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Transitivity in Indo-Aryan: A diachronic syntactic data base of valence-changing categories

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Organization address
address: STRADA NUOVA 65
city: PAVIA
postcode: 27100

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 180˙277 €
 EC max contribution 180˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2019-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA IT (PAVIA) coordinator 180˙277.00


 Project objective

The proposed project aims at combining quantitative, corpus based research with qualitative research on language typology and language change. In particular, I plan to provide a thorough description of verbal valency and of valency-changing categories in Old Indo-Aryan along with their development in Middle and New Indo-Aryan. The main tasks of the research are: (i) creation of an online free-accessible data base of early Old Indo-Aryan verbs based on data extracted from the Rgveda; (ii) a description of the diachronic development and balance of the different intransitivity markers in Indo-Aryan ranging from Old Indo-Aryan up to New Indo-Aryan. The data base of early Old Indo-Aryan verbs will provide a template for annotation of valency-changing categories in other texts. It will also contain data concerning the token and type frequency of verbs and verb forms. The diachronic analysis of the valency-changing categories in Indo-Aryan will be performed on a selection of verbs, and will serve as a basis for the typological study of these categories in a new perspective, particularly, for uncovering the stability of some categories and the expansion of some others, and thereby for determining what is constant in dynamic processes. The innovative and challenging character of the research is determined by its threefold perspective: (i) it will provide freely accessible resources for research on valency-changing categories in Old Indo-Aryan in their synchronic and (partly) diachronic aspects; (ii) together with similar works on other ancient Indo-European languages, it will offer a basis for the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European syntax; (iii) evidence from Indo-Aryan offers a possibility to study different features and developments within a group of related categories (passive, causative,etc.), being of particular relevance for a typological diachronic study of these categories.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Kulikov, Leonid
published pages: 214-262, ISSN: , DOI:
The Indo-European Languages (Routledge Language Family Series) 2019-06-13
2018 Kulikov, Leonid
The lexicography of Sanskrit
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International handbook of modern lexis and lexicography 2019-06-13
2018 Kulikov, Leonid
Old Indo-Aryan causative in Indo-European and typological perspective: A preliminary survey
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Linguistics Section of the 16th World Sanskrit Conference 2019-06-13
2017 Kulikov, Leonid
published pages: 205-213, ISSN: , DOI:
The Indo-European Languages (Routledge Language Family Series) 2019-06-13
2017 Kulikov, Leonid
28. The syntax of Indic
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1515/9783110261288-028
Handbook of comparative and historical Indo-European linguistics 2019-06-13

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