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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.

Recent publications

2018. “Nonverbal predicates and copula constructions in Aguaruna (Jivaroan),” in Non-verbal Predication in Amazonian Languages, edited by S. E. Overall, R. Vallejos and S. Gildea. John Benjamins. pp 135–161.
2018. (with Rosa Vallejos and Spike Gildea) “Introduction,” in Non-verbal Predication in Amazonian Languages, edited by S. E. Overall, R. Vallejos and S. Gildea. John Benjamins. pp 1–49.
2018. “Aguaruna.” International Journal of American Linguistics 84, Supplement 1 (April 2018): S55–S68. https://doi.org/10.1086/695546
2018. “From verb to noun and back again: Non-referential uses of nominalizations in Aguaruna (Jivaroan),” in STUF - Language Typology and Universals (special issue edited by S. E. Overall and K. I. Wojtylak), 71(1): 133–149. https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2018-0006
2018. (with Katarzyna Wojtylak) “Nominalization in Northwest Amazonia: Introduction,” in STUF - Language Typology and Universals (special issue edited by S. E. Overall and K. I. Wojtylak), 71(1): 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2018-0001
2017. “The grammatical representation of commands and prohibitions in Aguaruna.” In Commands: A cross-linguistic typology, edited by A. Y. Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon, pp 61–82.
2017. “A typology of frustrative marking in Amazonian languages.” In Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Typology, edited by A. Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon. Cambridge University Press. pp 477–512.
2017. A Grammar of Aguaruna (Iiniá Chicham). MGL 68. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
2016. “Attributive adjectives and the internal syntax of the NP in Jivaroan.” In A estrutura do sintagma nominal em línguas amazônicas, edited by F. Queixalós and D. Moreira Gomes.
2016. “Switch-reference and case-marking in Aguaruna (Jivaroan) and beyond.” In Switch-Reference 2.0, edited by Rik van Gijn and Jeremy Hammond. John Benjamins, pp 453–472.
2016. “Who were the Antipas? A linguistic and ethnohistorical investigation of a forgotten tribe.” LIAMES 16(1):59–69.
2014. “Nominalization, knowledge and information source in Aguaruna (Jivaroan).” In The Grammar of Knowledge, edited by A.Y Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon. Oxford University Press, pp 227–244.
2014. “Clause-chaining, switch-reference and nominalisations in Aguaruna (Jivaroan).” In Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences, edited by R. van Gijn, D. Matic, J. Hammond, S. van Putten and A. V. Galucio. John Benjamins, pp 309–340.