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Sebastian FEDDEN

Professor of linguistics (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3) contact
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Research topics

• Language typology
• Canonical typology
• Papuan languages and linguistics
• Categorization, language and cognition
• Systems of nominal classification (gender and classifiers)
• Agreement
• Argument realization and alignment

Selected grants

Consultant in Optimal categorisation: the origin and nature of gender from a psycholinguistic perspective (ESRC UK Grant RN0362A); Principal Investigator Professor Greville G. Corbett, University of Surrey), 2018-21.
Incomplete systems: Evidence from sporadic agreement, Research Incubator grant from the University of Sydney, 2015.
Combining gender and classifiers in natural language (with Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown and Matthew Baerman); Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)/Research Grant, 2013-2016.
Keywords

categorization - classifiers - gender - grammaticography - historical linguistics - morphology - morphosyntax - Papuan languages - psycholinguistics - typology
Mian - Skonga - Wagarabai - Telefol - Tifal - Faiwol - Bimin - Adang - Tok Pisin

Teaching

Courses given at Paris 3 (2017-2019):
Master – Seminar - Introduction to the structure of a non-IE language (2 hrs face-to-face)
Master – Seminar - Anglais pour sciences humaines 1 (1.5 hrs face-to-face)
Master – Seminar - Anglais pour sciences humaines 2 (1.5 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture - Typologie linguistique (1.5 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture - Morphologie (1.5 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture - Linguistique aréale (1.5 hrs face-to-face)

Courses given at the University of Sydney (2015-2016):
Master – Seminar - Structure of language (2 hrs face-to-face)
Master – Seminar - Sociolinguistics (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture - Syntax (2 hrs + 2 hrs of tutorials face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture - Phonetics and Phonology (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Lecture - Phonology (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Seminar - Language Diversity and Universals (2 hrs face-to-face)
Undergrad – Seminar - Categorization in language and cognition (2 hrs face-to-face)

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Administration Member of the conseil de gestion (ILPGA)
Conference organisation • Workshop "New approaches to the typology of inflection systems", Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques, University of Chicago Center in Paris, November 2018.
9th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL 9), LaCiTO, Paris, June 2017.
Dissemination workshop "Gender and classifiers: diachrony and variation", University of Surrey, January 2016.
• (with Jenny Audring) Workshop "Non-canonical gender systems" during the 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), University of Leiden, September 2015.
7th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL 7), SOAS London, May 2014.
Dissemination workshop "Gender and classifiers: cross-linguistic perspectives", University of Surrey, January 2014.
Awards My book A Grammar of Mian won the 2013 Georg von der Gabelentz Award from the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) for the best grammar published in the period 2009-2012.
Recent presentations

Invited
— "A new look at the typology of nominal classification", Various Dimensions of Contrastive Studies conference at Ustroń, Poland, October 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett).
— "The typology of nominal classification", PhD course Theoretical perspectives on grammatical gender, NTNU Trondheim, November 2018 (with Greville G. Corbett).
— "Gender and classifiers: a unified analysis within Canonical Typology", Laboratoire de linguistique formelle (LLF) Linguistics Seminar Series, University of Paris 7, May 2018 (with Greville G. Corbett).
— "Steps towards a typology of sporadic agreement systems", Typologie et modélisation des systèmes morphologiques, University of Chicago Center in Paris, January 2017.
— "Aspect in Mian and other Papuan languages". Papuanist Tense Workshop, ARC Centre of Excellency for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), Australian National University, May 2016.

At conferences
— "The extent of nominal classification: a Canonical Typology approach", Noun categorization: from grammar to communicative interaction, University of Lyon 2, April 2019 (with Greville G. Corbett).
— "Introduction to new approaches to the typology of inflectional systems", Fédération typologie et universaux linguistiques (FR 2559) workshop New approaches to the typology of inflectional systems, University of Chicago Center in Paris, November 2018.
— "Non-canonical object agreement in Mian", 10th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL 10), Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, May 2018.
— "Nominal classification: A Canonical Typology approach", 12th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT), Canberra, December 2017 (with Greville G. Corbett).
— "The development of articles and pronouns in Mountain Ok", The Morphological Eye, 25th Anniversary of the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, September 2017.
— "Niches and systems of sporadic agreement", 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), University of Zurich, September 2017.
— "Grammaticalization in Mountain Ok: Common and less common pathways", 9th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL 9), LACITO, Paris, June 2017.
— "Überlegungen zu sporadischer Kongruenz", Vielfaltslinguistik-Konferenz, Universität Leipzig, March 2017.

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Publications

Books
— Fedden, Sebastian, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds.) 2018. Non-canonical gender systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (presented here)
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2011. A grammar of Mian. Mouton Grammar Library 55. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. xxv + 604pp.

Peer-reviewed articles
— Majid, A., Roberts, S. G., Cilissen, L., Emmorey, K., Nicodemus, B., O'Grady, L., Woll, B., LeLan, B., de Sousa, H., Cansler, B. L., Shayan, S., de Vos, C., Senft, G., Enfield, N. J., Razak, R. A., Fedden, S., Tufvesson, S., Dingemanse, M., Ozturk, O., Brown, P. Hill, C., Le Guen, O., Hirtzel, V., van Gijn, R., Sicoli, M. A. and Levinson, S. C. 2018. Differential coding of perception in the world's languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS 115(45): 11369-11376. [https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1720419115]
— Fedden, Sebastian and Greville G. Corbett. 2018. Extreme classification. Cognitive Linguistics 29(4): 633–675. [https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2017-0109]
— Corbett, Greville G., Sebastian Fedden and Raphael A. Finkel. 2017. Single versus concurrent feature systems: nominal classification in Mian. Linguistic Typology 21: 209-260.
— Fedden, Sebastian and Greville G. Corbett. 2017. Gender and classifiers in concurrent systems: Refining the typology of nominal classification. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 2(1), 34, 1-47. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.177
— Corbett, Greville G. and Sebastian Fedden. 2016. Canonical gender. Journal of Linguistics 52: 495-531. [doi:10.1017/S0022226715000195]
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2015. Verb stem aspect in Mian. In Sandra Augendre, Graziella Couasnon-Torlois, Déborah Lebon, Clément Michard, Gilles Boyé and Fabio Montermini (eds.), Proceedings of the Décembrettes 8th International conference on morphology, Bordeaux, 6-7 December 2012, Carnets de Grammaire, rapports internes de CLLE-ERSS, report 22, 99-135. University of Toulouse. Available at: http://w3.erss.univ- tlse2.fr/textes/publications/CarnetsGrammaire/carnGram22.pdf.
— Fedden, Sebastian, Dunstan Brown, František Kratochvíl, Laura C. Robinson and Antoinette Schapper. 2014. Variation in pronominal indexing: Lexical stipulation vs. referential properties in the Alor- Pantar languages. Studies in Language 38(1): 44-79.

Book chapters
— Fedden, Sebastian (in press a). To agree or not to agree? A typology of sporadic agreement. In Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond and Andrew Hippisley (eds.), Morphological Perspectives: Papers in Honour of Greville G. Corbett, 303-326. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian (in press b). Grammaticalization in Mountain Ok (Papua New Guinea). In Walter Bisang and Andrej Malchukov (eds.), Grammaticalization scenarios. Areal patterns and cross- linguistic variation. A comparative handbook. Comparative Handbooks of Linguistics 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
— Fedden, Sebastian and Jenny Audring. 2018. Introduction. In Sebastian Fedden, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds.), Non-canonical gender systems, 1-8. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Corbett, Greville G. and Sebastian Fedden. 2018. New approaches to the typology of gender. In Sebastian Fedden, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds.), Non-canonical gender systems, 9-35. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian and Greville G. Corbett. 2017. Understanding intra-system dependencies: Classifiers in Lao. In N. J. Enfield (ed.), Dependencies in language: On the causal ontology of linguistic systems (Studies in Diversity Linguistics 99), 171-178. Berlin: Language Science Press.
— Fedden, Sebastian. 2016. Inflectional tone in Mian. In Enrique Palancar and Jean Léo Léonard (eds.), Tone and inflection: new facts under new perspectives, 67-82. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

In the media
Time to Think, University of Surrey Featured Story, 24 June 2013.

Videos
— (with Timothy Feist). Nominal classification in Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea – Part 2. Surrey Morphology Group. 2016, Video clip, length 4:34 mins. [http://www.mian-kilivila.surrey.ac.uk]
Nominal classification in Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea. Video clip. Surrey Morphology Group, Video clip, 2015, Length 3:48 mins. [http://www.mian-kilivila.surrey.ac.uk]

Website
— Fedden, Sebastian, Timothy Feist, Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett and Gunter Senft. 2015. Mian and Kilivila Collection. University of Surrey. http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.30/1.

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