Manuel Widmer

List of John Benjamins publications for which Manuel Widmer plays a role.


Widmer, Manuel, Mathias Jenny, Wolfgang Behr and Balthasar Bickel 2021 Morphological structure can escape reduction effects from mass admixture of second language speakers: Evidence from Sino-TibetanStudies in Language 45:4, pp. 707–752 | Article
Morphological complexity is expected to decrease under mass admixture from adult second language speakers. While this has been chiefly shown for morphological richness, an unresolved question is whether the effect extends to aspects of morphological boundedness. Here we report a case study of… read more
The present paper describes a transitivity distinction that is attested in some Tibeto-Burman (TB) languages of the West Himalayish (WH) subgroup. The relevant distinction is encoded by a set of dedicated markers that occur between verb stems and inflectional endings and group verbs into… read more
Widmer, Manuel 2017 The evolution of egophoricity and evidentiality in the Himalayas: The case of BunanThe Rise and Development of Evidential and Epistemic Markers, Cruschina, Silvio and Eva-Maria Remberger (eds.), pp. 245–274 | Article
The epistemic verbal categories “evidentiality” and “egophoricity” play an important role in the verbal systems of many Tibeto-Burman languages of the Himalayas. In the course of the past decades, our synchronic understanding of those grammatical categories has been considerably enhanced by… read more
Widmer, Manuel and Marius Zemp 2017 The epistemization of person markers in reported speechStudies in Language 41:1, pp. 33–75 | Article
Egophoricity is a cross-linguistically rare grammatical phenomenon. While numerous descriptive studies have substantially improved our synchronic understanding of the category in recent years, we are still largely ignorant of the diachronic origins of egophoricity systems. In this article, we… read more