Siouan Languages Working Group (SLWG)

When? Saturdays 10:00AM-11:30AM (Pacific time)

Where? Spring 2022 via Zoom

What? We are a cross-institutional working group dedicated to the exploration of the cultures and linguistic complexities of the Siouan languages, such as Crow, Hidatsa, Quapaw, Lakota, and Tutelo-Saponi. We focus on anthropological and linguistic literature (generally one reading per week), and we give particular emphasis to comparative and diachronic analyses of Siouan grammar. We also serve as a workshop space to assist with new analyses of languages in the family.

Who? SLWG is organized by Edwin Ko. We welcome all those interested in Siouan languages, with all levels of experience, including those in other departments. To join our mailing list and to obtain the Zoom link, please write to eddersko at berkeley dot edu.

This semester's topic is on comparative and historical Siouan linguistics.

Previous topics included Siouan semantics (e.g. modality), morphosyntax (e.g. switch-reference), and morphophonology (e.g. ablaut).

Upcoming Schedule

2022.09.24 Discussion of Jacques (2016) On the Directionality of Analogy in a Dhegiha Paradigm [PDF]

Jacques, G. (2016). On the directionality of analogy in a Dhegiha paradigm. International Journal of American Linguistics82(2), 239-248.

Past Readings

Comparative and historical Siouan linguistics

Rankin, Robert. 2003. The Comparative Method. In Joseph, Brian & Janda, Richard (eds.), The Handbook of Historical Linguistics, 183-212. Oxford: Blackwell. 

Phonology and phonetics

Holmer, N. M. (1947). An Ofo phonetic law. International Journal of American Linguistics, 13(1), 1-8.

Koontz. J. E. (1982). Siouan syncopating *r-stems. Napao: A Saskatchewan Anthropology Journal, 13: 11-23.

Koontz, J. E. (1985). A Syncopating Conjugation* k-Stem in Lakota. International Journal of American Linguistics51(4), 483-484.

MacEachern, M. R. (2002). Ofo co-occurrence restrictions. International Journal of American Linguistics68(3), 366-370.

Matthews, G. H. (1970). Some notes on the Proto-Siouan continuants. International Journal of American Linguistics36(2), 98-109.

Rankin, R. L. (1994). On the sources and scope of Siouan aspiration. In Gomez de Garcia, Jule & Rood, David. S. (eds.), Processings of the 1993 mid-America linguistics conference and conference on Siouan/Caddoan languages. Boulder: University of Colorado.

Rankin, R. L. (2001). On Dakotan pre-boundary and cluster phonology. Unpublished paper, presented at the Siouan and Caddoan Languages at the University of Chicago

Rankin, R. L., Carter, R. T., & Jones, A. W. (1997). Proto-Siouan phonology and grammar. In Xingzhong Li, Luis López & Tom Stroik (eds.), Papers from the 1997 Mid-America Linguistics Conference, 366–375. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.

De Reuse, W. J., & Grassmann. (1981). Grassmann's law in Ofo. International Journal of American Linguistics47(3), 243-244.