LINGUIST List 32.943

Mon Mar 15 2021

Confs: Gen Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 14-Mar-2021
From: Katharina Hartmann <>
Subject: Structural Asymmetries in African Languages
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Structural Asymmetries in African Languages
Short Title: SAIAL

Date: 15-Apr-2021 - 16-Apr-2021
Location: Virtual Workshop (Zoom), Germany
Contact: Katharina Hartmann
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

This workshop brings together researchers from different areas working on structural aspects of grammar in African languages, and in particular on structural asymmetries. Apart from contributing novel data to the discussion, the workshop evaluates the consequences of the empirical observations for our understanding of the grammar of human language: Do the data support or falsify existing theoretical approaches to structural asymmetries? Do the data make the existence of asymmetries in the grammatical architecture of languages mandatory, or do they allow for less restricted approaches? Do they allow us to refine less well understood aspects of previous approaches? What can we learn about the cause of the observed asymmetries? What do the findings tell us about the overall architecture of grammar and the interfaces between (morpho)syntax, phonology/phonetics and semantics/pragmatics? This workshop aims at answering at least some of these questions.

Doreen Georgi (Universität Potsdam)
Malte Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam)
Katharina Hartmann (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

Program Information:

Due to the Corona virus, the workshop will take place online only.
The program is available on our website:

If you would like to participate in this virtual workshop, please contact Timea Sarvas ( for access information.

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