Mark W. Post

Tim BodtMy research focuses on the typology and evolution of Greater Mainland Southeast Asian languages, especially Trans-Himalayan (a.k.a. Tibeto-Burman) and Tai-Kadai. Currently, I am focusing most closely on the Tani subgroup (Trans-Himalayan, Eastern Himalaya), as well as its immediate geographical neighbours. Methodologically, I begin with comprehensive, fieldwork-based documentation and description of languages of interest. I then analyse these languages in relation to their genetic, geographical and cultural contexts. Finally, I develop diachronic hypotheses that, if empirically well-supported, would explain the observed linguistic facts in terms of a complex and contextualized cultural-linguistic co-evolution. Ongoing projects of primary interest concern the evolution of morphological typology in Greater Mainland Southeast Asia, relationships between prosody and morphological typology, the cultural-contextual shaping of linguistic structure (“ethnosyntax“) and deep-historical relationships among Eastern Himalayan languages in the broader Trans-Himalayan context.

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Publications (from CV)

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS AND VOLUMES

  • Post, M. W. in press 2014. 'Morphosyntactic reconstruction in an areal-historical context: A pre-historical relationship between North East India and Mainland Southeast Asia?' In N. J. Enfield and B. Comrie, Eds. Mainland Southeast Asian Languages: The State of the Art. Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Post, M. W. and T. Kanno. 2013. ‘Apatani phonology and lexicon, with a special focus on tone.’ Himalayan Linguistics 12(1): 17 – 75.
  • Post, M. W. 2013. ‘Person-sensitive TAME marking in Galo: Historical origins and functional motivation.’ In T. Thornes, E. Andvik, G. Hyslop and J. Jansen, Eds., Functional and Historical Approaches to Explanation: A Festschrift for Scott DeLancey. Typological Studies in Language. Amsterdam, John Benjamins: 107 - 130.
  • Blench, R. and M. W. Post to appear 2013. ‘Re-thinking Sino-Tibetan phylogeny from the perspective of North East Indian languages.’ In N. Hill and T. Owen-Smith, Eds. Trans- Himalayan Linguistics. Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Post, M. W. to appear 2013. ‘The Siyom River Valley: An essay on intra-subgroup convergence in Tibeto-Burman.’ In G. Hyslop, S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds. North East Indian Linguistics Volume 5. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press India: 60 – 90.
  • Post, M. W. 2012. ‘The language, culture, environment and origins of Proto-Tani speakers: What is knowable, and what is not (yet).’ In S. Blackburn and T. Huber, Eds. Origins and Migrations in the Extended Eastern Himalayas. Leiden, Brill: 153 – 186.
  • Post, M. W. 2012. ‘Possession and ownership in Galo language and culture.’ In A. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon, Eds. Possession and Ownership: A Cross-Linguistic Typology. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 167 – 185.
  • Doley, S. K. and M. W. Post 2012. ‘Classifiers in Mising.’ In G. Hyslop, S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds. North East Indian Linguistics Volume 4. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India: 243 – 266.
  • Post, M. W. and Y. Modi 2011. ‘Language contact and the genetic position of Milang (Eastern Himalaya).’ Anthropological Linguistics 53.3: 215 – 258.
  • Post, M. W. 2011. ‘Prosody and typological drift in Austroasiatic and Tibeto-Burman: Against “Indosphere” and “Sinosphere”.’ In S. Srichampa, P. Sidwell and K. J. Gregerson, Eds., Austroasiatic Studies: Papers from ICAAL4. Mon-Khmer Studies Special Issue 3. Canberra, Pacific Linguistics: 198 – 211.
  • Post, M. W. 2011. ‘Nominalization and nominalization-based constructions in Galo.’ In F.-H. Yap, K. Grunow-Hårsta and J. Wrona, Eds. Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and Typological Perspectives. Typological Studies in Language 96. Amsterdam, John Benjamins: 255 – 288.
  • Post, M. W. 2011. ‘Topographical deixis and the Tani languages of North East India’. In G. Hyslop, S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds. North East Indian Linguistics Volume 3. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India: 137 – 154.
  • Post, M. W. 2010. ‘Predicate derivations in the Tani languages: Root, suffix, both or neither?’ In S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds. North East Indian Linguistics Volume 2. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India: 175 – 197.
  • Post, M. W. 2009. ‘The phonology and grammar of Galo “words”: A case study in benign disunity.’ Studies in Language 34.4: 931 – 971.
  • Post, M. W. 2009. ‘Clause-linking in Galo.’ In R. M. W. Dixon and A. Aikhenvald, Eds. Clause Linking: A Cross-Linguistic Typology. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 74 – 95.
  • Post, M. W. 2008. ‘Adjectives in Thai: Implications for a functionalist typology of word classes.’ Linguistic Typology 12.3: 339 – 381.
  • Post, M. W. 2008. ‘Grammaticalization and the discourse distribution of serial verbs in Assamese.’ In W. Khanittanan and P. Sidwell, Eds. SEALSXIV: Papers from the 14th annual meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (2004), Volume 2. Canberra, Pacific Linguistics: 23 – 34.
  • Post, M. W. 2008. ‘Verbs of posture, existence, location and possession and their grammaticalization pathways in the Tani languages.’ In S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds., North East Indian Linguistics. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India: 127 – 150.
  • Barbora, M. and M. W. Post 2008. ‘Quest for a script.’ In S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds., North East Indian Linguistics. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India: 255 – 270.
  • Post, M. W. 2007. ‘Grammaticalization and compounding in Thai and Chinese: A text- frequency approach.’ Studies in Language 31.1: 117 – 176.
  • Post, M. W. 2006. ‘Compounding and the structure of the Tani lexicon.’ Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 29.1: 41 – 60.
  • Post, M. W. 2006. ‘Assamese verb serialization in functional, areal-typological and diachronic perspective.’ Berkeley Linguistics Society 30: 377 – 390.
  • Guion, S. G., M. W. Post, and D. L. Payne 2005. ‘Phonetic correlates of tongue root vowel contrasts in Maa.’ Journal of Phonetics 32: 517 – 542.

REFERENCE VOLUMES

  • Rwbaa, `Igoo, M. W. Post, `Ilww Rwbaa, M. `Nyodu, K. `Bagra, B. Rwbaa, T. Rwbaa, N. Aado and D. Keenaa 2009. Galo-English Dictionary, with English-Galo Index. Itanagar, Galo Welfare Society . (Cloth, 453 + xxii pp.; .pdf version at http://tibeto-burman.net.) 

EDITED VOLUMES

  • Hyslop, G., S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds. 2013. North East Indian Linguistics Vol. 5. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India (Cloth, 303 + xvii pp.; ISBN: 978-93- 8226-472-9).
  • Hyslop, G., S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds. 2012. North East Indian Linguistics Vol. 4. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India (Cloth, 404 + xvii pp.; ISBN: 978-81-7596- 930-8).
  • Hyslop, G., S. Morey and M. W. Post, Eds. 2011. North East Indian Linguistics Vol. 3. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India (Cloth, 253 + xxii pp.; ISBN: 978-81-7596- 793-9).
  • Morey, S. and M. W. Post, Eds. 2010. North East Indian Linguistics Vol. 2. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India (Cloth, 256 + xii pp.; ISBN: 978-81-7596-714-4).
  • Morey, S. and M. W. Post, Eds. 2008. North East Indian Linguistics. New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India (Cloth, 270 + xiv pp.; ISBN: 978-81-7596-600-0).

BOOK REVIEWS AND REPORTS

  • Post, M. W. 2012. ‘Oral literature in the Eastern Himalaya: Review of The Sun Rises: A Shaman’s Chant, Ritual Exchange and Fertility in the Apatani Valley, by Stuart Blackburn.’ Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 35.1: 113 – 124.
  • Post, M. W. 2010. ‘Review of Iwasaki, S. and P. Ingkaphirom (2009 [2005]). A Reference Grammar of Thai. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.’ Linguistics of the Tibeto- Burman Area 33.1: 99 – 108.
  • Post, M. W. 2008. ‘Report on the International Conference on Origins and Migrations among Tibeto-Burman Speakers of the Extended Eastern Himalaya, Humboldt University, 23 – 25 May, 2008.’ Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 31 (2): 177 – 180.
  • Post, M. W. 2006. ‘Review of The Tai Languages of Assam – A Grammar and Texts by Stephen Morey. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2005.’ Linguistics of the Tibeto- Burman Area 29 (2): 141 – 153. 

COMMUNITY-ORIENTED MATERIALS

  • Post, M. W. 2010. ‘The Galo language at the beginning of the 21st century’. In The Galo Welfare Society Yearbook 2010. Itanagar, IN, Galo Welfare Society: 34 – 36.
  • Post, M. W. 2008. ‘Many Arunachali languages may die within our lifetimes.’ Arunachal Times, 26 November: 1, 3.
  • Post, M. W. 2008. ‘The study, teaching and preservation of languages in Arunachal Pradesh.’ Arunachal Times, 1 August: 1, 3.
  • Post, M. W., I. Rwbaa, I. Rwbaa and M. Nyodu 2006. A Script for the Galo Language. Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, Galo Welfare Society. (Community-distributed pamphlet, 16 pp.)
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