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Somali Workshop

Culture and languages

The workshop hosts nine longer presentations of the participants’ work in progress. Most presentations deal with Somali language and linguistics, but two also deal with other Cushitic languages. The workshop is open to the public, but all participants are encouraged to register beforehand.

12 Jun 2023
13 Jun 2023
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 12:30
Room J442, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6

Good to know
Seminar language: English

Participants should register beforehand by an email to
IRN ALL CRNS research network and the Department of Languages and Literatures


Monday 12 June

Morning session: Phonology and syntax

09.00 Welcoming

09.15 Sabrina Bendjaballah, Nantes: Somali particle clusters: complete paradigms, syncretism and corpus frequency

10.15 Coffee break

10.45 David Le Gac, Rouen: Downdrift and Final Lowering in Somali

11.45 Yasuko Nagano-Madsen & Morgan Nilsson, Gothenburg: Pitch accent and NP intonation in Somali

12.45 Lunch break

Afternoon session: Standardisation and variation

14.30 Giorgio Banti, Naples: Written Somali (new season, 3rd episode)

15.30 Jama Musse Jama, Hargeysa: LexMathSom: an ontology of Somali Mathematical Terminology

16.30 Coffee break

17.00 Morgan Nilsson, Gothenburg: Pioneering translations into Somali in Lower Jubba 1899-1935

Tuesday 13 June

First session: Poetry and metre

09.00 Martin Orwin, Naples: Some further possible steps towards a formal account of metre in Somali

10.00 Coffee break

Second session: Cushitic linguistics

10.30 Ahmed Sosal, Leiden: Topics in the phonological reconstruction of Eastern Omo-Tana

11.30 Dawit Tilahun, Gothenburg: Number marking in Gede’o


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