SIL International Media Release
ALT8 conference on typology and comparative grammar
July 2009) SIL linguist Colleen Ahland presented a paper at the eighth biennial conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology. The conference, which had as its theme, Typology and the Study of Language: Comparative Grammar and Beyond, was held 23–26 July at the University of California, Berkeley (USA).
Colleen Ahland's paper was titled, "Predicate (verbal) classification in Gumuz: A typological anomaly in Africa?" Noun classification systems are well-known in Africa. Verbal classifiers, that is, classifiers found on the verb and that classify an argument of the verb, have only been documented in the Americas and in Australia. This is the first documentation, however, of verbal classifiers in any African language.
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