• B Book
  • BE: Edited Book
  • PJ: Paper in peer revied journal
  • PR: Paper in edited volumes with peer review
  • - Publications with no peer review


  1. Language typology/language universals: 2011a, 2011c, 2009a, 2007a, etc.
  2. Complexity (hidden complexity as the neglected side of complexity): forth b, d, 2009b, 2008a.
  3. Grammaticalization and areal specifications of grammaticalization: 2011d, 2010b, 2008a, 2008e, 2004b, 1996a.
  4. Language contact/areal typology: forth d., 2010a, 2008a, 2006a, 2004a, 2001a. - East and mainland Southeast Asia:  2008e, 2004b, 1998a, 1998b, 1996, 1992. - Ethiopia: 2006e, 2004d.
  5. Constructions: 2010b, 2008e, 1998a.

Papers on individual linguistic phenomena

  1. Parts of speech/word classes (Late Archaic  Chinese as a precategorial language): Bisang 2011a, 2008b, 2008d, 2008f.
  2. Serial verb constructions: Bisang 2009a,  1996, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1986.
  3. Classifier systems: 2012b, 2011b, 2010c,  2009c, 2008c, 2002, 1999, 1993.
  4. Finiteness and clause combining: forth j,  2007a, 2001b, 1998b, 1998d.
  5. Information structure: 2009d, 2000, 1999b. (vi)  Argument structure: 2008g, 2006c, 2006d.
  6. Tense-Aspect-Modality (TAM): 2004b, 2003.

Forthcoming  papers

  • Forth. a. “Nominal and verbal classification–a comparative perspective”, in: McGregor, William and Wichman, Søren (eds.), The Diachrony of Classification Systems.
  • Forth. b. “Vagueness”, in: Sybesma, Rint (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.
  • Forth. c. “Areal typology”, in: Sybesma, Rint (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. Accepted.
  • Forth. d. “Serial verbs”, in: Sybesma, Rint (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. Accepted.
  • Forth. e. Numeral classifiers as (in)definiteness markers, differences and similarities between Sinitic and Non-Sinitic. Submitted to a journal as part of a thematic issue.
  • Forth. f Grammaticalization. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Submitted.
  • Forth. g. Ansaldo, Umberto; Bisang, Walter; & Szeto, P.-Y. What lack of grammaticalization reveals about language evolution.

Published books and papers

  • 2016a. Bisang, W. [PR] “Linguistic change in grammar”. In: Allan, Keith (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics, 366-384. Oxford: Routledge.
  • 2016b. Bisang, W. Chinese syntax. In: Chan, Sin-wai (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language, 354-377. Oxford: Routledge.
  • 2016c. Bisang, W. Finiteness and nominalization - convergence and divergence. In: Chamoreau, Claudine (ed.), Finiteness and Nominalization, 13-41. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins
  • 2015a. Bisang, W. [PR] “Modern Khmer”, in: Jenny, Mathias and Sidwell, Paul (eds.), The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages, 677-716. Leiden: Brill.
  • 2015b. Bisang, W. [PJ] “Hidden complexity—the neglected side of complexity and its consequences”. Linguistics Vanguard ISSN (Online), 2199-174X, DOI: 10.1515/linvan-2014-1014,
  • 2015c. Bisang, W. [PJ] “Problems with primary vs. secondary grammaticalization: the case of East and mainland Southeast Asian languages. Language Sciences 47, 132-147.
  • 2015d. “Sprachtypologie oder die sprachliche Vielfalt und was sie zusammenhält”. In: Lamping, Dieter (Hrsg). Geisteswissenschaft heute. Die Sicht der Fächer. Alfred Kröner Verlag / Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
  • 2015e. “Parts of speech”, in: Wright, James D. (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 5. 2nd edition, 553-561. Oxford: Elsevier. Doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.53029-3.
  • 2015f. Lu, Bingfu, Zhang Guohua & Bisang, W. “Valency classes in Mandarin”. In: Malchukov, Andrej and Comrie, Bernard (eds.), Valency Classes in the World’s Languages, 709-764. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2014a. Robbeets, M. and Bisang, W.(eds.) [BE] Paradigm Change in Historical Reconstruction: The Transeurasian Languages and Beyond. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2014b. Bisang, W. [PR] “On the strength of morphological paradigms—a historical account of radical pro-drop”, in: Robbeets, M. and Bisang, W. (eds.), Paradigm Change in Historical Reconstruction: The Transeurasian Languages and Beyond, 23-60. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2014c. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Overt and hidden complexity—two types of complexity and their implications”. Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics 50.2, 127-143.
  • 2013a. [PR] “Chinese from a typological perspective”. In: Tseng, Chiu-yu / 鄭秋豫 (ed.), Papers from The Fourth International Conference on Sinology: Human Language Resources and Linguistic Typology / 第四屆國際漢學會議論文集:語言資訊和語言類型, 1-32. Taibei: Academia Sinica.
  • 2013b. [PR] Bisang, W. “Word-class systems between flexibility and rigidity—an integrative approach”, in: Rijkhoff, Jan and Eva van Lier (eds.), Flexible word-classes: A Typological Study of Underspecified Parts of Speech, 275-303. Oxford University Press.
  • 2013c. [PR] Bisang, W., Wang, Luming and Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Ina. “Subjecthood in Chinese—neurolinguistics meets typology”. In: Jing-Schmidt, Zhuo (ed.), Increased Empiricism: Recent Advances in Chinese Linguistics, 23-47. Amsterdam and Phidalphia: Benjamins.
  • 2013d. [PR] Bisang, W. “Language contact between geographic and mental space”, in: Auer, P., M. Hilpert, A. Stukenbrock and B. Szmrecsanyi, Linguistic Perspectives on Space: Geography, Interaction, and Cognition, 61-100. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (Series Linguae et Litterae).
  • 2013e. Bisang, W. “Die ‘Chinesische Grammatik’ von Georg von der Gabelentz aus typologischer Sicht”. Preface to the reprint of: Gabelentz, G. von der. 1881. Chinesische Grammatik. Mit Ausschluss des niederen Stiles und der heutigen Umgangssprache. Leipzig: T. O. Weigel. Tübingen: Stauffenburg.
  • 2012a. [PJ] Li, Xuping and Bisang, Walter. “Classifiers in Sinitic languages: From individuation to definiteness-marking.” Lingua 122, 335-355.
  • 2012b. [PR] Bisang, W. “Numeral classifiers with plural marking—a challenge to Greenberg.” In Xu, Dan (ed.), Plurality and classifiers across languages of China. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2011e. [PJ] Schumacher, Petra B., Walter Bisang, & Linlin Sun. “Perspective in the Processing of the Chinese Reflexive ziji: ERP Evidence”. In Hendrickx, I., A. Branco, S. Lalitha Devi, & R. Mitkov. (eds.) Anaphora Processing and Applications, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 7099. Heidelberg: Springer, 119-131.
  • 2011d. [PR] Bisang, W. “Grammaticalization and typology”. In Narrog, Heiko and Heine, Bernd (eds), Handbook of grammaticalization, 105-117. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011c. [PR] Bisang, W. “Variation and reproducibility in linguistics”, in: Siemund, Peter (ed.), Linguistic Universals and Language Variation, 237-263. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2011b. Gerner, Matthias and W. Bisang. “Social deixis classifiers in Weining Ahmao.” In Rara & Rarissima: Documenting the fringes of linguistic diversity, (EALT, Empirical approaches to linguistic typology, 46), Wohlgemuth, Jan and Michael Cysouw (eds.). 75-94. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2011a. [PR] Bisang, W. “Word Classes”, in: Song, Jae Jong (ed.), The Oxford handbook of Linguistic Typology, 280-302. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2010c. [PJ] Gerner, Matthias & Walter Bisang. “Classifier declinations in an isolating language: On a rarity in Weining Ahmao.” Language and Linguistics 11, 579-623.
  • 2010b. [PR] Bisang, W. “Grammaticalization in Chinese—a construction based account”, in: Traugott, Elisabeth C. and Graeme Trousdale (eds), Gradience, Gradualness, and Grammaticalization, 245-277. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2010a. [PR] Bisang, W. “Areal language typology”, in: Auer, Peter and Schmidt, Jürgen E. (eds.), Language and space. An international handbook of linguistic variation. Vol. 1: Theories and methods, 419-440. [Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft]. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2009a. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Serial Verb Constructions”, in: Language and Linguistics Compass 3, 792-814. Doi: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2009.00128.x.
  • 2009b. [PR] Bisang, W. “On the evolution of complexity — sometimes less is more in East and mainland Southeast Asia”, in: Sampson, Geoffrey, David Gil and Peter Trudgill (eds.), Language complexity as an evolving variable, 34 – 49. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2009c. [PJ] Gerner, M. and Bisang, W. “Inflectional classifiers in Weining Ahmao: Mirror of the history of a people”, in: Folia Linguistica Historica 30, 183 - 218. (Societas Linguistica Europaea).
  • 2009d. Sonaiya, Remi and Bisang, W. “Left of focus—insights on topic and information structure from the perspective of Yoruba”, in: Urua, Eno-Abasi, Moses Ekpenyong and Firmin Ahoua (eds.), Language development beyond borders (A Festschrift in honour of Professor Dr. Dafydd Gibbon), 359-410. Uyo, Nigeria: Glomosoft.
  • 2008a. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Grammaticalization as an areal phenomenon — the case of East and mainland Southeast Asian languages and its consequences for concepts of complexity and maturation”, in: 语言学论丛 [Yuyanxue Luncong] 38, 64-98.
  • 2008b. [PR] Bisang, W. “Precategoriality and argument structure in Late Archaic Chinese”, in: Leino, Jaakko (ed.), Constructional reorganization, 55-88. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2008c. [PJ] M. Gerner & W. Bisang. “Inflectional speaker-role classifiers in Weining Ahmao’, in: Journal of Pragmatics 40, 719–731.
  • 2008d. Bisang, W. “Underspecification and the noun/verb distinction: Late Archaic Chinese and Khmer”, in: Steube, Anita (ed.), The discourse potential of underspecified structures: event structures and information structures, 55 – 83. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.
  • 2008e. [PR] Bisang, W. “Grammaticalization and the areal factor: The perspective of East and mainland Southeast Asian languages”, in: López-Couso, María José & Elena Seoane (eds.), Rethinking Grammaticalization. New Perspectives, 15 – 35. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2008f. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Precategoriality and syntax-based parts of speech — the case of Late Archaic Chinese”, in: Studies in Language 32, 568-589. Reprinted 2010 in: Ansaldo, Umberto, Jan Don and Roland Pfau (eds.), Parts of speech. Empirical and theoretical advances, 65-86. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2008g. [PJ] Philipp, M., I. Bornkessel, W. Bisang, M. Schlesewsky. “The role of animacy in real time comprehension of Mandarin Chinese: Evidence from auditory event-related brain potentials”, Brain  and Language 105, 112-133.
  • 2007a. [PR] Bisang, W. “Categories that make finiteness: discreteness from a functional perspective and some of its repercussions”, in: Nikolaeva, Irina (ed.), Finiteness. Theoretical and empirical foundations, 115-137. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2007b. Bisang, W. “Some general thoughts about linguistic typology and dialogue linguistics”, in: Grein, Marion and Weigand, Edda (eds.), Dialogue and culture, 53-72. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2007c. “Issues on language and linguistics”, in: Akinrinade, Sola, Dipo Fashina, David O. Ogungbile & J. O. Famakinwa (eds.), Rethinking the humanities, 291 – 318. Ile Ife, Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo University Press, Faculty of Arts.
  • 2006a. [PR] Bisang, W. “Contact-induced convergence: Typology and areality”, in: Brown, Keith. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 3, 88-101. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • 2006b. [PR] Bisang, W. “South East Asia as a Linguistic Area”, in: Brown, Keith. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 11, 587-595. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • 2006c. [PR] Bisang, W. “Widening the perspective: Argumenthood and syntax in Chinese, Japanese and Tagalog”, in: Hole, Daniel, Meinunger, André & Abraham, Werner (eds.), Datives and other cases. Between argument structure and event structure, 331-381. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2006d. [PR] Bisang, W. “From meaning to syntax — semantic roles and beyond”, in: Bornkessel, Ina, Matthias Schlesewsky, Bernard Comrie and Angela D. Friederici (eds.), Semantic role universals and argument linking, 191-236. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2006e. [PR] Bisang, W. “Linguistic areas, language contact and typology: Some implications from the case of Ethiopia as a linguistic area”, in: Matras, Yaron, April McMahon and Nigel Vincent (eds.), Linguistic areas. Convergence in historical and typological perspective, 75-98. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2005. [BE] Bisang, W., Thomas Bierschenk, Detlev Kreikenbom & Ursula Verhoeven (eds.), Prozesse des Wandels in historischen Spannungsfeldern Nordostadfrikas/ Westasiens. Akten zum 2. Symposium des SFB 295. Würzburg: ERGON.
  • 2004a. [PR] Bisang, W. “Dialectology and typology — an integrative perspective”, in: Kortmann, Bernd. ed. Dialectology meets typology. Dialect grammar from a cross-linguistic perspective, 11-45. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2004b. [BE/PR] Bisang, W. “Grammaticalization without coevolution of form and meaning: The case of tense-aspect-modality in East and mainland Southeast Asia”, in: Bisang, Walter, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann and Björn Wiemer (eds.), What makes grammaticalization?  - A look from its fringes and its components, 109-138. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2004c. [BE] “Kultur und Sprache aus der Perspektive des Kontaktes”, in: Bisang, Walter, Thomas Bierschenk, Detlef Kreikenbom und Ursula Verhoeven (eds.), Kultur, Sprache, Kontakt, 1-52. Würzburg: Ergon.
  • 2004d. Crass, Joachim & Bisang, Walter. “Einige Bemerkungen zum äthiopischen Sprachbund und ihre Relevanz für die Areallinguistik”, in: Bisang, Walter, Thomas Bierschenk, Detlef Kreikenbom und Ursula Verhoeven (eds.), Kultur, Sprache, Kontakt, 169-199. Würzburg: Ergon.
  • 2003. Kullavanijaya, Pranee & Bisang, Walter. “Another look at aspect in Thai”, in: Manusya, Journal of the Humanities (Special Issue Nr. 6), 43-56.
  • 2002. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Classification and the evolution of grammatical structures: a universal perspective”, in: Leuschner, Torsten (ed.), Language evolution in a typological perspective. Thematic volume in Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung (STUF), 55.3, 289-308.
  • 2001a. [BE] Bisang, W. “Areality, grammaticalization and language typology. On the explanatory power of functional criteria and the status of Universal Grammar”, in: Bisang, Walter (ed.), Language typology and universals, 175-223. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.
  • 2001b. [PR] Bisang, W. “Finite vs. non finite languages”, in: Haspelmath, Martin, Ekkehard König, Wulf Œsterreicher and Wolfgang Raible (eds.), Language Typology and Language Universals, Volume 2, 1400-1413. [Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft.] Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2001c. Bisang, W. “Syntax/morphology asymmetry in Vietnamese - a consequence of contact by writing between Vietnamese, Chinese and Standard Average European Languages”, in: Igla, Birgit and Thomas Stolz (eds.) „Was ich noch sagen wollte …“ A multilingual Festschrift for Norbert Boretzky on occasion of his 65th birthday, 189-201. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.
  • 2001d. [BE] Bisang, W. “Das Klassische Chinesisch – eine gesprochene Sprache“, in: Schmidt, Maria Gabriela and Walter Bisang (ed.), Philologia et Linguistica. Festschrift für Helmut Humbach zu seinem 80. Geburtstag, 543-562. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.
  • 2000. [PJ] Bisang, W. & Sonaiya, R. “Information structuring in Yoruba”, in: Linguistics 38.1, 169-197.
  • 1999a. [PR] Bisang, W. “Classifiers in East and Southeast Asian languages: Counting and beyond”, in: Gvozdanovic, Jadranka (ed.), Numeral types and changes worldwide, 113-185. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1999b. [PJ] Bisang, W. and Sonaiya, Remi. “The function of the High Tone Syllable in Yoruba.”, in: The Journal of African Languages and Linguistics (JALL) 20, 1-19.
  • 1999c. [PJ] Bickel, Balthasar, Bisang, Walter and Yadava, Yogendra. “Face vs. empathy: the social foundation of Maithili verb agreement”. Linguistics.
  • 1998a. [PR] Bisang, W. “Grammaticalization and language contact, constructions and positions”, in: Giacalone Ramat, Anna and Paul Hopper (eds.), The limits of grammaticalization, 13-58. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 1998b. Bisang, W. “The view from the far East. Comments on seven thematic areas”, in: Van der Auwera, Johan with Dónall P. Ó Baoill (eds.), Adverbial constructions in the languages of Europe, 641-812. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1998c. Bisang, W. “Verb serialization and attractor positions: Constructions and their potential impact on language change and language contact”, in: Leonid Kulikov, Leonid and Heinz Vater (eds), Typology of verbal categories, Papers presented to Vladimir Nedjalkov on the occasion of his 70th birthday, 255-271. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
  • 1998d. Bisang, W. “Structural similarities of clause combining in Turkic, Mongolian, Manchu-Tungusic and Japanese - a typological alternative to the hypothesis of a genetic relationship”, in: Johanson, Lars. ed. The Mainz Meeting.Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, 199 - 223. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz. [Eröffnungsvortrag zur 7th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics].
  • 1998e. Bisang, W. “Die Sprachtypologie und einige ihrer Folgen für die Übersetzbarkeit - ein Versuch”, in: Huber, Dieter & Erika Worbs. eds. Ars Transferendi: Sprache, Übersetzung, Interkulturalität, 25 - 44. Festschrift für Nikolai Salnikow. Frankfurt a. M.: Lang.
  • 1997a. [PJ] Bisang, W. and Remi Sonaiya. “Perfect and beyond, from pragmatic relevance to Perfect: The Chinese sentence particle le and Yoruba ti”, in: Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung 50.2, 143-158.
  • 1997b. Bisang. W. “Verbserialisierung in ost- und südostasiatischen Sprachen”, in: Thümmel, W. & Utz Maas. Infinitive. Sprachtypologische Studien, 10 - 34. Osnabrück: Secolo.
  • 1996a. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Areal typology and grammaticalization: Processes of grammatical­ization based on nouns and verbs in East and mainland South East Asian languages”, in: Studies in Language, 20.3, 519-597.
  • 1996b. Bisang, W. “Sprachliche Areale in Asien am Beispiel der Satzverknüpfung”, in: Boretzky, Norbert & Werner Enninger & Thomas Stolz (eds.), Areale, Kontakte, Dialekte. Sprache und ihre Dynamik in mehrsprachigen Situationen, 24-50.  Bochum: Brockmeyer.
  • 1995. [PR] Bisang, W. “Verb serialization and converbs - differences and similarities”, in: König, Ekkehard and Martin Haspelmath (eds.), Converbs in cross-linguistic perspective, 137-188. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1993a. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Classifiers, quantifiers and class nouns in Hmong”, in: Studies in Language. 17.1, 1-51.
  • 1993b. Bisang, W. “Der Konverb-Typ und der Verbserialisierungs-Typ: Skizze zu einer Arealtypologie der Satzverbindung in den Sprachen Asiens”, in: Ebert, Karen H. ed. Studies in clause linkage (Papers from the First Köln-Zürich Workshop), 57-70. Zürich: Seminar für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft.
  • 1992a. [B] Bisang, W. Das Verb im Chinesischen, Hmong, Vietnamesischen, Thai und Khmer. Vergleichende Grammatik im Rahmen der Verb­serialisierung, der Grammatikalisierung und der Attraktor­positionen. [Language Universals Series, 7]. Tübingen: Gunter Narr.
  • 1992b. Bisang, W. “The internal structure of adverbial clauses in Georgian, Avar, and Abkhaz”, in: Hengeveld, Kees. ed. The Internal Structure of Adverbial Clauses, 3-45. EUROTYP Working Papers V.5.
  • 1992c. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Zum Paiwan, einer Sprache des Philippinischen Strukturtyps auf Taiwan”, in: Asiatische Studien 1992, 557-566.
  • 1991a. Bisang, W. “Verb serialization, grammaticalization and attractor posi­tions in Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, Thai and Khmer”, in: Seiler, Hansjakob and Waldfried Premper (eds.), Partizipation, 509-562. Tübingen: Gunter Narr.
  • 1991b. Bisang, Walter & Peter Rinderknecht. Hrsg. Von Europa bis Ozeanien, von der Antonymie zum Relativsatz - Gedenkschrift für Meinrad Scheller. Arbeiten des Seminars für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft der Universität Zürich, Nr. 11.
  • 1991c. Bisang, W. “Die Hervorhebung im Chinesischen: Zur diachronen Kontinuität des Äquationalsatzmusters im Rahmen der Diskurs­pragmatik”, in: Rinderknecht, Peter & Walter Bisang (Hrsg.),  Von Europa bis Ozeanien, von der Antonymie zum Relativsatz - Gedenkschrift für Meinrad Scheller, 39-75.
  • 1988. Bisang, W. Hmong-Texte, eine Auswahl mit Interlinearübersetzung aus Jean Mottin, Contes et légendes Hmong Blanc (Bangkok: Don Bosco 1980). Arbeiten des Seminars für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft der Universität Zürich, Nr. 8. 125 pp.
  • 1986. [PJ] Bisang, W. “Die Verbserialisierung im Jabêm”, in: Lingua 70,131-62.
  • 1985. Bisang, W. Das Chinesische Pidgin-Englisch: Ein bilinguales Pidgin im Spannungsfeld von Superstrat, Substrat und eigener Kreativität. Amsterdam. Amsterdam Asia Studies, No. 58. 66  pp.

Translation from Chinese

  • Mao,  Dun. „Wo ein Wille ist …“, in: Meisig, Konrad. 2003. Hrsg. Orientalische Erzähler der Gegenwart, 299 – 318. (Beiträge zur  Indologie 31). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

A  selection of presentations/Summer Schools between 2007 – 2012

Presentations in 2016

February 10: Jerusalem, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Symposium commemorating Hans Jakob Polotsky on the 25th anniversary of his death. Paper on “Clause combining: between nominalization, finiteness and information structure”.

Presentations in 2015

March 04 – 06: Workshop on “VO-OV: Correlations of Head-complement order in grammar and lexicon” at the German Linguistics Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, DGfS) together with Gisbert Fanselow (Potsdam) and Hubert Haider (Salzburg).

March 12 – 14: International symposium on “Grammaticalization. Areal patterns of grammaticalization and cross-linguistic variation in grammaticalization scenarios” at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Organizers: Andrej Malchukov and Walter Bisang. //

March 21 – 28: Beijing (P. R. China): Lectures at China University of Political Science and Law, Foreign Languages School (中国政法大学外国语学院):
March 24: “Linguistic variation worldwide and the position of Chinese” (Distinguished Scholar Award 名家论坛嘉奖)
March 25: “Die Übersetzungsproblematik aus sprachtypologischer Sicht”
March 26: “Approaches to linguistic Complexity”

April 15 – May 10: Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), School of Humanities (人文学院), Center for the Study of Language and Cognition (语言与认知研究中心):
Lecture Series on “Linguistic complexity: implications from the perspective of typology and linguistic change” (between April 20 and May 07):

  1. Approaches to linguistic complexity, overt vs. hidden complexity
  2. Introduction into Linguistic Typology
  3. Grammaticalization: Pathways and parameters
  4. Grammaticalization: Constructions
  5. Language contact and areality: consequences for complexity, grammaticalization and typology
  6. The case of radical pro-drop—a historical account
  7. Rounding off—additional perspectives and theoretical implications

May 09: Invited speaker: International Workshop on Typological Studies of Sinitic Languages (Zhejiang University, Center for the Study of Language and Cognition): “Grammaticalization and Typological Variation”.

June 13 – June 26: San Cristóbal de las Casas (Chiapas, Mexico), Cientro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). Doctoral Seminar on “Gramaticalización” (in Spanish), 40 hours plus assessment of student projects and correction of papers.

September 02 – 05: Leiden (NL): 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE): Two oral presentations:
On the strength of morphological paradigms—a historical account of radical pro-drop between hidden and overt complexity (Sept 04),
together with Sun, Linlin: Basic word order and precategoriality in classical Chinese—new evidence for SVO (September 05).

Presentations in 2014

March 25: University of Lyon (Université Lumière Lyon 2), Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage:
Paper on: “Radical pro-drop—a diachronic account based on morphological paradigms.

May 29 – June 7: Ciudad de México, Cientro de investigaciones y estudios superiores en antropología social (CIESAS):
Lecture series on Grammaticalization and areal typology in Spanish: “Gramaticalización y tiplogía areal”, 5 courses from June 02 to June 06.

June 11 – 13: University of Tübingen (SFB 833): Invited speaker to “The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian languages (Triple A1)

Paper on: “Definiteness and indefiniteness in numeral-classifier languages of East and mainland Southeast Asia”.

June 25: Paris, Université Diderot: Invited speaker to the celebration of Marie-Claude Paris / Journée d’hommage à Marie Claude Paris.

Paper on: “Sur l’interaction entre syntaxe, sémantique et pragmatique et ce que l’on peut apprendre du chinois” [On the interaction of syntax, semantics and pragmatics and what we can learn from Chinese].

September 01 – 05: Teacher at the “Indian Summer School” at National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

  • Topic: “Linguistic complexity, grammaticalization, and contact”:
  • Approaches to linguistic complexity, overt vs. hidden complexity
  • Approaches to grammaticalization
  • Grammaticalization and contact—hidden complexity in the languages of East and mainland Southeast Asia
  • The case of radical pro-drop—a historical account
  • Rounding off—additional perspectives and theoretical implications

September 10 – 13: Presentation at the International Conference of European Linguistics / Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2014) in Poznan.

  • Together with Sun Linlin, paper on: “Precategoriality in classical Chinese between Construction Grammar and metaphor”.

October 02: University of Leiden (NL). Invited speaker, workshop on “Southern Min: Contact, context and diachrony”.

Paper on: “Radical pro-drop from a diachronic perspective”.

Presentations in 2013

March 07 – 08: With Robbeets, Martine: Organization of a Workshop at Mainz University on “Paradigm Change in Historical Reconstruction—the Transeurasian Languages and beyond”.

Paper on: “The strength of morphological paradigms between economy and explicitness”.

August 05 – 09: Paper at the 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics, University of Oslo (Norway).

Paper on: “Problems with secondary grammaticalization: the case of East and mainland Southeast Asian languages”, in Workshop on “Secondary grammaticalization and other later stage processes in grammaticalization”.

August 15 – 18: Presentation at Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT 10) in Leipzig at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Paper on: “Numeral classifiers as markers of (in)definiteness—conditions of grammaticalization and the existence of pre-established categories”.

August 29: Invitation to the “Complexity Debate” at the 44th Poznan Linguistic Meeting (Poland). Short presentation on “Hidden complexity vs. overt complexity”.

October 17: Invited speaker to a workshop on “Chinese Numeral Classifiers: Semantics, Structure and Pragmatics/小型语言学国际研讨会:量词的语义,结构与语用”, Zhejian University, Center for the Study of Language and Cognition/浙江大学语言与认知研究中心。

Paper on: “Numeral classifiers as (in)definiteness markers, differences and similarities between Sinitic and Non-Sinitic”.

November 04 – 08: Lecture Series on “Linguistic complexity” at Sonora University (Universidad de Sonora), Hermosillo, Mexico. Daily lessons, 4 hours/day.

  • Approaches to complexity I,
  • Hidden complexity: East and mainland Southeast Asia (EMSEA), Western Africa and Creoles,
  • Hidden complexity and maturation,
  • How to measure hidden complexity,
  • Approaches to complexity II.

November 11 – 12: Invited speaker to “Seminario de complejidad sintáctica 2013/ Seminar on Syntactic Complexity 2013” at Sonora University (Universidad de Sonora), Hermosillo, Mexico.

Paper on: “Grammaticalization in a language with a high degree of hidden complexity: two types of maturation and two types of complexity”.

November 30 – December 01: Keynote speaker at “The 1st International Symposium on Linguistic Typology/首届语言类型学国际学术研讨会” at Changshu Institute of Technology/常熟理工大学.

Paper on: “Linguistic Typology—evidence for a holistic approach from Sinitic and mainland Southeast Asian languages”.

Presentations  in 2012

March  21 – 23 Invited speaker, workshop on “Grammatische und lexikalische Strukturen  im Wandel”, University of Cologne.

Paper on: “Argument  realization—the use of zeros, pronouns and lexical nouns between grammar and  culture”.

April/May Visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong.

Topic: Language and Complexity. Four  lectures on (i) Approaches to Complexity in Linguistics, (ii) Hidden  Complexity: The Case of East and Mainland Southeast Asian Languages, (iii)  Hidden Complexity in West African Kwa Languages and in Creole Languages, (iv)  Language and Complexity: The Wider Perspective.

Three lectures at Hong Kong  Polytechnic University: Workshop on “Stance and Discourse”, May 07 – 09: (i)  Stance between grammar and discourse, (ii) The multifunctionality of numeral  classifiers, (iii) Clause combining between finiteness, nominalization and  information structure.

June 20 – 23: Invited speaker, “4th International Conference on Sinology / 第四屆國際漢學會議”, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica  (ILAS), Taibei (Taiwan).

Opening paper on: “Chinese from a  typological perspective”.

July 09 – 14: Teacher at LOT Summer School (Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taal­wetenschap),  the Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics (, Utrecht (NL).

Topic: Complexity and the typology of  East and mainland Southeast Asian languages.

August 22 – 24: Invited speaker, international conference on “Concept Types and  Frames” (CTF12) in Düsseldorf, CRC/SFB 991: The  Structure of Represen­tations in Language. Cognition and Science.

Topic: The multifunctionality of  numeral classifiers and determination.

November 13 – 14: Invited Speaker, “Seminario de complejidad sintáctica”, University of  Sonora, Mexico.

Topic: The hidden side of complexity.

November 14 – 17: Keynote speaker, “XII Encuentro  Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste”, University of Sonora, Mexico.

Topic: On the  cross-linguistic similarity of grammatical categories—what happens if numeral  classifiers mark (in)definiteness?

November 29 – December 01, 2012

Invited Speaker, Workshop on  “Mainland Southeast Asian Languages: The state of the art 2012“, Max Planck  Insittute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.

Topic: The  languages of Mainland Southeast Asia and their typological characteristics between hidden and overt complexity.

Presentations  in 2011

June 17 – 19: Keynote speaker, “North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics 23  (NACCL 23), University of Oregon, together with Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky  (University of Marburg).

Topic: “Subjecthood in  Chinese—neurology meets typology” (W. Bisang & I. Bornkessel-Schlesewsky).

July 20 – 24: Two presentation, “Association for Linguistic Typology 9”, Hong Kong:  The University of Hong Kong.

Topic (i), July 20: “Isolation as an  area-specific epiphenomenon that cannot be transferred easily to other  languages” (Workshop on analyticity), Topic (ii): July 22: “Nominal and  verbal classification—why the former is far more widespread than the latter”.

September 08 – 11: Presentation, “International Conference of the Societas Linguistica  Europaea 44”, University of Logroño (Spain).

Topic: “Complexity, areality and the  necessity of a multilevel approach to typology”.

October 11: Invited speaker, workshop on “Évolution des structures morpho­syn­taxiques,  vers une typologie intégrative”, CNRS & Fédération Typologie et uni­versaux  linguistiques, Paris.

Topic: “Person and beyond—the functions of person markers in clause com­bining and  discourse”.

October 12 – 14: Invited speaker, workshop on “Finiteness and nominalization”, Com­plexité  syntaxique et diversité typologique (Programme international de co­opération  scientifique, PICS 4704), CNRS & Universidad de Sonora (Mexico), Paris:  INALCO.

Topic: “Finiteness  and nominalization—convergence and divergence”.

Presentations  in 2010

May 14 – 16: Presentation within the framework of COST A31, “Stability and Adap­tation  of Classification Systems in a Cross-Cultural Perspective”. Final Meeting,  Paris.

Topic: “Nominal and verbal  classification—a comparative perspective”.

August 09 – 10: Invited speaker, “Internationale Gablentz-Konferenz 2010”:  Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik der Humboldt-Universität /  Ost-West-Gesell­schaft für Sprach- und Kulturforschung e.V., Berlin:  Humboldt-Universität.

Topic: “Georg von der Gabelentz als  sprachwissenschaftlicher Sinologe und Sprachtypologe – Wechselwirkungen  zwischen zwei Disziplinen”.

September 02 – 05: Presentation, “International Conference of the Societas Linguistica  Europaea 43”, University of Vilnius (Lithuania).

Topic: “Conditions for the development  of morphological paradigms”.

Presentations  in 2009

March 12 – 13: Presentation within the framework of COST A31, “Stability and  Adaptation of Classification Systems in a Cross-Cultural Perspective”, workshop  on “The diachrony of classification systems”, NIAS, Wassenaar (NL).

Topic: “The  development of classifier systems in mainland Southeast Asia—the role of  taxonomy and meronymy”.

April 19 – 23: Invitation as a guest lecturer to the University of Uppsala.

Topic (i), April 20: “Chinese from a  typological perspective—pragmatics and com­plexity”, Topic (ii), April 22: “Hidden  complexity—the other side of complexity in linguistics and some of its  consequences for typological and evolutionary approaches”.

July 2 – 4: Two presentations, “17th Annual Conference of the  International Association of Chinese Linguistics / 國際中國語言學學會第十七屆年會”. CNRS-EHESS, Paris.

Topic: (i): “Classifiers and areality  in East and mainland SE Asia—divergence within convergence and its origins”, Topic (ii) together with Li Xuping:  “Classifiers in Sinitic languages: from atomiz­ation to reference”.

August 07 – 21: Teacher at the 2009 Summer School of the University of Marburg on  “Models of Language Variation and Change / Modelle von Sprachvariation und  Sprachwandel”, Universität Marburg.

Topic: “Linguistic typology and  grammaticalization—the perspective of language contact” (9 lessons).

Presentations  in 2008

May 12 – 14: Workshop on “New Directions in Historical Linguistics”, funded by the  ESF-EUROCORES Program: The Origin of Man, Language and languages (OMLL). Lyon:  Dynamique du langage.

Topic: Together with H. Chappel:  “Problems with areality—the case of East and Southeast Asian languages”.

May 06 – June 05: Visiting professor at the Centre  de recherches linguistiques sur l’asie orientale (CRLAO), CNRS-EHESS, Paris.

Topic (i), May 07: “Complexity — Overt  vs. Hidden Complexity”, Topic (ii), May 20 : “Areality from  the perspective of East and mainland Southeast Asian languages”, Topic (iii), May 28: “Verb  serialization in East and mainland Southeast Asian languages”, Topic (iv), May 29: “Precategoriality  in Late Archaic Chinese” at LACITO.

September 25 – 27: Keynote speaker, “XV. Tagung des Fachverbands Chinesisch e.V.  Chinesich—eine Herausforderung für den Fremdsprachenunterricht”, Freie  Universität Berlin.

Topic: “Das Chinesische aus  sprachtypologischer Sicht – Pragmatik und Komplexität”.

September 25 – 28: Presentation, “Syntax of the World’s Languages III”, Freie Universität  Berlin.

Topic: “Hidden complexity in syntax”.

October 31 – November 02: Invited speaker, workshop on “Functional projections in analytic languages (the Sino-Kwa project)”  (kick-off meeting). University of Leiden (NL).

Topic: “The domains of grammar and  pragmatics in Yoruba and in East and mainland Southeast Asian languages”.

November 26 – 28: Invited speaker, “Workshop III: Language space and geography”, FRIAS,  University of Freiburg.

Topic: “Language contact between  geographic and mental space”.

Presentations  in 2007

April 12 – 14: Invited speaker, workshop on “Language Complexity as an Evolving  Variable”, Leipzig, MPI Evolutionary Antropology.

Topic: “On the evolution of  complexity—sometimes less is more in East and mainland Southeast Asia”.

June 28 – 30: Keynote speaker, “XXIèmes Journées de Linguistique d”””” Asie Orientale / Paris Meeting on East Asian Linguistics, CRLAO,  CNRS-EHESS, Paris.

Topic: Grammaticalization as an areal  phenomenon—the case of East and mainland Southeast Asian languages and its  consequences for concepts of complexity and maturation

September 21 – 24: Presentation, “Association for Linguistic Typology VII” (ALT VII), Paris.

Topic:  “Stability vs. flexibility in contact-induced change”.