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Jenneke van der Wal

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. G.J. van der Wal
Telephone
+31 71 527 3658
E-mail
g.j.van.der.wal@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Fields of interest

Comparative generative morphosyntax, information structure, Bantu languages, grammaticalisation, formal typology.

Research

My research is inspired by the question ‘what determines our grammar and its variation across languages?’. Formulating our thoughts in sentences is for a large part restricted by the syntactic rules of the language we speak. Another force that shapes our sentences, however, is the packaging of information: what is the most important bit of information, and how do I convey that to my interlocutor? This interface between morphosyntax and pragmatics, and particularly the crosslinguistic variation in this area, keeps fascinating me.

My Vidi project ‘Bantu Syntax and Information Structure’ (BaSIS) aims to discover how information structure in various Bantu languages influences nominal licensing.

See further my website.

CV overview

2017-current

University Lecturer at Leiden University
Project leader of NWO Vidi project ‘Bantu Syntax and Information structure’

2016-2017

Lecturer on Linguistics at Harvard University

2011-2016

Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, on the ERC-funded project ‘Rethinking Comparative Syntax’
(PI Ian Roberts)

2012-2016

Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge.

2009-2011

Post-doctoral researcher at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren (Belgium), on the Interuniversity Attraction Pole ‘Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification’.

 

2004-2009

PhD at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics;
PhD thesis ‘Word order and information structure in Makhuwa-Enahara’ (supervisors Lisa Cheng and Thilo Schadeberg).

2000-2004

MA in African linguistics at Leiden University;
MA thesis ‘Lusoga phonology’.

Publications

 

To appear

Sheehan, Michelle and Jenneke van der Wal. Evidence for nominal licensing in caseless languages. Journal of Linguistics.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. From macroparameters to nanoparameters - a comparative Bantu case study. In Bárány, András, Theresa Biberauer, Jamie Douglas, and Sten Vikner (eds.), Nominal architecture and its consequences. Synchronic and diachronic perspectives. Language Science Press.

Holmberg, Anders, Michelle Sheehan, and Jenneke van der Wal. Movement from the double object construction is not fully symmetrical. Linguistic Inquiry.

2017

Van der Wal, Jenneke and Larry Hyman (eds). The conjoint/disjoint alternation in Bantu. Trends in Linguistics series. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. What is the conjoint/disjoint alternation? In Van der Wal, Jenneke and Larry Hyman (eds), The conjoint/disjoint alternation in Bantu, 14-60. Trends in Linguistics series. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Gibson, Hannah, Andriana Koumbarou, Lutz Marten and Jenneke van der Wal. Locating the Bantu conjoint/disjoint alternation in a typology of focus marking. In Van der Wal, Jenneke and Larry Hyman (eds), The conjoint/disjoint alternation in Bantu, 61-99. Trends in Linguistics series. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Van der Wal, Jenneke and Saudah Namyalo. 2016. The interaction of two focus marking strategies in Luganda. In Payne, Doris L., Sara Pacchiarotti and Mokaya Bosire (eds.), Diversity in African languages, 355-377. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2017. Flexibility in symmetry: An implicational relation in Bantu double object constructions. In Sheehan, Michelle and Laura R. Bailey (eds.), Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure, 115–152. Berlin: Language Science Press.

2016

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2016. Diagnosing focusStudies in Language 40(2), 259-301.

Sheehan, Michelle and Jenneke van der Wal. Do we need abstract Case? In Kim, Kyeong-min et al. (eds), Proceedings of the 33rdWest Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 351-360. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Van der Wal, Jenneke and Saudah Namyalo. The interaction of two focus marking strategies in Luganda. In Doris L. Payne, Sara Pacchiarotti & Mokaya Bosire (eds.), Diversity in African languages, 355–377. Berlin: Language Science Press.

2015

Van der Wal, Jenneke and Jacky Maniacky. 2015. How ‘person’ got into focusLinguistics 53(1), 1-52.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2015. Information structure, (inter)subjectivity and objectificationJournal of Linguistics 14(2), 425-464.

Van der Wal, Jenneke and Tonjes Veenstra. 2015. The long and short of verb alternations in Mauritian Creole and Bantu languagesFolia Linguistica 49(1), 85-116.

Marten, Lutz and Jenneke van der Wal. 2015. A typology of Bantu subject inversion. Linguistic Variation 14(2), 318-368.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. A note on the (non-existing) passive in Matengo. Linguistique et Langues Africaines 1, 81-98.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2015. Evidence for abstract Case in BantuLingua 165, 109-132.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. Bantu Syntax. Oxford Handbooks Online.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2015. Bantu object clitics as defective goals. Revue Roumaine de Linguistique LX(2-3), 277-296.

2014

Devos, Maud and Jenneke van der Wal (eds). 2014. COME and GO off the beaten grammaticalization path. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2014. Tests for focus. In El Zarka, Dina and Steffen Heidinger (eds), Grazer Linguistischer Studien, 105-134.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2014. Subordinate clauses and exclusive focus in Makhuwa. In Van Gijn, Rik, Jeremy Hammond, Dejan Matić, Saskia van Putten & Ana Vilacy Galucio (eds), Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences, 45-70. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2013

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2013. (Inter)subjectification and demonstratives as pragmatic particles. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 1-44.

2012

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2012. Location, time, condition: grammaticalisation of a demonstrative in MakhuwaAfricana LinguisticaXVIII, 235-259.

Kavari, Jekura, Lutz Marten and Jenneke van der Wal. 2012. Tone cases in Otjiherero: head-complement relations, linear order, and information structureAfricana Linguistica XVIII, 315-353.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2012. Subject agreement and the EPP in Bantu Agreeing InversionCambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics 6, 201-236.

2011

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2011. Focus excluding alternatives: conjoint/disjoint marking in MakhuwaLingua 121(11), 1734-1750.

Buell, Leston, Kristina Riedel and Jenneke van der Wal. 2011. What the Bantu languages can tell us about word order and movement. Lingua 121(5), 689-701.

Buell, Leston, Kristina Riedel and Jenneke van der Wal (eds). 2011. Movement and word order in Bantu. Special issue of Lingua 121(5).

2010

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2010. The Makhuwa non-subject relative as a participial modifierJournal of African Languages and Linguistics 31(2), 205-231.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2010. Functions of demonstratives in Makhuwa narratives. Africana Linguistica XVI, 183-213.

Devos, Maud and Jenneke van der Wal. 2010. ‘Go’ on a rare grammaticalisation path to focus. In Nouwen, Rick and Jacqueline van Kampen, Linguistics in the Netherlands 27, 45-58. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2010. Review of ‘Information structure, meaning and form’, edited by Kerstin Schwabe and Susanne Winkler. Linguistische Berichte 222, 253-256.

2009

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2009. Word order and information structure in Makhuwa-Enahara. Utrecht: LOT.

2008

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2008. Agreement in thetic sentences in Bantu and Romance. In De Cat, Cecile and Katherine Demuth (eds) The Bantu-Romance Connection. A comparative investigation of verbal agreement, DPs and information structure, 323-350. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2006

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2006. Predicative tone lowering in Makhuwa. 2006. In Van de Weijer, Jeroen and Bettelou Los (eds), Linguistics in the Netherlands 23, 224-236. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2006. The disjoint verb form and an empty Immediate After Verb position in Makhuwa. In Downing, Laura, Lutz Marten and Sabine Zerbian (eds), ZASPiL 43, 233-256.

Submitted

Ahn, Dorothy, and Jenneke van der Wal. What does that Lugwere demonstrative refer to? A semantic analysis of proximity and exteriority.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. The AWSOM correlation in comparative Bantu object marking.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. The conjoint/disjoint alternation. (invited for The Oxford Guide to the Bantu Languages)

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL T&C van Afrika

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.05c

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