Formal Approaches to Creole Studies II

Organizer(s) Tonjes Veenstra & Marleen van de Vate
Affiliaton(s) ZAS Berlin, University of Tromsø
Start of event 08.11.2010, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 09.11.2010, 18.00 o'clock
Venue Berlin
Workshop website

This workshop is a follow-up of the successful  FACS-Workshop, held at CASTLUniversity of Tromsø, November 14-15 2008.
The goal of the workshop is to bring together scholars who share an interest in the formal study of creole languages. Highlighting the more formal issues surrounding creole formation may help us in furthering our understanding how pidgin and creole languages come into being as well as why their grammatical properties are the way they are. At the same time, it may foster the interaction between theoretical linguists and researchers 'in the field'.

Invited speakers:
John Lumsden,  Université du Québec à Montréal
Norval Smith,  University of Amsterdam


Monday, November 8 2010 

  • Norval Smith (U Amsterdam), invited speaker:
    Accounting for split nasal allophony in Saramaccan
  • Yolanda Rivera (U Puerto Rico):
    Resolution of Constraint Conflict and the Emergence of Feature-Value Agreement in Creoles
  • Parth Bhatt (U Toronto):
    Syllable structure in Portuguese based Creoles of Africa
  • William Harwood (U Gent):
    Case Syncretism in Jamaican English
  • Muhsina Alleesaib (U Paris 8):
    A study of the multifunctional item bann in Mauritian
  • Ekaterina Bobyleva (U Amsterdam):
    Variable plural marking and the lexical semantics of (creole) nominal expressions
  • Enoch Aboh (U Amsterdam):
    From bareness to barness: Some notes on nominal phrases in Gungbe and Haitian Creole
  • Anne Zribi-Hertz & Loïc Jean-Louis (U Paris 8/SFL, CNRS): L(a)and lé in the Matinikè DP: towards a syntactic analysis

Tuesday, November 9 2010

  • John Lumsden (UQAM Montréal), invited speaker:
    Creoles, cognition and cognitive science
  • Marleen van de Vate (CASTL Tromsø):
    Counterfactuality in Saramaccan
  • Fernanda Pratas (U Nova de Lisboa):
    Pode, debe and kre: some Capeverdean modals are more equal than others
  • Tjerk Hagemeijer & Nelia Alexandre (U Lisboa):
    PP-extraction in Wh-constructions: Cape Verdean Creole, Santome, and beyond
  • Marlyse Baptista (U Michigan) & Miki Obata (Mie U, Japan):
    Complementizer-Alternation in Creole Languages: New Evidence for Spec-Head Agreement
  • Fabiola Henri (U Mauritius) & Olivier Bonami (Paris-Sorbonne/IUF/LLF):
    Assessing empirically the inflectional complexity of Mauritian Creole
  • Alain Kihm (U Paris 7):
    Portuguese and Creole Portuguese inflectional morphologies: an in-depth comparison