Sebastian FEDDEN

Sebastian FEDDEN

Professor of general linguistics (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

CV de novembre 2021 (pdf)

Research topics

• Language typology
• Canonical typology
• Papuan languages and linguistics
• Categorization, language and cognition
• Systems of nominal classification (gender and classifiers)
• Agreement
• Argument realization and alignment

Selected grants

• Consultant in Optimal categorisation: the origin and nature of gender from a psycholinguistic perspective(ESRC UK Grant RN0362A); Principal Investigator Greville G. Corbett, University of Surrey), 2018-21.
• Incomplete systems: Evidence from sporadic agreement, Research Incubator grant from the University of Sydney, 2015.
• Combining gender and classifiers in natural language, (with Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown and Matthew Baerman); Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)/Research Grant, 2013-2016.

 

Keywords

categorization – classifiers – gender – grammaticography – historical linguistics – morphology – morphosyntax – Papuan languages – psycholinguistics – typology – Mian – Skonga – Wagarabai – Telefol – Tifal – Faiwol – Bimin – Adang – Tok Pisin – Germand

Teaching

Courses given at Sorbonne Nouvelle (2017-2021):
Master – Seminar – Introduction to the structure of a non-Indo-European language (2 hrs per week, face-to-face and distance learning)
Master – Seminar – Anglais pour sciences humaines 1 (1.5 hrs per week, face-to-face)
Master – Seminar – Anglais pour sciences humaines 2 (1.5 hrs per week, face-to-face and distance learning)
Undergrad – Lecture – Typologie linguistique (1.5 hrs per week, face-to-face and distance learning)
Undergrad – Lecture – Morphologie (1.5 hrs per week, face-to-face and distance learning)
Undergrad – Lecture – Linguistique aréale (1.5 hrs per week, face-to-face)

Courses given at the University of Sydney (2015-2016):
Master – Seminar – Structure of language (2 hrs face-to-face)
Master – Seminar – Sociolinguistics (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture – Syntax (2 hrs + 2 hrs of tutorials face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture – Phonetics and Phonology (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture – Phonology (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Seminar – Language Diversity and Universals (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Seminar – Categorization in language and cognition (2 hrs face-to-face)

 All teaching (pdf)

Supervision

– Moisés A. Veláquez, from 2020: “Grammaire du kibiri, un isolat menacé en Papouasie-Nouvelle- Guinée” (Ph.D. thesis) (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
– Neige Rochant, from 2019: “A grammar of Baga Pukur, an Atlantic language of Guinea” (Ph.D. thesis) (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

 

Administration

– Member of the conseil de gestion (ILPGA, Sorbonne Nouvelle)
– Member of the collège de spécialistes (section 7) (Language sciences: general linguistics and phonetics) (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
– Representative of LACITO at the Doctoral College (ED 622 Sciences du langage)
– Responsible for the Master Language Sciences (ILPGA, Sorbonne Nouvelle)
– Editor of LACITO Publications (Series Linguistic Diversity), a new open-access platform
– Member of the editorial board of Italian Journal of Linguistics
– Co-responsibility « La typologie du genre grammatical » (axe 2 – Labex-EFL) and « Typologie des systèmes flexionnels à flexion non canonique » (axe 3 – Labex-EFL)

 

Conference organisation

• Descriptive Grammars and Typology II, Paris, December 2021 (organizing committee, with Neige Rochant, Yann le Moullec, Guillaume Segerer and Jeanne Zerner).
• 13th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL 13), University of Edinburgh, June 2021 (program committee).
• Current Trends in Papuan Linguistics, LACITO/INALCO, Paris, 11-12 December 2019 (organizing committee, with Sylvain Loiseau and Antoinette Schapper).
• Workshop “New approaches to the typology of inflection systems”, Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques, University of Chicago Center in Paris, November 2018 (organizing committee, with Olivier Bonami).
• 9th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL 9), LACITO, Paris, June 2017 (program committee).
• Gender and classifiers: diachrony and variation, University of Surrey, January 2016 (organizing committee).
• Workshop “Non-canonical gender systems”, 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), University of Leiden, September 2015 (organizing committee, with Jenny Audring).

Publications

In the media
— Time to Think, University of Surrey Featured Story, 24 June 2013.​.

Videos
— (with Timothy Feist). Nominal classification in Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea – Part 2. Surrey Morphology Group. 2016, Video clip, length 4:34 mins. [http://www.mian-kilivila.surrey.ac.uk]— Nominal classification in Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea. Video clip. Surrey Morphology Group, Video clip, 2015, Length 3:48 mins. [http://www.mian-kilivila.surrey.ac.uk]

Website
— Fedden, Sebastian, Timothy Feist, Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett and Gunter Senft. 2015. Mian and Kilivila Collection. University of Surrey. http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.30/1.

 All publications (pdf)

Recent presentations

 All presentations (pdf)

 

Presentations Invited

– “Typology meets data-mining: the German gender system”, September 2021 (with Matías Guzmán Naranjo and Greville G. Corbett), Keynote at SLE 2021, 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Athens/SLE 2021 platform.
– “Gender: New Horizons”, Abralin Ao Vivo, July 2020 (with Greville G. Corbett, Michael Franjieh, Alexandra Grandison and Erich Round) (https://aovivo.abralin.org/en/lives/greville-corbett- 2/).
– “The German gender system: typological treasure hiding in plain sight”, MultiGender: A Multilingual Approach to Grammatical Gender. Oslo, CAS (Centre for Advanced Study), March 2020 (with Greville G. Corbett).
– “Typology meets reality: nominal classification systems”, MultiGender: A Multilingual Approach to Grammatical Gender. Oslo, CAS (Centre for Advanced Study), March 2020 (with Greville G. Corbett).
– “A new look at the typology of nominal classification”, Various Dimensions of Contrastive Studies conference, Ustroń, Poland, October 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett).
– “Sporadic agreement in Mian discourse”, The Many Facets of Agreement. University of Zurich, October 2019.
– “Getting to grips with nominal classification systems: a Canonical Typology”. MultiGender: A Multilingual Approach to Grammatical Gender, Oslo, CAS (Centre for Advanced Study), September 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett).
– “Categorization: what languages – and linguists – do with it”, Centre for Language Evolution, University of Edinburgh, May 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett, Mike Franjieh, Alexandra Grandison and Erich Round).

At conferences

– “Typological richness of the German gender system revealed by data mining”, International Symposium of Morphology (ISMo) 2021 Paris/Online, September 2021 (with Matías Guzmán Naranjo und Greville G. Corbett).
– “Morphological gaps and syntax: Agreement in Mian discourse”, 43. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS): Modell und Evidenz, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau, Workshop 1: Grammatical Gaps: Definition, Typology and Theory, February 2021.
– “Agreement in Mian discourse”, Vielfaltslinguistik IV, University of Bremen. (Meeting cancelled due to Covid-19).
– “Agreement and argument realization in Mian discourse”, SLE 2020: 53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Bucharest/SLE 2020 Platform, August/September 2020.
– “German gender: A statistical approach”, SLE 2020: 53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Bucharest/SLE 2020 Platform, August/September 2020 (with Greville G. Corbett).
– “The continuing challenge of the German gender system (poster presentation)”, International Symposium of Morphology (ISMo). University Paris-Diderot, September 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett).
– “Progress on nominal classification: a Canonical Typology”, SLE 2019: 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Leipzig University, August 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett).
– “The extent of nominal classification: a Canonical Typology approach”, Noun Categorization: From Grammar to Communicative Interaction, University of Lyon 2, April 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett).
 

Recent publications

Books

— Evans, Nicholas D. and Sebastian Fedden (eds.). (contract signed) The Oxford Guide to the Papuan Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds.) 2018. Non-canonical gender systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (presented here)
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2011. A grammar of Mian. Mouton Grammar Library 55. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. xxv + 604pp.

Peer-reviewed articles

— Allassonnière-Tang, Marc, Dunstan P. Brown and Sebastian Fedden. 2021. Testing the dominance of semantics in Mian gender assignment: Three machine learning models. Oceanic Linguistics 60(2): 1-33.
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2020. Morphology in Trans New Guinea Languages. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.633] — Majid, A., Roberts, S. G., Cilissen, L., Emmorey, K., Nicodemus, B., O’Grady, L., Woll, B., LeLan, B., de Sousa, H., Cansler, B. L., Shayan, S., de Vos, C., Senft, G., Enfield, N. J., Razak, R. A., Fedden, S., Tufvesson, S., Dingemanse, M., Ozturk, O., Brown, P. Hill, C., Le Guen, O., Hirtzel, V., van Gijn, R., Sicoli, M. A. and Levinson, S. C. 2018. Differential coding of perception in the world’s languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS 115(45): 11369-11376. [https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1720419115] — Fedden, Sebastian and Greville G. Corbett. 2018. Extreme classificationCognitive Linguistics 29(4): 633–675. [https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2017-0109] — Corbett, Greville G., Sebastian Fedden and Raphael A. Finkel. 2017. Single versus concurrent feature systems: nominal classification in Mian. Linguistic Typology 21: 209-260.
— Fedden, Sebastian and Greville G. Corbett. 2017. Gender and classifiers in concurrent systems: Refining the typology of nominal classificationGlossa: a journal of general linguistics, 2(1), 34, 1-47. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.177
— Corbett, Greville G. and Sebastian Fedden. 2016. Canonical gender. Journal of Linguistics 52: 495-531. [doi:10.1017/S0022226715000195] — Fedden, Sebastian. 2015. Verb stem aspect in Mian. In Sandra Augendre, Graziella Couasnon-Torlois, Déborah Lebon, Clément Michard, Gilles Boyé and Fabio Montermini (eds.), Proceedings of the Décembrettes 8th International conference on morphology, Bordeaux, 6-7 December 2012, Carnets de Grammaire, rapports internes de CLLE-ERSS, report 22, 99-135. University of Toulouse. Available at: http://w3.erss.univ- tlse2.fr/textes/publications/CarnetsGrammaire/carnGram22.pdf.
— Fedden, Sebastian, Dunstan Brown, František Kratochvíl, Laura C. Robinson and Antoinette Schapper. 2014. Variation in pronominal indexing: Lexical stipulation vs. referential properties in the Alor- Pantar languages. Studies in Language 38(1): 44-79.

Book chapters

— Fedden, Sebastian (in press). Agreement and argument realization in Mian discourse. In Tania Paciaroni, Alice Idone and Michele Loporcaro (eds.), The Many Facets of Agreement. Special issue of Word Structure.
— Fedden, Sebastian (accepted). Telefol grammar sketch. In Nicholas Evans and Sebastian Fedden (eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Papuan Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian (with Nicholas Evans) (accepted). Tense, aspect and mood systems. In Nicholas Evans and Sebastian Fedden (Hrsg.), The Oxford Guide to the Papuan Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian (accepted). Nominal classification in Papuan languages. In N. Evans et S. Fedden (eds.). The Oxford Guide to the Papuan Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2020. Grammaticalization in Mountain Ok (Papua New Guinea). In Walter Bisang and Andrej Malchukov (eds.), Grammaticalization scenarios. Areal patterns and cross-linguistic variation. A comparative handbook (Comparative Handbooks of Linguistics 4), 1007-1041. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2019. To agree or not to agree? A typology of sporadic agreement. In Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond and Andrew Hippisley (eds.), Morphological perspectives: Papers in honour of Greville G. Corbett, 303-326. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian (in press a). To agree or not to agree? A typology of sporadic agreement. In Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond and Andrew Hippisley (eds.), Morphological Perspectives: Papers in Honour of Greville G. Corbett, 303-326. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian (in press b). Grammaticalization in Mountain Ok (Papua New Guinea). In Walter Bisang and Andrej Malchukov (eds.), Grammaticalization scenarios. Areal patterns and cross- linguistic variation. A comparative handbook. Comparative Handbooks of Linguistics 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
— Fedden, Sebastian and Jenny Audring. 2018. Introduction. In Sebastian Fedden, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds.), Non-canonical gender systems, 1-8. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Corbett, Greville G. and Sebastian Fedden. 2018. New approaches to the typology of gender. In Sebastian Fedden, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds.), Non-canonical gender systems, 9-35. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian and Greville G. Corbett. 2017. Understanding intra-system dependencies: Classifiers in Lao. In N. J. Enfield (ed.), Dependencies in language: On the causal ontology of linguistic systems (Studies in Diversity Linguistics 99), 171-178. Berlin: Language Science Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2016. Inflectional tone in Mian. In Enrique Palancar and Jean Léo Léonard (eds.), Tone and inflection: new facts under new perspectives, 67-82. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

 

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