Indo-European

Correlated grammaticalization: The rise of articles in Indo-European

Grammaticalization is characterized by robust directional asymmetries (e.g., Kuteva et al. 2019). For instance, body-part nominals develop into spatial adpositions, minimizers develop into negation markers, and subject pronouns become agreement …

Toward a non-teleological account of demonstrative reinforcement

It has long been debated whether morphosyntactic change is teleological. Jespersen (1917:4), for instance, maintained that emphatic negative constructions are created in response to the weakening of older negative adverbs. Others have argued that …

There’s no escaping phylogenetics

The comparative method depends crucially on the phylogenetic tree of the languages under comparison, but in many linguistic families, including Indo-European, the true tree is unknown. To circumvent this issue, frequency heuristics have been devised …

Correlated Grammaticalization

Indo-European Morphology

Winter 2022

Indo-European Syntax

Spring 2022

Grammaticalization does not occur in a vacuum

Workshop on Bayesian phylolinguistics

Correlated grammaticalization

Demonstrative reinforcement is not teleological