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Name: Bernard  Comrie (IPA: bəːnəd kɒmriː)
Institution: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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Homepage: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/staff/comrie/home.php
State and/or Country: Germany   
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Genetic Classification
Subject Language(s): Russian
Selected Publications:
Announced on LINGUIST :  Approaches to the Typology of Word Classes
 Causatives and Transitivity
 The Slavonic Languages
 The World Atlas of Language Structures
 Semantic Role Universals and Argument Linking
 Introducing Maltese Linguistics
 Studies in Ditransitive Constructions
 Argument Structure and Grammatical Relations
 Relative Clauses in Languages of the Americas
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  The Slavonic Languages
 The World Atlas of Language Structures
 Relative Clauses in Languages of the Americas
 Argument Structure and Grammatical Relations
Courses Taught: -Languages of the World
-Language Universals and Linguistic Typology
Dissertation Abstract: Aspects of Sentence Complementation in Russian
Dissertation Director * of: A Government Approach to Finnish-English Intrasentential Code-switching
(Helena Halmari, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: The Grammaticalization of Present and Past in Basque
(Gontzal Aldai, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: A Grammar of Daakaka
(Kilu von Prince, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Past Tense Forms and their Functions in South Conchucos Quechua: Time, evidentiality, discourse structure, and affect
(Diane Hintz, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Transitivity in Shipibo-Konibo Grammar
(Pilar Valenzuela, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Syntactic Reanalysis in Early English
(Linda Thornburg, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Mandarin Compound Verbs
(Karen Chung, Author)
Academic Paper Abstract: The Acquisition of Relative Clauses in Relation to Language Typology

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