Three recent collaborative papers

Posted on February 14, 2016 by

The turn of 2015-16 sees three joint-authored papers involving Manchester collaborators appear in top journals.

Itamar Francez and Andrew Koontz-Garboden have published an Open Access paper in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, A note on possession and mereology in Ulwa property concept constructions. In it, Francez and Koontz-Garboden argue against the analysis of those well-known miscreants, Koontz-Garboden and Francez (2010), and propose an alternative account of the Ulwa -ka suffix, with implications for the semantics of possessives more broadly.

In their paper Time for a change? The semantics and pragmatics of marking temporal progression in an Australian language (Lingua, 2015), Marie-Eve Ritz and Eva Schultze-Berndt investigate the clitic =biyang in the Australian language Jaminjung, and analyse its temporal semantics and pragmatics. Finally, Kari Kinn, Kristian Rusten and George Walkden (Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 2016) look at Null subjects in early Icelandic, charting their special distribution and decline over time; you can view the paper here.

These three papers all have three things in common: a) they all represent great linguistics, b) they were all collaboratively written with international co-authors, and c) they all involve analysis of a language that is mainly spoken in another country altogether. What an international bunch we are at LEL!

Featured image: a segment of a graph showing the loss of null subjects in Icelandic, from the Kinn, Rusten & Walkden (2016) paper.