Viveka Velupillai

Viveka Velupillai
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen | JLU · Department of English

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Typological research, with a special focus on contact languages, and database collation. Language documentation and description. Currently documenting and describing the grammar of pre-oil and current Shetland dialect from a typological perspective.

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The use of gendered pronouns with inanimate noun referents, such as referring to line and pipe as she and to bag or lid as he , has been described as typical for Shetland dialect. In light of recent discussion on the shift from Shetland dialect to Standard English, presumably triggered by the sociodemographic changes brought on by the oil industry,...
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The Database of Early Pidgin and Creole Texts (DEPiCT) assembles early attestations and descriptions of contact languages and makes them searchable online. The annotation includes glosses of language samples as well as contextual and sociolinguistic information such as socio-biographical speaker information, the domains of language use or language...
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Are there common specific patterns in the Tense-Mood-Aspect systems of Creoles? Do Creoles constitute a structural type of language? This in-depth synchronic description of the Tense-Mood-Aspect system of contemporary Hawai'i Creole English, is a language-internal analysis based on extensive first-hand data, both written and spoken. The language va...
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This article presents the findings of a cross-linguistic survey of tense. In an areally and genetically balanced sample, 318 languages were investigated for whether they have tense and, if so, how they partition the timeline with respect to the deictic centre. Three quarters of the languages have tense: the majority partition the timeline into thre...
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A systematic, computer-automated tool for narrowing down the homelands of linguistic families is presented and applied to 82 of the world's larger families. The approach is inspired by the well-known idea that the geographical area of maximal diversity within a language family corresponds to the original homeland. This is implemented in an algorith...
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This paper describes a computerized alternative to glottochronology for estimating elapsed time since parent languages diverged into daughter languages. The method, developed by the Automated Similarity Judgment Program (ASJP) consortium, is different from glottochronology in four major respects: (1) it is automated and thus is more objective, (2)...
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This paper applies a computerized method related to that of glottochronology and addresses the question whether such a method is useful as a heuristic for identifying deep genealogical relations among languages. We first measure lexical similarities for pairs of language families that are normally assumed to be unrelated, using a modification of th...
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A systematic, computer-automated tool for narrowing down the homelands of linguistic families is presented and applied to 82 of the world's larger families. The approach is inspired by the well-known idea that the geographical area of maximal diversity within a language family corresponds to the original homeland. This is implemented in an algorith...
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The ASJP project aims at establishing relationships between languages on the basis of the Swadesh word list. For this purpose, lists have been collected and phonologically transcribed for almost 3,500 languages. Using a method based on the algorithm proposed by Levenshtein (Cybernetics and Control Theory 10: 707–710, 1966), a custom-made computer p...
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The World Language Tree graphically illustrates relative degrees of lexical similarity holding among 3384 of the world's languages and dialects (henceforth, languages) currently found in the ASJP database (ASJP stands for Automated Similarity Judgment Program). Languages branched more closely together on the ASJP tree are lexically more similar tha...
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An approach to the classification of languages through automated lexical comparison is described. This method produces near-expert classifications. At the core of the approach is the Automated Similarity Judgment Program (ASJP). ASJP is applied to 100-item lists of core vocabulary from 245 globally distributed languages. The output is 29,890 lexica...
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An earlier paper, to which some authors of the present paper have contributed (Brown et al. 2008), describes a method for automating language classification based on the 100-item referent list of Swadesh (1955). Here we discuss a refinement of the method, involving calculation of relative stabilities of list items and reduction of the list to a sho...
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The Hawai’i Creole English of today is used by about 600000 speakers throughout the Hawaiian Islands (Grimes 1996:139). In other words, roughly half of the ca 1.2 million inhabitants of the islands use some form of HCE (albeit not necessarily the same variant1) as their native language. An additional 100 000 HCE speakers are found on the USA Mainla...
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As shown in the Introduction there is little use for an a priori singling out of creole languages as a structural category before we have looked at them from a cross-linguistic perspective. I will therefore ignore the fact that HCE is a creole language while defining its TMA system, so as to have as open a mind as possible when I go through the dat...
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Using the general framework as defined in 3.1 above we will now examine the tense categories in HCE. We will find that HCE has, in addition to the base form, two absolute tenses, i.e. two tenses that relate the event to the moment of speech, the PAST (E before S) and the FUTure (E after S). The latter is manifested in the forms go (i) n (g) lgonna...
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We will now turn to the aspectual markers of HCE, using the viewpoint operator framework defined in section 3.2 above. We will see that HCE has a portmanteau marker for ADterminality in the PAST (PAST:AD), wen VB; a marker for POSTterminality, had VB; and three iNTRAterminals of different FOCality (INTRAF), stay VB, VB-ing, and stay VB-ing, which m...
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In this section I will deal with the various modality markers in HCE, using a framework almost exclusively based on Palmer (1986, 2001) as described in 3.3 above. HCE has two forms for request, the iMPERative and try VB, a POLiter form of REQuest. In 2.2.2 I discussed the need for sampling in a way that will make it possible to check for variation...
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The aim of this study was to provide an in depth analysis of the TMA system in HCE. This section will give a summary of the findings as well as place HCE in a global perspective and return to the issues raised in Chapter 1.1 will leave it to further research to comprehensively discuss what light the results of this study may throw on the genesis of...
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In this presentation I will examine the genetic relationships among nine Tibeto-Burman varieties spoken in the Kinnaur region in the Himachal Pradesh state in India, using a computational approach applied to empirical primary language data. Some older works make brief mention of some Kinnauri varieties (e.g., Gerard 1842; Cunningham 1844). However,...

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To document and describe the grammar of pre-oil and contemporary Shetland dialect using an apparant time approach to historical data.
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