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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Studying at Cambridge

 

Dr Jenneke van der Wal

Research Interests

Jenneke was previously a Research Associate on the ReCoS project, mainly working on a featural analysis of subject and object agreement from a comparative Bantu perspective, on crosslinguistic variation in morphological strategies of marking focus, and on the diagnostics for and existence of abstract Case. She is now a lecturer at Harvard University, where she continues to pursue her academic interest in the interface between morphosyntax and information structure.

Keywords

  • morphosyntax
  • language typology
  • information structure
  • Bantu

Key Publications

 

To appear

Sheehan, M. and van der Wal, J. accepted. Nominal licensing in caseless languages. Journal of Linguistics 54 (2018).

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. 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. Trends in Linguistics series. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Van der Wal, Jenneke and Saudah Namyalo. The interaction of two focus marking strategies in Luganda. Proceedings of ACAL 46.

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. 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. Trends in Linguistics series. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Van der Wal, Jenneke and Saudah Namyalo. The interaction of two focus marking strategies in Luganda. Proceedings of ACAL 46.

Van der Wal, Jenneke. Flexibility in symmetry: an implicational relation in Bantu double object constructions.

 

2016

Sheehan, Michelle and Jenneke van der Wal. 2016. Do we need abstract Case? In Kim, Kyeong-min et al. (eds), Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 351-360. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

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

 

2015

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

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2015. Information structure, (inter)subjectivity and objectification. Journal 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 languages. Folia 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 Bantu. Lingua 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

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

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. 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 Makhuwa. Africana Linguistica XVIII, 235-259.

Kavari, Jekura, Lutz Marten and Jenneke van der Wal. 2012. Tone cases in Otjiherero: head-complement relations, linear order, and information structure. Africana 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 Makhuwa. Lingua 121(11), special issue ‘Focus marking strategies and focus interpretation’, edited by Malte Zimmermann and Edgar Onea, p. 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), introduction to special issue ‘Movement and word order in Bantu’.

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

 

2010

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

Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2010. Functions of demonstratives in Makhuwa narratives. Africana Linguistica XVI, p. 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, p. 45-58. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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

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