I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics at the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL) at the University of Tromsø. In January, I submitted my dissertation and my defense is scheduled for May 26, 2011.
My main interests of research are situated at the syntax-semantic interface and evolve around the IP/vP domain. The focus of my dissertation is the study of the (core) tense, aspect and modality (TMA) morphemes in Saamáka, an English/Portuguese-based Creole language. The main substrate languages are Gbe and Kikongo. The language is spoken along the Suriname River, Suriname. The data I discuss in my dissertation was collected during two fieldwork trips to Pikinslee, a small village located in the interior of Suriname. The interpretation(s) and usage of the individual TMA morphemes and their position in the functional hierarchy is discussed. Furthermore, I examine the interaction of the TMA morphemes and the consequences of these interactions on the semantic interpretation and syntactic position of the individual morphemes.
I am also an active member of the Nominalization Project which is financed by the Research Council of Norway. Together with Kaori Takamine and Antonio Fabregas, I organise a bi-weekly reading group on this topic.
Marleen van de Vate
University of Tromsø
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