This project combines two closely interrelated lines of research: (a) based on an extensive analysis of corpora, we investigate effects of the referential hierarchy and related discourse factors on the agreement system of Chintang, a Sino-Tibetan (Kiranti) language of Nepal studied in a DoBeS companion project, and compare these effects to the factors governing differential case marking in Nepali; (b) expanding a typological database (AUTOTYP) on grammatical relations, we investigate the typological distribution of various types of hierarchical agreement in relation to various types of differential case marking.
On a more general level, this project aims at better integrating corpus-based and fieldwork-based analysis with linguistic typology, using advanced statistical methods and modern database technology in both.
The project is part of the EuroBABEL project on "Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax: description, typology, diachrony (RHIM)" and is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Project description (shortened grant proposal)
Balthasar Bickel (U. Leipzig)
Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (U. Leipzig)
Robert Schikowski (U. Leipzig)
Eva van Lier (Lancaster U.)
Sabine Stoll (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
RHIM project site
EuroBABEL program site