Ms M. (Marloes) Oomen MA


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Taalwetenschap
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Room number: 648
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • M.Oomen2@uva.nl

About me

I am a PhD student focusing on the study of sign languages. Within this domain, my primary interests are the morphosyntactic properties of different verb types and the role of iconicity (form-meaning resemblances) in sentence structure. I have also worked on negation and grammatical aspect in sign languages. I hold a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht (major: Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience), where my interest in sign linguistics and sign language structure was first sparked. After obtaining my degree for the research master Linguistics at the UvA in 2015, I continued at the same university with my PhD project on argument structure in German Sign Language (DGS).

 

About the PhD project

As a PhD student in the project "Argument structure in three sign languages: typological and theoretical aspects", funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and supervized by Roland Pfau, Enoch O. Aboh, and Vadim Kimmelman, I am responsible for the investigation of argument structure German Sign Language (Deutsche Gebärdensprache; DGS). The two other sign languages under investigation are Russian Sign Language (Vadim Kimmelman) and Sign Language of the Netherlands (Vanja de Lint), allowing for cross-linguistic comparison.

In sign languages, some verbs can agree with their arguments by modifying their path movement in space, such that they start at the locus of the subject (for instance, the signer), and end at the locus of the object (for instance, a cat that has previously, by means of a pointing sign, been associated with a location on the right side of the signer). These are called agreeing verbs, and the agreement mechanism is sometimes called directionality. However, many other verbs cannot be modified in this way; some of them have a fixed articulation on the body, while others are articulated in neutral space in front of the signer but lack the directionality of agreeing verbs. Researchers have therefore argued that such verbs do not have any agreement properties. It has also been argued that verb type membership is dependent on semantics. For instance, verb like 'answer', for instance, is more likely to be realized as an agreeing verb than a verb like 'feel', because it involves two participants and a form of (metaphorical) transfer between them. This notion of transfer is reflected in directionality.

Analyzing naturalistic data from the DGS Corpus (http://ling.meine-dgs.de/), I provide an in-depth investigation of the morphosyntactic and semantic properties of verbs of different types in DGS. I take an in-depth look at the semantic underpinnings of verb types, hypothesizing that the same semantic properties that govern transitivity marking in spoken languages also affect the way in which verbs are formally realized in sign languages. I show that the corpus data provide support for this hypothesis. I am also working on a theory that advocates an agreement analysis for all verb types, even those that are commonly said not to possess agreement properties. An important finding in support of this idea is that only first person subjects can be left out of sentences with body-anchored verbs: an indication that verbs articulated on the body (the first person locus) trigger an automatic first-person interpretation. I argue that this interpretation is the result of an agreement relation between the body-anchored verb and the (null) subject. 

 

To appear

Kimmelman, Vadim, Ulrika Klomp, & Marloes Oomen. To appear. Where methods meet: Combining corpus data and elicitation in sign language research. Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Involving the Language Community.

 

2018

Oomen, Marloes, Roland Pfau & Enoch O. Aboh. 2018. High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Proceedings of the 6th Meeting on Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory: 39-47. 

 

2017

Oomen, Marloes 2017. Iconicity in argument structure: Psych-verbs in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Sign Language & Linguistics 20(1): 55-108.

Oomen, Marloes & Roland Pfau. 2017. Signing not (or not): A typological perspective on standard negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Linguistic Typology 21(1): 1-51.

 

2016

Oomen, Marloes. 2016. The marking of two aspectual distinctions in Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). Linguistics in Amsterdam 9(2): 30-55.

Upcoming

Klomp, Ulrika, Marloes Oomen & Roland Pfau. Typological aspects of negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands: Negative particles, negative modals, and Neg-raising. Paper to be presented at Syntax of the World’s Languages (SWL) 8, Paris. 3-5 September.

Oomen, Marloes & Vadim Kimmelman. Iconically motivated subject drop in two sign languages. Paper to be presented at Syntax of the World’s Languages (SWL) 8, Paris. 3-5 September.

Oomen, Marloes & Vadim Kimmelman. An agreement analysis of body-anchored verb constructions. Poster to be presented at the workshop on Sign Language Grammars through the Formal and Experimental Glass, Rethymno. 25 July.

Oomen, Marloes. Verb types and semantic maps. Poster to be presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST), Venice. 18-19 June.

 

2018

Kimmelman, Vadim, Ulrika Klomp, & Marloes Oomen. 2018.  Where methods meet: Combining corpus data and elicitation in sign language research. Poster presented at the 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Involving the Language Community, LREC, Miyazaki. 12 May.

Oomen, Marloes. 2018. Iconic variables and null subjects in German Sign Language. Poster presented at Sign Language Syntax and Linguistic Theory Workshop, Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW), Budapest. 14 April.

Oomen, Marloes. 2018. Iconically motivated subject drop in German Sign Language (DGS). Paper presented at the Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE), London. 14 February.

Börstell, Carl, Tommi Jantunen, Johanna Mesch, Vadim Kimmelman, Marloes Oomen, & Vanja de Lint. 2018. Transitivity prominence within and across modalities. Paper presented at Argument Structure Across Modalities (ASAM), Amsterdam. 1 February.

Kimmelman, Vadim, Enoch O. Aboh, Vanja de Lint, Connie de Vos, Marloes Oomen, Roland Pfau, & Lianne Vink. 2018. Non-canonical argument structure in classifier predicates in four sign languages. Paper presented at Argument Structure Across Modalities (ASAM), Amsterdam. 2 February.

 

2017

Pfau, Roland, Marloes Oomen & Enoch Aboh. 2017. High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), Boise, ID. 20 October.

Oomen, Marloes & Roland Pfau. 2017. Signing not (or not): A corpus-based study on negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at the workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics: Into the Second Decade, Birmingham. 24 July.

Kimmelman, Vadim, Marloes Oomen & Vanja de Lint. 2017. Overt arguments in RSL, DGS and NGT: a corpus study. Paper presented at the workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics: Into the Second Decade, Birmingham. 24 July.

Aboh, Enoch, Marloes Oomen & Roland Pfau. 2017. High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST), Reykjavik. 21 June 2017.

 

2016

Oomen, Marloes. 2016. Psych-verb constructions in Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). Paper presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST), Venice. 1 September.

 

2015

Oomen. Marloes. 2015. Psych-verbs in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at the first meeting on Morphosyntax of Portuguese Sign Language (LGP) and Other Sign Languages, Porto. 26 November.

Oomen, Marloes & Roland Pfau. 2015. Signing NOT (or not): A corpus-based study on negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Poster presented at the Workshop on Negation (Gö-Neg), Göttingen. 19 September.

2018

  • Kimmelman, V., Klomp, U., & Oomen, M. (2018). Where methods meet: Combining corpus data and elicitation in sign language research. In Proceedings of 8th Workshop on the representation and processing of Sign Languages: Involving the linguistic community (pp. 95-100). ELRA.

2017

  • Oomen, M. (2017). Iconicity in argument structure: Psych-verbs in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Sign Language & Linguistics, 20(1), 55-108. DOI: 10.1075/sll.20.1.03oom  [details] 
  • Oomen, M., & Pfau, R. (2017). Signing NOT (or not): A typological perspective on standard negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Linguistic Typology, 21(1), 1-51. DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2017-0001  [details] 

2016

  • Oomen, M. (2016). The marking of two aspectual distinctions in Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). Linguistics in Amsterdam, 9(2), 30-55. [details] 

2017

  • Aboh, E. O., Boers-Visker, E. M., van den Bogaerde, E. M., Kimmelman, V., Klomp, U., de Lint, V., ... Pfau, R. (2017). Research group Sign Language Grammar & Typology. Poster session presented at Second Amsterdam SMART Cognitive Science Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Talk / presentation

  • Pfau, R. (speaker), Oomen, Marloes (speaker) & Aboh, E.O. (speaker) (20-10-2017): High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands, Western Conference on Linguistics, Boise, United States.
  • Oomen, Marloes (speaker) & Pfau, R. (speaker) (24-7-2017): Signing NOT (or not): A corpus-based study on negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands., Corpus-based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Kimmelman, V. (speaker), Oomen, Marloes (speaker) & de Lint, V. (speaker) (24-7-2017): Overt arguments in RSL, DGS and NGT: a corpus study., Corpus-based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Aboh, E.O. (speaker), Oomen, Marloes (speaker) & Pfau, R. (speaker) (21-6-2017): High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands., Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Pfau, Roland (invited speaker), Kimmelman, V. (invited speaker), Klomp, U. (invited speaker), de Lint, V. (invited speaker) & Oomen, M. (invited speaker) (20-4-2017): Grammar & society: How sign linguistics benefits the Deaf community, Beyond Hearing – Cultures Overlooked, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Oomen, Marloes (speaker) (1-9-2016): Psych-verb constructions in Sign Language of the Netherlands, Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory, Venice, Italy.
  • Oomen, Marloes (speaker) (26-11-2015): Psych-verbs in Sign Language of the Netherlands, 1st Meeting on the Morphosyntax of Portuguese Sign Language and other sign languages, Porto.

Others

  • Lammertink, Imme (organiser) & Oomen, M. (organiser) (11-11-2016): Thesis market MA students linguistics (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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