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Frajzyngier, Zygmunt Professor


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research overview

  • Frajzyngier's work is focused on the following areas: (1) Foundations of syntax and semantics (two books (one co-authored), numerous papers) (2) Description of undocumented and endangered languages (published seven grammars, and three dictionaries) (3) Grammaticalization, i.e. emergence and evolution of grammatical systems (one book and numerous papers) (4) Linguistic Typology (6 books (two-coedited) , numerous papers) (5) Morphological theory (two recent papers) (6) Phonological theory (several papers) (7) Reference systems (several papers) (8) Language contact (9) Basic variety languages Frajzyngier worked alone or with collaborators on: Awutu (Kwa, Niger-Congo), Pero, Mupun, Lele, Gidar, Hdi, Wandala (Frajzyngier published grammars of all of these languages), Hausa (co-authored book ), Berber (two co-authored papers), English, Polish. Mandarin, Russian, Sino-Russian idiolects. In addition to these Frajzyngier did fieldwork on: Mada, Masa, Cibak, Hona, Kapsiki, Somrai,


  • Fundamental issues in the structure of language, functions coded in the language and the forms that code them, foundations of semantics and syntax, undocumented and endangered languages of Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad, grammaticalization and historical syntax, morphological theory, emergence of functions in language and a new geographical area, Chinese and Sino-Russian idiolects


selected publications


courses taught

  • LING 3800 - Special Topics in Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Intensive study of a selected area or problem in linguistics. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • LING 7100 - Field Methods 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces the process of discovering structure of a language from data obtained directly from its speakers. Emphasizes effectiveness in the field context, rapid recognition of structural features,and preliminary formulation using computational tools. Recommended prerequisites: LING 5410 and LING 5420.
  • LING 7570 - Advanced Diachronic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Presents theories of language change. Discusses mechanisms of language change, its trajectories over linguistic categories and items and its relation to theories of grammar and of language variation. Recommended prerequisites: LING 5410 and LING 5420 and LING 5570.


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