LINGUIST List 32.3490

Thu Nov 04 2021

FYI: Volume on Role & Reference Grammar and African languages

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 27-Oct-2021
From: Jens Fleischhauer <>
Subject: Volume on Role & Reference Grammar and African languages
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Call for chapters for a volume on RRG and African languages

“[W]hat would linguistic theory look like if it were based on the analysis of languages with diverse structures such as Lakhota, Tagalog and Dyirbal, rather than on the analysis of English?” (Van Valin 2005: 1). From its very beginning, Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) is a typologically-oriented theory which takes linguistic diversity seriously. African languages represent a heterogeneous and large number of languages. So far, African languages have only been occasionally been dealt with within RRG. Some studies dedicated to African languages include, among others, Abdoulaye (1992, 2011) on Hausa, Akiwumi (2001) on Gã, Agbo (2013a, b) on Igbo, van Putten (2014) on Avatime, Kihara (2017) on Gĩkũyũ, Letsholo-Tafila (2018) on Setswana and Anderson (2021) on Bamunka.
We think that it is worth taking African languages in broader perspective. Therefore, we are calling for papers for a prospective volume on applying RRG to the languages of Africa. The volume is intended to describe grammatical phenomena of African languages from the perspective of RRG. The aim is, on the one hand, broadening the empirical coverage of RRG and, on the other hand, to see how the analysis of African languages can further develop the framework.

The prospective chapters can deal with any aspects related to the Syntax-Semantics-Pragmatics Interface of African languages analyzed from the perspective of RRG. We do not provide any restrictions on language families and equally seek detailed analysis of single African languages as well as comparative analysis of languages (as long as African languages play a major role). The papers can cover oral as well as sign languages. Experimental as well as computational and theoretical papers are equally welcome.

We invite chapter contributions, though not exclusively, on the following topics:
i. Syntax and Semantics of simple and complex sentences/simple and complex reference phrases
ii. Information structure in African languages
iii. Verb semantics in African languages
iv. Argument structure and argument linking in African languages
v. Voice and argument alternations in African languages
vi. Serial Verb constructions in African languages
vii. Grammaticalization in African languages

In case of interest, please send an email till November, 22, 2021 to expressing your interest in contributing to the volume. The email should contain a provisional title as well as full name and affiliation of the author(s). An abstract (300 to 500 words + references) is needed till January, 1, 2022. The final book proposal will be compiled on the basis of the submitted abstracts. The deadline for the final paper is June, 1, 2022.
We especially encourage all participants presented as RRG 2021 for submitting a paper, if relevant to the volume’s topics. But also researchers not having presented as RRG 2021 are encouraged to submit an abstract if it fits to the volume.

Further details concerning the publication process (including the intended publisher) will be communicated as soon as possible.

Editors: C. Patrick Kihara & Jens Fleischhauer

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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