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Nikolaus Himmelmann


Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Institut für Linguistik
D-50923 Köln

Tel: +49-221-470-2323
Fax: +49-221-470-5947


Sourcebook on Tomini-Tolitoli Languages

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2001. Sourcebook on Tomini-Tolitoli Languages. General Information and Word Lists. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, xxii+436 pp.

Toratán (Ratahan)

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. & John Wolff. 1999. Toratán (Ratahan). München: Lincom (Languages of the World, Materials 130), 118 pp.

Deiktikon, Artikel, Nominalphrase

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 1997. Deiktikon, Artikel, Nominalphrase: Zur Emergenz syntaktischer Struktur. Tübingen: Niemeyer (Linguistische Arbeiten 362), 330 pp.

Morphosyntax und Morphologie

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 1987. Morphosyntax und Morphologie. Die Ausrichtungsaffixe im Tagalog. München: Fink (Studien zur theoretischen Linguistik, Vol. 8), 207 pp.

(If you are interested to receive a free copy of this book, please send a request to sprachwissenschaft(at)uni-koeln.de, providing a shipping address for surface mail.)

Linking im Tagalog

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 1983. Linking im Tagalog, M.A. thesis, LMU München, Ms. XII + 141 pp.

Edited Books

Potentials of Language Documentation

Frank Seifart, Geoffrey Haig, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Dagmar Jung, Anna Margetts and Paul Trilsbeek (eds). 2012. Potentials of Language Documentation Methods, Analyses and Utilization, Language Documentation & Conversation Special Publication No. 3. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

A journey through Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space

Bowden, John & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Malcolm Ross (eds). 2010. A journey through Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space. Papers in honour of Andrew Pawley. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Essentials of language documentation

Gippert, Jost & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Ulrike Mosel (eds). 2006. Essentials of language documentation. Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs 178, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

Adelaar, K. Alexander & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (eds). 2005. The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar. London: Routledge, xxii+841 pp.

Secondary predication and adverbial modification

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. & Eva Schultze-Berndt (eds). 2005. Secondary predication and adverbial modification. The typology of depictives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, xxv+448 pp.

What makes grammaticalization

Bisang, Walter & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Björn Wiemer (eds). 2004. What makes grammaticalization. A look from its fringes and its components. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, vi+354 pp.

Papers in Austronesian dialectology and subgrouping

Bowden, John & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (eds). 2004. Papers in Austronesian dialectology and subgrouping. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Language Documentations

2017 Sonja Riesberg (ed.) in collaboration with Carmen Dawuda, Lucas Haiduck, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann and Kurt Malcher. A Yali (Angguruk) - German Dictionary. Wörterbuch Yali (Angguruk) - Deutsch. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.
2002-2006 (with Maurício C.A Belo, John Bowden, John Hajek, & Alexandre V. Tilman), 2002-2006, DoBeS Waima'a Documentation, DoBeS Archive MPI Nijmegen.http://www.mpi.nl/DOBES/sites/linguistik/asw/pdf/Publis/Himmelmann/himmelmann_et_al._on_the_robustness_of_intonational_phrases.pdf
2005a(Grupu Peskiza Lian Waima’a), Hire alfabetun ene la li’a Waima’an [alphabet primer], Baucau: Publicações Matebian.
2005b(with Maurício C.A: Belo & John Bowden), Manu Kumu Kai-hitu [story book for teenagers/adults], Baucau: Publicações Matebian.
2005c(with Maurício C.A: Belo & John Bowden), Tunu kai-telu la li’a Waima’a [story book for children], Baucau: Publicações Matebian.
2005d(with Maurício C.A: Belo, John Bowden, John Hajek & Alexandre V. Tilman), Glosário Waima’a Caisido [5-lingual glossary, ca. 2800 entries], Baucau: Publicações Matebian.
2005-2010(with Claudia Leto, Winarno S. Alamudi, Jani Kuhnt-Saptodewo, Sonja Riesberg & Hasan Basri), DoBeS Totoli Documentation, DoBeS Archive MPI Nijmegen.
2009-2015(Jimmi Karter Kirihio, Volker Unterladstetter, Apriani Arilaha, Freya Morigerowsky, Alexander Loch, Yusuf Sawaki), DobeS Wooi Documentation, DobeS Archive MPI Nijmegen.
Further corpora under construction, cp. "CELD Papua" node in The Language Archive.

Refereed articles and book chapters

Submitted (with Daniel Kaufman). "Prosodic systems: Austronesia." In Carlos Gussenhoven & Aoju Chen (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Prosody.
Submitted(with Meytal Sandler, Jan Strunk & Volker Unterladstetter) "On the robustness of intonational phrases in spontaneous speech – a crosslinguistic interrater study."
AcceptedHimmelmann, Nikolaus P. accepted. Grammaticisation processes and reanalyses in Sulawesi languages. To appear in Andrej Malchukov & Walter Bisang (eds), Areal patterns of grammaticalization and cross-linguistic variation in grammaticalization scenarios. Berlin: de Gruyter.
Accepted (with Sonja Riesberg, Janina Kalbertodt, Stefan Baumann). "On the perception of prosodic prominences and boundaries in Papuan Malay." In S. Riesberg, A. Shiohara & A. Utsumi (eds), A cross-linguistic perspective on information structure in Austronesian languages. Berlin: Language Science Press.
Accepted"Some preliminary observations on prosody and information structure in Austronesian languages of Indonesia and East Timor." In S. Riesberg, A. Shiohara & A. Utsumi (eds), A cross-linguistic perspective on information structure in Austronesian languages. Berlin: Language Science Press.
2017(with Uta Reinöhl) "Renewal: A figure of speech or a process sui generis?", Language 93 (2), 381-413.
2017Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2017. Word Classes. In Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics, http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199772810/obo-9780199772810-0159.xml
2015 "Notes on 'noun phrase structure' in Tagalog", in: Jens Fleischhauer, Anja Latrouite & Rainer Osswald (eds), Explorations of the Syntax-Semantics Interface, Düsseldorf: dup, 315-337.


"Asymmetries in the prosodic phrasing of function words: Another look at the suffixing preference", in: Language 90/4, 927-960. [Best Paper in Language Award 2014]
2013(with Sonja Riesberg) "Symmetrical Voice and Applicative Alternations: Evidence from Totoli", Oceanic Linguistics 52:396-422.
2012"Linguistic Data Types and the Interface between Language Documentation and Description", in: Language Documentation & Conservation Vol 6, 187-207.
2011a(with Dagmar Jung) "Retelling data: Working on transcription", in: Geoffrey Haig et al. (eds.), Documenting Endangered Languages, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 201-220.
2010a"Language endangerment scenarios: A case study from northern Central Sulawesi", in: Margaret Florey (ed.) Endangered languages of Austronesia, Oxford: OUP, 45-72.
2010b(with Margaret Florey) "New directions in field linguistics. Training strategies for language documentation in Indonesia", in: Margaret Florey (ed.) Endangered languages of Austronesia, Oxford: OUP, 121-140.
2010c"Notes on Waima'a intonation", in: Michael Ewing & Marian Klamer (eds), Typological and Areal Analyses: Contributions from East Nusantara, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 47-69.
2009"Notes on Tagalog Nominalism", Theoretical Linguistics 35: 115-123.
2008a"Lexical categories and voice in Tagalog", in: Peter Austin & Simon Musgrave (eds), Voice and Grammatical Relations in Austronesian Languages, Stanford: CSLI, 247-293.
2008b"Reproduction and preservation of linguistic knowledge: Linguistics’ response to language endangerment", Annual Review of Anthropology 37:337–50.
2008c(with D. Robert Ladd) "Prosodic Description: An Introduction for Fieldworkers", Language Documentation & Conservation2(2):244–274.
2006a"Language documentation: What is it and what is it good for?", in: Jost Gippert, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Ulrike Mosel (eds), Essentials of language documentation, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1-30.
2006b"The challenges of segmenting spoken language", in: Jost Gippert, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Ulrike Mosel (eds), Essentials of language documentation, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 253-274.
2006c"Prosody in language documentation", in: Jost Gippert, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Ulrike Mosel (eds), Essentials of language documentation, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 163-181.
2006d"How to miss a paradigm or two: Multifunctional ma- in Tagalog", in: Felix Ameka, Alan Dench & Nicholas Evans (eds), Catching Language, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 487-526.
2005a"The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar: Typological overview", in: Karl Alexander Adelaar & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (eds), The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar, 110-181, London: Routledge.
2005b(with Eva Schultze-Berndt) "Issues in the syntax and semantics of participant-oriented adjuncts: an introduction", in: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Eva Schultze-Berndt (eds), Secondary predication and adverbial modification, 1-67.
2005c"Gram, construction, and class formation", in: Clemens Knobloch & Burkhard Schaeder (eds), Wortarten und Grammatikalisierung: Perspektiven in System und Erwerb, Berlin: de Gruyter, 79-93.
2004a(with Eva Schultze-Berndt) "Depictive secondary predicates in crosslinguistic perspective", Linguistic Typology 8:59-131.
2004b"Lexicalization and grammaticization: opposite or orthogonal?", in: Walter Bisang, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Björn Wiemer (eds), What makes grammaticalization - a look from its components and its fringes, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 21-42.
2002a"Voice in two northern Sulawesi languages", in: Fay Wouk & Malcolm Ross (eds), The history and typology of western Austronesian voice systems, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 123-142.
2002b"Voice in Western Austronesian: An update", in: Fay Wouk & Malcolm Ross (eds), The history and typology of western Austronesian voice systems, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 7-16.
2000"Towards a typology of typologies", Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung 53:5-12.
1999"The lack of zero anaphora and incipient person marking in Tagalog", Oceanic Linguistics 38:231-269.
1998a"Documentary and Descriptive Linguistics" Linguistics 36:161-195.
1998b"Regularity in irregularity: Article use in adpositional phrases", Linguistic Typology 2:315-353.
1996a"Person Marking and Grammatical Relations in Sulawesi", in: Hein Steinhauer (ed.), Papers in Austronesian Linguistics No. 3, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics (=PL A-84), 115-136.
1996b"Zum Aufbau von Sprachbeschreibungen", Linguistische Berichte 164:315-333.
1996c"Demonstratives in Narrative Discourse: A Taxonomy of Universal Uses", in: Barbara Fox (ed.), Studies in Anaphora, Amsterdam: Benjamins (= TSL 33), 205-254.
1991a"Tomini-Tolitoli Sound Structures", NUSA 33 (= James N. Sneddon (ed.), Studies in Sulawesi Languages, Part II), 49-70.

Handbook chapters, conference proceedings, etc.

2016ca. 30 Lemmata for Austronesian languages in: Metzler Lexikon Sprache, 5th edition
2015b(with Beatrice Primus) "Prominence Beyond Prosody - A First Approximation", in: Amedeo De Dominicis (ed.), pS-prominenceS: Prominences in Linguistics. Proceedings of the International Conference, Viterbo: DISUCOM Press, 38-58.
2015c(with Nicholas Evans & Dejan Matić) "A life of polysynthesis: Hans-Jürgen Sasse (1943-2015)", Linguistic Typology 19:327-335.
2015d(with Jan Strunk, Oliver Walter and Reinhold Haeb-Umbach) Lexicon discovery for language preservation using unsupervised word segmentation with Pitman-Yor language models. Technical report of the AUVIS project, University of Cologne and University of Paderborn
2014"Sprachenvielfalt als natürliches Experiment", Spektrum der Wissenschaft 5:68-71.
2011b"On linguistic uses of language documentations", in: Everhard & Mela-Athanasopoulou (eds.), Selected papers from the International Conference on Language Documentation and Tradition (7.-9. November 2008), 37-51.
2011c(with Uta Reinöhl) "Review of Christoph Schroeder et al. (eds). 2008. Secondary Predicates in Eastern European Languages and Beyond", Linguistic Typology 15:131-139.
2010d"Taking up the 'Pawley challenge': speech formulae and linguistic theory", in: J. Bowden, N. P. Himmelmann & M. Ross (eds), A journey through Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 663-671.
2005d"Tagalog", in: Karl Alexander Adelaar & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (eds), The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar, 350-376, London: Routledge.
2005e"Tagalog", Article 136 in: Geert Booij, Christian Lehmann, Joachim Mugdan & Stavros Skopeteas (eds), Morphology. An International Handbook on Inflection and Word Formation, Berlin: de Gruyter, 1473-1490.
2005f"Die austronesischen Sprachen: Einige strukturelle Charakteristika", in: Wilhelm R. Baier & Christian Zinko (eds), Die Sprache ist die Seele eines Volkes. Die großen Sprachfamilien, Graz: Leykam, 85-94.
2004c"Documentary and Descriptive Linguistics", in Osamu Sakiyama & Fubito Endo (eds), Lectures on Endangered Languages 5: from the Tokyo and Kyoto Conferences 2002, 37-83. [= extended version of Himmelmann 1998a]
2004d"On statives and potentives in western Austronesian (mostly Tagalog)", in: Paul Law (ed), Proceedings of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association 11:103-119. [ZAS Papers in Linguistics Nr 34, October 2004, Berlin]
2003a(with John Hajek & John Bowden)"Lóvaia: An East Timorese Language on the verge of extinction", International Journal of the Sociology of Language 160:155-167.
2003b(with Karl Alexander Adelaar)"Die austronesischen Sprachen", in: Wilfried Seipel (ed.), Der Turmbau zu Babel. Ursprung und Vielfalt von Sprache und Schrift (Exhibition Catalogue), Vol. II, Milano: Skira, 81-85.
2002c"Eine bedrohte Sprache in Osttimor", gbs-bulletin 7:9-15.
2001a"Articles", Article 62 in: Martin Haspelmath, Ekkehard König, Wulf Oesterreicher & Wolfgang Raible (eds), Language Typology and Language Universals, Berlin: de Gruyter, 831-841.
2001b(with John Hajek) "A report on the current sociolinguistic situation in Lautém (East Timor)", Studies in Languages and Cultures of East Timor 4:88-97.
1997"The paragogic vowel in Lauje (Tomini-Tolitoli): Phonology or Morphosyntax?", in: Cecilia Odé & Wim Stokhof (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 81-104.
1993"Material Ambitions", Languages of the World 7:66-68.
1992Grammaticalization and Grammar, Arbeitspapier Nr. 16, Köln: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
1991bThe Philippine Challenge to Universal Grammar, Arbeitspapier Nr. 15, Köln: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
1986Morphosyntactic Predication. A functional-operational approach, akup 62, Köln: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, 66 pp.