Torben Andersen

List of John Benjamins publications for which Torben Andersen plays a role.


In Mabaan, a Western Nilotic language, there is a binary inflectional voice contrast in the morphology of verbs. In addition to a morphologically unmarked basic voice, there is a fully productive applicative voice, which is morphologically marked. This applicative voice may be called… read more
This article deals with clausal constituent order and dislocation constructions in Berta, a Nilo-Saharan language with indicative clauses being verb-second. The preverbal slot is occupied by either an unmarked NP which may have any or no grammatical relation to the verb, a focus constituent, or a… read more
This article argues that Kurmuk, a little-described Western Nilotic language, is characterized by a syntacticized topic whose grammatical relation is variable. In this language, declarative clauses have as topic an obligatory preverbal NP which is either a subject, an object, or an adjunct. The… read more
Andersen, Torben 2014 Chapter 9. Number in DinkaNumber – Constructions and Semantics: Case studies from Africa, Amazonia, India and Oceania, Storch, Anne and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.), pp. 221–264 | Article
In Dinka, a Western Nilotic language, nouns are inflected for number and distinguish between singular and plural. The number inflection is not expressed by affixation, but by phonological alternations in the root and in such a way that the number is not directly observable, but only detectable… read more
Andersen, Torben 2007 Auxiliary verbs in DinkaStudies in Language 31:1, pp. 89–116 | Article
Andersen, Torben 2006 [ATR] reversal in JumjumDiachronica 23:1, pp. 3–28 | Article
Jumjum, a Western Nilotic language, has an eight-vowel system divided into two sets by the feature [ATR] (Advanced Tongue Root), which is the basis of vowel harmony. A comparison with other Western Nilotic languages shows that (i) this vowel system goes back to a ten-vowel system in Proto-Western… read more
Andersen, Torben 1999 Anti-Logophoricity and Indirect Mode in MabaanStudies in Language 23:3, pp. 499–530 | Article
In Mabaan, a Western Nilotic language, indirect speech is characterised by the following three features. Firstly, verbs are inflected in a special way, having an indirect mode as opposed to the direct mode of direct speech. Secondly, in pronominal morphemes a distinction is made between forms that… read more
Andersen, Torben 1991 Subject and Topic in DinkaStudies in Language 15:2, pp. 265–294 | Article