Uneven Distribution of Morphology in Different Language Families

Motivation and Goal: The global distribution of morphological structures of different language families is uneven. This project aims to explain the impact of language contact on morphology through a combination of historical linguistics, phylogeny, and geographic analysis. In the first stage of the project, we will gain the necessary background in the relevant linguistic theories.  In the second stage, we will apply these insights, in combination with new methodological approaches, to regions only associated with sparse historical linguistic information.

Cooperation: This project will take the form of an SNSF-Sinergia collaboration between Linguistics and Geography in Zurich and Bern.

State and Outcome: The project team submitted their proposal in mid-January.