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Dr Simon Overall

BA, MA (Auckland), PhD (La Trobe)

Email simon.overall@otago.ac.nzSimonOverall
Tel +64 3 479 8813
Office 1N4
First Floor
Arts Building
Albany Street
Dunedin

Mail English and Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Teaching

LING 111 A World of Languages
LING 217 What's Behind Language: Sound and Structure
LING 314 Comparative Morphosyntax
LING 424 Linguistics Fieldwork

Research

My research interests have two main threads. Firstly, Amazonian languages, in particular those of northwest Peru, and their historical connections with other Amazonian and Andean languages. Secondly, my work in grammatical description relates to larger concerns with how individual and cultural knowledge are expressed through language, and what are the interpersonal and cultural factors that interact with diachronic processes of language change.

I have extensive fieldwork experience with Aguaruna (known to its speakers as Iiniá Chicham), a language in the small Chicham family (formerly known as Jivaroan), spoken by about 55,000 people in Peru’s Amazonas and Loreto regions; and Kandozi-Chapra (Candoshi-Shapra), an isolate spoken on the Morona and Pastaza rivers in Loreto, Peru.

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Publications

Overall, S. E. (2019). Taming the jaguar: On the lexical equivalence of 'jaguar' and 'domestic dog' in Amazonian languages. The Mouth, (4), 92-106.

Overall, S. (2019). Parrots, peccaries, and people: Imagery and metaphor in Aguaruna (Chicham) magic songs. International Journal of Language & Culture, 6(1), 148-174. doi: 10.1075/ijolc.00020.ove

Overall, S. (2019, November). Some challenges in adapting Spanish orthography to represent Aguaruna, an indigenous Peruvian language. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Hispanic Studies (NHUSS) Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Overall, S. E., Vallejos, R., & Gildea, S. (Eds.). (2018). Nonverbal predication in Amazonian languages. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins, 407p. doi: 10.1075/tsl.122

Overall, S. E., Vallejos, R., & Gildea, S. (2018). Nonverbal predication in Amazonia: Typological and diachronic considerations. In S. E. Overall, R. Vallejos & S. Gildea (Eds.), Nonverbal predication in Amazonian languages. (pp. 1-49). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/tsl.122

Authored Book - Research

Overall, S. E. (2017). A grammar of Aguaruna (Iiniá Chicham). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter, 636p.

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Edited Book - Research

Overall, S. E., Vallejos, R., & Gildea, S. (Eds.). (2018). Nonverbal predication in Amazonian languages. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins, 407p. doi: 10.1075/tsl.122

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Chapter in Book - Research

Overall, S. E., Vallejos, R., & Gildea, S. (2018). Nonverbal predication in Amazonia: Typological and diachronic considerations. In S. E. Overall, R. Vallejos & S. Gildea (Eds.), Nonverbal predication in Amazonian languages. (pp. 1-49). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/tsl.122

Overall, S. E. (2018). Nonverbal predicates and copula constructions in Aguaruna (Chicham). In S. E. Overall, R. Vallejos & S. Gildea (Eds.), Nonverbal predication in Amazonian languages. (pp. 135-161). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/tsl.122

Overall, S. E. (2017). The grammatical representation of commands and prohibitions in Aguaruna. In A. Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds.), Commands: A cross-linguistic typology. (pp. 61-82). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198803225.001.0001

Overall, S. E. (2017). A typology of frustrative marking in Amazonian languages. In A. Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of linguistic typology. (pp. 477-512). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316135716.015

Overall, S. E. (2016). Switch-reference and case-marking in Aguaruna (Jivaroan) and beyond. In R. van Gijn & J. Hammond (Eds.), Switch reference 2.0. (pp. 453-472). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Overall, S. E. (2016). Attributive adjectives and the internal syntax of the NP in Jivaroan. In F. Queixalós & D. M. Gomes (Eds.), O Sintagma Nominal Em Línguas Amazônicas. (pp. 29-43). Campinas, Brazil: Pontes Editores.

Overall, S. E. (2014). Clause chaining, switch reference and nominalisations in Aguaruna (Jivaroan). In R. van Gijn, J. Hammond, D. Matić, S. van Putten & A. V. Galucio (Eds.), Information structure and reference tracking in complex sentences. (pp. 309-340). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Overall, S. E. (2014). Nominalization, knowledge, and information source in Aguaruna (Jivaroan). In A. Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds.), The grammar of knowledge: A cross-linguistic typology. (pp. 227-244). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701316.003.0011

Overall, S. (2009). The semantics of clause linking in Aguaruna. In R. M. W. Dixon & A. Y. Aikhenvald (Eds.), The semantics of clause linking: A cross-linguistic typology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Overall, S. E. (2019). Taming the jaguar: On the lexical equivalence of 'jaguar' and 'domestic dog' in Amazonian languages. The Mouth, (4), 92-106.

Overall, S. (2019). Parrots, peccaries, and people: Imagery and metaphor in Aguaruna (Chicham) magic songs. International Journal of Language & Culture, 6(1), 148-174. doi: 10.1075/ijolc.00020.ove

Overall, S. E. (2018). From verb to noun and back again: Non-referential uses of nominalizations in Aguaruna (Chicham). STUF, 71(1), 133-150. doi: 10.1515/stuf-2018-0006

Overall, S. E., & Wojtylak, K. I. (2018). Nominalization in Northwest Amazonia: Introduction. STUF, 71(1), 1-18. doi: 10.1515/stuf-2018-0001

Overall, S. E. (2016). Who were the Antipas? A linguistic and ethnohistorical investigation of a forgotten tribe. Liames, 16(1), 59-69.

Overall, S. (2008). On the non-phonemic status of the velar nasal /ŋ/ in Jivaroan. Liames, 8, 45-59.

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Journal - Research Other

Overall, S. E. (2018). Aguaruna. International Journal of American Linguistics, 84(Suppl. 1), S55-S68. doi: 10.1086/695546

Overall, S. E. (2013). [Review of the book Linguistics and archaeology in the Americas and Estudios sobre lenguas andinas y amazónicas]. Language Dynamics & Change, 3(1), 133-139. doi: 10.1163/22105832-13030104

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Overall, S. E. (2010). Jerarquía y tratamiento de la primera persona plural en la gramática de aguaruna. In M. Censabella & R. González (Eds.), Il Encuentro de Lenguas Indígenas Americanas y Il Simposio Internacional de Lingüística Amerindia. Buenos Aires, Argentina: CONICET. [Full Paper]

Overall, S. (2006). The genitive form of the noun in Aguaruna. Proceedings of the 2005 Australian Linguistic Society (ALS). Retrieved from http://www.als.asn.au/

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Overall, S. E. (2017). Chaining chains: Tail-head linkage and other devices for linking clause chains in Aguaruna (Chicham). Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistics Typology (ALT). Retrieved from http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/news-and-media/past-events/alt-conference-2017/

Overall, S. E. (2017). Frustrative and the grammatical expression of emotion. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistics Typology (ALT). Retrieved from http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/news-and-media/past-events/alt-conference-2017/

Overall, S. E. (2015). Canonical and non-canonical switch-reference in Western Amazonia. Proceedings of the 11th Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) Conference. (pp. 102-103). Retrieved from https://ling.unm.edu/news-and-events-/alt-2015/program/abstract-booklet-.html

Overall, S. E. (2013). Some curious and subtle properties of grammatical objects in Aguaruna (Jivaroan). Proceedings of the 10th Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) Biennial Conference. Retrieved from https://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/conference/2013_ALT10/files/participants.html

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Overall, S. (2019, November). Some challenges in adapting Spanish orthography to represent Aguaruna, an indigenous Peruvian language. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Hispanic Studies (NHUSS) Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Overall, S. (2016, May). Negation in Kandozi. Verbal presentation at the International Colloquium Amazonicas VI: The Structure of Amazonian Languages, Leticia, Columbia.

Overall, S. (2014, May). Predicate nominals and enclitic copulas in Jivaroan and Candoshi. Verbal presentation at the Amazonicas V, Belém, Brazil.

Overall, S. (2013, September). The rise of evidentiality? Nominalization as a marker of non-firsthand information source in Aguaruna (Jivaroan). Verbal presentation at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), Spilt, Croatia.

Overall, S. (2012, April). Adjectival modification and compounding in Aguaruna (Jivaroan). Verbal presentation at the International Colloquium Amazonicas IV, Lima, Peru.

Overall, S. (2012, April). Orality spreading in Aguaruna. Verbal presentation at the International Colloquium Amazonicas IV, Lima, Peru.

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Other - Edited Journal

Overall, S. E., & Wojtylak, K. I. (Eds.). (2018). STUF 71(1) [Special issue: Nominalization in Northwest Amazonia]. [Guest Editors].

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