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dhr. dr. N.S.H. (Norval) Smith


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Taalwetenschap
  • Bezoekadres
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  
  • Postadres:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • N.S.H.Smith@uva.nl

Preferred E-mail address

About me

I work in the Department of Theoretical Linguistics of the University of Amsterdam. For my research, I am attached to the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication.

At present I teach Optimality Theory, Phonology & Morphology, Historical Linguistics and Minority Languages of Europe.

My research is divided betweenPhonology and Creole Studies - in the broadest sense of bothsub-disciplines.

I am the Programme Director for the M.A. in General Linguistics, and joint Research Co-ordinator for the Language Creation programme.

Ethnic background

I am Scottish, i.e. I come from Scotland. In Scotland three autochthonous languages are spoken at the present day: Scottish Gaelic , Scots and ( Scottish ) English . Formerly, also a Welsh dialect, Cumbric , (till ca. 1200), Pictish (till ca. 1000) and Norn (till ca. 1800) were spoken. I am interested in all these languages.

Of these six languages three are Celtic, and three Germanic.

In addition there are a number of languages formerly used by (semi-)nomadic groups: "Scottish Gaelic Shelta" , Scottish Travellers' Cant , and "Scoto-Romany" . To what extent these are still spoken is completely unknown. Also the degree to which they formed independent linguistic systems, or were just "secret" add-ons to Gaelic, and Scots respectively, is unclear.

I no longer wear "ethnic" garments, but as a child I did on formal occasions.

Research

1) Phonology

I am firstly interested in questions of segmental and syllabic structure. The theoretical model I use is Dependency Phonology, within an Optimality Framework. Additional concerns are the representation of Vowel Harmony, questions of Lenition, and the relationship between syllable and foot structure.

For these aspects of my research I participate in the ACLC Research Group on Bidrectional Phonology and Phonetics .

Another research interest is pitch-accent languages. Particular questions are Level Stress phenomena, and tonal polarity. An article on Level Stress in Wursten Frisian will appear in Nowele in 2007.

For this I participate in the ACLC Research Group on Franconian Tones .

2) Creole Linguistics

The morphology and phonology of Atlantic English-based creole languages, and their substrates.

For this I participate in the ACLC Research Group on Language Creation ,   of which I am joint coordinator.

3)   Phonological Reconstitution

I am very interested in what can be got out of pre-modern grammatical descriptions, pieces of text in naive orthography, and the linguistics field-notes of 19th century and early 20th century amateur linguists and anthropologists.

Projects include work on extinct Yokuts dialects, extinct Frisian dialects, older forms of Gbe (West Africa), extinct Scottish Gaelic dialects.

For this I participate in the ACLC Research Group Linguistics at two removes .

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2015

  • Aboh, E., & Smith, N. (2015). Migrations, ethnodynamics and geolinguistics in the Eastern Aja-Tado cultural area. In P. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: the West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 43-66). (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.43 [details]
  • Aboh, E., & Smith, N. (2015). Non-iconic reduplications in Eastern Gbe and Surinam. In P. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: the West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 241-260). (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.241 [details]
  • Smith, N. (2015). A preliminary list of probable Gbe lexical items in the Surinam Creoles. In P. C. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 463-476). (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.463 [details]
  • Smith, N. (2015). A preliminary list of probable Kikongo (KiKoongo) lexical items in the Surinam Creoles. In P. C. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 417-462). (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.417 [details]
  • Smith, N. (2015). Bibliography of work resulting from the Trans-Atlantic Sprachbund project. In P. C. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 409-416). (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.409 [details]
  • Smith, N. (2015). Ingredient X: The shared African lexical element in the English-lexifier Atlantic Creoles, and the theory of rapid creolization. In P. C. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 67-106). (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.67 [details]
  • Smith, N. (2015). Substrate phonology, superstrate phonology and adstrate phonology in creole languages. In P. C. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 261-322). (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.261 [details]
  • Smith, N. (2015). The early history of Surinam: Why is Surinam different? In P. C. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 17-42). (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.17 [details]
  • van den Berg, M., Muysken, P., & Smith, N. (2015). Introduction: Creole studies and contact linguistics. In P. C. Muysken, & N. Smith (Eds.), Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Aftrica-Surinam Sprachbund. (pp. 1-14). (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs; No. 275). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9783110343977.1 [details]

2014

  • Smith, N. S. H. (2014). Chawchila Yokuts metathesis: Evidence, argumentation and generalizations? In R. Kager, J. Grijzenhout, & K. Sebregts (Eds.), Where the principles fail: a festschrift for Wim Zonneveld on the occasion of his 64th birthday (pp. 193-204). Utrecht: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS. [details] [PDF]

2013

  • Smith, N. S. H., & Johnson, J. R. (2013). Lengua de los Llanos: A Northen Valley Yokuts catechism from Misión Santa Cruz, Alta California. STUF: Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung = Language typology and universals, 66(3), 299-313. DOI: 10.1524/stuf.2013.0015 [details]
  • van den Berg, M. C., & Smith, N. S. H. (2013). Early Sranan. In S. M. Michaelis, P. Maurer, M. Haspelmath, & M. Huber (Eds.), The survey of pidgin and creole languages. - Vol. 1: English-based and Dutch-based languages. (pp. 3-14). (The atlas and survey of Pidgin and Creole languages). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]

2009

  • Aboh, E. O., & Smith, N. (2009). Simplicity, simplification, complexity and complexification: where have the interfaces gone? In E. O. Aboh, & N. Smith (Eds.), Complex processes in new languages (pp. 1-25). (Creole language library; No. 35). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details]
  • Smith, N. S. H. (2009). English-speaking in early Surinam? In R. Selbach, H. C. Cardoso, & M. van den Berg (Eds.), Gradual creolization: studies celebrating Jacques Arends (pp. 305-326). (Creole language library; No. 34). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details]
  • Smith, N. (2009). Simplification of a complex part of grammar or not? What happened to KiKoongo nouns in Saramaccan? In E. O. Aboh, & N. Smith (Eds.), Complex processes in new languages (pp. 51-73). (Creole language library; No. 35). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details]

2008

  • Smith, N. S. H. (2008). Creole phonology. In S. Kouwenberg, & J. V. Singler (Eds.), Handbook of pidgin and creole studies (pp. 98-129). (Blackwell handbooks in linguistics). Malden, MA [etc.]: Wiley-Blackwell. [details]
  • Smith, N. (2008). The origins of the Portuguese words in Saramaccan: implications for sociohistory. In S. Michaelis (Ed.), Roots of creole structures: weighing the contribution of substrates and superstrates (pp. 153-168). (Creole language library; No. 33). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details]

2007

  • Smith, N. S. H. (2007). A contribution to Delta Yokuts vocabulary: Some items from Tamukan. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, 27(1), 45-51. [details]
  • Smith, N. S. H., & Haabo, V. (2007). The Saramaccan implosives: Tools for linguistic archaeology? Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 22(1), 101-122. DOI: 10.1075/jpcl.22.1.07smi [details]
  • Smith, N. S. H., & van Leyden, K. (2007). The unusual outcome of a level-stress situation: The case of Wursten Frisian. NOWELE: North-Western European Language Evolution, 52(1), 31-66. [details]
  • Smith, N. S. H., & Botma, E. D. (2007). A dependency-based typology of nasalisation and voicing phenomena. In B. Los, & M. van Koppen (Eds.), Linguistics in the Netherlands 2007. (pp. 36-48). (AVT Publications; No. 24). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [details]
  • Migge, B., & Smith, N. S. H. (2007). Introduction: Substrate influence in creole formation. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 22(1), 15-15. [details]

2006

  • Botma, E. D., & Smith, N. S. H. (2006). A dependency account of the fortis-lenis contrast in Cama. In J. van de Weijer, & B. Los (Eds.), Linguistics in the Netherlands 2006 (pp. 15-27). (AVT Series; No. 23). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [details] [PDF]
  • Smith, N. S. H. (2006). Very rapid creolization in the framework of the Restricted Motivation Hypothesis. In C. Lefebvre, L. White, & C. Jourdan (Eds.), L2 acquisition and creole genesis: Dialogues (pp. 49-65). (Language Acquisition and Language Disorders; No. 42). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [details]
  • Smith, N. S. H., & van de Vate, M. S. (2006). Population movements, colonial control and vowel systems. In P. Bhatt, & I. Plag (Eds.), The structure of creole words: Segmental, syllabic and morphological aspects. (pp. 59-82). (Linguistische Arbeiten; No. 505). Tübingen: Niemeyer. [details]
  • Smith, N. S. H., & Adamson, L. G. (2006). Tonal phenomena in Sranan. STUF: Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung = Language typology and universals, 59(2), 211-218. [details]

2016

  • Smith, N. S. H. (2016). Fowlis vowels. In A. Bannink, & W. Honselaar (Eds.), From variation to iconicity: festschrift for Olga Fischer on the occasion of her 65th birthday (pp. 347). Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Pegasus. [details]

2013

  • Aboh, E. O., Smith, N. S. H., & Veenstra, T. (2013). Saramaccan. In S. Michaelis, P. Maurer, M. Haspelmath, & M. Huber (Eds.), The survey of pidgin and creole languages. - Vol. 1: English-based and Dutch-based languages. (pp. 27-38). Oxford University Press. [details]
  • Aboh, E. O., Veenstra, T., & Smith, N. S. H. (2013). Saramaccan structure dataset. In S. M. Michaelis, P. Maurer, M. Haspelmath, & M. Huber (Eds.), Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures Online. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. [details]

2012

  • Aboh, E. O., & Smith, N. (2012). The morphosyntax of non-iconic reduplications: A case study in Eastern Gbe and the Surinam creoles. In E. O. Aboh, N. Smith, & A. Zribi-Herz (Eds.), The morphosyntax of reiteration in creole and non-creole languages. (pp. 27-76). (Creole language library; No. 43). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. DOI: 10.1075/cll.43.02abo [details]
  • Aboh, E. O., Smith, N., & Zribi-Hertz, A. (2012). Reduplication beyond the word level: A cross-linguistic view. In E. O. Aboh, N. Smith, & A. Zribi-Hertz (Eds.), The morphosyntax of reiteration in creole and non-creole languages. (pp. 1-26). (Creole language library; No. 43). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. DOI: 10.1075/cll.43.01abo [details]
  • Smith, N. (2012). Nordstrand North Frisian: a puzzling problem in dialect geography. In H. van der Liet, & M. Norde (Eds.), Language for its own sake: essays on language and literature offered to Harry Perridon (pp. 395-412). (Amsterdam contributions to Scandinavian studies; No. 8). Amsterdam: Scandinavisch Instituut, Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details] [PDF]
  • Smith, N. (2012). Sound Systems and Phonological Processes. In A. E. Baker, & K. Hengeveld (Eds.), Linguistics (pp. 303-319). (Introducing linguistics; No. 5). Malden, MA: Wiley. [details]
  • Smith, N. (2012). Syllables, Stress and Intonation. In A. E. Baker, & K. Hengeveld (Eds.), Linguistics (pp. 321-333). (Introducing linguistics; No. 5). Malden, MA: Wiley. [details]

2006

  • Smith, N. S. H. (2006). Contact phonology. In M. Pennington (Ed.), Phonology in context. (pp. 76-108). (Palgrave Advances in Linguistics). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]

Spreker

  • Smith, Norval (speaker) (17-2-2016): Portuguese linguistic influence in the Guianas, O espaço das línguas. A língua portuguesa no mundo do início da Idade Moderna (Séculos XV a XVII). Conferência Internacional., Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Faculdad das Ciências Sociais e Humanas. Lisboa..

Boekredactie

  • Migge, B., & Smith, N. S. H. (2007). Substrate Influence in Creole Formation. (Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages; No. 22.1). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [details]
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