Dr. Evie Malaia, EURIAS fellow
Event reference time representation in grammar: sign languages and spoken languages
Evie Malaia is the guest speaker at this ACLC seminar. Abstract and title are NOW available.
Human languages base sentence structure on predicates, often corresponding to perceptually-available events. Temporal boundary of an event, identified as linguistic feature verbal telicity, is critical for lexicon-grammar interface in sentence-building: it affects transitivity, (un)accusativity, and number and type of argument roles of the verb. The talk will illustrate two paths of grammaticalization - transformation of perceptual parameters of event boundaries into linguistic features - in Croatian Sign Language and American Sign Language. We will also consider neural (EEG and fMRI) data, which indicates that once temporal reference is grammaticalized in the language, it becomes critical for memory management during online language processing.
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