dr. F.C. (Frank) Seifart

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Taalwetenschap
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Room number: 644
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • F.C.Seifart@uva.nl
    T: 0205254557

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  • Seifart, F., Meyer, J., Grawunder, S., & Dentel, L. (2018). Reducing language to rhythm: Amazonian Bora drummed language exploits speech rhythm for long-distance communication. Royal Society Open Science, 5(4), [170354]. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170354  [details] 
  • Seifart, F. C. (2018). The semantic reduction of the noun universe and the diachrony of nominal classification. In W. B. McGregor, & S. Wichmann (Eds.), The Diachrony of Classification Systems (pp. 9). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. DOI: 10.1075/cilt.mcgregor 
  • Seifart, F. C., Strunk, J., Danielsen, S., Hartmann, I., Pakendorf, B., Wichmann, S., ... Bickel, B. (2018). Nouns slow down speech across structurally and culturally diverse languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (201800708). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1800708115 
  • Seifart, F. (2018). Bora. International Journal of American Linguistics, 84(S1), S69–S94. DOI: 10.1086/695563  [details] 


  • Seifart, F. (2017). Patterns of affix borrowing in a sample of 100 languages. Journal of Historical Linguistics, 7(3), 389-431. DOI: 10.1075/jhl.16002.sei  [details] 
  • Seifart, F., & Hammarström, H. (2017). Language Isolates of South America. In L. Campbell (Ed.), Language Isolates (pp. 260-286). (Routledge Language Family Series). Oxon, New York: Routledge. [details] 


  • Seifart, F. C. (2015). Tracing social history from synchronic linguistic and ethnographic data: The prehistory of Resígaro contact with Bora. Mundo Amazónico, 6(1), 97-110. DOI: 10.12446/ma.v6n1.48222  [details] 
  • Seifart, F. (2015). Direct and indirect affix borrowing. Language, 91(3), 511-532. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2015.0044  [details] 
  • Seifart, F. (2015). Does structural-typological similarity affect borrowability?: A quantitative study on affix borrowing. Language Dynamics and Change, 5(1), 92-113. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00501004  [details] 
  • Seifart, F. (2015). Syntactic Sketch: Bora. In T. Kiss, & A. Alexiadou (Eds.), Syntax: Theory and Analysis: An International Handbook. -Vol. 3 (pp. 1764-1791). (Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft = Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK); No. 42/3). Berlin: De Gruyer Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110363685-011  [details] 
  • Seifart, F. (2015). Valency classes in Bora. In A. Malchukov, & B. Comrie (Eds.), Valency Classes in the World’s Languages. -Vol. 2: Case Studies from Austronesia, the Pacific, the Americas, and Theoretical Outlook (pp. 1481-1514). (Comperative Handbooks of linguistics; No. 1/2). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110429343-015  [details] 
  • Seifart, F., & Echeverri, J. A. (2015). Proto Bora-Muinane. Liames, 15(2), 279-311. [details] 
  • Seifart, F., & Mundry, R. (2015). Quantitative comparative linguistics based on tiny corpora: N-gram language identification of wordlists of known and unknown languages from Amazonia and beyond. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 22(3), 202-214. DOI: 10.1080/09296174.2015.1037161  [details] 


  • Seifart, F. (2014). Does structural-typological similarity affect borrowability?: A quantitative study on affix borrowing. In S. Wichmann, & J. Good (Eds.), Quantifying Language Dynamics: On the Cutting Edge of Areal and Phylogenetic Linguistics (pp. 205-226). Leiden: Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004281523_008  [details] 
  • Seifart, F., & Echeverri, J. A. (2014). Evidence for the Identification of Carabayo, the Language of an Uncontacted People of the Colombian Amazon, as Belonging to the Tikuna-Yurí Linguistic Family. PLoS One, 9(4), [e94814]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094814  [details] 
  • Strunk, J., Schiel, F., & Seifart, F. (2014). Untrained Forced Alignment of Transcriptions and Audio for Language Documentation Corpora Using WebMAUS. In N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, T. Declerck, H. Loftsson, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, A. Moreno, J. Odijk, ... S. Piperidis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp. 3940-3947). Reykjavik: European Language Resources Association (ELRA). [details] 
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