of its discovery in South American, and in a somewhat altered form, African languages. Here I present a result of a survey of AM across all the Pama-Nyungan (Australian) languages—taken from a chapter in a soon-to-be published (by de Gruyter Mouton) book on Associated Motion, which I am co-editing with Antoine Guillaume. My presentation will concentrate on languages which display less complex AM systems than those previously documented for Centralian languages, organised according to their complexity as “moderately complex” (3-6 subcategories), binary or unitary. Results are summarised according to sub-type, genetic subgroup, and geographical area, and discussed in the light of the emerging worldwide typology of AM.

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