Conference Program

Friday June 1, 2018

9:00Coffee and Continental Breakfast
9:30Welcome, Introductions, and Orientation
Session 1: Phonology
Chair: Colleen Ahland
10:00The functional load of tone in Hausa
Nicholas Rolle (UC Berkeley), Stephanie Shih (USC) and Sharon Inkelas (UC Berkeley)
10:30A new perspective on Mehri diminutives
Morgan Rood (Carleton College)
11:00Consonant harmony in Tunisian Arabic: could it be a contact outcome with Tamazight
Soubeika Bahri (CUNY)
Session 2: Phonetics I
Chair: Zelealem Leyew Temesgen
12:00Effects of dialect, gender and context on vowel durations in Oromo
Feda Negesse (Addis Ababa University) and Tujube Amansa (Addis Ababa University)
12:30The domain of emphasis spread in Arabic: Evidence from urban Jordanian Arabic
Aziz Jaber (Yarmouk University), Osama Omari (Yarmouk University) and Rasheed Al-Jarrah (Yarmouk University)

Session 3: Phonetics II
Chair: Binyam Sisay Mendisu
2:00Incomplete phonetic neutralization in Arabic vowel alternations
Nancy Hall (California State University, Long Beach)
2:30An acoustic analysis of Amharic fricatives
Derib Ado Jekale (Addis Ababa University)
Session 4: Syntax
Chair: Riitta Valijärvi
3:30On the case system of Berber
Lydia Felice (Georgetown)
4:00The interaction of discontinuous agreement with auxiliaries in Amharic: A distributed morphology approach
Ruth Kramer (Georgetown)
4:30On the syntax of ellipsis: Sluicing and cleft-sluicing in Egyptian Arabic
Usama Soltan (Middlebury College)
5:00End of day one



Saturday, June 2

8:30-9:00Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Session 1: Historical Linguistics I
Chair: Ruth Kramer
9:00Language change in Amharic
Zelealem Temesgen (Addis Ababa University)
9:30Revisiting the independent pronouns in Hamar: a historical-comparative perspective
Moges Yigezu (Addis Ababa University)
10:00The development of subject case marking in Omotic-Mao
Michael Ahland (California State University, Long Beach)
Session 2: Syntax
Chair: Cem Demir
11:00Overt/null subjects in Algerian Arabic: A quantitative approach
Osama Omari (Yarmouk University) and Amina Madani (Yarmouk University)
11:30Coptic noun class and the morphophonology of gender
Chris Reintges (CNRS/LLF/University Paris 7) and Sabrina Bendjaballah (Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes)
12:00On the syntax and semantics of the transitivity of prepositional verbs in Arabic
Basem Al-Raba'a (Oberlin College)
Provided for registered participants

1:30-2:30Session 3: Poster Session
An Afro-Asiatic perspective on the definition of serial verb constructions
Daniel Ross (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
A typology of North African writing systems
Eve Koller (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
First language influence on the spoken Amharic of Gurage speakers
Solomon Getahun Assefa (Hawassa University)
Intensive word borrowing between Highland East Cushitic (HEC) and the Ometo group: Implications for the spread of concepts and influences
Shiferaw Assefa
Session 4: Historical Linguistics II
Chair: Lily Okalani Kahn
2:30Submorphemes in Hebrew
Zev Bar-Lev (San Diego State University)
3:00Morphosyntactic evolution in the Moroccan Arabic verb
Thomas Leddy-Cecere (UT Austin) and Michael Turner (UT Austin)
3:30Internal structure of root meaning in Afroasiatic languages
Karim Achab (University of Ottawa)
4:30Keynote Address:
Expanding the Afroasiatic Reconstruction: Historical Linguistics in a Deep-Time Language Family
Christopher Ehret (UCLA)
across the Quad from the Hall of Science, in front of The Nugget--all are welcome
in the Chartroom; must be paid for in advance
9:00End of day two



Sunday, June 3

9:00-9:30Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Session 1: Syntax I
Chair: Michael Ahland
9:30Tense and aspect in Hamar
Binyam Sisay Mendisu (UNESCO-IICBA)
10:00Serial verb constructions in Sezo
Girma Mengistu Desta (Addis Ababa University)
10:30Verbal extension and valence in the Gumer variety of Gurage
Fekede Menuta (Hawassa University)
Session 2: Syntax II
Chair: Nancy Hall
11:30The marked nominative in Arabic, Semitic, and Afroasiatic
Lutz Edzard (University of Oslo)
12:00Discourse particles in contemporary spoken Maltese
Lily Okalani Kahn (University College London) and Riitta-Liisa Valijarvi (University College London)
12:30Spatial deictics and grammaticalization in Tigrinya
Shimelis Mazengia Beyene (Addis Ababa University)
Provided for registered participants
Session 3: Sociolinguistics
Chair: Bethany Lycan
2:00Linguistic distance and mutual intelligibility among South Ethiosemitic languages: A combined approach
Tekabe Legesse Feleke (University of Verona)
2:30Language contact and its effects on Gurage varieties of Muher
Awlachew Shumneka Nurga (Addis Ababa University)
3:00Closing Comments
3:30End of day three