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Name: Gunter  Senft
Institution: Universität zu Köln
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State and/or Country: Netherlands   
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
Specialty: Nominal classification
Subject Language(s): Kilivila
Language Family(ies): Austronesian
Selected Publications: (1996) Classificatory Particles in Kilivila.

(1986) Kilivila The Language of the Trobriand Islanders.

(2001) Gunter Senft, Roel Smits, eds. Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics Annual Report 2000.

(2000) Systems of Nominal Classification. Language, Culture and Cognition Series, 4, edited by Stephen C. Levinson.

(2004) 'Sprache, Kognition und Konzepte des Raumes in
verschiedenen Kulturen – Zum Problem der Interdependenz sprachlicher und mentaler Strukturen', in: Ludwig Jäger und Erika Linz, eds.: Medialität und Mentalität.

(2004) 'What do we really know about serial verb constructions in Austronesian and Papuan languages?', in: Isabelle Bril and Francoise Ozanne-Rivierre, eds.: Complex predicates in Oceanic languages.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Systems of Nominal Classification
 Deixis and Demonstratives in Oceanic Languages
 Systems of Nominal Classification
 Serial Verb Constructions in Austronesian and Papuan Languages
 Culture and Language Use
 The Trobriand Islanders' Ways of Speaking
 Endangered Austronesian, Papuan and Australian Aboriginal languages
 The Tuma Underworld of Love
 Understanding Pragmatics
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Deixis and Demonstratives in Oceanic Languages
 Systems of Nominal Classification
 Systems of Nominal Classification
 Culture and Language Use
 Endangered Austronesian, Papuan and Australian Aboriginal languages
Courses Taught: 2003/04: Universität zu Köln, seminar: Space Games.

2002/03: Universität zu Köln, seminar: Endangered Languages.

2001/02: Universität zu Köln, seminar: Human Ethology and Linguistics.

2000/01: Universität zu Köln, seminar: Serial Verb Constructions.

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