Multi-verbal expressions and the "one intonation unit" constraint

In this talk, I address how the "one intonation unit" constraint interacts with the formal realisation of serial verb constructions and clause-chaining, as well as processes of grammaticalisation. The effects of discourse, verbal meaning, and weakening of prosodic boundaries are discussed.

Syntactic Pausing?

In this talk, we will discuss associations between syntactic units and silent pauses in a sample of diverse languages. The relation between pausing and syntactic boundaries has been rarely tested outside of major world languages, with the majority of studies performed in lab conditions utilising reading tasks and/or controlled stimuli. This work represents a first step in the wider testing of the purported correlation of pause length and syntactic unithood using naturalistic data.

Piloting a multivariate approach to complex verbal constructions

In this talk, I explore a multivariate approach to visualising the distribution of complex verbal constructions in Kera’a (Idu), a Trans-Himalayan language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Comparing cues

In this presentation, we compare intonational boundary cues in three understudied languages which have three distinct typological profiles - Kera'a (Tibeto-Burman, NE India), Waima'a (Austronesian, Timor-Leste), and Warlpiri.

The phonetics and phonology of Mindri, a dialect of Kera'a (Idu)

This talk will focus on the phonetics and phonology of Mindri, a dialect of Kera’a spoken in the Dibang Valley district.

Observations on Phonological Variation in Kera'a

This talk will focus on the phonetics and phonology of Mindri, a dialect of Kera’a spoken in the Dibang Valley district.

Valency change in Bumthang, and the grammaticalisations of ‘give’

With a lack of valency-decreasing devices, and the grammaticalisation of ‘give’ for both causative and applicative functions, Bumthang stands out as a language with a verbal typology unusual for its region.

What makes an adjective?

Bumthang data allows us to gain an insight into unusual ways of encoding property modification as well as a glimpse into how newer adjective classes co-exist amongst older verbal and nominal modification strategies.

Areal typology, history, and a central Bhutanese language

The unusual order of constituents in the Bumthang noun phrase helps us map the pre-history of the Himalaya.

Polarity, case marking and aspect in Bumthang, a central Bhutanese language

We find that negated clauses in Bumthang contrast with their positive counterparts in terms of both case marking on transitive subjects and on aspect marking on verbs.