Rara & Rarissima —
Collecting and interpreting unusual characteristics of human languages
Leipzig (Germany), 29 March - 1 April 2006
The idea for these two volume arose in the context
of a plenary lecture by Larry M.
Hyman during the ALT Summer School in Linguistic Typology in
preceding the fifth meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology,
Mentioning the unique case of “affixation by place of articulation in
Tiene”, Hyman argued that there should be a more consistent
interest in rarities, as a counterpart to the widely practiced pursuit
broad-scale typological generalizations. In reaction, Jan Wohlgemuth,
Gil, Orin D. Gensler and Michael Cysouw organized an international
around the topic of rara and rarissima which was held in Leipzig from
29 March to 1 April 2006.
The two books presented here consist of a selection
the fifty-two papers that were presented at that conference.
For the conference we invited papers that would discuss and reflect on
of rara on linguistic theory and linguistic universals. Additionally,
explicitly solicited papers dealing with the description and analysis
rare features in individual languages.
edited by Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw and were published 2010 by
Mouton de Gruyter
in two separate volumes:
Errata, addenda or other (updated, corrected, etc.) information
pertaining to the papers printed in these volumes will be listed here.
Dr. Jan Wohlgemuth