Scott DeLancey

List of John Benjamins publications for which Scott DeLancey plays a role.



Van der Auwera & Vossen (2017) identify an intriguing shift from a copula to a negative marker in the Tibeto-Burman Kiranti group, and discuss it as a possible example of Jespersen’s Cycle. This paper traces a fuller history of the copula #ni, and presents an account of its association with… read more
This paper surveys the forms of dual and plural pronouns across the Tibeto-Burman languages, and offers a reconstruction of the non-singular pronouns, and a general account of how various branches and languages have diverged from this original system. We can certainly reconstruct two, perhaps… read more
DeLancey, Scott 2018 Chapter 10. Deictic and sociopragmatic effects in Tibeto-Burman SAP indexationTypological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony, Cristofaro, Sonia and Fernando Zúñiga (eds.), pp. 343–376 | Chapter
The study of hierarchical argument indexation systems shows that while the ranking of both 1st and 2nd person over other arguments is robust and reliable, it is impossible to find any compelling crosslinguistic evidence for one or the other ranking of the two Speech Act Participants, and rare to… read more
Since the beginning of research on the PTB verb agreement, 2nd person marking has posed a persistent problem. Every scholar who has dealt with the problem reconstructs a set of person/number suffixes including 2sg #-n(a). But there is also strong evidence for a #t‑ prefix which also indexes 2nd… read more
DeLancey, Scott 2013 The origins of SiniticIncreased Empiricism: Recent advances in Chinese Linguistics, Jing-Schmidt, Zhuo (ed.), pp. 73–100 | Article
A persistent problem in Sino-Tibetan linguistics is that Chinese is characterized by a mix of lexical, phonological, and syntactic features, some of which link it to the Tibeto-Burman languages, others to the Tai-Kadai, Hmong-Mien, and Mon-Khmer families of Southeast Asia. It has always been… read more
DeLancey, Scott 2011 Finite structures from clausal nominalization in Tibeto-BurmanNominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and typological perspectives, Yap, Foong Ha, Karen Grunow-Hårsta and Janick Wrona (eds.), pp. 343–360 | Article
Nominalization has long been recognized as one of the driving processes of Tibeto-Burman syntax and syntactic change. A pervasive and recurrent process in the family is the replacement of old finite clause structures with new constructions based on nominalizations. TB languages repeatedly innovate… read more
DeLancey, Scott 2005 Adpositions as a non-universal categoryLinguistic Diversity and Language Theories, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt, Adam Hodges and David S. Rood (eds.), pp. 185–202 | Article
DeLancey, Scott 2003 Location and direction in KlamathMotion, Direction and Location in Languages: In honor of Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Shay, Erin and Uwe Seibert (eds.), pp. 59–90 | Article
DeLancey, Scott 1991 The Origins of Verb Serialization in Modern TibetanStudies in Language 15:1, pp. 1–23 | Article
DeLancey, Scott 1984 Notes on Agentivity and CausationStudies in Language 8:2, pp. 181–213 | Article
DeLancey, Scott 1982 Aspect, Transitivity, and ViewpointTense-Aspect: Between semantics & pragmatics, Hopper, Paul J. (ed.), pp. 167 ff. | Article