ZAS-Seiten Nr. 2, January 2014
Our newsletter in German with informations about the second funding period by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung /BMBF), with details about the ZAS event 'Das mehrsprachige Klassenzimmer: Wie viel Deutsch braucht ein Berliner Schulkind?' on 26th March 2014 in Berlin, with a fieldwork report from Ecuador and more news from other ZAS projects.
Study of perceptions of the extent to which guideline recommendations are binding—a survey of commonly used terminology is the title of a new paper by Uli Sauerland and doctors of the Berliner Charité, published in ‘Deutsches Ärzteblatt’.
More Information about the study here.
Jonathan D. Bobaljik received Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
Professor Bobaljik from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, USA is a leading authority in morphology and related areas of linguistics. His forthcoming book "Universals in Comparative Morphology: Suppletion, superlatives, and the structure of words" , in press with MIT Press, argues that superlatives like "best" and "nicest" in all languages are derived from comparatives such as "better" and "nicer", rather than directly from the positive forms like "good" and "nice". With the Bessel Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Bobaljik will work with Dr. Uli Sauerland of the Center for General Linguistics in Berlin on a statistical approach to syncretism patterns in language.
Research trips in the South Pacific
The project Languages of Southwest Ambrym, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, carried out several research trips to the island in the South Pacific, a part of the State of Vanuatu. The project made numerous recordings of the languages Daakaka and Daakie, which are now being further analyzed. Under cooperation with Chief Filip Talevu from Emiotungan, the project now has a house which is also open to other researchers and guests, and which will document the culture and languages of West Ambrym.