Brigitte Pakendorf

List of John Benjamins publications for which Brigitte Pakendorf plays a role.


Two major types of change are generally distinguished in language contact studies: the transfer of linguistic form (frequently taken to include transfer of concomitant meaning or function) and the transfer of structural and semantic patterns by themselves, without attendant form. A type of change… read more | Article
Pakendorf, Brigitte. 2014. Molecular anthropological perspectives on the Kalahari Basin area. Beyond ‘Khoisan’: Historical relations in the Kalahari Basin, Güldemann, Tom and Anne-Maria Fehn (eds.), pp. 45–68
This paper discusses the insights into Khoisan prehistory obtained from molecular anthropological data. It focuses on two major questions at the heart of ongoing interdisciplinary research into the history of the Kalahari Basin area: To which extent can the linguistic similarities among the three… read more | Article
While it is generally acknowledged that shared correspondences in inflectional morphology provide solid evidence for a genealogical relationship between languages, inflectional paradigms are not immune to copying: two cases of verbal paradigms copied from the Turkic language Sakha (Yakut) into… read more | Chapter
Matić, Dejan and Brigitte Pakendorf. 2013. Non-canonical SAY in Siberia: Areal and genealogical patterns. Studies in Language 37:2, pp. 356–412
The use of generic verbs of speech in functions not related to their primary meaning, such as to introduce complements or adjuncts, is cross-linguistically widespread; it is also characteristic of some languages of Siberia. However, the distribution of non-canonical functions of generic verbs of… read more | Article
Pakendorf, Brigitte. 2013. The interplay of language-internal variation and contact influence in language change. The Interplay of Variation and Change in Contact Settings, Léglise, Isabelle and Claudine Chamoreau (eds.), pp. 199–228
In this paper, evidence is presented for the important role played by language-internal variation in situations of contact-induced change. Such language-internal variation can function in two ways, through “frequential copying” on the one hand and “contact-induced exaptation” on the other. In… read more | Article
When languages that are known to be in contact share features, it is often a simple conclusion that these must be due to contact-induced developments. However, such a conclusion needs to be substantiated with careful analysis of crosslinguistic data. This approach will be demonstrated with a case… read more | Chapter