Dr Mengistu Amberber

Senior Lecturer
BA MA (Addis Ababa), PhD (McGill)
School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

9385 2299
Room 241, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)

Research

Dr Mengistu Amberber is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of Languages and Linguistics (FASS). His main research interests include lexical semantics, grammatical theory, the semantics-syntax interface, and linguistic typology.

He is the author of Verb Classes and Transitivity in Amharic (Lincom Studies in Afro-Asiatic Linguistics, 2002), and editor of The Language of Memory in a Cross-linguistic Perspective (in Human Cognitive Processing, volume 21, John Benjamins, 2007), and co-editor of: Language Universals and Variation (Praeger, 2002), Competition and Variation in Natural Languages: the Case for Case (Elsevier, 2005), and Complex Predicates: Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Event Structure (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Amberber M, 2012, 'Differential Case Marking of Arguments in Amharic', in The Oxford Handbook of Case, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199206476.013.0052
    • Amberber M, 2010, 'The structure of the light verb construction in amharic', in Complex Predicates: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives on Event Structure, pp. 291 - 318, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511712234.011
    • Amberber M;Baker B;Harvey M, 2010, 'Introduction: Complex Predicates', in Amberber M; Baker B; Harvey M (ed.), Complex Predicates: Cross-linguistic perspectives on Event Structure., edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 1 - 12
    • Amberber M, 2008, 'Semantic Primes in Amharic', in Goddard C (ed.), Cross-Linguistics Semantics, edn. United States, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 83 - 119
    • Amberber M, 2007, 'Introduction: The language of memory', in Amberber M (ed.), The Language of Memory in a Crosslinguistic Perspective, edn. First, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 1 - 12
    • Amberber M, 2007, 'Remember, remind, and forget in Amharic', in Amberber M (ed.), The Language of Memory in a Crosslinguistic Perspective, edn. First, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 263 - 277
    • Amberber M;Harvey M;Baker B, 2007, 'Complex predication and the coverb construction', in Siegel J; Lynch J; Eades D (ed.), Language Description. History and Development, edn. First, John Benjamins Publshing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 209 - 221
    • Amberber M;De Hoop H, 2005, 'Competition and variation in natural languages: The case for case', in Competition and Variation in Natural Languages, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044651-6/50003-3
    • Amberber M, 2005, 'Differential subject marking in amharic', in Competition and Variation in Natural Languages, pp. 295 - 317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044651-6/50013-6
    • Amberber M, 2002, 'Quirky alterations of transitivity: the case of ingestive predicates', in Language Universals and Variation, edn. Original, Praeger Publishers, Wesport Connecticut London, pp. 1 - 20
    • Amberber M, 2001, 'Testing emotional universals in Amharic', in Harkins J; Wierzbicka A (ed.), Emotions in Crosslinguistic Perspective, edn. Original, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, New York, pp. 35 - 68
    • Amberber M, 2000, 'Valency-changing and Valency-encoding Devices in Amharic', in Changing Valency - Case Studies in Transitivity, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 312 - 331

    Journal articles

    • Amberber M, 2003, 'The grammatical encoding of `thinking` in Amharic', Cognitive Linguistics, vol. 14, pp. 195 - 219

Teaching

COURSES RECENTLY TAUGHT

(I) Undergraduate:

The Structure of Language
The Use of Language
Generative Grammar
Language Universals and Linguistic Typology
Phonology

(II) Postgraduate:

Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
Bilingualism