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This workshop brings together a collection of papers on the causal-noncausal alternation from a diverse range of African languages. ‘Causal’ and ‘noncausal’ are semantic notions that refer to related events differentiated by the number and type of participant roles: the causal event, e.g. lose, involves an external and internal participant role while the corresponding noncausal event, e.g. get lost, only includes an internal participant role. The valency alternation lies at the interface between semantics, morphology and syntax, and has been the focus of different theoretical approaches. Typological-comparative studies have identified various types of formal relationships between causal and noncausal verbs in the languages of the world. Nevertheless, the causal-noncausal alternation has received little systematic and comparative attention in languages from across the African continent. This workshop addresses this gap, with contributions from Cushitic, Ethiosemitic, Atlantic, Kru, and Narrow Bantu languages.
Accepted papers:Session 1 Wednesday 9 June, 2021, -
Leora Bar-el (University of Montana) Sebastian Dom (University of Gothenburg) Ponsiano Sawaka Kanijo (Mkwawa University College of Education) Malin Petzell (University of Gothenburg)
Rasmus Bernander (University of Helsinki) Lotta Aunio (University of Helsinki) Antti Laine (University of Helsinki)