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Name: Ralf  Vollmann (IPA: ralf 'folman)
Institution: Universität Graz
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Homepage: http://www.uni-graz.at/~vollmanr
State and/or Country: Austria   
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): German
Tibetan, Khams
Tibetan, Classical
Language Family(ies): Tibeto-Burman
Selected Publications: Vollmann, Ralf 2009: Reduplication in Tibetan. in: Bernhard Hurch (ed.): Reduplication: Diachrony and productivity. A reprise. GLS 71 special topic, pp. 115-134.

Marschik, Peter B. & Jasmin Dibiasi Pansy & Ralf Vollmann & Christa Einspieler 2009: Entwicklungsauffälligkeiten bei transienten und konsistenten Late Talkers. in: Kinderärztliche Praxis 80: 333-340.

Vollmann, Ralf 2008a: Descriptions of Tibetan Ergativity. A historiographical account. Graz: Leykam (= Grazer Vergleichende Arbeiten 23). [ISBN 978-3-7011-0129-0; 345p.]

Vollmann, Ralf 2008b: Tibetan grammatical categories and the notion of 'ergativity'. in: Brigitte Huber & Marianne Volkart & Paul Widmer (eds.): Chomolangma, Demawend und Kasbek. Festschrift für Roland Bielmeier zu seinem 65. Geburtstag. Band 1: Chomolangma; [Band 2: Demawend und Kasbek]. Halle (Saale): IITBS - International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies GmbH, pp. 335-358.

Vollmann, Ralf 2007: Tibetan grammar and the active/stative case marking type. in: Roland Bielmeier & Felix Haller (eds.); Linguistics of the Himalayas and beyond. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter (= Trends in Linguistics, studies and monographs 196), pp. 355-380.

Marschik, Peter B. & Ralf Vollmann & Christa Einspieler 2007: The Austrian-CDI: Late talkers, their lexical knowledge, cognitive and neurological performance at preschool age. in: Proceedings from the First European Network Meeting on the Communicative Development Inventories. ed. by Mårten Eriksson. Gävle: University of Gävle, pp. 75-82.

Marschik, Peter B. & Christa Einspieler & Ralf Vollmann 2006: The Rett syndrome complex: communicative abilities in classical Rett syndrome and preserved speech variant. in: Grazer Linguistische Studien 65: 41-52.
Courses Taught: Empirical methods, Tibetan, syntax & morphology, child language development, text & pragmalinguistics, sociolinguistics & discourse analysis

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