† Prof. em. Dr. Karen H. Ebert

Karen Ebert

Prof. em. Dr. Karen H. Ebert (1945-2016) studied General Linguistics
and Germanic languages at the Universities of Kiel and Copenhagen.
She obtained her PhD in 1970 from Kiel University.

Interview with Karen H. Ebert (September 2011, in German)

Academic positions

  • researcher in a project Computational Linguistics, Bonn University, 1971-72
  • researcher in a DFG-project on Chadic languages, 1972-74
  • professor of English Linguistics, University of Marburg, 1974-89
  • professor of General Linguistics, University of Zürich, 1989 until January 2010 (professor emeritus)

Visiting professor

  • University of Athens, Dept. of German, 1980-1982
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dept. of German, fall 1992

Fieldwork

  • on Kera, Chad; 10/1972-4/1973, 7/1973
  • on Camling, Nepal; shorter periods in 1985, 1986, 1989
  • on Athpare, Nepal; March-April 1991

Language expertise

  • Frisian, esp. Fering (native speaker)
  • Kiranti languages, especially Camling, Athpare

Other research interests

  • aspect and aktionsart
  • inverse systems
  • contact phenomena in South Asia

Publications

Monographs

1971 Referenz, Sprechsituation und die bestimmten Artikel in einem nordfriesischen Dialekt. Bredstedt: Nordfriisk Instituut. (=Studien und Materialien Nr. 4).
1975 Sprache und Tradition der Kera (Tschad), Teil I: Texte. Marburger Studien zur Afrika- und Asienkunde (MSAA), Serie A, Bd. 6. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer.
1976 Sprache und Tradition der Kera (Tschad), Teil II: Lexikon/Lexique. MSAA, Serie A, Bd. 8. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer.
1979 Sprache und Tradition der Kera (Tschad), Teil III: Grammatik. MSAA, Serie A, Bd.15. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer.
1994 The Structure of Kiranti Languages - Comparative Grammar and Texts. Zürich: ASAS.
1996 Koɖava. München: Lincom. (= Languages of the World Materials 104).
1997a A Grammar of Athpare. München: Lincom. (= Studies in Asian Linguistics 1)
1997b Camling. München: Lincom. (= Languages of the World Materials 103)
2000 Camling Texts and Glossary. München: Lincom.
2009 with Martin Gänszle. Rai Mythology: Kiranti Oral Texts. Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Editions

1993 Studies in Clause Linkage. Zürich: ASAS.
2001 with Fernando Zúñiga: Aktionsart and Aspectotemporality in Non--European Languages. Zürich: ASAS.
2008 with Johanna Mattissen & Rafael Suter: From Siberia to Ethiopia. Converbs in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Zürich: ASAS.

Recent articles

1999a The UP-DOWN dimension in Rai grammar and mythology. In: Balthasar Bickel & Martin Gaenszle (eds.) Himalayan space: cultural horizons and practices. Zürich: Völkerkunde Museum. 107-134.
1999b Nonfinite verbs in Kiranti languages. In: Yogendra P. Yadava & Warren W. Glover (eds.) Topics in Nepalese Linguistics. Kathmandu: Royal Nepalese Academy. 371-400.
1999c Focality degrees in Kalmyk imperfectives. In: Werner Abraham & Leonid Kulikov (eds.) Tense-Aspect , Transitivity and Causativity. Essays in honour of Vladimir Nedjalkov. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 323- 339.
2000a Progressive markers in Germanic languages. In: Östen Dahl (ed.) Tense and aspect in the languages of Europe. Berlin etc.: Mouton. 603-651.
2000b Aspect in Maltese. In: Östen Dahl (ed.) Tense and aspect in the languages of Europe. Berlin etc.: Mouton. 701-733.
2000c with Bertinetto, Piermarco & Casper de Groot: The progressive in Europe. In: Östen Dahl (ed.) Tense and aspect in the languages of Europe. Berlin etc.: Mouton. 535- 554.
2000d Attributive clauses in Kiranti languages. ASAS WP No. 8.
2000f with Lukas Neukom: Towards an areal typology of relative clauses in South Asian languages. ASAS WP No. 9.
2001a Tense-aspect flip-flop and a somewhat elusive gram type. In: Ebert & Zúñiga (eds) Aspectotemporality in Non-European Languages. Zürich: ASAS. 141-158.
2001b Südasien als Sprachbund. Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunkationswissenschaft. Bd. 11.2: Language Typology and Language Universals. Berlin: de Gruyter. 1529-1539.
2003a Kiranti languages: An Overview. In: Graham Thurgood & Randy LaPolla (eds.) The Sino-Tibetan Languages. Surrey: Curzon Press. 505-517.
2003b Camling. In: Graham Thurgood & Randy LaPolla (eds.) The Sino-Tibetan Languages. Surrey: Curzon Press. 533- 545.
2003c Equivalents of 'conjunctive participles' in Kiranti languages. In: Tej R. Kansakar & Mark Turin (eds.) Themes in Himalayan Languages and Linguistics. Heidelberg & Kathmandu. 27-47.
2003d "Come" and "go" as discourse connectors in Kera and other Chadic languages. In: Erin Shay & Uwe Seibert (eds) Motion, Direction and Location in Languages. In honor of Zygmunt Frajzyngier. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 111-122.
2008a Functions and forms of converbs. In: Ebert, Mattissen & Suter (eds.) From Siberia to Ethiopia. Converbs in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Zürich: ASAS. 7-33.
2008b Converbs in Kiranti languages. In: Ebert, Mattissen & Suter (eds.) From Siberia to Ethiopia. Converbs in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Zürich: ASAS. 63-89.