International Conference on Reconstructing Proto-Bantu Grammar

Program

MONDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2018

Venue: Jozef Plateauzaal (Jozef Plateaustraat 22)

Opening

08.30: Welcome + Registration

09.15: Opening address by the organizing committee (Koen Bostoen)

Chair: Koen Bostoen

09.30: Thilo Schadeberg (Leiden University) Reconstructing Proto-Bantu Grammar Half a Century after Meeussen (1967)

10.15: Rebecca Grollemund (University of Missouri) and Lutz Marten (SOAS) Reconstructing Proto-Bantu in the Light of the Latest Insights into Bantu Phylogeny

11.00: Coffee break

Proto-Bantu Phonology

Chair: Rozenn Guérois

11.30: Nancy Kula (University of Essex) Proto-Bantu Segmental Phonology

12.15: Gérard Philippson (DDL, Lyon) Double Reflexes’ Revisited: Implications for the Proto-Bantu Consonant System

13.00: Lunch break

14.00: Lotta Aunio (University of Helsinki) & Jacky Maniacky (RMCA, Tervuren) Proto-Bantu Nominal Tone

14.45: Michael Marlo (University of Missouri) Proto-Bantu Verbal Tone

15.30: Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley) Causative and Passive H tone: Spurious or Proto?

16.15: Coffee break

16.45: Round table discussion (Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor)

18.00: Closure

 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2018

Venue: Jozef Plateauzaal (Jozef Plateaustraat 22)

Chair: Gilles-Maurice de Schryver

Proto-Bantu Verbal Form

09.30: Jeff Good (University at Buffalo) & Tom Güldemann (Humboldt University of Berlin) Proto-Bantu Verbal Form 

Proto-Bantu Verbal Derivation

10.15: Roger Blench (Kay Williamson Educational Foundation) Proto-Bantu Verbal Extensions from a Bantoid Perspective

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Sara Pacchiarotti (Ghent University) On the reconstructable main clause functions of Proto-Bantu applicative suffix *-ɪd

12.15: Rozenn Guérois (Ghent University) Proto-Bantu Passive Constructions

13.00: Lunch Break

14.00: Sebastian Dom (Ghent University) & Leonid Kulikov (Ghent University) Proto-Bantu Middle Voice: From Meeussen to Schadeberg and Beyond

14.45: Koen Bostoen (Ghent University) Non-Compositional Complex Verbal Derivation Suffixes and the Semantic Reconstruction of *-an in Proto-Bantu

15.30: Coffee Break

16.00: Round table discussion (Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor)

17.15: Proto-Bantu QUIZ (Sara Pacchiarotti & Koen Bostoen)

18.00: Closure

 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2018

Excursion to the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren

Venue: CODA building, room 333, Leuvensesteenweg 17, 3080 Tervuren

08.15: Departure to Tervuren by bus (in front of main entrance Plateau building, Jozef Plateaustraat 22)

Welcome

10.15: Welcome address at the RMCA

Chair: Sebastian Dom

10.30: Maud Devos (RMCA, Tervuren) Recent Research on the Biography of Achiel Emiel Meeussen in Relation to Bantu Grammatical Reconstructions (1967)

11.15: Coffee break

Proto-Bantu Tense, Aspect and Polarity

11.30: Derek Nurse (Independent Scholar) Proto-Bantu Tense and Aspect

12.15: John Watters (SIL International) Proto-Bantu Tense from a Benue-Congo Perspective

13.00: Lunch break

14.00: Thera Crane (University of Helsinki) & Bastian Persohn (University of Hamburg) Proto-Bantu Lexical Aspect

14.45:  Coffee break

15.00: Round table discussion

16:15: Guided pre-view and visit of the renovated Royal Museum for Central Africa

18.15: Back to Ghent

 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2018

Venue: Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor

Proto-Bantu Verbal Morphosyntax

Chair: Sara Pacchiarotti

09.00: Mark Van de Velde (LLACAN, Paris) Proto-Bantu Relative Clauses

09.45: Hannah Gibson (University of Essex) Proto-Bantu Auxiliary Constructions

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Rasmus Bernander (University of Helsinki) & Maud Devos (RMCA, Tervuren): Proto-Bantu Existentials 

Proto-Bantu Clausal Syntax and Information Structure

Chair: Hilde Gunnink

11.45: Benji Wald (University of California, Berkeley) Some Problems in the Information Structure of Proto-Bantu (& its descendants)

12.30: Lunch break

13.30: Fatima Hamlaoui (University of Toronto) Proto-Bantu Word Order

14.15: Yukiko Morimoto (Humboldt University of Berlin) & Nobuko Yoneda (Osaka University) Proto-Bantu Subject and Topic

15.00: Jenneke van der Wal (Leiden University) Proto-Bantu Focus Constructions

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Round table discussion

17.30: Closure

19.00: Conference Dinner (La Cave, Emile Braunplein 15)

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Venue: Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor

Chair: Jacky Maniacky

Proto-Bantu Clausal Syntax and Information Structure (Continued)

09.00: Laura Downing (Gothenburg University) Prosodic Phrasing in Proto-Bantu

09.45: Tom Güldemann (Humboldt University of Berlin) Meeussen’s (1967) ‘advance verb construction’ – what to reconstruct?

10.30: Dmitri Idiatov (LLACAN, Paris) Proto-Bantu Question Words

11.15: Coffee break

Proto-Bantu Nominal Morphosyntax

Chair: Maud Devos

11.45: Josephat M. Rugemalira (University of Dar es Salaam) Proto-Bantu Noun Phrase Structure

12.30: Lunch break

13.30: Jean Paul Ngoboka (University of Rwanda) Proto-Bantu Locatives

14.15: Jean-Georges Kamba Muzenga (Lubumbashi University) Proto-Bantu Substitutives and Possessives

15.00: Coffee break

Closure

15.30: Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (Ghent University) Bibliometrics in Bantu Lexical and Grammatical Reconstructions: A.E. Meeussen and Beyond

16.15: Round table discussion + round-up (proceedings, future meetings, online platform, etc.)

17.30: Closing words (Koen Bostoen)